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Customs and Border Protection

(Inside U.S. Trade)
August 14, 2009

A formal advisory panel to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) must redraft an intellectual property rights (IPR) resolution voted down last week over fears of business confidentiality. The resolution would have called on CBP to disclose information on suspect imports to IPR rightholders so they could assess whether the import is counterfeit, and called on Congress to amend the Trade Secrets Act if CBP continued to interpret the act to largely prohibit such disclosure.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
August 14, 2009

A customs reauthorization bill introduced last week by the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee would allow U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to use for commercial enforcement purposes the same confidential information that importers and shippers already submit for security reasons.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
August 07, 2009

U.S. importers are worried that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will have broad authority to sidestep guidelines that last month were put in place to reduce monetary penalties for violations of the controversial "10-plus-two" maritime cargo security rule. The guidelines cover a first-time violation or a violation by a member of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), which is a voluntary security initiative.

(Text Document)
August 07, 2009

(Inside U.S. Trade)
August 07, 2009

The chairman and ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee yesterday (Aug. 6) introduced a bill designed to bolster both the trade enforcement and trade facilitation functions of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

(Inside U.S. Trade)
July 24, 2009

The U.S. and Canadian Chambers of Commerce are pushing the U.S. and Canadian governments to mutually recognize each other's trusted shipper programs as one way to lessen the "thickening" of the U.S.-Canadian border. The two governments signed a mutual recognition agreement in June 2008 but have not given a timeline for implementing the agreement, according to sources.

(Text Document)
July 17, 2009

(Inside U.S. Trade)
June 19, 2009

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Charles Grassley (R-IA) said yesterday (June 18) that while a customs reauthorization bill is still being drafted by Democratic and Republican staffers on the committee, it could be introduced before the August recess.

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