By  on August 2, 2011

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of House lawmakers reintroduced legislation Monday night that would close enforcement loopholes leading to textile import fraud by directing U.S. Customs and Border Protection to add more inspectors at 15 U.S. ports and launch a yarn and fabric tracking system.

Led by co-sponsors Reps. Larry Kissell (D., N.C.) and Walter Jones (R., N.C.), the bill, dubbed the “Textile Enforcement and Security Act of 2011” would also require the publication of a list of companies that violate trade laws, establish a new textile and apparel manufacturing registry and provide Customs with the authority to adjust bonds higher on new importers (those with under three years of import history) based on new risk assessment guides.

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