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The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has made available full calendar year 2015 import statistics showing products that could be excluded from or reinstated to the duty-free treatment available under the Generalized System of Preferences based on competitive need limitations.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission adopted unanimously Feb. 24 a proposal that Commissioner Joe Mohorovic said will free businesses from having to create compliance certificates for adult clothing made from fabrics that the CPSC says are inherently safe and compliant.
Under the rule adopted by the International Maritime Organization, shippers of packed cargo containers will have to certify and submit the verified gross mass (the combined weight of the cargo and container) to the carrier and port terminal operator sufficiently in advance of vessel loading to be used in the preparation of the ship stowage plan. Business groups are concerned that this requirement could lead to higher costs, further port congestion and slower delivery times.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued the following guidance on recordkeeping for entries/entry summaries and foreign-trade zone admissions filed in the Automated Commercial Environment.
This amount includes a $14.5 million criminal penalty as part of a non-prosecution agreement with the Department of Justice as well as $11.9 million in disgorgement and $1.8 million in prejudgment interest to be paid to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Under this arrangement U.S. carriers may operate up to 110 daily roundtrip flights between the U.S. and Cuba: 20 to Havana, and ten each to Cuba’s nine other international airports. U.S. carriers may apply for an allocation of the new opportunities by March 2.
The Coast Guard, which is coming under increasing pressure to postpone the new requirement, will attend this session to hear concerns and feedback from industry and stakeholders.
The White House said Feb. 11 that President Obama intends to sign into law the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, a broad customs reauthorization bill that has now been approved by both the House and Senate. The administration is touting the measure as providing strong new tools to ensure that trade rules are enforced.
A group claiming to represent the majority of U.S. ocean exports is urging public and private sector stakeholders to work together to ensure that a container weight verification requirement slated to take effect worldwide July 1 does not create congestion at U.S. ports and marine terminals.
CBP will expand this test to include the Toxic Substances Control Act certification data required by the Environmental Protection Agency.