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In an update of a 2012 report, the Federal Maritime Commission concludes that shippers are not going to stop diverting containerized cargo through Canadian ports and that Mexican ports continue to present another option for individual shippers looking for alternative routes.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a direct final rule determining that unfinished and untreated trunk wood does not contain heavy elements that would exceed the limits specified in the Commission’s toy standard, ASTM F963-11. Based on this determination, unfinished and untreated trunk wood in toys does not require third-party testing for the heavy element limits in that standard.
Headlines this week brought news of a potential agreement to limit Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for the removal of economic sanctions. While this agreement could be historic, it has not yet been finalized, so U.S. exports to Iran of any product other than those few already allowed will have to wait.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports that trade user rates of satisfaction with the Automated Commercial Environment are increasing as CBP deploys more ACE functionality ahead of the Nov. 1 deadline for mandatory filing of all electronic entries and corresponding entry summaries in ACE approaches.
The following final revocations and modifications of classification rulings by U.S. Customs and Border Protection are included in the July 8, 2015, Customs Bulletin and Decisions.
As part of its continuing transition of all entry types from the legacy Automated Commercial System to the Automated Commercial Environment, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is planning to conduct a test concerning entries filed using remote location filing procedures. The initial phase of this RLF test will begin Aug. 12 and will continue until further notice.
CBP plans to run this test for about two years and to use its results in developing a rule that would make the submission of air export manifest data in ACE mandatory.
CADRS and its use to address shippers’ claims against ocean transportation intermediaries will be among the topics of discussion in an Aug. 27 webinar to be conducted by Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg.
Beginning this month, importers of handbags, backpacks, suitcases and similar items will have a narrow window of opportunity to request duty-free treatment of these products, which currently carry duty rates that range from 5.3 to 20 percent.
The Office of the United States Trade Representative has initiated a limited review of products that may be subject to reinstatement or revocation of eligibility under the Generalized System of Preferences based on full-year 2014 import data. This review will also consider the designation for GSP eligibility of five cotton products from least-developed beneficiary developing countries.
President Obama signed into law this week legislation that would reinstate trade promotion authority, reauthorize three trade preference programs for developed countries and extend the Trade Adjustment Assistance program for domestic workers negatively affected by trade.
Exam topics typically include entry, classification, country of origin, trade agreements, antidumping and countervailing duties, value, broker responsibilities, fines, penalties and forfeitures, protests, marking, prohibited and restricted merchandise, drawback, intellectual property rights and other subjects pertinent to a broker’s duties.
CBP states that this agreement marks the beginning of several days of working sessions toward expanding Operation Atlantic, a joint trade enforcement initiative to seize such shipments, onto the European continent.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is continuing to deploy new functionality within the Automated Commercial Environment, which will become mandatory for electronic entries and related entry summaries as of Nov. 1.