MEMO TO CLIENTS ISSUE 22-005 – April 28, 2022

CBP is Issuing “Known Importer” Letters in Advance of UFLPA U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has started to send out letters to importers who are identified as possibly having previously imported goods that may be subject to enforcement under the Uyghur Forced Labor Act (UFLPA) which will become effective on June 21, 2022. Under ULFLPA, there is a presumption …

MEMO TO CLIENTS ISSUE 22-004 – April 8, 2022

Congress Passes Legislation to Suspend Russia and Belarus from Normal Trade Relations The U.S. Congress has passed bill HR 7108 – Suspending Normal Trade Relations with Russia and Belarus Act and submitted it in to President Biden. This act will temporarily revoke the Most Favored Nation (MFN) status from both Russia and Belarus and subject them to HTSUS Column 2 …

Special Memo – March 24, 2022

USTR Reinstates 352 Exclusions to China 301 Duties On March 23, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) made an announcement of reinstatement of 352 of the China 301 duty exclusions that expired last year. These exclusions include 137 from List 1, 59 from List 3 and 87 form List 4a. We should be able to file entries under …

MEMO TO CLIENTS ISSUE 22-003 – March 18, 2022

FMC Holds Hearings on Enforcement The Federal Maritime Commissions (FMC) has held hearings on enforcement activities that included prioritizing enforcement efforts dealing with ocean carrier behavior in compliance, particularly with the guideline that the FMC issued in 2020.  Personnel from the Bureau of Enforcement covered how they are meeting the direction from Chairman Maffei on enforcement efforts on unreasonable demurrage …

MEMO TO CLIENTS ISSUE 22-002 – February 24, 2022

FMC Commissioner Daniel Maffei Disparages PierPass The West Coast Terminal Operator Agreement (WCMTOA) filed an amendment to the PierPass agreement that would make it a permanent program. PierPass is an incentive program to assess fees to beneficial cargo owners to encourage use of off-peak gate services to help eliminate heavy daytime traffic at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long …

MEMO TO CLIENTS ISSUE 22-001 – January 20, 2022

Bill Introduced to Tighten the Sec. 321 Process Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), the Chairman of the House ways and Means Committee, has announced new legislation to toughen requirements for release of de minimis shipments (Section 321) with value under $800.00. Representative Blumenauer wants to eliminate loophole that will make it easier for people to allow better oversight on the goods …

MEMO TO CLIENTS ISSUE 21-012 – November 22, 2021

Schumer wants to add MTB and GSP Renewal to NDAA Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has written to his colleagues that it is likely that the Senate will consider the National Defense Authorization Act this week and that the China package that includes the renewal of the Miscellaneous Trade Bill (MTB) and the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) that the …

MEMO TO CLIENTS ISSUE 21-011 – October 29, 2021

Ports of LA/LB Assessing New Fee to Help Relieve Congestion In cooperation with the Biden Administration Task Force, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have announced that they will begin to assess a new fee to carriers for containers that dwell too long on marine terminals. The ports will have two categories for the new fee. The first …

Special Memo – October 6, 2021

 USTR Will Review Extending Expired Exclusions  The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has announced that they will have a review for possible reinstatement of the 549 exclusions that expired on December 31, 2020.  In a USTR notice, the USTR will accept comments on its published list beginning on October 12, 2021. The comments for the need of the …

MEMO TO CLIENTS ISSUE 21-010 – October 4, 2021

USTR Extends Exclusions on Certain Covid-19 Pandemic Medical Care Products The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued a notice that would extend the current exclusions for certain medical care products needed to address the covid-19 pandemic.  These exclusions were scheduled to expire on September 30, 202l. That date has been extended for 45 days to November 14. The …

MEMO TO CLIENTS ISSUE 21-009 – September 14, 2021

CIT Vacates Repository Order for China 301 Duties on Lists 3 and 4a The Court of International Trade had issued requirements for a repository list of all the unliquidated entries included in the court filings for refunds of the China 301 duties paid under List no. 3 and 4a. In a court order issued on September 8, 2021, the CIT …

MEMO TO CLIENTS ISSUE 21-008 – August 24, 2021

CBP Announces Registration for the Next Broker Exam U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has opened registration for the next Broker’s Exam that will take place on October 21, 2021. Registration for the exam will close on September 21, 2021.  CBP is offering both a remote option for the test and an in-person exam. Details about the exam can be …

MEMO TO CLIENTS ISSUE 21-007 – July 27, 2021

FMC has Established an Ocean Carriers Audit Program The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has established an Ocean Carriers audit program. Its intent will be to assess if carriers and terminals are following the FMC rules on practices of fairly charging demurrage and detention. We will follow up with FMC to find out if beneficial cargo owners can submit information to …

MEMO TO CLIENTS ISSUE 21-006 – July 7, 2021

Registration for CBP’s Virtual Trade Week is Open U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced the CBP 2021 Virtual Trade Week will be held this year on July 20-22. This year’s sessions will include discussions on 21CCF, E-Commerce, Forced Labor, Export Modernization, CTPAT, and 1USG. Registration is now open, and the registration fee is only $30.00. You can get …

MEMO TO CLIENTS ISSUE 21-005 – June 3, 2021

Sections in Southern China are Facing Lockdowns Due to Covid-19 Outbreak Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong are continuing to expand viral screening and lockdown measures in response to a Covid-19 variant outbreak which erupted from a dim sum cluster last week. State news agency Xinhua reported that 38 zones in the provincial capital of Guangzhou where the …

MEMO TO CLIENTS ISSUE 21-004 – April 29, 2021

Latest Comments on GSP and MTB The Top Republican of the House ways and means committee, Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas  would like to see the Miscellaneous Trade B (MTB) renewed before the July recess. He said that the way the changes are being reviewed are not consistent with the established process for passing MTB.  He also said that staffers …

MEMO TO CLIENTS ISSUE 21-003 – April 5, 2021

USTR Proposes Section 301 duties for Imports from 6 Countries The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has proposed new Section 301 duties on six countries in response to increases in Digital Service Taxes (DSTs). Each of the six countries, Austria, India, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and United Kingdom has had a separate Federal Register Notice (FRN) issued with 30 …

MEMO TO CLIENTS ISSUE 21-002 – March 12, 2021

U.S. and E.U. Agree to Suspend Additional Tariffs for Large Aircraft Disputes On March 4, 2021, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued an announcement of a joint statement by the United States and the European Community to suspend the tariffs related to the World Trade Organization aircraft disputes. This temporary suspension of four months covers all the …

MEMO TO CLIENTS ISSUE 21-001 – February 17, 2021

USDA has Added New Data Sets for Filing of Certain Types of Entries Effective Jan 25, 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) implemented new data set requirements in ACE filing entries for certain imports. This is part of the ACE project of connecting “other government agency” requirements with the customs entry. The changes include: APHIS CORES = Animal Plant …

MEMO TO CLIENTS ISSUE 20-013 – December 28, 2020

GSP and MTB Will Not be Extended on January 1 The Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) and the Miscellaneous Trade Bill (MTB) were not included in the Omnibus bill and will not be extended on January 1, 2021. GSP will mostly be renewed as it has been when it has expired several times in the past. Duties will have to …