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U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued an interim final rule amending its regulations to reflect the increase from $200 to $800 in the value of certain articles that may be imported by one person on one day free of duty and tax.
An Aug. 24 appellate court ruling offers substantial duty savings and potential duty refunds for importers of protective cases for smartphones as well as the possibility of lower duties for protective cases of other types of devices. While the decision does not yet represent a final disposition to the case, companies importing such articles may file protests of any adverse classifications to preserve their rights to potential duty refunds as a result of this decision.
Importers, foreign governments and others again have an opportunity to petition the U.S. government for changes in the coverage of the Generalized System of Preferences.
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.