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

 Customs and Border Protection (CBP)  

  • ICYMI: CBP announces new broker continuing education accreditors, five entities who will help CBP develop and implement accreditation standards for the agency’s new Customs Broker Continuing Education (CE) program. 
  • CBP published a Federal Register notice to advise the import industry about the quarterly IRS interest rates used to calculate interest on overdue accounts (underpayments) and refunds (overpayments) of customs duties. 
  • CBP said it is planning to advance work this fall on a new system that will ultimately replace the Automated Commercial Environment. The agency anticipates beginning software development work on ACE 2.0 capabilities in the fiscal year 2026 timeframe providing funding is available.  
  • CBP announces implementation of recent USDA rule change allowing individuals to travel with certain fruits and vegetables (peppers and tomatoes for personal use). 

United States Trade Representative (USTR) 

  • USTR released the second Report on the Operation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) with Respect to Trade in Automotive Goods 
    • The report found that in the four years since the USMCA’s entry into force, the Agreement has had significantly positive economic impact on the U.S. and North American auto industry. 

Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) 

  • BIS published an update to the “Don’t Let This Happen to You” report – a compendium of case examples highlighting criminal and administrative enforcement efforts. 
  • Vice President of Kansas company pleads guilty to crimes related to scheme to illegally export U.S. avionics equipment to Russia and Russian end users. 
  • BIS published a final rule that expands the Entity List by adding six entities in China, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the United Kingdom. 

Department of Justice (DOJ) 

  • A Tacoma importer pleaded guilty for making false declarations on timber imports in violation of the Lacey Act. The company was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay $360,000 in fines. 

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 

  • DHS’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Seattle and the Consulate of Mexico in Seattle gathered for a ceremony marking the repatriation of ancient artifacts, estimated to be thousands of years old, to Mexico. 
  • DHS published its adjusted civil monetary penalties for 2024. The agency adjusted the penalty amounts to account for inflation. 
    • The new penalty amounts became effective for penalties assessed after June 28, whose associated violations occurred after Nov. 2, 2015.  

Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) 

  • Sanctions list updates: 

U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) 

  • USITC votes to continue investigations on disposable aluminum containers, pans, trays, and lids from China. 

World Trade Organization (WTO) 

  • New WTO report reveals the volume of world merchandise trade turned up in the first quarter of 2024 after remaining flat throughout 2023. 

Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) 

  • The FMC classified Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) as a controlled carrier of the Government of the Republic of Korea and added it to the agency’s Controlled Carrier List. 

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) 

  • A Texas federal judge partially blocked the FTC’s rule banning noncompetes – ruling the agency lacked the power to institute the policy. 

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) 

  • Over 500,000 JoyJolt declan glass coffee mugs were recalled due to burn and laceration hazards. 

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 

  • Enforcement of the Modernization of Cosmetics Regulations Act (MoCRA) began on July 1, 2024. 
  • Working with CBP, the FDA announced the seizure of 53,700 unauthorized e-cigarette products valued at more than $1.08 million at the Chicago port of entry.   
  • Viva Raw issues voluntary recall of dog and cat food due to potential listeria monocytogenes health risk to people and pets.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 

  • Reminder: the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will soon decommission ePermits. As a result, all current permittees must apply and establish an account with APHIS eFile.  
  • APHIS issued a list of important tips to comply with Wood Packaging Standards and to help avoid delayed or destroyed shipments. 

Congress 

  • More than 300 companies and associations sent a letter to Senate Finance Committee leaders asking for “swift passage” of legislation to renew the Generalized System of Preferences, which expired Dec. 31, 2020.  
  • More than two dozen members of Congress wrote a letter to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, advocating against changing Vietnam’s status as a non-market economy for purpose of antidumping duty proceedings. 

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