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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New Lacey Act Requirements—October 1, 2021

New Lacey Act Requirements—October 1, 2021

Beginning October 1, 2021, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will start enforcing Lacey Act import declaration requirements on 27 new tariff lines. This marks the sixth phase of Lacey Act declaration enforcement, which was delayed from October 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the new products include essential oils; trunks,…

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The Importance of Export Compliance Programs

The Importance of Export Compliance Programs

How many companies have been exporting for years and lack an export compliance program? A U.S. security equipment manufacturer was recently fined $140,000 for illegally exporting products, such as stun guns, police batons, handcuffs, and pepper spray, to countries in Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East.  The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) found…

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Aluminum Licensing Requirements Effective June 28

Aluminum Licensing Requirements Effective June 28

The U.S. Department of Commerce has published a notice regarding aluminum licensing requirements. Aluminum import licenses will be required for entries of covered aluminum products beginning June 28, 2021. This notice also confirms that the stay of the regulations entitled “Aluminum Import Monitoring and Analysis System” will be lifted on June 28. The licensing process…

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BIS Issues UAE Final Rule to End of Israeli Boycott

BIS Issues UAE Final Rule to End of Israeli Boycott

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has issued a final rule, effective June 8, that amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to reflect the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) formal termination of its participation in the Arab League Boycott of Israel. Under this rule, certain “requests for information, action or agreement from the UAE” will…

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EU Backs Down from Raising Retaliatory Tariffs

EU Backs Down from Raising Retaliatory Tariffs

The European Union (EU) has announced that it will not increase its retaliatory tariffs for Section 232 tariffs—which adds a 25 percent tariff on steel and 10 percent on aluminum imports. Items on the EU retaliation list include whiskey, bourbon, orange juice, cigarettes, steel, motorcycles, yachts, and more. The retaliation was set to double the…

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EXIM Allows More Foreign Content for U.S. Exports

EXIM Allows More Foreign Content for U.S. Exports

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) is accepting information on the level of U.S. and foreign content in U.S. exports in the following transformational export sectors through May 14: biomedical sciences; wireless communications equipment (5G); quantum computing; renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy storage; semiconductors and semiconductor machinery manufacturing; emerging financial technologies; water…

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