Background

The Department of Energy has again reopened, this time through March 14, the deadline for comments regarding its proposal to require that persons importing any covered product or equipment subject to an applicable energy conservation standard provide a certification of admissibility to the DOE through the Automated Commercial Environment prior to importation.

DOE regulations currently require persons importing affected goods to submit annual certifications that the goods they intend to import are compliant with all applicable energy conservation standards. These certifications must be submitted on product-specific templates.

This rule, however, would require importers of affected goods falling under specified HTSUS numbers to provide a certification of admissibility for each shipment of such goods through ACE before their arrival at a U.S. port of entry. This requirement would apply to all such goods contained in the shipment, either as a final product or a component part of a final product.

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