Here is a recap of the latest customs and international trade law news:
Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
- CBP Seeks Feedback on ‘Ask ACE Chatbot’. CBP has asked the community to try out the now live “Ask ACE chatbot” on the CBP ACE homepage. The Ask ACE chatbot is intended to assist ACE users with general questions related to ACE and redirect users to existing resources that provide more comprehensive information. As it is an automated, digital tool, it will be available to the public online 24/7.
- CBP maintains a notional development and deployment schedule (Dev/Dep schedule) of planned ACE enhancements. This schedule reflects those enhancements that have been prioritized and funded, and that CBP has begun developing. In addition to those enhancements found on the Dev/Dep schedule, CBP continues to work through emerging requirements. These emerging requirements will be added to the Dev/Dep schedule as new ACE enhancements when funding is secured and work is underway.
- CBP issued a Final Administrative Determination in: Enforce and Protect Act (“EAPA”) Case Number 7699 concerning antidumping duty orders for Forged Steel Fittings From Italy and the People’s Republic of China. The determination affirmed in part and reversed in part the previous ruling from December.
- CBP Seeks Feedback from Customs Broker License Exam Test Takers – to continuously improve the experience of its customs broker license exam, CBP has asked for individuals who took the exam on April 26 to share their experiences. Test takers should email their feedback regarding the exam to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is seeking individuals from the industry who are interested in serving on the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) to apply for membership.
- 3 shipments containing 3,165 counterfeit items worth over $3.1M seized by Louisville CBP in 1 night.
- CBP Officers Seize Several Counterfeit Purses Ahead of Mother’s Day
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- FDA is still actively inspecting FSVP and issuing warning letters
Department of Homeland Security
- DHS Launches Digital Ad Campaign to Counter Smuggler Lies
- S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo met with Minister for Trade and Export Growth of New Zealand Damien O’Connor to reaffirm the importance of the U.S.-New Zealand commercial relationship. During their meeting, the two discussed their shared interests and objectives ahead of the next Ministerial meeting of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF).
- The 2023 SelectUSA Investment Summit came to a close, marking the largest Investment Summit in SelectUSA history, with 4,900 attendees spanning 83 international markets represented.
- Update to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s circumvention investigation of antidumping and countervailing duties (AD/CVD) for solar cells and modules completed in Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia, using parts and components from China – the House passed H.J.R. 39, Congressional Review Act legislation that repeals President Biden’s moratorium on duties for applicable entries. The CRA is likely to pass the Senate, but the President has announced that he will veto. It remains unclear whether there are sufficient votes to override the veto.
Court of International Trade
- Importers Still Maintain Right to File Court Claims to Challenge List 3 and 4 301 tariffs and claims for potential recovery can go back to entries filed two-years from the date an importer brings forth their court action. The Court of International Trade recently found in favor of the U.S. Government that the imposition of the section 301 tariffs on Lists 3 and 4 was legally and procedurally appropriate. The next step is for the trade to appeal the case to the Court of Appeals Federal Circuit.
Federal Maritime Commission
- The Federal Maritime Commission published a new presentation on Interim Procedures for filing and processing complaints about shipping-related charges assessed by common carriers (“Charge Complaints”.)
Trade Industry & Education
- House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Leaders Urged to Address Rail Storage Charges – more than 70 trade associations sent the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee leadership a letter asking for clarification regarding rail storage fees charged as part of the through international ocean transportation
- International Business and Technology hosted a webinar featuring Diaz Trade Law: “Florida Gateway to LATAM & Caribbean – Playbook for Canada Exporters.” Watch here.