US Customs and Border Protection saw an increase in the measures used to enforce trade laws and regulations governing textiles in the fourth quarter of 2020, according to new data.

Textile and apparel goods have some of the highest duty rates of all commodities imported into the US making them susceptible to fraud. Textile risks include: schemes designed to circumvent textile tariff and trade laws include false invoicing, false marking and labelling, false claims of origin, illegal transshipment, misdescription, undervaluation, false declarations of right to make entry, false trade preference claims, and outright smuggling.

Therefore, textiles have long been a CBP Priority Trade Issue (PTI) for enforcement efforts.

In the fourth quarter, CBP collected US$851m in Section 301 duties compared to $536m in the prior quarter.

Cargo examinations were also up, totalling 2,672 from 2,532 in the third quarter. Ten audits were also completed, up from seven a quarter prior, while four special enforcement operations were completed.