USTR Extends 81 COVID-19 Related Product Exclusions for 6 Months

USTR Extends 81 COVID-19 Related Product Exclusions for 6 Months

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has announced an extension of 81 Section 301 tariff exclusions—which include certain medical-care products needed to address the COVID-19 pandemic—until May 31, 2022. USTR has also stated that the notice, “extends the 99 exclusions scheduled to expire on November 14, 2021, through November 30, 2021. Those 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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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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