The House-passed COMPETES Act closed a loophole in U.S. customs law that currently allows billions of dollars of Chinese imports that are unsafe, counterfeit, made with forced-labor, and/or violate endangered species law to enter the U.S. uninspected and without being subjected to taxes or duties. And it includes the landmark “Import Security & Fairness Act,” which is despised in Beijing and by Big Tech, which together abuse the de minimis loophole.
But the Senate USICA bill stands in the way. It does nothing to address the flood of Chinese imports purchased online, instead providing Big Tech firms additional powers to undermine worker and consumer rights. Learn about what comes next as these bills head to conference.
- Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), Import Security & Fairness Act author and Trade Subcommittee chair
- Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Consumer Protection Subcommittee Chair
- Bob Margevicius, Executive Vice President of Specialized Bicycle Components
- Kimberly Glas, President and CEO National Council of Textile Organizations
- Brett Gibson, Government Affairs, AFL-CIO
- Tom Perriello, Executive Director of Open Society-U.S.
- Moderated by Lori Wallach, Rethink Trade, Director