Background

Officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations recently signed a memorandum of agreement to establish their 12th trade enforcement coordination center at the port of Norfolk-Newport News in Virginia.

According to an ICE press release, this center will focus on identifying intellectual property rights violations, public health and safety threats, and compliance with import and export laws. It will work with a variety of federal agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Transportation, to enforce these laws and prevent the introduction of illegally and fraudulently shipped goods into U.S. commerce.

The new agreement provides for increased communication and information sharing between CBP and ICE/HSI about imports and commercial fraud investigations. It will also help establish better processes for combating trade fraud and create a united form for pursuing prosecutions.

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