19 10, 2021

Why China’s Cryptocurrency Miners are Moving to Texas

By |2021-10-20T15:21:23-04:00October 19, 2021|China, International Trade, Trade Policy, U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)|0 Comments

In May 2021, China announced a crackdown on cryptocurrency mining and trading. In recent months, China has doubled down on its new policy by targeting businesses involved in the mining and trading of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. China’s is prohibiting cryptocurrency mining and trading for many reasons, including:

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12 10, 2021

Customs Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Broker Continuing Education – Comments Open

By |2021-10-13T15:25:44-04:00October 12, 2021|ACE, Best Practices, Customs Broker, Import, International Trade, Pre-compliance, Supply Chain, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)|0 Comments

CBP’s Proposed Rule

On September 10, 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding broker continuing education. In the proposed rule, CBP is proposing mandatory continuing education requirements for individual licensed brokers. CBP underscores the benefits of mandatory continuing education for customs brokers in its proposed rule:

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6 10, 2021

Want Your 301 Exclusion Back? Comment Now!

By |2021-10-07T11:15:23-04:00October 6, 2021|301 INVESTIGATIONS, China, China Trade War, Import, International Trade, Trade Policy, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR)|0 Comments

Source: USTR

USTR Proposes Reinstating Exclusions

On October 6, 2021, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) announced in the Federal Register that the agency is considering a possible reinstatement of 549 EXCLUSIONS for Section 301 duties on products imported from China that had expired on December 31, 2020.

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4 10, 2021

Customs Classification – A Key Component of an Import Compliance Manual

By |2021-10-01T09:48:07-04:00October 4, 2021|Best Practices, Enforcement, HTS, Import, Pre-compliance, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)|0 Comments

We are often asked by importers to assist in classifying their products under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S. (“HTS” or “HTSUS”). While seeking assistance from expert counsel is a best practice, under the CBP Modernization Act, an importer of record (“IOR”) is the sole party responsible for determining the correct classification of imported goods (and thereby paying the correct amount of customs duties). An IOR must use reasonable care in classifying its product at the time of entry. Should an importer misclassify their products and not pay the appropriate duties to CBP at the time of importation; the importer is exposing itself to potential CBP penalties under 19 U.S.C. 1592.  The process of classifying goods can be a tedious process and may require time and research to arrive at the correct HTSUS number for any one product.

This blog expands our prior blog, Crash Course in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, and provides additional detail on the classification process and tips for importers to use when deciding on a classification its customs broker will declare to CBP.  Importers are encouraged to attend the webinar How to Build and Maintain an Effective Import Compliance Plan on October 6, 2021 (and on-demand) for best practices on how to build and maintain an import compliance plan by addressing common risks associated with the import process – including product classification.

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1 10, 2021

How to Build and Maintain an Effective Import Compliance Plan

By |2021-10-01T09:43:08-04:00October 1, 2021|ACE, Best Practices, Counterfeits, CTPAT, Currency Seizure, Customs Broker, Customs Expert, Enforcement, Forced Labor, Freight Forwarding, ICE, Import, International Trade, IPR, Trademarks and Logos, Labeling, Labor Rights, Penalty, Pre-compliance, Reasonable Care, Seizures, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)|0 Comments

CBP enforcement is on the rise.  If your business is importing into the U.S., or wants to start, our one-hour, NEI accredited, webinar on “Building & Maintaining an Effective Import Compliance Plan”  will provide best practices and TOP tips to build an import compliance plan.

Register today to to hear directly from Senior Trade Advisor, Don Woods, DTL’s president, Jennifer Diaz, and Associate Attorney, Denise Calle as they discuss real life stories, current trends/risks associated with the import process, proactive ways to stay compliant, and the importance of training to avoid costly encounters with CBP. […]

29 09, 2021

FDA Seeks Public Comments on Proposed Final Order for OTC Sunscreen Safety

By |2021-09-29T13:28:50-04:00September 29, 2021|Import, Labeling, Pre-compliance, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)|0 Comments

FDA is proposing to amend the Over-the-Counter (OTC) Monograph which covers sunscreen drug products for OTC human use. The public has until November 12, 2021 to submit comments on the impact the proposed changes may have on consumers and industry. This blog provides background on why FDA is considering such changes and discusses FDA’s newly deemed final order for OTC sunscreens as well as the changes included in the proposed order for sunscreens. Industry is encouraged to contact Diaz Trade Law to assess the implications of the proposed changes on its products and to assist in drafting and submitting comments to FDA.

Why is FDA Taking New Steps to Enhance Sunscreen Safety?

The 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act reformed and modernized the way FDA regulates certain OTC monograph drugs, including sunscreen.

The CARES Act replaced the rulemaking process for OTC monograph drugs with an administrative order process for issuing, revising, and amending the OTC monographs.  The administrative order process gives FDA new tools to help revise the OTC monographs as science changes, innovation progresses, new data becomes available, or emerging safety signals arise.

For sunscreens specifically, in addition to establishing a deemed final order, the CARES Act requires FDA to issue a proposed order to amend and revise the deemed final order for sunscreens. The FDA believes that most sunscreens on the market will be in compliance with the deemed final order because the provisions are nearly identical to the pre-CARES Act marketing conditions for sunscreens.

As background, an OTC […]

21 09, 2021

Comment Now – CBP Proposed Rule on Country of Origin Determination for Imports under USMCA

By |2021-10-07T14:33:42-04:00September 21, 2021|AD/CVD, Canada, Customs Broker, Import, International Law, International Trade, Mexico, NAFTA, Pre-compliance, Reasonable Care, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), USMCA|0 Comments

Background on CBP Country of Origin Determination and USMCA

All merchandise of foreign origin imported into the United States (U.S.) must generally be marked with its country of origin, and it is subject to a country of origin (COO) determination by CBP. The country of origin of imported goods may be used as a factor to determine eligibility for preferential trade treatment under a free trade agreement.

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17 09, 2021

Keysight Technologies Pays $6.6M to State Department for Export Violations

By |2021-10-07T14:34:25-04:00September 17, 2021|Customs Expert, Enforcement, Export, International Trade, ITAR|0 Comments

The U.S. Department of State and the California-based company Keysight Technologies Inc. have reached a settlement of $6.6 million for violations of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA), 22 U.S.C. § 2751 et seq., and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), 22 C.F.R. Parts 120-130.  This settlement comes after a compliance review by the Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance (DDTC) in the Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs for exporting unauthorized software used for testing radar equipment (on fixed or mobile platforms) to countries including Russia and China.

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14 09, 2021

$432k Penalty From BIS Stresses Importance of Export Compliance

By |2021-09-13T15:54:12-04:00September 14, 2021|EAR, Export, International Law, U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)|1 Comment

Building and maintaining a strong export compliance program is essential if you don’t want your company to become a headline. The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced an administrative settlement with a penalty amount of $432,570, for Alfa Laval US of Richmond, VA and Alfa Laval Middle East Ltd. of the United Emirates for alleged violations of the Export Administration Regulations. 

Do you know if your company is meeting export regulations and obligations? Obtaining counsel who is an expert in export compliance is the first step. Are your employees/staff trained in all exporting issues? Our one-hour webinar is a must attend to help provide you with a foundation of tools and key elements that must be included in your export compliance program. Register today to hear from the following experts: 

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6 09, 2021

Food Importers: How to Import Food Compliantly & Survive a FSVP Audit

By |2021-09-07T15:53:46-04:00September 6, 2021|Best Practices, Food, Import, International Trade, Labeling, Pre-compliance, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)|0 Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now  auditing Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) Importers to ensure they comply with the FSVP program. To date, over 92 warning letters have been issued against companies for FSVP violations. If your business is importing food into the U.S., or wants to start, our one-hour, NEI accredited, webinar on “Importing Food in Compliance with U.S. FDA & Surviving A FSVP Audit” will provide best practices and TOP tips to comply with FDA regulations and avoid, navigate, and mitigate any potential  FDA compliance action.

Register today to to hear directly from Senior Trade Advisor, Domenic Veneziano, DTL’s president, Jennifer Diaz, and Associate Attorney, Denise Calle, on the pathway to legally import food and best practices for surviving a FSVP audit.

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