FNCTO Develops Tools to Fight Customs Fraud
NCTO has begun an online customs fraud reporting system and has distributed new customs fraud reporting tools to its member companies and the public at large. NCTO is urging anyone who is aware of customs fraud in textiles and apparel to utilize the forms.
The new tools include a one-page form that can be filed out online and sent electronically to NCTO on a confidential basis. NCTO will then forward the information to U.S. Customs and can, if requested, delete the reporter's name. All information will be held on a business confidential basis.
The new effort was undertaken because of increasing reports of fraud by NCTO member companies in the CAFTA/NAFTA region. Mike Hubbard, NCTO vice president, said: "Customs fraud has risen to become the number one issue we get calls about from our member companies. Our members are extremely frustrated because they see high levels of fraud without a corresponding increase in customs activity."
Forms are available at www.ncto.org under "Report Customs Fraud."