Contributing Lawyers

Canada

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross

Australia

Andrew Hudson



U.S. Customs and Border Protection Priorities

On its website, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has clearly articulated its trade priorities for the current fiscal year. In alphabetical order, they are:

 1) Agriculture;

 2) Antidumping and Countervailing Duties;

 3) Import Safety;

 4) Intellectual Property Rights;

 5) Penalties;

 6) Revenue; and

 7) Textiles.

 These priorities are, of course, on par with the agency's dedication to national security, but provide an interesting, but expected, insight into where the agency intends to place the focus of its assets and people. For more details, see http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/trade/priority_trade/ . One should keep in mind, these are the same priorities on which the agency has been focused for some time, with the exception of Import Safety which is newly creates as a result of the President's Interagency Working Group on Import Safety.

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