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Evolution of Customs Audits and the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism: ISA Members Beware!

Since the advent of the Centers of Excellence and Expertise (CEE’s), US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has moved its audit function to the Centers and is focusing on single issue audits rather than the focused...more

Importers Beware: U.S. Customs Targets Imports Made in China by North Korean Workers

The AP recently reported that North Koreans are working in China as forced labor and their products are being imported into the U.S. The AP followed the production of seafood from Chinese facilities to U.S. retailers, but...more

EU-Canada Free Trade Agreement (CETA)

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (“CETA”), the much anticipated free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada went into effect on September 21st. CETA is a terrific opportunity for global companies...more

9/27/2017  /  Canada , CETA , EU , Free Trade Agreements , Tariffs

Post-9/11 U.S. Customs and Border Protection Safety and Security

Post 9/11 U.S. Customs initiated numerous anti-terrorism measures in response to the new need to secure imported cargo and the ports. In fact, the agency’s name changed from the U.S. Customs Service under the Treasury...more

Customs and Border Protection Readies for Hurricane Irma

On September 6th Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) released a statement regarding cargo processing during the upcoming hurricane. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, diversion of cargo to open ports was a key factor in...more

Potential Drawback Opportunity for Distilled Spirits

“Drawback” is U.S. Customs program that allows importers to get their duty payments refunded by Customs if they export the same or a similar product. There are lots of permutations and it’s quite a bit of “paperwork” to...more

WTO and FAO Issue Publication on Trade and Food Standards

The World Trade Organization (WTO) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recently issued a joint publication, Trade and Food Standards, which discusses the development of international standards and the need for...more

CIT rules on Made in USA claim

A recent ruling by the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) has important implications for importers and manufacturers making “Made in USA” claims for products assembled from imported components. While the case concerned...more

Defending Domestic Interests in the New Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Process – Important Next Steps and Deadlines

At the end of 2016, about 3200 petitions were filed with the ITC to suspend tariffs on products ranging from chemical manufacturing inputs to consumer products. Over the next several months, the International Trade Commission...more

1/9/2017  /  ITC , Manufacturers , Tariffs

December 31st TTB and U.S. Customs Filing and Recordkeeping Changes

Effective December 31, 2016, all imports of distilled spirits, wine, beer, and malt beverages, tobacco products, processed tobacco, and cigarette papers and tubes, must be filed through U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s...more

FDA Continues FSMA Implementation, Finalizes Guidance on Voluntary Qualified Importer Program to Expedite Food Imports

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) released last week a final version of its guidance for industry on the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP), which will provide a mechanism for eligible food importers to expedite...more

11/21/2016  /  Audits , FDA , Food Safety , Foreign Suppliers , FSMA , FSVP , Imports

Deadlines to Request Duty Savings Fast Approaching! ITC to Kick-Off New MTB Process in October

Earlier this year, a new law revived the process for suspending tariffs on various products imported into the United States – known as the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill or MTB. The key change is moving from a legislative process...more

9/19/2016  /  Deadlines , Imports , ITC , Tariffs

International Trade Commission Launched New Import Monitoring Tool

The U.S. International Trade Commission (“USITC”) recently announced the launching of a new Import Monitoring Tool that will allow the public to monitor changes in U.S. imports. The Monitoring Tool was developed as mandated...more

Importers Into The European Union Take Note: EU Customs Code Goes Into Effect May 2016

The EU Customs Code, known as the Union Customs Code (“UCC”), applies to all goods imported to, or exported from, the EU customs territory. The UCC was adopted in 2013 and goes into effect on 1 May 2016. The UCC is intended...more

Congress Passes the Customs Reauthorization Bill

Last week the U.S. Congress passed the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, also known as the Customs Reauthorization Bill. The Bill, which we expect to be signed by the President, will update U.S. Customs...more

CBP Updates Timeline for Mandatory Use of ACE

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) recently released an updated timeline for the mandatory use of the Automated Commercial Environment (“ACE”). Customs has been working with partner government agencies and the trade...more

Consumer Product Safety Commission Approves Test Program: Electronic Filing of Certificates of Compliance

This week the Consumer Product Safety Commission voted to approve a test program to assess the electronic filing of certificates of compliance at entry in coordination with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. With the idea...more

“The White Sauce” Decision (International Custom Products, Inc. v. United States) Highlights Importance of Administrative...

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decision, International Custom Products, Inc. v. United States, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 11170 (Fed. Cir. June 30, 2015), was ten years in the making and provides a stern lesson for...more

Congress Passes Bill to Reinstate Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) – Opportunities to Seek Refunds; Support or Oppose...

Congress has recently passed the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, which renewed the Generalized System of Preferences, the U.S. trade program that promotes economic growth in the developing world, allowing for nearly...more

May 29th Filing Requirement for U.S. Companies with Foreign Affiliates

U.S. Companies with foreign subsidiaries and other affiliates are required to report to the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) by May 29 or June 30, 2015, depending on the number of foreign...more

California Enforces Transparency in Supply Chains Act

The Attorney General of California has recently sent letters to more than 1,700 companies notifying them that the State is enforcing the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, which became effective in 2012. ...more

Opportunity for Importers of Designer Merchandise to Reduce Duty Exposure

We have recently received a positive ruling from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“Customs”) in response to a protest filed on behalf of one of our clients which is a U.S. subsidiary of a European parent company and...more

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