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The U.S. will begin looking to expand its Trade Africa initiative beyond the EAC, which comprises Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, and is considering changes to the African Growth and Opportunity Act.
Lawmakers approved a one-week extension of DHS appropriations late Feb. 27 amid an effort by Republicans to prevent enforcement of the immigration-related executive orders that President Obama issued in late 2014.
While supporters of trade promotion authority legislation had hoped it would be formally introduced by the end of February, press reports indicate that a disagreement between two key lawmakers has stalled forward progress.
The International Trade Commission has announced the launch of a pilot program to test the use of expedited procedures for evaluating and ruling on whether new and redesigned products are covered by remedial orders issued for patent infringement or other violations of Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act.
While the U.S. is now allowing imports of a wide range of goods from Cuba, importers should be aware that those shipments may come at a high cost.
A tentative agreement on a new labor contract announced Feb. 20 will allow normal cargo operations to resume at 29 West Coast ports, but it could be weeks or even months before the existing backlog is cleared.
A 90-day joint operation targeting foreign-made vehicles and equipment imported without proper emission controls yielded the seizure or exportation back to the country of origin of more than 730 items, including ATVs, motorcycles, engines and generators, and more than $57,000 in penalties.
The ruling by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit distinguished between those who enter goods (e.g., the importer of record) and those who introduce goods into U.S. commerce and broadly defined the latter, thereby extending to import managers, compliance officers, business owners and others personal liability for fraudulently or negligently providing information on company imports.
The International Trade Commission has issued its proposed recommendations regarding modifications to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S. that will be necessary to implement 234 amendments to the Harmonized System that are expected to go into force for World Customs Organization members as of Jan. 1, 2017.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is urging importers to review their imports of wooden chests from China, including those classified under HTSUS subheadings 9403.50 and 9403.60, to determine whether they fall within the scope of the antidumping and countervailing duty orders on wooden bedroom furniture from China.
The report addresses one of the most frequently raised objections to such pacts – that they encourage the transfer of manufacturing jobs and operations to locales with lower labor standards – as part of an effort to generate support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement expected to be concluded and possibly moved through Congress later this year.
The State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs posted to its website Feb. 13 information on the goods and services that may now be imported from Cuba in accordance with the policy changes announced by President Obama on Dec. 17, 2014.
This case illustrates the increasing use of the False Claims Act to pursue the fraudulent avoidance of tariffs and other import charges.