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A recent change in practice by U.S. Customs and Border Protection is limiting the right of importers to claim preferential treatment under certain free trade agreements and the Generalized System of Preferences. A CBP public guidance document on this issue is expected in the near future, but in the meantime the change could result in unexpected costs for importers.
Some observers characterized the summit as an effort to help the U.S. catch up to competitors like China and the European Union and claim a share of one of the world’s fastest-growing markets.
This action mainly targets low-value (under US$200) purchases made over the Internet, especially on U.S.-based Web sites.
Two judges said the use of the screws should be considered in determining their classification even though the two subheadings at issue are both eo nomine provisions, while a third judge issued a strong dissent.
The International Trade Commission’s annual Year in Trade report finds that in 2013 the number of new trade remedy cases saw a big jump but there were fewer new intellectual property rights infringement cases.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Aug. 1 the ability for importers to get specific information on the payment of merchandise processing fees, harbor maintenance fees and other fees in their Automated Commercial Environment reports.
Following a meeting of the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue July 31 in New Delhi, both sides expressed a desire to strengthen bilateral trade cooperation even as they clashed at the World Trade Organization on the issues of trade facilitation and food security.
The CAFC upheld the Court of International Trade’s conclusion that these items are missing and that under U.S. Customs and Border Protection regulations the carrier is responsible for the associated charges.
New Chairman Elliot Kaye said the CPSC will strengthen its defenses at U.S. ports by, among other things, expanding the number of shipments CPSC investigators inspect and using data, advanced technologies and well-trained staff to detect and detain more violative and dangerous products.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued July 29 a ruling that appears to strengthen the federal government’s ability to require a wide range of information disclosures, including country of origin labels and conflict minerals reports.
EU customs authorities detained 35.9 million such products last year, a 10 percent drop from 2012. In addition, the number of such detentions fell 4.0 percent to 86,854 and the domestic retail value of goods seized fell 14.3 percent to €768 million.
The Securities and Exchange Commission announced July 28 that a U.S. firearms manufacturer has agreed to pay $2.03 million to settle charges that it violated the anti-bribery, internal controls, and books and records provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has assessed a $4.1 million penalty against a California company for issuing 39 invoices for car audio and video equipment that was shipped to a company that reexports most, if not all, of its products to Iran.
Comments on CBP's proposed revocations and modifications of classification rulings are due no later than Aug. 22.
Efforts to implement the Trade Facilitation Agreement that World Trade Organization members concluded in Bali, Indonesia, last December are in jeopardy after India signaled that it will not support a move to add the TFA to the WTO Agreement until there is more concrete progress on its priority issue of food security.
The ACAS pilot is a voluntary test in which participants (including express carriers, passenger carriers, heavy all-cargo carriers and freight forwarders) submit a subset of the required advance air cargo data to CBP at the earliest point practicable prior to loading of the cargo onto the aircraft destined to or transiting through the United States.
Representatives from U.S Customs and Border Protection, partner government agencies and the trade community, including Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg’s Lee Sandler, are working to modernize the entry summary and revenue collection process to align with current business practices.
Among other things, the report finds that children’s highest exposures to phthalates come through food, beverages and drugs via direct ingestion and not via toys and personal care products.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced July 23 its initial selections for 16 new public-private partnerships that will allow approved private sector and state and local government entities to reimburse CBP for expanded services to improve processing and inspection times for incoming commercial and cargo traffic.
The United States and the European Union concluded their sixth round of negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership July 18 with little indication of any substantial progress.
Lawmakers have been critical of the large amount of AD/CV duties that have gone uncollected by CBP, which is approaching a cumulative $2 billion, and again are seeking ways to address the “trade fraud and evasion … widespread in many commodity sectors” that they believe are major contributors to this problem.
A joint report issued by the World Trade Organization, the World Bank and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development July 19 finds that global value chains are becoming increasingly influential in determining future patterns of trade and foreign direct investment.