CBP Wants to Hear from YOU on Its Proposed New Rules for Customs Brokers!

Customs Brokers Proposed Rule

CBP proposes a new rule to formalize the process used by Customs Brokers of verifying the identity of their clients, specifically importers and nonresident importers. CBP believes the broker is uniquely situated to collect the information necessary to authenticate an importer’s identity at the time a Power of Attorney is obtained. The purpose of placing a verification burden on brokers is to ensure that importers are conducting legitimate trade transactions. The Federal Register Notice announcing the proposed rule clearly states brokers are subject to hefty monetary penalty for failure to collect the required information. If you have comments or concerns, now is the time to speak up! Brokers, importers, and the general public, have until October 15 to submit comments on the proposed rule.

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TOP 5 Strategies to Mitigate the Impact of Tariffs

download-1Many importers, exporters, and international businesses alike may be unaware that avenues exist to ensure that their products remain unabated by protectionist trade policies (think China tariffs).

This blog provides an easy reference overview of five (5) proven and legitimate options for duty-saving opportunities.

We recommend U.S. importers, exporters, and manufacturers to consider these five (5) options as they apply to all products from virtually any country subjected to a tariff, including Section 201 tariffs for solar systems, Section 232 tariffs for aluminum and steel, and the infamous Section 301 Tariffs in place for Chinese originating goods and violations of trade agreements, as well as acts, policies or practices that are unjustifiable,  unreasonable, or discriminatory and that burden or restrict U.S. commerce.

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China Trade War Intensifies

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Today, the Trump administration’s China trade war intensified as it announced plans to increase tariffs on Lists 1, 2, 3, and 4!

The president connected the additional tariff hikes to China’s new retaliatory tariffs (as a result of US’s imposition of List 4 tariffs) on $75 billion-dollar in US products, mainly impacted the agricultural and auto industries, or President Trump’s base (as previously reported here).

So what are the changes?

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CBP’s Section 321 Data Pilot Program to Begin August 22

Tasked with the protection of the nation, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) siphons the protection of our ports to United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP). With the continuous threats to safety and integrity of the country, CBP is conducting a voluntary test to collect certain advanced data related to shipments potentially eligible for release under section 321 of the Tariff Act of 1930.

In order to cope with the e-commerce trend, CBP will allow online marketplaces, and other non-traditional partners to participate in the pilot program. If you wish to participate in the program, DTL can assist you in submitting the required application to the Department Of Commerce. While the Pilot opens on August 22, 2019, and is set to last for roughly one year, CBP may accept potential participants after the program’s commencement until a sufficient number of participants has been identified.

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Wondering if your Exclusion Request has been granted or denied? Find out here!

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Since the inception of the Trade War with China, the Office of the United States’ Trade Representative (USTR) has provided citizens, primarily those in industries directly affected by the imposition of ad valorem duties (tariffs), the opportunity to request that certain products be granted exclusions. Each list of tariffs has its own specific process to ensure that concerned citizens may voice their opinions as to why given products should not be subjected to additional duties upon importation, as prescribed in the Section 301 investigation.

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Section 301- List 4 Tariffs in Effect Starting September 1

President Donald Trump, left, poses for a photo with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Saturday, June 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) President Donald Trump, left, poses for a photo with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Saturday, June 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

New Table-Blogs-Section 301 Tariffs On Chinese Products

Despite the reignition of tensions in May, hopes of reconciliation began to grow in the preeminence of the G-20 international economic forum, held in June. While substantial progress was not made, President Trump and potential dictator for life Xi Jinping appeared to slow the escalation, coming to a bilateral good-faith agreement. Supposedly, the two nations agreed that the United States would soften the sanctions imposed on Chinese tech giant, Huawei, contingent that China begins to repurchase American agricultural products, as well as halt their exportation of Fentanyl.

The tentative “cease-fire” also intended to delay the United States’ imposition of the threatened list 4, which would levy a 25% ad valorem on roughly $300 Billion worth of Chinese goods. The new round of tariffs looms over China, considering that 2019 proved to be their […]

Recap of the 2019 CBP Trade Symposium

Globe Pic U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) held its annual Trade Symposium on July 23 – 24, 2019, in Chicago, IL. With over a thousand attendees, this year’s trade symposium provided a high-level overview of the Agency’s current stance on various issues and the need for stronger partnership between all stakeholders, including the trade community. DTL was on the ground meeting with CBP to get answers to our client’s questions and ensuring we keep our readers in the loop on CBP’s TOP trade priorities. The two-day event included panel discussions and one on one meetings with the Directors and Executive Directors other Centers of Excellence and Expertise, along with exhibitor booths that ranged from CBP Enforcement of Forced Labor, AD/CVD, and IPR to USDA and FDA. Here is a detailed recap of who, what, and when:

DAY ONE:

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Section 301 – List 3 Tariff Exclusion Requests Open Until September 30th

Screen-Shot-2019-06-25-at-11.05.04-AMOn May 9, 2019, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published a Federal Register Notice announcing that an exclusion process will become available for all goods included on List 3. All products included on List 3 are now subject to an additional 25 percent tariff (raised from 10%).
On Monday, June 24, 2019, USTR released a Notice detailing the exclusion process. As discussed in our previous blog, the exclusion process opened up via an online portal on June 30, 2019, and will remain open until September 30, 2019.

Ignorance is No Defense! Learn What CBP Considers Prohibited/Restricted

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United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP), one of the principal agencies under the leadership of DHS, has released an updated list detailing items prohibited from entry into the US. These goods fall under a variety of classifications, including “dangerous toys, cars that don’t protect their occupants in a crash, bush meat, or illegal substances like absinthe and Rohypnol”.

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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN – 2019 CBP TRADE SYMPOSIUM

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that the 2019 Trade Symposium will be held on July 23-24, 2019 at the Marriott Marquis in Chicago, Illinois.
Registration is open and CLOSES on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).

This year’s symposium will include discussions on:

  • Trade Transformation (Port of the future/ Emerging Technology)
  • Northern Triangle (Immigration & crime from Central/South America)
  • E-Commerce
  • Intellectual Property Enforcement
  • Trade Remedies
  • Forced Labor

The Symposium will also offer One-on-One Center Discussions!

If you want a more detailed description of the event, CBP has provided a tentative agenda!

If you want to learn more about what you will learn, who you will meet and why you should attend – we have recaps of previous CBP Trade Symposiums HERE.

Let us know if we will see you there (email info@diaztradelaw.com). We would love to meet up with you and help ensure that you make valuable connections! See you at the CBP 2019 Trade Symposium.

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