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

Customs and Border Protection (CBP)   

  • CBP announces eCBP portal payment option for 2024 customs broker permit user fees  
  • CBP announces additional public-private partnerships for the Reimbursable Services Program 
    • The program allows for the reimbursement of additional travel and trade inspection services at ports and airports. CBP reaches agreements with private stakeholders and governments who reimburse CBP for overtime and additional support services. 
  • Dangerous unapproved injectable tightening gel seized by Minnesota CBP. 
  • CBP agriculture specialists in Memphis intercepted rare treehopper bugs (Matcalfiellla Monogramma) – the first ever of its kind in the state of Tennessee. Treehoppers produce honeydew, which can promote the growth of harmful fungi, such as Sooty Mold on plants. 
  • CBP’s Global Entry Program expands to PortMiami. 
  • CBP and GSA partner with Cameron County and CCRMA for export lot dock improvements at Los Indios Port of Entry. 

Food and Drug Administration 

  • The FDA announces its withdrawal as a member of the Global Harmonization Working Party (GHWP) 
    • The FDA will continue its outreach to global partners and its efforts to ensure alignment of medical device international harmonization by primarily working with the International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF). 
  • The FDA has deployed the FDA Establishment Identifier (FEI) Application Program Interface (API). This API allows the retrieval of the FEI, similar to the FEI Search Portal application, using various REST Endpoints. 

 Federal Trade Commission 

  • FTC authorizes compulsory process for AI-related products and services 
    • The omnibus resolution will streamline FTC staff’s ability to issue civil investigative demands (CIDs), which are a form of compulsory process similar to a subpoena, in investigations relating to AI, while retaining the Commission’s authority to determine when CIDs are issued. 

 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 

  • Verizon subsidiary TracFone Wireless has agreed to settle with the Federal Communications Commission for more than $23 million over allegations that it violated rules for signing up consumers to FCC low-income subsidy programs. 

 U.S. Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)  

  • Treasury sanctions mixer used by the DPRK to launder stolen virtual currency 
    • The mixer processed millions of dollars’ worth of virtual currency from Lazarus Group heists and is also used by cybercriminals to obfuscate transactions linked to malign activities such as sanctions evasion, drug trafficking, the purchase of child sexual abuse materials, and additional illicit sales on darknet marketplace. 
  • OFAC targets large Iranian military financial facilitation networks 
    • OFAC sanctioned over 20 individuals and entities for their involvement in financial facilitation networks for the benefit of Iran’s Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL) and Iranian Armed Forces General Staff (AFGS), and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF). 
  • Designation updates: Counter Terrorism Designations; Iran-related Designations; Cyber-related Designation; North Korea Designation 

 United States Trade Representative (USTR) 

  • USTR launches review of trade in automotive goods under the USMCA 
    • As part of its review, USTR seeks public comments and will convene a public hearing to receive input from interested stakeholders. 
  • USTR announces reallocation of unused fiscal year 2024 WTO tariff-rate quota volume for raw cane sugar. 

 Department of Commerce 

  • Silicon metal from the People’s Republic of China: Continuation of antidumping duty order 
  • Certain folding gift boxes from the People’s Republic of China: Continuation of the antidumping duty order 

 Administration 

  • President Biden announces new actions to strengthen America’s supply chains, lower costs for families, and secure key sectors. New investments and programs focused on supply chain resiliency include: 
    • The creation of the Council on supply chain resilience 
    • New cross-governmental supply chain data-sharing capabilities 
    • New grant programs from DOE, USDA, and DOD 

 Congress 

  • Chairs of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) condemn violence against China human rights advocates in the United States. 
    • The chairs released a statement following videos showing China human rights advocates being beaten by pro-Chinese Communist Party (CCP) counter-protestors during San Francisco’s Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ summit last week. 

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