Import safety, Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duties (AD/CVD) and intellectual property rights are among the present-day priority trade issues under increased scrutiny by United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Former U.S. Commissioner of Customs George Weise spoke at the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) 2017 Customs Town Hall about today’s Customs barometer--noting challenges, priorities and opportunities within the agency.

In his presentation earlier this month, Weise said that CBP’s priority trade issues include textiles and apparel, especially within ongoing re-negotiations of the North American Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Extensive discussions about supply chains within the textile industry are expected to be on the table during Round 5 of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations began Nov. 15 in Mexico City. That is two days ahead of the planned schedule and is designed to give negotiators more time to discuss the myriad of issues--particularly textiles--covered under the 23-year-old trade pact, according to four sources who spoke to Reuters.

The fifth round will run Nov. 15-21 rather than Nov. 17-21 as originally planned. The chief negotiators in the United States, Mexico and Canada will join talks on Nov. 17 as previously scheduled. Topics likely be discussed in the earlier session include textiles, services, labor and intellectual property, according to a trade official.