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

Customs and Border Protection (CBP)  

  • CBP releases January 2024 monthly update. Highlights: 
    • Processed more than 2.7 million entry summaries valued at more than $267 billion 
    • Identified estimated duties of nearly $7 billion 
    • Stopped 424 shipments valued at more than $236 million for further examination based on the suspected use of forced labor 
  • CBP expands and modifies the Global Business Identifier Evaluative Proof of Concept (GBI EPoC) 
    • CBP extended the test through February 23, 2027, expanded the scope of the test, and expanded entries of merchandise to include any HTSUS subheading and any country of origin. 
  • CBP has opened its Request for Proposals for entities seeking to become a recognized accreditor for compliance with the agency’s Continuing Education for Licensed Customs Brokers requirement. 
  • The Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) will hold its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, in Charleston, SC. 
  • US Porsche, Bentley and Audi imports held up over banned Chinese part 
  • CBP tops 1B Cut flower imports for Valentine’s Day. 
  • Reminder: the 2024 Customs Broker Triennial Status Report (TSR) must be submitted to the agency by no later than Feb. 29. 
  • EAPA updates: 
    • Notice of determinations as to evasion – thermal paper from China.  
    • Notice of determinations as to evasion – quartz surface products from China. 

 Department of Commerce 

  • Countervailing duty order on brass rod from China. 
  • Preliminary affirmative determination of sales at less than fair value – certain pea protein from China. 
  • Preliminary results of countervailing duty – truck and bus tires from China. 

 U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) 

  • USITC votes to continue investigations on glass bottles from Chile, China, and Mexico, finding that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value and subsidized by the government of China. 

 Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) 

  • OFAC sanctioned a procurement network responsible for facilitating the illegal export of goods and technology from over two dozen U.S. companies to end-users in Iran.  

World Trade Organization (WTO) 

  • A new edition of the “WTO Ministerial Conferences: Key Outcomes” publication is now available.  
    • The updated version contains all the key outcomes from WTO Ministerial Conferences since the organization was established in 1995, including for the first time the outcomes of the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) held in Geneva in 2022. 
  • Indonesia has requested WTO dispute consultations with the European Union regarding the EU’s imposition of definitive anti-dumping duties on imports of fatty acids from Indonesia. 

 Transportation Security Administration (TSA) 

  • Effective March 11, TSA is modifying its regulations to reduce the frequency of renewal applications by indirect air carriers (IACs) or air freight forwarders. These entities will only have to submit an application to renew every three years rather than every year.  

Department of Justice (DoJ) 

  • A Florida couple was sentenced to nearly five years in prison for evading over $42 million in duties when illegally importing and selling plywood. 
  • Automobile accessory company Yakima Products Inc. settles allegations failed to pay duties on extruded aluminum from China. 
  • Russian-Canadian national pleads guilty to conspiracy to launder money from scheme to send UAV and missile components to Russia in violation of U.S. sanctions. 

 Congress 

  • Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, sent a letter to President Biden praising the Administration’s efforts to align the United States’ trade agenda on the digital economy with its broader goals of respecting our legislators’ and regulators’ right to regulate in the public interest, particularly in this rapidly evolving industry. The letter was co-signed by 88 members of Congress, including 13 Ranking Members. 
  • Members of the Senate Banking Committee sent a letter to President Biden urging the Administration to increase funding for export control administration and enforcement, specifically BIS funding. 

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