By Bob Nihen
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) – the second-largest source of government revenue through its collection of tariffs and duties – is ramping up scrutiny of goods and services coming into the U.S. as part of President Trump’s focus on promoting free and fair trade.
“CBP is more aggressively pursuing trade law violations, and it’s taking a more coordinated and industry-focused approach to detecting, deterring, and disrupting non-compliant activity,” says Doug Zuvich, a Tax partner with KPMG LLP’s Trade & Customs Services practice. “Many multinationals are just beginning to feel the impact of the CBP’s more muscular approach to trade enforcement, and most haven’t adjusted to the new normal yet.”
This approach is posing new risks and challenges for many multinationals.
In the new normal, for instance, the CBP is significantly increasing its inquiries and audits of importers, Zuvich says. It’s also relying more on the deterrence tools in its enforcement arsenal – including the imposition of large civil penalties, seizure of prohibited goods, and disclosure of the names of violators.
According to Zuvich, some of the steps multinationals can take in response to heightened scrutiny of imports at the U.S. border include:
To talk with Doug Zuvich about the changing trade environment and the impact of heightened enforcement activity at the U.S. border, contact Bob Nihen.
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