USTR Notice of Extension for Product Exclusions

USTR Notice of Extension for Product Exclusions

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced the further extension of the 352 reinstated exclusions and 77 COVID-related exclusions in the China Section 301 Investigation until December 31, 2023. The extension will allow for further consideration under the statutory four-year review. For specific questions on customs classification or implementation of the product…

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DDTC New Required AES Data Element

DDTC New Required AES Data Element

The Department of Commerce (DOC), U.S. Census Bureau announced the collection of a new conditional data elements required in the Automated Export System (AES). Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) Category XXI Determination Number must be entered, when “21” is selected under the DDTC United States Munitions List (USML) Category Code field. The FTR defines…

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BIS Guidance for License Applicants Exporting Medical Goods to Russia

BIS Guidance for License Applicants Exporting Medical Goods to Russia

The Bureau of Industry (BIS) issued a guidance outlining best practices for license applicants looking to export medical-related items to Russia, Belarus, or certain occupied regions of Ukraine. BIS Checklist Questions Have you provided a statement certifying that the medical facilities on the application are civilian facilities providing direct patient care only to civilian patients?…

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Five Eyes Agree to Enforce Export Controls

Five Eyes Agree to Enforce Export Controls

The U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has announced that the “Five Eyes” countries—Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States—have committed to formally coordinate on export controls enforcement. In particular, they hope to restrict access to sensitive technologies to Russia and Belarus.  Increasing export control coordination between the U.S. and…

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Cargo Storage Detained for Forced Labor Concerns

Cargo Storage Detained for Forced Labor Concerns

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that importers, or their authorized filers, can submit a request to the Port Director to update the entry type to warehouse entry from a formal entry—where their cargo is being detained for forced labor concerns—requesting their cargo be transferred to a customs bonded warehouse for storage, pending…

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CBP Adjusts Customs User Fees for Inflation Effective 10/1/2023

CBP Adjusts Customs User Fees for Inflation Effective 10/1/2023

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has released a notice detailing plans to increase Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act fees by 26.670% 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, 2023. Below are examples of the current fees and what the adjusted fees…

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Avoid Weight Amendment Fees

Avoid Weight Amendment Fees

Pondus Weighing Platform is an innovative weighing solution that helps drive safety across the container handling sector. Mis-declared containers create potential safety risks throughout the supply chain from transport companies to terminal operators and shipping lines. This new weighing solution, introduced in 2021, helps identify mis-declared weights by statistically sampling containers for weighing and then…

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