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

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 

  • CBP & HSI repatriate precious cultural artifact to Mexico. The item in question was a clay pot crafted between 900 and 1521 A.D. in Northern Mexico. 
  • CBP officers at the Buffalo port of entry, Lewiston warehouse, seized wireless earphones for bearing counterfeit trademarks. Had the items been authentic, the MSRP value would be approximately $15,350.
  • CBP officers in International Falls, Minnesota seized 1,363 counterfeit phone cases and 2,956 counterfeit home chargers with an estimated MSRP of more than $2,645,000 if the goods had been genuine. 
  • Officers in the San Juan Field Office intercepted and seized three shipments containing counterfeit luxury brand merchandise, including jewelry and sunglasses, with a combined MSRP of over $1.2 million, had the merchandise been genuine.
  • Annual quota opening February 7, 2024: QB 24-507 2024 Solar Cells and Modules – Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic (CSPV) Solar Cells
    • February 7, 2024, to February 6, 2025 – 5,000,000,000 watts (5.0 GW)

Department of Commerce

  • Common alloy aluminum sheet from Germany: preliminary results of changed circumstances review, and intent to revoke the antidumping duty order, in part.

U.s. International Trade Commission (ITC)

  • The ITC has received a complaint regarding certain oil vaporizing devices. The Commission is soliciting comments on any public interest issues raised by the complaint.
  • The ITC determined that a U.S. industry is not materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of tin mill products from Canada, China, and Germany that the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value and subsidized by the Government of China. 
    • The Commission further found that the imports of these products from South Korea that Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value are negligible and voted to terminate the antidumping duty investigation concerning South Korea.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

  • The FDA issued draft guidance for industry to provide recommendations for collecting representative samples for seafood products subject to Detention Without Physical Examination (DWPE). 
    • The draft guidance, once finalized, will help foreign manufacturers and other processors of seafood products subject to DWPE submit evidence to the FDA to support a request to have their products removed from DWPE.

United States Trade Representative (USTR)

  • USTR and the Interagency Committee for Trade in Automotive Goods held a hearing to receive public comments about the operation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) with respect to trade in automotive goods. This hearing was part of USTR’s statutory biennial review of autos-related issues under the USMCA.

Federal Maritime Commission (FMC)

  • The FMC held a hearing on February 7 & 8 on the impact of current conditions in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden Regions. Panelists included representatives from the retail, shipping, logistics, and maritime security industries.

Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)

  • BIS’s Disruptive Technology Strike Force held a one-year summit in Phoenix, Arizona. The two-day event focused on case studies, best practices, briefings on new technologies, and one-year reports from the local cells.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

  • Secretary Mayorkas announced that DHS is enlisting CBP, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and other agencies to increase and expedite their work in prosecuting illegal customs practices, including forced labor.
    • The Secretary directed the agencies to provide him with a comprehensive enforcement action plan in 30 days, including a determination whether current trade law provides adequate authorities to solve the core issues.

Department of Justice

  • Joly Germine, 31, of Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, the self-described “King” of a notoriously violent Haitian gang known as 400 Mawozo, pleaded guilty to his role in a gunrunning conspiracy that smuggled firearms to Haiti in violation of U.S. export laws, and the laundering of ransoms paid for U.S. hostages to the gang in 2021.
  • U.K. citizen sentenced to prison for attempting to export U.S. technology to Iran.
  • Justice Department announces charges and arrest in two separate illicit technology transfer schemes to benefit governments of China and Iran.
  • A Defense Department contractor from St. Charles County, Missouri admitted to illegally obtaining parts for the military overseas, undercutting domestic suppliers.

Congress

  • The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) held a hearing on the tactics used by the PRC to deflect international criticism of human rights conditions in China and explored the stark differences between the PRC’s own narrative about its human rights record and the reporting of U.N. treaty bodies and human rights advocacy organizations.

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