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CBP Enhances Accountability in E-Commerce through Ruling on Duty Exemptions for Low Value Shipments

Updated: Aug 13, 2020

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued an administrative ruling that will clarify the duty-free exemption status of certain low-value shipments sent to U.S. fulfillment centers and domestic warehouses. The ruling is intended to enhance accountability in the e-commerce environment while strengthening CBP’s ability to identify counterfeit goods, consumer safety violations, and other threats to U.S. consumers and commerce.

“The exponential growth of e-commerce has provided illicit sellers with an extraordinary opportunity to evade duties and sell unsafe and unregulated products to U.S. consumers, particularly through fulfillment centers,” said CBP Acting Commissioner Mark A. Morgan. “As the nation’s largest law enforcement agency, CBP will not sit idly by and allow these bad actors to evade duties, report false values, and harm American businesses and consumers.”

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