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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.
The CIT decision clarifies the proper interpretation of 19 USC 1504(a)(2)(C) and provides leverage for other importers that may have had drawback claims denied by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in violation of this provision.
Identifying strategic needs and priorities through strategic approaches can bolster beneficiary countries’ utilization of the African Growth and Opportunity Act and help assess challenges to expanding exports, the Government Accountability Office concluded in a recent report.
Reflecting a March 2013 Supreme Court decision, a federal appeals court recently overturned its previous ruling and found that retailer Costco did not infringe the copyright of watchmaker Omega when it re-sold in its U.S. stores Omega watches obtained on the gray market abroad.
New rules being implemented by the Mexican government could have a significant impact on textile and apparel importers in that country. While importers have been given a one-month reprieve to comply with one requirement, others are taking effect as soon as Feb. 2.
Companies importing dutiable goods into Canada have an easier path to obtaining certain duty refunds thanks to a decision obtained from the Canadian International Trade Tribunal by a team led by Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.
The combination of a Republican-controlled Congress and the approaching conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations has many observers expecting that lawmakers will introduce, consider and vote on trade promotion authority legislation within the next few months.
The Bureau of Industry and Security has issued a final rule that, effective Jan. 29, imposes a license requirement for the export and reexport to the Crimea region of Ukraine, and the transfer within Crimea, of all items subject to the Export Administration Regulations other than food and medicine designated as EAR99.
The United States and India upgraded their trade and economic dialogue this week and announced a number of initiatives designed to increase bilateral cooperation in these areas. The new developments came during a visit to India by President Obama and other senior administration officials.