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The White House sent to Congress Aug. 12 a draft statement of administrative action outlining the statutory changes and administrative actions that would be necessary to implement the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a wide-ranging free trade agreement with 11 other countries that was signed this past February.
The foreign supplier verification program rule requires importers of food for humans or animals, with some exceptions, to verify that (a) their foreign suppliers use processes and procedures that provide the same level of public health protection as the U.S. preventive controls and produce safety regulations, where applicable; and (b) the food they import is not adulterated and not misbranded with respect to food allergen labeling.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has notified importers that as of the Oct. 1 effective date for mandatory use of the Automated Commercial Environment for reconciliation CBP will no longer support blanket flagging of underlying entries.
The Department of Justice announced Aug. 9 that a Tokyo-based company has agreed to plead guilty and pay a criminal fine of at least $55.48 million for its role in a conspiracy to allocate markets, fix prices and rig bids for shock absorbers installed in automobiles sold to U.S. consumers.
At a recent meeting of its Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and other agency officials, as well as industry representatives, provided the following updates on COAC work.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is increasing its enforcement efforts by targeting importers it suspects may have compliance deficiencies.
After CBP deploys the ACE Protest Module, which is currently scheduled for Aug. 29, participants with an ACE protest filer account will be able to file electronic protests in ACE.
Assessments paid by importers of cotton and cotton-containing products under the Cotton Research and Promotion Order will fall 8.3 percent under a direct final rule issued by the Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service.
Importers and exporters of animals and animal products, which include everything from apparel to cosmetics to luggage, will face stricter enforcement of Fish and Wildlife Service data reporting requirements once electronic submissions through the Automated Commercial Environment are required later this year. Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg will be conducting a webinar Sept. 29 to review these changes.
The National Marine Fisheries Service has issued a final rule that, effective Sept. 20, will revise procedures and requirements for filing import, export and reexport documentation for certain fishery products.
S. 764 prohibits states or other entities from mandating labels of food or seed that is genetically engineered. Instead, the Department of Agriculture must establish within two years through rulemaking a uniform national disclosure standard for human food that is or may be bioengineered.
As of one year after the rule is published (which should be soon) covered goods that are sold, supplied, offered for sale, manufactured or imported in the U.S. must be, and must be labeled as being, in compliance with the formaldehyde emission standards established by Congress in 2010.