Expect Increased Customs Audits per CBP Budget Increases to Customs Staffing.

The Executive Branch’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2015 increases the Customs & Border Protection and raises the number of CBP offers to a record high number of 25,775. The staffing increases are consistent with many predictions of what Importers should expect during the calendar year 2014, including CBP’s statements that it will significantly increase the number of importers subject to Customs Audits.

If your company receives notice of a Customs Audit, we suggest contacting an attorney immediately as there are things you can do to prepare for the audit, to make it proceed more quickly and smoothly, while decreasing your company’s risk of penalties or other payments during or after the audit.