By  on August 11, 2009

WASHINGTON — U.S. Customs & Border Protection levied $15.8 million in fraud penalties for textile and apparel trade law violations in the first three quarters of fiscal year 2009, a significant increase from the same period a year earlier.

There were 41 actions taken in that time period, Customs said. Fraud penalties are issued when imported goods violate U.S. trade laws, such as falsely claiming apparel or textile imports have duty-free benefits or for describing goods inaccurately to avoid duties.

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