CBP Issues First Penalty for Forced Labor Importer

CBP Issues First Penalty for Forced Labor Importer

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued their first penalty for imports made with forced labor since the passage of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015. CBP has collected $575,000 in penalties, after the closure of a civil enforcement action against stevia sweetener importer, Pure Circle U.S.A., Inc., per CBP press…

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CBP Posts Updated Certificate of Origin Template for Free Trade Agreements

CBP Posts Updated Certificate of Origin Template for Free Trade Agreements

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has published a revised Certificate of Origin template to assist importers with a variety of Free Trade Agreements. It now includes the USMCA and US-Japan agreements. In this document, you will find that the template changes based on which country selected. The options given are as follows, AustraliaCAFTA-DRChileColombiaJapanKoreaPanamaPeruSingaporeUSMCA If you…

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CBP Updates Marking and Country of Origin Guidelines

CBP Updates Marking and Country of Origin Guidelines

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has recently updated their Informed Compliance Publication (ICP) on Marking and Country of Origin on U.S. Imports. This publication discusses the country of origin marking requirements, which include general information, forms of marking, special statutory marking, etc. Why Mark Goods? The publication defines the purpose of marking as a…

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FEMA Revised List of Restricted PPE Exports

FEMA Revised List of Restricted PPE Exports

Back in April, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) began restricting exports for certain personal protective equipment (PPE) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although they will continue to restrict exports, they have announced a revised list of PPE subject to these restrictions, effective August 10, 2020. According to the notice, FEMA will continue to limit…

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EAR Revised to Reflect Hong Kong License Suspensions

EAR Revised to Reflect Hong Kong License Suspensions

The Export Administration Regulations (EAR) were updated in the Federal Register to reflect license exceptions for Hong Kong that are no longer available for exports, reexports and transfers within. No changes were made to the Commerce Control Categories or Country Chart. Where can I find this change in the EAR? Part 740.2 of the EAR…

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CBP Adjusts Customs User Fees for Inflation

CBP Adjusts Customs User Fees for Inflation

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) has released a notice detailing plans to increase the following Customs user fees by 8.933 percent to reflect inflation, effective October 1. Import clients will see an increase in their U.S. Customs user fees—minimum and maximum Merchandise Processing Fees (MPF)—effective October 1, 2020. Below are examples of the current…

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Executive Order Ends Special Treatment for Hong Kong and Expands Sanctions

A Hong Kong Flag flies with a black and white city in the background.

On July 14, 2020, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that ends preferential treatment for Hong Kong under provisions of the Export Control Reform Act and the Arms Export Control Act. This executive order also expands export restrictions, revoking all license exceptions for exports to Hong Kong for items subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), which provide “differential treatment compared to…

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New HTS Code for Medical Face Masks

New HTS Code for Medical Face Masks

Following the release of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on July 1, 2020, a series of Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) updates were released that directly impact the importation of safety and medical masks. In the HTS Revision 14, plastic material masks and face shields now have an HTS of their own. Instead of using HTS 3926.90.9990, importers must…

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