Converge Freight and Compliance Alerts.
On Sept. 22, officials from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and the Department of Commerce concluded the first-ever meeting with customs authorities from all six major semiconductor-producing economies to discuss the problems posed by trade in counterfeit semiconductor products. The meeting in Jeju, South Korea, preceded the annual Governments/Authorities Meeting on Semiconductors (GAMS), which gathers industry representatives and trade ministry officials from China, Taiwan, the European Union, Japan, Korea and the United States to address topics of importance for the global semiconductor industry in areas such as trade, the environment, intellectual property and regulatory requirements.
According to a joint statement issued after the Sept. 22 meeting, participating officials:
- Reaffirmed their commitment to protect and enforce intellectual property rights
- Shared their experiences and best practices in combating counterfeit semiconductors, from both import and export customs-control perspectives
- Presented options for enforcement actions among GAMS members as well as increased cooperation between members and industry
- Underlined the importance of having access to information on products and processes from the semiconductor industry to facilitate the identification of suspected counterfeit products
- Agreed to undertake enforcement measures, as appropriate, against semiconductor counterfeiting
- Agreed to keep other members informed and to report back on their activities at the 2011 GAMS
The joint statement notes that the worldwide semiconductor industry represents a market valued at approximately $250 billion in 2008. Counterfeiting of semiconductors poses an increasing threat, not only in economic terms for the companies whose products are counterfeited but also to the operation of critical technologies. Semiconductors are increasingly a core technology used in products ranging from mobile phones and car-braking systems to medical devices and satellites.
While these efforts are essential to the livelihood of the semiconductor business they have the potential to add lead time to the delivery of parts crossing international borders. Importers are likely to face increased cargo inspections and requests for documentation.
Dedicated professionals at Converge review all import / export documentation for accuracy, prior to submission to customs, in order to minimize the opportunity for the inspection of cargo. This includes validating manufacturer part numbers, accuracy in pricing and verifying classifications. Additionally, we work closely with manufacturers to assure product is properly classified and to have datasheets available upon customs’ request. Participation in programs such as C-TPAT also highlights Converge’s commitment to all areas of compliance with U.S. and international agencies.