CBP’S e-Allegations – How to Report Trade Violations
in the Digital Age
April 2012 | At times, U.S. companies become aware
of illegal import activities on the part of other businesses, but do not
know how to inform the appropriate authorities. U.S. Customs and
Border Protection’s (CBP) Office of International Trade has
developed an online trade violation reporting system –
“e-Allegations” – to make it easier for all members of
the public to report information on suspected trade violations.
Upon receipt of an e-Allegation, CBP will research the allegation and
determine whether any action is required.
The types of violations this reporting mechanism is intended to
address include misclassification of merchandise, undervaluation,
invalid country of origin markings, health and safety violations,
intellectual property rights violations, textile or other trade
violations. (It is not intended for assertions of security issues
such as weapons of mass destruction.)
To report a trade violation, the following information must be
- Type of trade violation
- Description of what has occurred
- Products or goods involved
- Alleged violator’s name and/or company
- Any other available information also can be submitted
According to CBP, the person filing the report does not have to
disclose his or her identity. To submit a report, go to https://apps.cbp.gov/eallegations/.
We note that the reporting party may never learn whether or not CBP has
chosen to take action in response to an e-Allegation, as CBP’s
investigations and any ensuing enforcement efforts are not shared with
Content provided by Donna L. Shira and Kenneth R. Paley, at Sharretts,
Paley, Carter & Blauvelt, P.C., International Trade Counsel for the
Toy Industry Association.