December 18, 2013
A group of U.S. House lawmakers has introduced new legislation, known as the Textile Enforcement and Security Act, which aims to limit textile import fraud and transshipments.
The act is meant to give U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) the authority to fight fraudulent textile imports, particularly those coming from Central America, Mexico, and Canada.
The law would provide more tools for Customs officials to enforce trade laws and target fraudulent textile and apparel goods. Additionally, the bill would increase the number of Customs specialists, clarify that CBP has the authority to seize fraudulent textile and apparel imports, and establish a centralized database and an electronic verification program to track yarn and fabric imports that enter the U.S. under free-trade agreement rules.