Concerned members of the public may now report suspected trade violations to U.S. Customs anonymously, thanks to a new online reporting system called e-Allegations.
To notify Customs of a possible violation, simply complete the following online form on their website: link to form. Personal information (such as the tipster’s name) is not required to submit a suspected violation.
However, in order to properly investigate a claim, Customs will need the tipster to include the following information:
- the type of trade violation
- a description of the violation
- the products/goods involved
- the alleged violator’s name/company name
Other information may be included on a voluntary basis.
e-Allegations can be used to report trade violations such as,
- antidumping/countervailing duty violations
- misclassification or description of merchandise violations
- invalid country of origin markings
- health and safety violations
- intellectual property rights violations
- valuation violations
U.S. Customs has cited the following scenarios as examples of violations to report.
A party imports substandard steel but claims that it is of a higher grade. This creates a potential safety issue and should be reported.
A company claims a value that is lower than the actual value on a product that they are importing to avoid paying higher duties.
A company imports textiles from one country but states that the goods are from another country to avoid quota restrictions.
Please note that e-Allegations is not intended for reporting security issues (such as terrorist threats or weapons of mass destruction). Customs encourages anyone with information about such security issues to contact 1-800-BE-ALERT (1-800-232-5378) immediately.