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August 9 2012 Issue

Thursday, August 09, 2012
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

STTAS Expands Global Presence, Strengthens Latin American Operations With Argentina Office  

Sandler & Travis Trade Advisory Services Inc. announced Aug. 8 the opening of its Argentina office, which will be headquartered in Buenos Aires and augmented by a second office in Rosario. This expansion marks STTAS’ third location in Latin America, along with São Paulo, Brazil, and Mexico City, Mexico, and its seventh office worldwide. STTAS de Argentina SRL will provide a wide range of managed services to clients operating throughout the Mercosur region, including tariff classification, country of origin determination and import license management as well as consultative services. 

The general manager of STTAS de Argentina SRL is Leandro Gonzalez. Mr. Gonzalez has substantial hands-on experience in the development, implementation and management of efficient and compliant customs and logistics processes in South America and Africa. His responsibilities have included import/export operations, tariff classification, customs valuation and warehousing as well as Six Sigma implementation. Mr. Gonzalez is a licensed customs broker, holds a degree in international commerce and is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and English. 

"We are experiencing a significant increase in the demand for global trade managed services to support South American markets,” said Gianluca Romano, STTAS’ Senior Vice President, International Commercial Services. “The new office in Argentina will make it easier to meet this increased demand and to provide additional local support to our clients doing business in South America." 
Please contact Mr. Gonzalez for information on how STTAS can assist your company with its international trade needs in the region. 

Sandler & Travis Trade Advisory Services Inc. (STTAS) is recognized as the leading provider of customs and international trade advisory services in the public and private sectors. STTAS offers hands-on global import/export solutions for multinational companies eager to increase their ability to move merchandise across international borders in an efficient, seamless and compliant manner. STTAS also assists governments throughout the world in building customs agencies and procedures that expand import and export capabilities, reduce risk factors and comply with international standards. 

Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A. (ST&R), which is affiliated with STTAS, is a customs and international trade law firm concentrating its practice in assisting clients with the movement of goods, services and ideas across international borders. ST&R provides manufacturers, importers, exporters, retailers and governments the advice and counsel they require to succeed amid the constantly changing demands of global trade. 

Combined, ST&R and STTAS are currently the largest provider of customs and international trade services worldwide, with more than 600 global trade professionals located in 14 offices in 7 countries. Our success is based on a combination of unsurpassed domain expertise, proprietary technology and business process best practices.

CBP Postpones C-TPAT Conference, Pushes Back Trade Symposium  

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is postponing its 2012 C-TPAT Conference, which had been slated for Sept. 24-26 in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, due to scheduling and logistics challenges. CBP states that it is working to “revise the planning in order to bring you the conference material at a later date.” 

CBP has also pushed back to Oct. 29-30 its 2012 Trade Symposium, which will also be held in the Washington metro area. The symposium will feature updates on CBP’s trade process modernization and expansion of global partnerships, the changing role of customs brokers, and more. Registration is expected to open the week of Aug. 13 and there will be a limit of three representatives from the same company allowed to participate. The symposium will also be broadcast live over the Web.

El Salvador Gets Customs Modernization Help from WCO, CBP  

The World Customs Organization reports that in July it conducted a capacity-building mission to El Salvador to assist in the prioritization of needs within that country’s 2010-2014 customs modernization plan. Funded in part by the U.S. Department of Commerce and with participation from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, this mission included a workshop aimed at facilitating a dialogue between the public and private sectors on various customs and border management reforms. A second area of emphasis was customs administration, with the management team starting work on a more detailed prioritization of work areas and capacity building needs in areas such as post-audit control, risk management and valuation. 

In response to the Salvadorian government’s commitment to designing and implementing an authorized economic operator program, the mission included visits to envisaged AEO companies to foster a dialogue that is intended to lead to an exchange of experience and better mutual understanding. The WCO team also worked with the AEO team at an operational and technical level on issues such as requirements, benefits, framework, suspension, operational procedures and engagement with the private sector. In addition, a roadmap for short-term and medium-term objectives was developed.

Dates and Deadlines in the Week Ahead  

Following are highlights of regulatory effective dates and deadlines and federal agency meetings coming up during the week of Aug. 13. 

Aug. 13 – comments on proposed import restrictions on integrated circuits 

Aug. 13 – comments on USDA information collection on importation of wooden handicrafts from China 

Aug. 13 – comments on proposed increase in user fees for DOC trade promotion services 

Aug. 14 – STTAS webinar on importing into Mexico 

Aug. 15 – comments on CBP information collection on user fees 

Aug. 16 – ST&R webinar on licensing for agricultural and medical exports to embargoed countries 

Aug. 17 – comments on applications for hazmat special permits

ITC Considering Modification of Rules on AD/CV and IPR Probes, AGOA Short Supply  

As part of a biennial review aimed at determining how to make its regulatory program more effective or less burdensome in achieving regulatory objectives, the International Trade Commission is soliciting comments no later than Oct. 9 on the following issues. 

- whether regulations in 19 CFR parts 201 (rules of general application relating to ITC functions and activities), 207 (antidumping/countervailing injury investigations) and 210 (Section 337 intellectual property rights infringement investigations) need to be modified, streamlined, expanded or repealed 

- whether regulations in 19 CFR part 200 addressing employee responsibilities and conduct can be modified or repealed in light of the issuance of similar regulations by the Office of Government Ethics 

- whether regulations in 19 CFR part 201, subpart F, addressing national security information should be modified in light of Executive Order 13526 of Dec. 29, 2009 

- whether regulations in 19 CFR part 208 addressing investigations on the commercial availability of textile fabric and yarn in sub-Saharan African countries can be repealed in light of the repeal of section 112(c)(2) of the African Growth and Opportunity Act, which required the ITC to make determinations with respect to the commercial availability and use of regional textile fabric or yarn in lesser developed beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries in the production of apparel articles receiving U.S. preferential treatment under AGOA

AD Notices: Steel Plate, Graphite Electrodes, Steel Bar  

Agency: International Trade Administration. 
Commodity: Cut-to-length carbon steel plate. 
Country: China. 
Nature of Notice: Preliminary results of administrative review of antidumping duty order for the period Nov. 1, 2010, through Oct. 31, 2011. 
Details: Two respondents did not have reviewable transactions during the period of review and two others did not establish their eligibility for separate rate status. 

Agency: International Trade Administration. 
Commodity: Small diameter graphite electrodes. 
Country: China. 
Nature of Notice: Affirmative final determination that certain electrodes finished in the United Kingdom from China-produced artificial graphite rod/unfinished electrode component inputs and exported to the U.S. are circumventing this antidumping duty order. 

Agency: International Trade Administration. 
Commodity: Stainless steel bar. 
Country: Brazil, India, Japan and Spain. 
Nature of Notice: Continuation of antidumping duty orders for another five years, effective Aug. 9. 
Details: Stainless steel bar means articles of stainless steel in straight lengths that have been either hot-rolled, forged, turned, cold-drawn, cold-rolled or otherwise cold-finished, or ground, having a uniform solid cross section along their whole length in the shape of circles, segments of circles, ovals, rectangles (including squares), triangles, hexagons, octagons, or other convex polygons. Stainless steel bar includes cold-finished stainless steel bars that are turned or ground in straight lengths, whether produced from hot-rolled bar or from straightened and cut rod or wire, and reinforcing bars that have indentations, ribs, grooves, or other deformations produced during the rolling process. The stainless steel bar subject to these orders is currently classifiable under HTSUS 7222.10.00, 7222.11.00, 7222.19.00, 7222.20.00 and 7222.30.00. 

Another Carrier Approved for Mexican Truck Pilot   

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is requesting public comment no later than Aug. 20 on data and information concerning a pre-authorization safety audit conducted for one motor carrier that has applied to participate in the pilot program to test and demonstrate the ability of Mexico-domiciled motor carriers to operate safely in the U.S. beyond specified border zones. According to FMCSA, this carrier successfully completed its PASA and the results of this audit are available here. A list of the carrier’s vehicles approved for use in the pilot program is also available on this Web site. 

While the law only requires the publication of data for carriers receiving operating authority, FMCSA will also publish this information to show motor carriers that failed to meet U.S. safety standards. To date, however, no carriers have failed the PASA. 

Import/Export Forms for Drug Products Under Review  

The Drug Enforcement Administration is accepting public comments through Oct. 9 on the proposed extension of the following information collections. 

DEA Form 488, Application for Import Quota for Ephedrine, Pseudoephedrine and Phenylpropanolamine – Persons who desire to import these List I chemicals during the following calendar year must apply on this form for an import quota. 

DEA Forms 486 and 486A, Import/Export Declaration for List I and List II Chemicals – Persons importing, exporting and conducting international transactions with List I and List II chemicals must notify DEA of those transactions in advance, including information regarding the person(s) to whom the chemical will be transferred and the quantity to be transferred. Persons must also provide return declarations confirming the date of the importation and transfer and the amounts of the chemical transferred. For the List I chemicals ephedrine, pseudoephedrine and phenylpropanolamine, importers must report all information known to them on the chain of distribution of the chemical from the manufacturer to the importer. 

Commercial Gauger Approved  

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced that effective Jan. 26, 2011, Amspec Services LLC of Corpus Christi, Texas, has been approved to gauge petroleum and petroleum products, organic chemicals and vegetable oils for customs purposes. A complete listing of CBP approved gaugers and accredited laboratories is available here.

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