By  on March 26, 2013

WASHINGTON — Retailers and apparel brands importing billions of dollars worth of apparel, footwear and textiles to the U.S. every year are poised to take advantage of a new one-stop government import processing center that promises to streamline the flow of their products into the country.U.S. Customs and Border Protection is set to open the Apparel, Footwear and Textiles Center for Excellence and Expertise, or CEE, in June in San Francisco, and major apparel brands and retailers are “chomping at the bit” to participate, according to Dora Murphy, who was named director of the center and is also the assistant director of field operations for trade at CBP.One of the long-standing complaints of importers is that Customs regulations and processes are overly burdensome and often disrupt the flow of $124.2 billion worth of apparel, textile and footwear imports that enter the U.S. annually. The government collects $14 billion in duties on those imports every year.

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