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Costs for shipping e-commerce goods from China into the U.S. could increase if the White House follows through on an Oct. 17 announcement that the U.S. will to withdraw from the Universal Postal Union. Instead, the Trump administration plans to adopt self-declared rates for the delivery of goods through international mail “as soon as practical” and no later than Jan. 1, 2020.
Final regulations implementing the changes to drawback law made by the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act must be issued and become effective by Dec. 17 under a recent order by the Court of International Trade.
The Trump administration notified Congress Oct. 16 of its intent to negotiate separate trade agreements with the European Union, the United Kingdom, and Japan. Negotiations will begin no earlier than Jan. 14, 2019, with the EU and Japan, while talks with the UK will begin “as soon as it is ready” after it exits from the EU on March 29, 2019.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued a message stating that the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act’s duty suspensions or reductions on 1,660 products were effective for goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after Oct. 13 and will remain in effect through Dec. 31, 2020.
Under a pilot program set to begin in November, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. will conduct national security reviews of an expanded range of proposed foreign investments in 27 sensitive industries.
Modernizing and streamlining U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s regulations on foreign-trade zones are the objectives of recommendations submitted to CBP Oct. 3 by its Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee. COAC said the goal of these recommendations is to provide for full automation, more efficient processes, and reduced transactional oversight based on risk.
As the impact of the Trump administration’s Section 301 tariff hikes on imports from China spreads, and the threat of duty increases on even more Chinese goods continues to grow, businesses are looking for ways to minimize their exposure to these additional costs. For importers of apparel, footwear, hats, and bags, several existing U.S. trade preference programs offer the opportunity to avoid not only the China tariffs but also the everyday duties these products face.
The U.S. trade deficit in goods and services rose for the third straight month in August, up 6.2 percent to $53.2 billion, according to trade statistics released by the Department of Commerce. Exports were down 0.8 percent to $209.4 billion while imports rose 0.6 percent to a record-high $262.7 billion.
The Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs is requesting comments and information no later than Jan. 11 to be used in the preparation of certain documents regarding child labor and forced labor in foreign countries.
Digital technologies such as the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, 3D printing, and blockchain will add up to 34 percentage points to trade growth by 2030 thanks to lower costs and higher productivity, according to the World Trade Organization’s 2018 World Trade Report. However, these benefits are contingent on adequately addressing important public policy challenges such as inclusiveness, privacy protection, and cybersecurity.
A provision in the updated NAFTA concluded this past weekend could make it more difficult for Canada and Mexico to pursue potential free trade agreements with China. Observers say the Trump administration could look to insert a similar provision in possible FTAs with the European Union and Japan as part of its effort to pressure Beijing to advance economic reforms.
A case handled by Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg illustrates the benefit of companies importing into China being able to show China Customs evidence that they exercised reasonable care in the customs declaration process. Doing so can help demonstrate that a customs regulation infraction occurred without intent, which will typically be treated administratively with no penalty. On the other hand, a determination that a violation was committed intentionally will not only result in a penalty but will also downgrade the importer’s customs ranking.
The U.S., Canada, and Mexico announced Sept. 28 an agreement to modernize the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement. The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is expected to be signed by Dec. 1, which could bring it up for congressional consideration in early 2019.
Food being imported or offered for import into the U.S. from a foreign facility for which registration has not been submitted or renewed must be held at the port of entry for and may not be delivered to the importer, owner, or consignee until the foreign facility is registered. Failure to register or renew a registration can also expose facilities to civil or criminal action.
The Food and Drug Administration is soliciting businesses with multiple food processing facilities that implement centrally-developed supply chain programs and recall plans to volunteer for two-tier inspections.