Reintroduced Bill Takes Aim at Counterfeit Electronics in a New Way (.PDF Download)

April 27, 2022
SEERA would address and minimize a key root cause of counterfeit electronics: e-waste that’s being sent overseas.

A reintroduced bill that’s currently making its way through the U.S. Senate is taking aim at electronics counterfeiting in a unique way: by thwarting the flow of waste products that are being sent to China and other regions of the world. Bipartisan legislation, the Secure E-waste Export and Recycling Act (SEERA) would also help expand domestic recycling activity, versus just shipping discarded electronic parts overseas.

SEERA’s origins date back to 2019, when H.R. 3559 was introduced to “help control the export of electronic waste (“e-waste”) in order to ensure that such waste does not become the source of counterfeit goods that may reenter military and civilian electronics supply chains in the US, and for other purposes.” The last reported action on the bill happened in June of 2019, when it was referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

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