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 …

MEMO TO CLIENTS ISSUE 20-012 – December 3, 2020

CBP Issues a New WRO on Certain Cotton from China On Wednesday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) made an announcement of a withhold release order (WRO) on all cotton products made by Xinjiang Production and Construction Corp. (XPCC). The WRO applies to all cotton and cotton products made by XPCC including XPCC’s subordinate and affiliated entities. This means that …

MEMO TO CLIENTS ISSUE 20-011 – October 14, 2020

CBP has Changed Some Criteria for Data for ISF Filing U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued a notice with a change to the format for data for filing of the Importer Security Filing (ISF). The change deals with the use of an IRS Employee Identification Number for the importer number. This is often called either an EIN number …

MEMO TO CLIENTS ISSUE 20-010 – September 3, 2020

USTR Grants Exclusion Extensions to China 301 List 4 The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a Federal Register Notice (FRN) on September 2, 2020 granting 87 extensions to exclusions from China 301 duties, for certain items on List 4. Fourteen (14) of the extensions were for specific HTSUS numbers with no specific description to be met …

MEMO TO CLIENTS ISSUE 20-009 – August 27, 2020

FTC Issues Proposes new Made in America Rules In July the Federal Trade Commission issued a Federal Register Notice (FRN) with new proposed rules for an unqualified claim that if a good was made in the United States and for the marking of goods as made in the United States. The rules were issued to clarify and hopefully simplify the …

MEMO TO CLIENTS ISSUE 20-008 – August 5, 2020

USTR Issues FRN asking for Comments for Extending Exclusions on List 1 The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued a Federal Register Notice (FRN) on Monday asking for comments to extend for possible 12 more months the exclusions on list 1 that are due to expire on October 2, 2020. There are 3 lists of exclusions that are …

MEMO TO CLIENTS ISSUE 20-007 – July 16, 2020

President Trump Issues Executive Order on Hong Kong Autonomy On Tuesday July 14th, President Trump issued an Executive Order regarding China’s actions in Hong Kong dealing with its new control of life in Hong Kong. The President has determined that Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China and has suspended many of the provisions of the Hong Kong Policy …

MEMO TO CLIENTS ISSUE 20-006 – June 18, 2020

Revised USMCA Interim Implementation Instructions U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has published revised Interim Implementation Instructions for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). It provides various updates to instructions, many of which were based on questions CBP received in the webinars they hosted. The instructions are guidelines and the final regulations are expected near the date of implementation; however, the guidelines …

MEMO TO CLIENTS ISSUE 20-005 – June 4, 2020

USTR Issues Regulations on USMCA Rules of Origin The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has issued regulations on the Rules of Origin for the United States, Mexico, Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA). It includes several definitions and explanations on things such as transaction value when determining value content. The notice can be found on the USTR’s website. USTR Requests …

MEMO TO CLIENTS ISSUE 20-003 – April 16, 2020

FTC Proposes to Require Energy Labeling on Portable Air Conditioners The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has published a proposed rule to require new EnergyGuide yellow labels on portable air conditioners. It would also require sellers to post label information to their catalogs and websites. Portable air conditioners are defined as “a portable encased assembly, other than a packaged terminal air …

MEMO TO CLIENTS ISSUE 20-002 – March 19, 2020

CBP has All Ports of Entry Operational We are receiving several inquiries about the status of services by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for the processing of entries and the release of cargo in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Right now, there are no ports closed and CBP is working all cargo, including exams. At the ocean terminals …