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2015 Omnibus Provides $123 Million in Funding for the CPSC with No User Fee Authorization; Report Language Focuses on Test Burden...

Update: After some uncertainty, Congress passed and the President is expected to sign the 2015 Omnibus bill into law. The report language of the Omnibus bill incorporated by reference House Report 113-508, which...more

A CEE Change Is Coming

Earlier this month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Customs) announced that it plans to expand its first three Centers of Excellence and Expertise (CEEs) over the next 12 months to cover their entire industries. Included...more

CPSC Announces Largest Civil Penalty to Date for Alleged Failure to Timely Report

On October 28, 2014, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Baja Inc., and its corporate affiliate, One World Technologies Inc., of Anderson, S.C., agreed to pay a $4.3 million civil penalty to...more

CAFC’s Decision in Victoria’s Secret Case Could Impact Tariff Classification of “Other Garments”

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) recently affirmed the Court of International Trade’s (CIT) decision classifying shelf bra camisoles under subheading 6114.20.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the...more

Outstanding Design Flaws in California’s Cap-and-Trade Program

On January 1, 2013, California embarked on a grand experiment with the launch of the world’s most complex cap-and-trade program. Under this program, companies operating in California, such as food processors, power producers...more

"Federal Circuit Decision Underscores the Importance of Customs Compliance for All Parties to an Import Transaction"

A decision issued last week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in United States v. Trek Leather, Inc. has shaken fundamental assumptions held by many U.S. importers and their business partners (including...more

Customs Litigation: Federal Circuit Decision In United States v. Trek Leather Broadens Personal Liability For Penalties Under 19...

On September 16, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued its en banc decision in United States v. Trek Leather, Inc. No. 2011-1527, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 17746 (Fed. Cir. Sept. 16, 2014). The decision is...more

The Canadian LNG Projects Revolution

Canada’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) market is at something of a turning point. With expanding shale reserves, an amenable regulatory environment and a general comfort with foreign investment in its oil and gas industry,...more

Introducing Personal Liability Into Corporate Negligence: An Analysis of the Trek Leather Decision

Are you an owner or officer of a small or midsize business? An import or trade compliance professional? Someone whose job responsibilities include some aspect of the process of importing merchandise into the United States,...more

Update: CBP Now Accepting C-TPAT Applications For Exporters

In a June 12 post, I told you about U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) plan to expand the previously importers only Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) certification program to include exporters. As...more

California Issues Draft Three-Year Green Chemistry Priority Product Work Plan

On September 12, 2014, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) issued a draft Priority Product Work Plan (Work Plan) pursuant to the California Safer Consumer Product (SCP) regulations. The Work Plan...more

DTSC Releases Draft Initial Priority Product Work Plan

On September 12, 2014, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released its much anticipated draft Initial Priority Product Work Plan under the Safer Consumer Products Regulations. The Regulations require...more

CBP Updates Informed Compliance Publication Providing Further Guidance on “First Sale” Requirements

On July 9, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) circulated a draft revised Informed Compliance Publication entitled “Bona Fide Sales & Sales for Exportation to the United States,” which identifies additional...more

CBP “Reliquidates” Deemed Liquidation Statute

Recently, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) took a new, creative tack in a long struggle with importers regarding application of the “deemed liquidation” statute, 19 U.S.C. § 1504, to entries subject to antidumping and...more

Trade & Manufacturing - July 2014

In This Issue: - Commerce Issues Preliminary Determination Finding Chinese Solar Producers Receive Countervailable Subsidies - United States Prevails in WTO Dispute Challenging China's Duties on U.S....more

New Updated FTC Care Labeling Rules: “Do’s and Don’ts”

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) enforces federal labeling requirements that require manufacturers, importers, sellers and distributors of certain textile and wool clothing to accurately label their products. For example,...more

Exporters will soon be able to take advantage of C-TPAT benefits! BIG news

Until now, eligibility for a Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) certification has been an importers only program. Now a plan is in the works to expand the program to exporters. One proposed benefit would be...more

A Changing Landscape for US Importers of Defense Articles

ATF revises US Munitions Import List and extends term for import permits. On March 27, 2014, the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) published revisions to the US Munitions Import List...more

Manufacturers, Importers and Retailers Must Take Action Following DTSC Reveal of Priority Products

Once again, California is on the leading edge of environmental programs. An approaching April 1, 2014, deadline for publication of a “Priority Products List” under “Safer Consumer Products Regulations” that first went into...more

New EU Cosmetics Regulation already in effect – 9 things for manufacturers and importers to know

A new European Union cosmetics regulation, already in effect, more broadly defines what a cosmetic is and changes the EU’s approach to cosmetics safety, holding that a cosmetic product must be safe for human health....more

TRANSACTIONAL: Upstream Developments – Latin America: Foreign Exchange Controls in Venezuela Strangle Parts of Energy Sector

Introduction – Upstream Players -- In February 2013, after devaluating the official exchange rate of the Venezuelan Bolivar from VEB 4.3 to 6.3 per USD, the Venezuelan government set up the Complementary System of...more

European Commission Plans to Change Consumer Product Safety Rules

The European Commission plans to introduce new rules to improve the safety regime applicable to non-food consumer products distributed in the EU. The Commission has put forward a new package of measures to provide more...more

Customs Sharing Hard Times with Importers and Travelers

While much has been made in the press about the effect of the sequestration on U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), with experts and even CBP officials anticipating longer lines at immigration check-points and longer...more

Sales of Certain Medical Devices Now Subject To The Medical Device Excise Tax

Effective January 1, 2013, manufacturers, importers and producers of certain medical devices are subject to an excise tax equal to 2.3 percent of the price at which the medical device is sold. You should note that this excise...more

Evading Duties Can Be Costly To Importers, But Lucrative For Others

The U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ") recently announced that a Japan-based company, Toyo Ink SC Holdings Co. Ltd., and various affiliated entities, have agreed to pay $45 million plus interest to settle allegations that...more

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