Every day, disruptions to the international supply chain continue to grab the headlines. From cars to televisions, Americans are told it takes longer to get goods from overseas to department stores for purchase. Reports show video of dozens of large freighters off the coast of California waiting to unload containers at the Port of Los Angeles / Long Beach. It seems that the way goods got from overseas to the United States is no longer working, or at least in serious jeopardy. So is our international supply chain functioning properly?
As an attorney for US customs and international trade, I have been involved in various issues surrounding the movement of goods to and from the United States for over 30 years. I interact daily with federal law enforcement agencies responsible for enforcing border laws and regulations, particularly US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Environmental Protection Administration (EPA), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Trade and Tax Bureau (TTB), and US Department of Agriculture (USDA).