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Counterfeiters sometimes post photos of authentic goods on e-commerce sites, but then fill orders with fakes. These counterfeit goods infringe on intellectual property rights, and can harm the U.S. economy and threaten consumer safety.
Some criminal and terrorist organizations use trade-based money laundering to disguise illicit proceeds and fund their operations. These kinds of schemes can rely on misrepresenting the price, quantity, or type of goods in trade transactions.
Over 130 people in the U.S. die each day from an opioid overdose. Some of these overdoses involve illicit opioids that enter the country via international mail.
Starting January 1, 2020, there is a $1 fee on items sent to the U.S. via international Express Mail Service.
Since 1789, the U.S. government’s drawback program has encouraged manufacturing and exports by refunding certain customs duties. For example, a merchant who paid duties on imported fabric, made it into clothes, and then exported the clothes could claim a refund for import duties paid.
The Violence Against Women Act self-petition program is intended to protect foreign nationals who suffered domestic abuse at the hands of a family member who is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.
Foreign nationals from 82 treaty countries may obtain E-2 nonimmigrant investor status in the United States. E-2 status allows eligible foreign nationals to temporarily stay here to run a business if they make a “substantial” investment in it and meet other qualifications.
Threats to U.S. national security continue to evolve with technological, economic, and social changes.
Federal agencies identified 26 long-term threats within 4 categories:
1) Adversaries' Political and Military Advancements—e.g., China's increasing ability to match the U.S.
Did the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) follow its procedures to ensure the security of U.S.-bound aircraft from Cuba?
TSA generally followed its security procedures for airport assessments and air carrier inspections in Cuba in fiscal years 2012 through 2017.
What GAO Found The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have agreed to establish a joint collaborative process for the referral and placement of unaccompanied children, but the process has not yet been implemented.
Customs and Border Protection coordinates with 22 other agencies to process imports, ensuring that they comply with U.S. laws. In 1994, CBP began developing an information system, the Automated Commercial Environment, to better coordinate and streamline import processing.