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Customs Enforcement Efforts Turn Up the Heat on Compliance

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is making it clear that compliance is a major priority with enforcement on track to exceed its FY 2021 numbers. According to ST&R:

“the agency is on pace to exceed its FY 2021 numbers in a few areas. For example, if current patterns hold, CBP would see increases of 8.8 percent in the value of import safety seizures, 42.9 percent in withhold release orders, and 52.5 percent in cargo detentions related to WROs.”

In addition, trade penalties issued will be up around 52% compared to FY 2018 and withhold release order detentions are on tap to increase to $550 million from $280k just six years ago.  Initiatives such as the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) are forcing many importers to reassess their supply chains in order to prevent the detention or exclusion of goods.

This is definitely a time to audit your supply chain if you haven’t already. M.E. Dey offers import compliance services, which will reduce the risk of CBP audit and enforcement actions. Contact our Compliance Director, Margaret Lange, for more information.