Customs and Trade News Weekly Snapshot

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. 
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Customs and Trade News Weekly Snapshot

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

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Customs and Trade News Weekly Snapshot

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

Customs and Border Protection (CBP)  

  • CBP releases December 2023 monthly update. Highlights: 
    • Stopped 450 shipments valued at more than $187 million for further examination based on the suspected use of forced labor. 
    • Seized 1,291 shipments that contained counterfeit goods valued at more than $86 million if the items had been genuine.  
    • Identified estimated duties of nearly $6.3 billion to be collected by the U.S. government. 
  • CBP seizes $700K worth of counterfeit luxury jewelry in one consignment sent to Puerto Rico. 
  • CBP officers at the Port of Louisville seized two shipments containing a total of 3,301 pieces of counterfeit designer rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. If genuine, would have had a combined MSRP of over $9.58 million. 
  • CBP is increasing its recruitment incentives to as much as $30,000 for newly appointed U.S. Border Patrol agent applicants who enter duty on or after Jan. 8, and meet the requirements for the incentives. 
  • CBP […]
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Customs and Trade News Weekly Snapshot

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

Customs and Border Protection (CBP)  

  • CBP held a Virtual Career Expo on Jan. 24. The expo highlighted law enforcement and mission support opportunities throughout CBP.  
  • CBP is modifying the timing of the automatic release messages for non-express air cargo filed as an Entry Type 86; effective January 27.  
    • The update will help ensure that CBP has sufficient time to review entries and notify filers of holds. 
  • CBP announced an updated “ACE Tips for Filing EPA Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)” is now available and provides clarification for an HFC filing. 
  • EAPA case update: CBP has determined there is substantial evidence that importer Suzhou Quality Import and Export Co. entered covered merchandise for consumption into the customs territory of the United States through evasion. Specifically, Suzhou Quality imported into the United States Chinese-origin aluminum extrusions but not did not enter these extrusions as subject to the AD/CVD orders.  

Department of Commerce 

  • New AD and CVD petition filed on paper plates from China, Vietnam and Thailand 
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Jennifer Diaz Receives 2024 Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating

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Government Shutdown Avoided Again

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a stopgap bill to fund the federal government, avoiding a shutdown just before the weekend deadline. The measure will fund the government through early March.

The Senate passed the bill 77-18, while the House passed the measure 314-108, with 106 Republicans and two Democrats in opposition. Party leadership statements were varied. Freedom Caucus Chairman Bob Good told reporters: “It’s a loss for the American people…” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on the Senate floor: “We have good news for America. There will not be a shutdown on Friday.” The lack of consensus signals that there is much work to be done to avoid a shutdown in March.

While many employees in key agencies for international trade will be deemed “essential,” meaning they will continue working through a shutdown, agencies will still experience operational changes that will cause delays.

Below is a breakdown of how key agencies will be impacted by a future shutdown.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

According to the Department of Homeland Security’s contingency plan, cargo security and port of operations will remain active during a shutdown. However, certain activities such as training and auditing are not required to be carried out during this time. In addition, back-office support positions are not likely to be deemed essential and will be furloughed. Refunds, audits, ruling requests, etc. would be delayed until the shutdown ends.

There remains uncertainty around which specific offices will be deemed essential. For example, Forced Labor Communications may be furloughed, resulting in delays in […]

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Customs and Trade News Weekly Snapshot

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

2024 Regulatory Agenda 

  • New regulation alert: the semiannual regulatory agendas of the departments of Homeland Security and Treasury list several regulations impacting international trade that are expected to be finalized this year. The new regulations include: 
    • A proposed rule to create a new process for entering low-value shipments 
    • A final rule to require customs brokers to verify the identity of importers and non-resident importers and create a process for doing so 
    • A proposed rule to require the submission of export manifest data through ACE for cargo transported by rail 

Customs and Border Protection (CBP)  

  • CBP modifies certain aspects of the ACE Entry Type 86 test to counter “enforcement challenges” involving low-value shipments involved in the test. 
    • These challenges include illicit substances, counterfeit goods, and goods made with forced labor found among some of the imports involved in the Type 86 test. 
    • To address these problems in the test, CBP will modify the deadline to file Entry Type 86 from “within 15 […]
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Customs and Trade News Weekly Snapshot

Customs and Border Protection (CBP)  

  • On Jan. 16, customs brokers will begin receiving messages on entry summaries that are potentially noncompliant for AD/CVD.  
    • CBP is aiming to address AD/CVD entry summaries that appear to have mitted companion AD or CVD case numbers and/or applied an improper company-specific 10-digit AD/CVD case number.  

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 

  • Reckitt/Mead Johnson Nutrition voluntarily recalled certain Nutramigen Hypoallergenic Infant Formula Powder products due to possible Cronobacter sakazakii contamination.  
  • The FDA issued new guidance to help drug manufacturers limit consumers’ and patients’ exposure to unacceptable levels of benzene in certain drug products.  
    • The guidance provides manufacturers with recommendations for testing and documentation related to reformulation of drug products that use carbomers manufactured with benzene, taking into consideration the various routes of administration and dosage forms of affected drug products. 

 Department of Justice (DOJ)  

  • The New Hampshire charity NuDay was sentenced to five years of probation for export offenses.  
    • The charity violated U.S. export control laws when it sent over 100 shipments of humanitarian goods […]
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Customs and Trade News Weekly Snapshot

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

 Customs and Border Protection (CBP)  

  • CBP releases November 2023 monthly update, highlights: 
    • Identified estimated duties of nearly $6 billion to be collected by the U.S. government 
    • Stopped 331 shipments valued at more than $125 million for further examination based on the suspected use of forced labor. 
    • Seized 1,607 shipments that contained counterfeit goods valued at more than $118 million if the items had been genuine. 
  • CBP updates seafood import restrictions 
    • In support of the Executive Order and the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control determination, CBP will now require importers to provide self-certification that fish, seafood, and seafood containing products imported into the United States do not contain any inputs originating from the Russian Federation.  
  • Recent ruling further defines “Customs Business” 
    • A recent ruling analyzed whether certain functions performed in preparation for filing an entry with CBP arise to the level of “Customs Business” that must be performed by a […]
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Customs and Trade News Weekly Snapshot

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

 Customs and Border Protection (CBP)  

  • Commercial Customs Advisory Committee held its final public meeting of 2023.
    • The Committee unanimously passed 12 recommendations on items like export modernization, rapid response and North American trade. 
  • Cincinnati CBP seized $6.9 million in counterfeit high-end jewelry 
    • A total of 11 shipments were discovered and determined to be counterfeit and were seized for infringing on the designer’s protected trademarks.  
  • CBP officers at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge seized over $100,000 in unreported currency hidden within passengers of a vehicle during an inbound examination. 
  • Reminder: the submission period for the 2024 Customs Broker Triennial Status Report (TSR) and associated $100 filing fee for all licensed customs brokers opened December 18, 2023. The TSR and $100 fee is due by February 29, 2024. 
  • On January 16, 2024, CBP will nationally implement cargo messaging to communicate with the filer on entry summaries that are potentially noncompliant for antidumping and countervailing duties (AD/CVD) while the entry […]
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