U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has ramped up its enforcement activities over the last two years, seizing more imported goods, conducting more audits, and dispensing more penalties.

New data shows an uptick in enforcement across the board from 2019 to 2020. The trend indicates a shift in focus for CBP to monitoring rules and compliance that is likely to continue through 2021.

  • 19.2 Increase in Audits
  • 9.5 Percent Increase in Trade Penalties
  • 17.9 Percent Increase in Trade Seizures
  • 106.4 Percent Increase in Trade Remedy Evasion Investigations
  • 116.4 Percent Increase in Forced Labor Withhold Release Orders
  • 2600 Percent Increase in WRO-Related Detentions

CBP Enforcement Elements to Keep in Mind

Staying within compliance guidelines is crucial for any importer. Keep these questions in mind as you prepare to bring goods through customs.

  • Are your tariff classifications correct?
  • Does your product qualify for USMCA?
  • Is your commodity subject to AD/CVD?
  • Is your valuation correct?
  • Are you declaring the proper country of origin?

Scarbrough Consulting is ready to help you find the answers to these questions. As CBP buckles down on enforcement, our import compliance specialists can pinpoint opportunities for improvement. Reach out to Scarbrough and prepare your imports for smooth customs entry with a tailored compliance assessment.