As we advised last week, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) recently issued its long-awaited report to the White House, “Combating Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods” (the “Report”). One week later, on January 31, 2020, the White House issued an executive order aimed at blocking the sale of contraband and counterfeit goods online (the “Executive Order”).
The Executive Order sets various deadlines for additional action this year:
- By March 31, the Attorney General will reallocate resources sufficient to increase prosecution of import violations.
- By April 30, in consultation with the United States Postal Service (“USPS”), CBP will submit a report on preventing barred importers from importing goods into the United States.
- By April 30, CBP and USPS will submit a report on measures to block imports from foreign postal carriers who fail to cooperate with the government’s new anti-counterfeiting efforts.
- By April 30, CBP will publish guidance notifying foreign postal carriers of the new compliance system and potential sanctions.
- By August 28, DHS will submit a report on fee adjustments that may be necessary to reimburse the Federal Government’s new anti-counterfeiting costs.