On February 24, 2016 the President signed the “Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015” into law. The law strengthens the capabilities of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and other U.S. agencies to enforce customs and trade laws and regulations, including those needed to enforce future Free Trade Agreements. The law includes:
- Expansion of technology modernization and acquisitions.
- Formalization of piloted trade programs, such as the CBP Centers for Excellence and Expertise (CEEs).
- Mechanisms to enhance Public-Private Partnership programs.
- Strengthened anti-dumping and intellectual property rights enforcement.