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

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Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

  • The National Commodity Specialist Division, Office of Trade, presented the next round of approximately 35 commodity-specific, educational webinars to support internal and external stakeholders. See the full list of webinars and RSVP here.
  • CBP Reimbursable Services Program 2023 Selection Announced – CBP announced the selection of 39 stakeholders to participate in the Reimbursable Services Program (RSP). The Reimbursable Services Program is a key component of CBP’s public-private partnerships and is an opportunity for the agency to proactively work with stakeholders and communities to identify business solutions for various border management needs. The application period opened on Feb. 1, 2017, and will remain open indefinitely, with evaluations beginning in March, July, and November of each year, CBP said.
  • Louisville CBP intercepts shipments of counterfeit designer jewelry & phone cases worth over $1.7 Million.
  • Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has advised that an updated Drawback Error Dictionary (v23) has been posted on the agency’s website here.
  • A new AD and CVD case has been filed against “Pea Protein” from China. The case was brought by Puris Proteins Ltd. The product is a high protein content protein powder made from Peas. The Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission will conduct the investigations. Within the next 45 days, the ITC will determine if there is a reasonable indication that the imports are injuring or threatening to injure the U.S. industry.

Federal Trade Commission

  • The FTC reached a settlement with crypto platform Celsius Network – the agency charged former executives with duping consumers into transferring cryptocurrency into their platform and then squandering billions in user deposits

Department of Commerce

  • Final Results of countervailing duty administrative review and rescission: certain passenger vehicles and light truck tires from the People’s Republic of China
  • Initiation of Circumvention Inquiry of the antidumping and countervailing duty orders: aluminum sheet further processed in the Republic of Korea, common alloy aluminum sheet from the People’s Republic of China
  • Final Results and partial recission of countervailing duty administrative review: truck and bus tires from the People’s Republic of China

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • EPA Removes ‘Ancient Engine’ Exemption for Non-Road Vehicle and Engine Filings – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has eliminated the exemption for “ancient engines” in non-road vehicles. This exemption is no longer appropriate for importing nonconforming engines.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

  • TSA has issued a proposed security program change to the Certified Cargo Screening Standard Security Program (CCSSSP). The proposed change will be posted for a 30-day notice and comment period, ending July 31. To access the program’s proposed change, go to the Indirect Air Carrier Management System (IACMS).

International Trade Commission

  • The International Trade Commission recently posted Revision 9 to the 2023 Harmonized Tariff Schedule, which became effective on July 1, 2023. Impacted categories include:
    • Batteries
    • E-cigarettes
    • Medical Scrubs
    • Oils
    • Ornamental flowers and greens
    • Plastic Pipe
    • PPE
    • Produce, including certified organic products

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

  • FDA signed a Confidentiality Commitment (CC) with the Fish Quarantine and Inspection Agency (FQIA) of the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of the Republic of Indonesia. The CC is an important first step towards preparing Indonesia to participate in a program designed to ensure the safety of shrimp exported to the United States.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)

  • Issuance of Venezuela-related general license 40B; Publication of hostages and wrongful detention sanctions regulations
  • Balkans-related designation; Russia-related designation update
  • Counter narcotics designations; Counter narcotics designations removals

Industry News & Events

  • Save the date August 8-9 CTPAT Seminar (in Spanish): In this seminar completely in Spanish, CTPAT Houston will analyze the importance of security in organizations, as well as tools to implement it successfully and minimize risks in the supply chain, while complying with CTPAT requirements and guidelines. Register here.
  • DHL Supply Chain plans to invest $551 million in Latin America by 2028 to boost its presence in the region by developing fulfillment centers and infrastructure for customers looking to diversify their sourcing into that growing market.

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