Between September and December 2015, RT Media reported on 13 seizure and forfeiture orders that were issued by the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC), relating to 6 General Exclusion Orders (GEO) and affecting 17 companies.
A brief analysis of 337 investigations by the USITC reveals just how many GEOs and seizure and forfeiture orders have been issued:
It is interesting to note that of the 81 orders given on 8 key, 337 printer cartridge investigations, 59, or 73%, were issued, in 2015. Then, on December 18, 2015, a 337-TA-918 seizure and forfeiture order was issued just 3 months after the USITC granted the GEO! This indicates that the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (Customs) has become more proactive in 2015.
These facts may worry you. It is not only foreign companies exporting products to the US that are affected. Many of those receiving seizure and forfeiture orders are companies operating inside the USA.
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