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All cargo shipments originating from the U.S. must provide proof of disinsection (i.e., killing live mosquitoes, their larvae and eggs) upon arrival at the Chinese air or sea port. This proof must be in the form of a certificate issued by a governmental body or an organization recognized by a governmental body (e.g., licensed pest control companies, fumigation operations licensed to apply pesticides, and registered vessels) and must describe the means of treatment.
BIS is proposing to authorize items temporarily exported or reexported under license exception TMP and imported under the provisions of the IMMEX program to remain in Mexico for up to four years.
Continuing its efforts to implement the enhanced trade enforcement authority granted by Congress earlier this year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has published an interim rule setting forth the procedures it will use to investigate claims of evasion of antidumping and countervailing duty orders.
The Bureau of Industry and Security has extended from Aug. 30 to Nov. 28 the expiration date of a temporary general license allowing exports of goods subject to the Export Administration Regulations from the U.S. to ZTE Corporation (Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation) and ZTE Kangxun Telecommunications Ltd.
Both rules reflect the agreement of BIS and State with public commenters that the proposed rules did not go far enough and additional harmonization was needed. The rules also incorporate certain clarifications and refinements to clarify and alleviate perceived concerns, in particular for exporters of non-600 series and non-9x515 items under the EAR.
GAO states that by not fully collecting these duties the U.S. government not only loses a substantial amount of revenue but also compromises its efforts to deter and remedy unfair and injurious trade practices. CBP responded that it is taking several steps in an effort to address this problem.
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.