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In a Nov. 4 address to the World Shipping Summit in China, Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero said global shippers are “uneasy at best” about the growing number of alliances between ocean carriers. However, he said that both shippers and carriers have responsibilities in stabilizing the current ocean shipping environment.
Food importers should act now to design, test, and implement foreign supplier verification plans or risk supply chain disruptions, delays in entry processing, and possibly the exclusion of their products from the U.S. marketplace.
Importers of a common type of aluminum extrusion face substantial AD and CV duties following a preliminary determination by the DOC that these products are circumventing the AD and CV duty orders on aluminum extrusions from China. This action could have a significantly negative impact on a broad range of sectors that rely on these popular products and highlights the importance of having a comprehensive AD/CV monitoring program in place.
Although most of the initial regulatory revisions associated with the export control reform initiative have been completed, ECR “will never really end” because its objectives “are now baked into the system.” That was the message to attendees at the Bureau of Industry and Security’s recent Update Conference in Washington, D.C., from Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration Kevin Wolf, who asserted that ECR “has helped produce a more reliable, predictable, and transparent structure that benefits all of us.”
The World Trade Organization issued Nov. 2 expanded editions of two of its annual statistical publications, which provide detailed data on import/export flows and tariff rates in 2015.
Ann Ganzer, director of conventional arms threat reduction at the State Department, provided information on international nonproliferation export control regime activities at the Bureau of Industry and Security’s annual Update conference Nov. 1.
The 2017 HS includes 242 sets of amendments, including 85 in the agricultural sector, 45 in the chemical sector, 22 in the wood sector, 15 in the textile sector, six in the base metal sector, 25 in the machinery sector, 18 in the transport sector, and 26 in a variety of other sectors.
The Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee will hold an open meeting Nov. 17 in Washington, D.C.
The dialogue is part of what Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker called a “renewed commercial engagement” that recognizes Argentina’s “impressive” efforts to develop “policies designed to improve and sustain the economic health of the country and secure long-term prosperity for Argentines.”
One man was sentenced to a 37-month prison term and a $100 special assessment and ordered to forfeit $45,698. The other was sentenced to a term of time served, 12 months of home confinement, a $2,600 fine, and two years of supervised release and was ordered to forfeit $45,698.
A federal appeals court ruled recently that avoidance of marking duties on imported goods is actionable under the False Claims Act, which could subject violators to substantial penalties. The reasoning set forth in the split decision could also increase the likelihood that more FCA cases will be initiated.
This program was introduced as a pilot project earlier this year and currently covers the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Brazil, China, the European Union, India, and Japan.
There is some concern that this effort could presage a tougher CBP enforcement effort, possibly including audits, focusing on the valuation of produce imports.
The decisions taken at the 17th Conference of the Parties will next need to be translated into legislation, regulation, and operating practices in CITES party countries, which will directly affect when, where, and how the affected wildlife products can be bought and sold.