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U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced Phase II of the transition of operational trade functions from ports of entry to the Centers of Excellence and Expertise. To learn more about CEEs and the benefits they offer for importers, click here to access our on-demand webinar.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is inviting comments through June 1 on electronic air, ocean and rail export manifests, which will be pilot tested this year in the run-up to the first deadline for mandatory use of the Automated Commercial Environment.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske recently gave an overview of CBP’s activities and achievements in 2014 as well as some areas of focus for the future.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently overturned a $7.5 million port-issued penalty, along with a $3.7 million duty demand, against an importer charged with negligence by making false NAFTA tariff preference claims.
As of March 1, CBP is now allowing ACE-participating brokers and importers to file simplified entries for release of cargo subject to an antidumping or countervailing duty proceeding (type 03 entries) in the air, ocean, rail and truck modes of transportation.
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U.S. Trade Representative Mike Froman and European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström released a joint statement March 20 refuting arguments that trade pacts such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the Trade in Services Agreement now under negotiation could limit governments’ ability to provide or regulate public services.
The 12th U.S.-Brazil Commercial Dialogue saw the two sides reach an agreement on trade facilitation and agree to focus future talks on core themes such as standards, regulations, intellectual property rights and other issues.
According to a paper circulated to the Committee on AD Practices, the U.S. has witnessed over the years a dramatic increase in activities expressly designed to help importers and/or exporters evade AD duties.
The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued March 13 a decision in GPX International Tire Corporation et al. v. U.S. et al. upholding the constitutionality of a 2012 law that explicitly allows the federal government to impose countervailing duties on goods imported from non-market economy countries like China and Vietnam.
CBP may have failed to target or properly examine rail shipments that were at an increased risk to contain contraband or dangerous materials, the report states, and has no assurance that decisions to release these high-risk shipments into U.S. commerce were appropriate.
Mills asserted that “strong enforcement is good for legitimate U.S. business by ensuring that all companies that invest in an export compliance program are placed on a level playing field against their competitors.”
The bank was charged with willfully failing to have an effective anti-money laundering program, willfully failing to conduct due diligence on its foreign correspondent accounts and willfully failing to file suspicious activity reports “even though managers inside the bank raised red flags about its sanctions-violating practices.”
Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and David Vitter, R-La., on March 10 introduced bipartisan legislation (S. 697) to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman James Inhofe, R.-Okla., a cosponsor of the legislation, has already scheduled a hearing on the bill for March 18.