Congress passes trade legislation

Congress passes trade legislation

The Senate today passed, 72 to 20, a conference agreement for H.R. 644, the “Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015” that generally concerns trade and customs items. The conference agreement would be paid for by expanded customs user fees and and increased penalties for a failure to file a tax return.

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The House previously passed the conference agreement, therefore, with today’s action by the Senate, the legislation will be sent to the White House for action by the president.

Legislative text

Read the bill text [PDF 994 KB]

Overview of certain provisions

  • A provision in the legislation increases the amount of “de minimis value” from $200 to $800. 
  • Another measure would allow importers to claim "substitution drawback" on items exported from the United States.
  • Among other provision in the legislation are measures that are focused on trade facilitation and trade enforcement (including items concerning the Automated Commercial Environment, international trade data system, and authorizing the Customs and Border Protection’s “Centers of Excellence and Expertise”). 
  • Other provisions provide for the establishment of a new importer program, and include rules for customs broker identification of importers and requirements that are applicable to non-resident importers.
  • Separate measures related to the protection of imports involving intellectual property rights, including programs for international cooperation and information sharing.
  • There are items in the legislation concerning antidumping and countervailing duties.

 

For more information, contact a professional with KPMG’s Trade & Customs practice:

Douglas Zuvich | +1 (312) 665-1022 | dzuvich@kpmg.com

Andrew Siciliano | +1 (631) 425-6057 | asiciliano@kpmg.com

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