Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act

A newly passed piece of trade legislation may make it easier for small businesses to compete by simplifying the import process.

The U.S. Senate has passed the Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act of 2015 (PDF), which will modernize and expedite the customs clearance process — fulfilling a long-standing wish of American businesses.

Among other things, the bill increases the de minimis level from $200 to $800, which will help you purchase items up to $800 from anywhere in the world duty-free.

The White House press office issued a statement hailing the legislation as a milestone.

Why the Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act is Good News for Your Business

The Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act is significant because it features some important provisions that will aid small businesses. The biggest is the increase in the duty free limit.

Before the bill, people returning from international trips could bring back up to $800 of merchandise duty free. However, on shipping individual


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Source: Small Business Trends