Here is a recap of the latest customs and international trade law news:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

  • CBP provides guidance on cybersecurity best practices to increase supply chain resiliency
    • The new guidance document makes recommendations on how to prevent, respond to, and recover from potential cyber-attacks on customs broker data systems, from proactively putting in place plans and preventative IT controls to resuming normal business operations upon system remediation.
  • CBP’s ACE Portal is getting a major modernization upgrade, making it easier than ever to manage operations online.
  • CBP released March 2023 monthly operational update. In March 2023, CBP:
    • Processed more than 2.7 million entry summaries valued at more than $274 billion
    • Identified 400 shipments valued at more than $122 million for further examination based on the suspected use of forced labor
    • Seized 1,798 shipments that contained counterfeit goods valued at more than $335 million
    • Completed 29 audits that identified $24.7 million in duties and fees owed to the U.S. government
  • CBP issued cyber incident guidance for customs brokers which provides best practices to enhance preparedness for a cyber incident on a licensed customs broker data system.
  • Modernized ACE Portal Broker Employee Reporting Requirements to be Satisfied by 4/14/2023
  • CBP issues April 2023 reference material information for Customs Broker License Exam
  • The National Commodity Specialist Division, Office of Trade, presented the next round of commodity-specific, educational webinars to support our internal and external stakeholders.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

 Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)

United States Trade Representative (USTR)

Commerce Department

  • SMEs push for increased resourcing for the Commerce Department’s Commercial service.
  • Commerce initiated a scope inquiry on whether solid edge-glued boards that are finger-jointed and made of white birch measuring 8-feet in length and 5/8-inches thick are covered by the scope of the antidumping and countervailing duty orders on wood mouldings and millwork products from the People’s Republic of China.
  • Commerce initiated a scope inquiry on whether attachable bows are covered by the scope of the antidumping and countervailing duty orders on twist ties from the People’s Republic of China.

Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC)

  • The CECC released a letter to Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary Robert P. Silvers outlining concerns about the implementation and enforcement of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act.
    • The Chairs highlighted concerns about enforcement of “direct-to-consumer” goods from companies such as SHEIN and TEMU; the implementation of UFLPA’s “rebuttable presumption;” and the challenge of assessing goods made with Chinese inputs but shipped from third countries.
    • The Chairs also noted that the CECC will hold a hearing with a panel of experts on trade, labor trafficking, and supply chain mapping and asked Mr. Silvers, as well as other Administration officials, to testify at a future hearing.


  • Amazon announced an anti-counterfeiting exchange to help eliminate counterfeits across the retail industry.

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