USTR Seeking Comments on Restoring Section 301 Exclusions

USTR Seeking Comments on Restoring Section 301 Exclusions

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is seeking comments on whether it should reinstate hundreds of Section 301 product exclusions that expired either late last year or early this year. The commenting period begins October 12, and parties can submit comments until December 1. USTR will evaluate the possible reinstatement of certain exclusions…

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New ACE Password Requirement Starting 10/3

New ACE Password Requirement Starting 10/3

Due to Department Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Security Policy changes, effective October 3, all Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Secure Data Portal account passwords will require a minimum of 15-characters. This new requirement will be enforced as of Oct 3, when the customs broker’s or freight forwarder’s current 12-character password…

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Returned U.S. & Foreign Goods: Understanding New Guidelines

Returned U.S. & Foreign Goods: Understanding New Guidelines

In a recent CSMS message, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued updated guidance on importer’s—and broker’s—responsibilities for U.S. and foreign goods returning under HTS 9801.00.10 from their previous CSMS message in 2017.  Under HTS 9801.00.10, goods are allowed to be entered duty-free, if the importer has the required documentation to prove that the…

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DDTC’s Vigorous Enforcement of Compliance Requirements

DDTC’s Vigorous Enforcement of Compliance Requirements

The State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) is cracking down on certain compliance requirements and violations involving software and technical data. The DDTC is enforcing a consent agreement requirement which “forces companies to review and verify the jurisdiction and classification status of all hardware and software relating to their International Traffic in Arms…

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Increased Due Diligence When Working with Hong Kong

Increased Due Diligence When Working with Hong Kong

The U.S. Government issued an advisory urging companies to increase their due diligence when doing business in Hong Kong. Due to Chinese governmental policies that “undermine the legal and regulatory environment that is critical for individuals and businesses to operate freely and with legal certainty in Hong Kong” are impacting U.S. parties. There are various…

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FAQ: WRO on Silica-Based Products from China

FAQ: WRO on Silica-Based Products from China

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently posted answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding the withhold release order (WRO) aimed at silica-based products from China. These answers outline the scope of the Hoshine WRO by detailing the types of information that CBP may seek to determine whether forced labor was involved in an…

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CBP Adjusts Customs User Fees for Inflation Effective 10/1

CBP Adjusts Customs User Fees for Inflation Effective 10/1

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has released a notice detailing plans to increase Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act fees by 11.009% to reflect inflation. Importers will see an increase in their U.S. Customs user fees—minimum and maximum Merchandise Processing Fees (MPF)—effective October 1, 2021. Below are examples of the current fees and what…

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ATTENTION: Non-Resident Importers (NRI) into Canada

ATTENTION: Non-Resident Importers (NRI) into Canada

CBSA Assessment and Revenue Manager project (CARM) is live. CARM is a client portal that will give importers, among many benefits, the ability to monitor their trade compliance and detect any discrepancies. CARM is intended to streamline the processing of imports into Canada. It is important to know that CBSA will require all importers (including…

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Made in USA Labeling Now a Final Rule

Made in USA Labeling Now a Final Rule

Was it really made in the USA? For years, businesses have dealt with Made in the USA fraud. Small businesses often find it difficult to defend themselves against brands that lie about their products being Made in the USA, and as a result have lost sales to dishonest competitors. Consumers also face a disadvantage as…

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