Senate Finance: De Minimis

Senate Finance’s Subcommittee on Trade Takes One-Sided Approach to De Minimis Import Rule

The U.S. Senate Finance Subcommittee for International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness took a one-sided view on the de minimis exemption in a hearing on Tuesday, rejecting anything but technocratic changes to the global duty-free rule for small packages priced under $800.

De Minimis and Fentanyl

Members of Coalition To Close The De Minimis Loophole Provide Evidence Demonstrating the Significant Role De Minimis Plays in Illicit Fentanyl Trafficking

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Members of the Coalition to Close the De Minimis Loophole, representing diverse American voices and millions of people committed to fix the de minimis crisis—from the families of victims of fentanyl fatalities, law enforcement, drug prevention organizations and nonprofit and nonpartisan organizations, including labor unions, manufacturers, business associations and consumer safety advocacy…

Coalition to Close the De Minimis Loophole

Coalition to Close the De Minimis Loophole Launches: Dedicated to Stopping the Importation of Slave-Labor Made Products and Illicit Drugs Ravaging Communities

The Coalition to Close the De Minimis Loophole launched today, representing thousands of voices, from the families of victims of fentanyl fatalities and nonprofit and nonpartisan organizations to labor unions, domestic law enforcement associations, domestic manufacturers, and business associations.

De Minimis

Consumer Safety Official: De Minimis is ‘Overwhelming’

The roughly 485 million packages that come into the U.S. duty free via the de minimis loophole is “overwhelming” and that volume “makes it harder for us to police products for consumer safety,” James Joholske, director of the office of import surveillance at the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission (CPSC) told the U.S. China Economic and Security Review Commission on March 1

Customs Modernization Act of 2023, the Metastasized Cancer of Regulatory Capture

For the last five years, a cabal of attorneys and trade compliance professionals have been plotting to destroy what’s left of U.S. customs law. Their primary goal? Cementing the legal underpinnings of the de minimis loophole and getting ahead of the backlash. This is necessary for them, because the exponential growth of de minimis shipments…

Taiwan Agreement Risks Treasury Rewriting Customs Law Globally

On June 1, 2023, the United States and Taiwan signed “the first agreement under the U.S.-Taiwan Initiative on 21st Century Trade.” “Initiative”? “21st Century Trade”? Sleepy terms that convey a classic “nothing-burger”. But that’s never been the case with trade agreements. This agreement, ostensibly for Taiwan, sets out expectations for how the U.S. and Taiwan…