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CBP website helps track trade violations

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In another step toward completing the overhaul of its commercial trade system, Customs and Border Protection has launched a new website and database that U.S. companies can use to track the potential dumping of products by foreign shippers.

The site aims to speed access to the Antidumping and Countervailing Duties (AD/CVD) data amassed by CBP and the Commerce Department. Companies can use the data to file for restitution if they feel a foreign competitor is dumping goods on the U.S. market for a lower price.

The updated website gives users faster and more accurate access to searchable copies of publicly available AD/CVD instructions. According to CBP, the site includes information on cash deposits, liquidation, scope rulings and other public instructions. The information is generated by Commerce findings on whether imported merchandise was sold in the U.S. at unfairly low or subsidized prices.

The new website is tied to CBP's effort to modernize its trade-processing system, called the Automated Commercial Environment. The agency plans to have all its core trade-processing operations incorporated into ACE by the end of 2016 and will decommission the corresponding capabilities in its legacy systems by then.

The agency is deploying ACE in seven segments, labeled A-G. The effort began in the fall of 2013 with deployment A and will end in the summer of 2016. CBP said the second segment was completed on Jan. 14.

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Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

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