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

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 

  • Statement from CBP Acting Commissioner Troy Miller on new efforts to enhance enforcement and prevent exploitation in the de minimis environment.
  • Harmonized Systems Update – 301 exclusion extensions.
  • CBP at the Rochester, NY Port of Entry seized counterfeit designer clothing, shoes, and watches valued at $1.6M. 

Department of Commerce 

  • Electrolux Consumer Products, Inc. filed a petition for the imposition of antidumping duties on large top mount combination refrigerator-freezers from Thailand. 

Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)

  • BIS imposes penalty on Texas company Airbus DS Government Solutions Inc. to resolve alleged violations of the antiboycott regulations.

United States Trade Representative (USTR)

  • USTR announced Laurie-Ann Agama as Assistant United States Trade Representative for Economic Affairs.

Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC)

  • OFAC is amending the Syrian Sanctions Regulations – the amendments will update one general license, six general licenses, implement new prohibitions, and add several relevant definitions and interpretations.

U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC)

  • USITC votes to continue investigations on ceramic tile from India.
  • USITC votes to institute an investigation of certain sensors with pixels based on patent infringement.

International Trade Administration (ITA)

  • ITA establishes strategic partnership with international education service provider to promote U.S. international education sector exports.

World Trade Organization

  • The World Health Organization (WHO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the WTO will hold a joint webinar on June 20 the interplay between intellectual property and competition in support of innovation and access to health technologies.

Department of Justice (DoJ)

  • New York man charged with smuggling protected turtles.

Department of Homeland Security

  • Chinese nationals arrested for alleged $12.3 million fraud involving return of counterfeit iPhones.

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is announcing the implementation of Phase VII of the Lacey Act provisions. In this phase, declarations will be required for all remaining plant product Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) codes that are not 100-percent composite materials.

Federal Maritime Commission (FMC)

  • FMC released their April 2024 activity report. Highlights:
    • Chairman Maffei testifies before congress
    • Maritime Transportation Data Initiative request for information
    • FMC supplies impacts from bridge collapse & port closures

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

  • The FDA announced that sufficient laboratory capacity has been reached for certain import-related food testing, specifically for mycotoxins, under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Laboratory Accreditation for Analyses of Foods (LAAF) program.
    • Owners and consignees of imported food subject to the LAAF regulation must use a LAAF-accredited laboratory to conduct covered import-related food testing beginning December 1, 2024
  • The FDA will host an upcoming webinar which will provide an overview of the Over-the-Counter Drug User Fee Program (OMUFA) and describe the key elements of the program as it relates to OMUFA user fees.

Administration

  • Administration announces extended suspension of the 25 percent Section 232 tariffs on steel and derivative steel products imported from Ukraine. The suspension will remain in affect until June 1, 2025.

International News

  • China’s Ministry of Commerce announced it will restrict exports of some aviation and space components from July 1, citing a need to protect the country’s national security and interests.

Industry News

A new study found traces of cotton from Xinjiang present in nearly a fifth of samples from American and global retailers, highlighting the challenges of complying with a US law aimed at blocking imports that could be linked to forced labor in China.

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