Comments Sought on JADE Act Requirements
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is inviting public comments through March 12 on the proposed extension without change of an information collection requirement concerning the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE Act of 2008. This law prohibits the importation of “Burmese covered articles” (jadeite, rubies, and articles of jewelry containing jadeite or rubies mined or extracted from Burma) and sets forth conditions for the importation of “non-Burmese covered articles” (jadeite, rubies, and articles of jewelry containing jadeite or rubies mined or extracted from a country other than Burma). To implement this law, CBP requires that importers enter the specific HTSUS subheading for jadeite, rubies or articles containing jadeite or rubies on the entry summary (CBP Form 7501), which serves as the importer's certification. In addition, importers must have in their possession at the time of entry a certification from the exporter certifying that the conditions of the JADE Act have been met. Importers must keep this certification in their records and make it available to CBP upon request.