AAEI Responds to CBP on New Rules for FTZs

AAEI is calling on U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to reevaluate its decision, announced last week in a Cargo Systems Messaging Service (CSMS) message, prohibiting importers from using  Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs) to store detained shipments under investigation for forced labor. CBP says the new rule to limit the use of FTZs is “due to issues and concerns with their use.” AAEI’s letter to CBP says, “The practice of moving detained goods to FTZ’s is not an unusual practice. CBP allows the movement of goods to FTZs for other corrective actions, such as relabeling or marking of goods to bring them into compliance with U.S. regulations.” Read AAEI’s letter to CBP.