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The tariff classification of many woven apparel products, including recreational performance outerwear as well as a broad range of items that do not fall within the scope of that term, was changed as of Aug. 22. These changes were part of the International Trade Commission’s modification of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States to implement new tariff classification provisions included in the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Sept. 7 that the mandatory transition of several post-release capabilities to the Automated Commercial Environment has been postponed from Oct. 1 to Oct. 29.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has set forth the actions to be taken in the following scenarios involving imported cargo being transported by Hanjin Shipping, a major ocean carrier that recently filed for bankruptcy.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection states that it will deploy liquidation capabilities in the Automated Commercial Environment on Oct. 1, at which time liquidations will no longer be processed in the Automated Commercial System and must be done via ACE.
Trade associations are again asking U.S. Customs and Border Protection to delay the deployment of Automated Commercial Environment functionality that they say neither side is ready for. The Trade Leadership Council of the Trade Support Network and the American Association of Exporters and Importers are both concerned about the Oct. 1 deadline for filing drawback and reconciliation entries in ACE.
The Food and Drug Administration has issued a final rule that reorganizes, modifies and clarifies its regulations concerning how and when owners or operators of foreign and domestic establishments at which drugs are manufactured or processed must register their establishments with the FDA and list the drugs they manufacture or process.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced that as of Oct. 1 the Automated Commercial Environment will be the sole authorized electronic data interchange system for processing electronic drawback and duty deferral entry and entry summary filings and that such filings will no longer be accepted in the Automated Commercial System.
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.