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A revised policy regarding voluntary disclosures of export control and sanctions violations has been issued by the Department of Justice. A DOJ press release suggests that these revisions, which were effective as of Dec. 13, are designed to persuade more companies to submit VSDs than have done so after the department issued its first guidance on this issue in October 2016.
President Trump announced Dec. 13 a phase one trade agreement with China under which the U.S. will not impose the additional 15 percent tariff on List 4B goods imported from China that was set to take effect Dec. 15.
U.S. trade sanctions against the European Union stemming from a long-running dispute over the EU’s acceptance of hormone-treated beef will not be reinstated following a recent bilateral agreement on beef trade, according to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is adding shipments arriving by ocean and international mail to the scope of an ongoing test under which additional data elements for Section 321 goods are transmitted in advance of their arrival. CBP is also extending this test through August 2021.
The U.S., Mexico, and Canada signed Dec. 10 a new version of a trade agreement updating the 25-year-old NAFTA that reflects a number of revisions agreed to in negotiations between the Trump administration and House Democrats. The House of Representatives could vote on the USMCA during the week of Dec. 16 but the timing of a Senate vote is less clear.
Tariffs on goods imported from European Union countries could be increased to as much as 100 percent under a plan currently under consideration by the Trump administration. Comments on the possible changes are due by Jan. 13.
New rules on wildlife ports, drug imports, and high-risk foods are among the regulations set forth in the semiannual regulatory agendas recently issued by a number of federal agencies.
Lacey Act import declarations, revised import requirements, and wool and cotton trust funds are among the topics of proposed and final regulations the Department of Agriculture is working to complete.
Tighter controls on exports of specific products and to particular countries, as well as an updated steel import monitoring system, are among the new items on the Department of Commerce’s most recent semiannual regulatory agenda.
The Trump administration has announced plans to impose tariff increases on imports of various goods from the European Union and France as well as steel and aluminum products from Brazil and Argentina. It also appears increasingly likely that the tariff increase on List 4B goods from China will take effect Dec. 15 as scheduled.
Updating customs broker requirements, encouraging the use of prior disclosures, and requiring electronic filing of bonds are among the U.S. Customs and Border Protection regulations listed in the semiannual regulatory agendas of the departments of Homeland Security and the Treasury, which list the following regulations affecting international trade that could be issued within the next year.
The Department of Commerce has issued a proposed rule laying out the process and procedures that the agency intends to use to identify, assess, and address certain ICTS transactions that pose an undue risk to critical infrastructure or the digital economy in the U.S., or an unacceptable risk to U.S. national security or the safety of U.S. persons.
Additional exclusions from the Section 301 additional 25 percent tariff on List 3 goods from China have been announced by USTR. Affected products include certain electric lamps, outdoor tables, folding chairs and tables, vacuum cleaners, starter motors, bicycles, carts, canoes, and foldable stepladders.
The Environmental Protection Agency is banning effective Nov. 23 the manufacture (including import), processing, and distribution of methylene chloride in all paint removers for consumer use.
The State Department has imposed a $1 million civil penalty and a number of compliance measures as part of a consent agreement settling charges that a U.S. company registered as a broker, manufacturer, and exporter of defense articles committed ten violations of the Arms Export Control Act and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations.
The amount of trade covered by new import-restrictive measures imposed by major economies during the period May to October 2019 totaled $460.9 billion, a recent World Trade Organization report finds.
The president’s authority to impose national security-related tariffs has limits, the Court of International Trade ruled Nov. 15, a decision that could yield refunds of some Section 232 tariffs on steel products and have an impact on potential tariffs on automobiles and auto parts.
The Bureau of Industry and Security announced Nov. 18 that it will extend for another 90 days, through Feb. 16, 2020, a temporary general license authorizing specific, limited engagements in transactions involving the export, reexport, and transfer of items subject to the Export Administration to Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and 114 of its non-U.S. affiliates on the Entity List.
The Bureau of Industry and Security has imposed a $136,000 civil penalty against a U.S. company to settle charges that it exported electric cattle prods, which are controlled on crime control grounds, to Venezuela, Mexico, South Africa, and the Czech Republic without the required export licenses.