U.S. Repeals Ban on Imports from Burma
President Obama issued Aug. 7 an executive order repealing the provisions of a previous order that implemented a broad ban on imports from Burma under the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act, which expired July 28. The State Department had waived these provisions in November 2012 as part of the process of easing economic sanctions against Burma in response to the reforms the government of that country has implemented over the past two years.
The ban on imports of jadeite and rubies mined or extracted from Burma and articles of jewelry containing such gems remains in effect. This ban applies to any jadeite classifiable under HTSUS 7103, any rubies classifiable under HTSUS 7103, any article of jewelry classifiable under HTSUS 7113 that contains jadeite or rubies, and any article of jadeite or rubies classifiable under HTSUS 7116.