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US Customs Expands Apparel, Footwear and Textiles Center

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is keeping good on its promise to enhance industry-specific collaboration—the expanded Apparel, Footwear and Textiles (AFT) Center of Excellence and Expertise is now a hub for more than 67,000 importers.

The San Francisco-based center and its specifically appointed CBP personnel will work to increase consistency of practices across more than 300 U.S. ports, resolve trade compliance issues nationwide and serve as a single point of contact for trade actions.

CBP commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske, said, “The Centers reflect the true spirit of collaboration between CBP and our trade stakeholders, reducing transactional costs, increasing consistency and predictability, and enhancing our ability to identify high-risk commercial importations.”

The AFT Center is one of four CBP centers geared toward a new way of processing trade. CBP already launched an Electronics Center, a Pharmaceuticals, Health & Chemicals Center and a Natural Gas & Minerals Center, with six more industry-specific centers slated to open by mid-summer 2016.

Each center’s aim, beyond facilitating trade, is to protect the health and safety of the American public and contribute to strengthening the U.S. economy.