Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Report Trade Violations to CBP

U.S. Customs and Border Protection launched a new system called e-Allegations that will make it easier for the public to report violations of import and export laws.

e-Allegations can be used to report violations related to issues such as misclassification, country of origin, health and safety, intellectual property, textiles and other trade violations. For example, if you know that a company is declaring the wrong country or origin on a product to obtain lower duty rates, that violation could be reported through the online system. The system cannot be used for reporting security issues such as potential terrorist activities or weapons of mass destruction.

If you have knowledge of a violation of United States trade law, you can access the online system at and click the "Report Trade Violations" button after reading the Privacy Policy. Complete the short form explaining the violation. The following information will be required; (1) type of trade violation, (2) description of what has occurred, and (3) products or goods involved and the alleged violator’s name and/or company. Other information may be included on a voluntary basis. These reports are confidential and may be made anonymously. Once you have submitted the form, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to the address you provided, if you gave one. You may also report trade violations by calling 1-800-BE-ALERT.

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