NEMA support of Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2013

Today the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) General Counsel Clark Silcox spoke with the United States Senate Finance Committee for the hearing on S. 662–the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2013. The act would authorize trade facilitation and trade enforcement as a top priority of the Customs and Border Protection Agency and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency. It will also strengthen CBP’s focus on enhancing the “intellectual property laws at ports of entry”, according to the NEMA report, which will aid in the determination of genuine or counterfeit commodities by allowing copyright or trademark owners to see samples or images of merchandise–taken by port officials–to assist inspecting trade commodities.

Silcox shared the importance of involving manufacturers to the Senate Committee by saying “product safety is a major concern in our industry” because “counterfeit electrical products are frequently found to be substandard in terms of safety or product performance characteristics.” The manufacturers, who know the standards of their products, would be able to assist the CBP and port officials identifying suspected contraband merchandise.

For more on Clark Silcox’s testimony and the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2013 see the NEMA webpage.

Kristine Weller

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