WASHINGTON — Importers this week turned up the volume on their complaints on why it’s taken so long for the government to issue final Customs rules on how it will enforce a trade bill that took effect three years ago.

The law granting special trade benefits to the nations of the Caribbean Basin and sub-Saharan Africa took effect in 2000, yet importers are still operating under a set of interim guidelines. On Wednesday, the American Apparel & Footwear Association sent a letter to Tom Ridge, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security — which oversees Customs — to complain about the delay.

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