CBP Adjusts Customs User Fees for Inflation Effective 10/1/2022

CBP Adjusts Customs User Fees for Inflation Effective 10/1/2022

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has released a notice detailing plans to increase Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act fees by 18.629% 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, 2022. Below are examples of the current fees and what the adjusted…

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Further Russian Sanctions & General Licenses

Further Russian Sanctions & General Licenses

The following is an overview of various export and import measures that have recently been put in place against Russia and Belarus. The Latest June 2022 Financial sanctions, announced by the Treasury and State Department, target more than 100 entities and 50 people, including Russia’s State Corporation Rostec, a “massive” state-owned technological, aerospace and military-industrial…

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UFLPA Enforcement Strategy Published—Effective 6/21

UFLPA Enforcement Strategy Published—Effective 6/21

The U.S. government’s Forced Labor Enforcement Task Force (FLETF) has released its Strategy to Prevent the Importation of Goods Mined, Produced, or Manufactured with Forced Labor in the People’s Republic of China—as mandated by the UFLPA. This strategy, along with the UFLPA Operational Guidance for importers, provides the structure for the full implementation of the…

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Importers—Prepare for UFLPA Implementation June 21

Importers—Prepare for UFLPA Implementation June 21

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has published guidance to help importers prepare for the implementation of the UFLPA rebuttable presumption, which takes effect on June 21, 2022. This guidance is meant to give operational guidance to trade stakeholders. Importers must comply within the UFLPA strategy as noted in UFLPA, Section 3(b). What is UFLPA?…

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Commerce Suspends 232 Tariffs on Ukrainian Steel

Commerce Suspends 232 Tariffs on Ukrainian Steel

United States Secretary of Commerce, Gina M. Raimondo, announced on May 9 that the U.S. will be suspending 232 tariffs on Ukrainian steel for one year. Ukraine’s steel industry is uniquely important to the country’s economic strength, employing 1 in 13 Ukrainians with good-paying jobs. "Today’s announcement is a signal to the Ukrainian people that…

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Penalty Increases for Export Controls Violations

Penalty Increases for Export Controls Violations

Back in January, the Commerce Department adjusted it's civil monetary penalties to account for inflation. The change increases maximum civil monetary penalties for violations of the Export Controls Act of 2018 from $308,901 to $328,121. The rule is effective as of January 15. AES filings 13 U.S.C. 304, Collection of Foreign Trade Statistics (2002); each…

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CIT Rules USTR Had Authority to Impose Section 301 Tariffs—Not All Lost for Importers

CIT Rules USTR Had Authority to Impose Section 301 Tariffs—Not All Lost for Importers

Although the Court of International Trade’s (CIT) findings that the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) had authority to impose Lists 3 and 4A tariffs did hit the over 3,600 lawsuits challenging the tariffs hard, not all is lost for the importers. In the long-awaited opinion, the court ruled against the plaintiffs' argument that…

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