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A tentative agreement on a new labor contract announced Feb. 20 will allow normal cargo operations to resume at 29 West Coast ports, but it could be weeks or even months before the existing backlog is cleared.
A 90-day joint operation targeting foreign-made vehicles and equipment imported without proper emission controls yielded the seizure or exportation back to the country of origin of more than 730 items, including ATVs, motorcycles, engines and generators, and more than $57,000 in penalties.
The ruling by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit distinguished between those who enter goods (e.g., the importer of record) and those who introduce goods into U.S. commerce and broadly defined the latter, thereby extending to import managers, compliance officers, business owners and others personal liability for fraudulently or negligently providing information on company imports.
The International Trade Commission has issued its proposed recommendations regarding modifications to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S. that will be necessary to implement 234 amendments to the Harmonized System that are expected to go into force for World Customs Organization members as of Jan. 1, 2017.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is urging importers to review their imports of wooden chests from China, including those classified under HTSUS subheadings 9403.50 and 9403.60, to determine whether they fall within the scope of the antidumping and countervailing duty orders on wooden bedroom furniture from China.
The report addresses one of the most frequently raised objections to such pacts – that they encourage the transfer of manufacturing jobs and operations to locales with lower labor standards – as part of an effort to generate support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement expected to be concluded and possibly moved through Congress later this year.
The State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs posted to its website Feb. 13 information on the goods and services that may now be imported from Cuba in accordance with the policy changes announced by President Obama on Dec. 17, 2014.
This case illustrates the increasing use of the False Claims Act to pursue the fraudulent avoidance of tariffs and other import charges.
U.S. Customs is proposing to modify a ruling to indicate that a delay in updating the tariff numbers in a free trade agreement’s rules of origin is not by itself sufficient reason to deny preferential tariff treatment under the FTA for qualifying goods. Comments on this proposed modification are due no later than March 6.
In yet another sign that the Trans-Pacific Partnership among a dozen Asia-Pacific nations could be finalized this year, both the Obama administration and the U.S. Congress took steps this week to lay the groundwork for congressional approval of legislation implementing that agreement.
Given that examining and, if appropriate, waiving high-risk shipments are critical aspects of the layered security strategy CBP is employing in lieu of complying with the statutory mandate to ensure that 100 percent of U.S.-bound maritime cargo containers are scanned at foreign ports, the GAO states, it is important for CBP to ensure that these practices are carried out consistently and that the results of its targeters’ actions regarding the disposition of high-risk cargo shipments are recorded accurately.
Effective Feb. 10, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is modifying its test of cargo release functionality in the Automated Commercial Environment by allowing certain authorized importers and licensed customs brokers to submit the ACE cargo release entry and the importer security filing in a combined transmission.
The next phase in the enforcement of the Lacey Act import declaration requirement for plants and plant products is planned to begin Aug. 6. At the same time, two possible exceptions from the declaration requirement are being developed.
The Obama administration and key congressional leaders have signaled recently that they largely share the same objectives for advancing U.S. trade policy in 2015. Trade has been named as one of the issues on which the Democratic White House and Republican-controlled Congress may find common ground, and early indications are that both sides are pushing to take advantage of this confluence of interests by accomplishing as much as possible.