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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.
Four senators who in January introduced legislation to create a single, independent federal food safety agency have requested that the Government Accountability Office study the feasibility of such a move.
Following their Strategic and Economic Dialogue meeting in Washington, D.C., this week, U.S. and Chinese officials announced plans for further cooperation on several customs and trade issues.
The U.S. is increasingly concerned about Russia’s implementation of its commitments as a member of the World Trade Organization and its dedication to WTO goals, according to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s third annual report on Russia’s compliance with its WTO obligations.
A recent Court of International Trade ruling addresses when individual dinnerware items are “in the same pattern” for purposes of determining whether they are available in sets.
Work to improve the shared border has also included cooperation on single windows for trade data, mutual recognition of supply chain security programs and border infrastructure improvements.
U.S. goods shipped to Canada and Mexico are safe for a few more months from higher import tariffs expected to be imposed in the wake of a World Trade Organization ruling against U.S. mandatory country of origin labeling requirements for meat products.
Four trade and customs bills could still be approved by Congress before the Fourth of July holiday after House leaders used a change in tactics to overcome a setback suffered last week. Attention now turns back to the Senate, where the outcome remains unclear.