International Trade Week

Diaz Trade Law was enthusiastic to attend various events from International Trade Week which took place from May 16-20 of 2022. Here is a recap of all the events we attended!

ADCVD

  • Scott McBride talked about transshipment and how it is evasion and how fraud is not covered by circumvention laws but rather by CBP.
  • This presentation discussed 226b, 226d, and 226f.
    • 226b discusses self-initiation and how a notice will be issued if the government initiates it.
    • 226d allows rejection of circumvention injury and identifying problems where parties can fix the issues.
    • In this case, if commerce does not identify the issue, commerce must issue determination and if it is extraordinarily complicated, it can be expanded up to a full year.

Food and Drug Administration

  • Angel Omar explained how all products are required to meet the same standards as domestic goods/products.
    • Drugs and devices must be safe and effective and require a fee application prior to importation.
    • Every product must meet performance requirements and must contain a label that is presented in English.
  • Food, Drugs, and Cosmetics Act has an import section that allows for refusal for import electronics and products that fail to meet the applicable standards.
    • Appearance is very important and based on the standard, the FDA can refuse the entry of goods that appear to be misbranded.
    • Section 708 allows the FDA to destroy products without an opportunity to export/refuse if the product is valued at $2500 or less.
  • FDA’s import alerts allow […]

Customs and Trade Law Weekly Snapshot

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

BIS 

  • On January 14, 2022, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued a notice of information collection regarding a Defense Production Act requirement for U.S. firms to furnish information to the agency regarding offset agreements exceeding $5,000,000 in value associated with sales of weapon systems or defense related items to foreign countries or foreign firms. BIS is soliciting public comments to help evaluate if the proposed information collection is necessary for the proper functions of the Commerce Department, evaluate the accuracy of their estimate of time and cost burden, evaluate ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected, and to minimize the reporting burden.
    • Comments are due no later than March 15, 2022.

CBP 

DOT 

  • On January 13, 2022, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration […]

Understanding Organic Equivalency Arrangements

An Introduction to the National Organic Program Established by Congress and announced in 2000, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (“USDA”) National Organic Program (“NOP”) is a federal regulatory program which develops and enforces uniform national standards for organically-produced agricultural products sold in the United States. NOP operates as a public-private partnership which accredits third-party organizations to certify that farms and businesses meet the national organic standards. By enforcing its standards, NOP ensures a level playing field for producers while protecting consumer confidence in the integrity of the USDA organic seal.

The NOP’s Compliance & Enforcement Division (“C&E”) is involved in enforcement organic standards. C&E enforces rules by working with independent certifying agencies. Independent certifying agencies accredited by the USDA conduct periodic inspections or audits.

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By |2021-10-07T14:36:07-04:00August 31, 2021|Best Practices, Export, Import, International Trade, Labeling, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)|Comments Off on Understanding Organic Equivalency Arrangements

USDA National Organic Program – Enforcement & Compliance Overview

What’s the National Organic Program?

Established by Congress and announced in 2000, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (“USDA”) National Organic Program (“NOP”) is a federal regulatory program which develops and enforces uniform national standards for organically-produced agricultural products sold in the United States. NOP operates as a public-private partnership which accredits third-party organizations to certify that farms and businesses meet the national organic standards. By enforcing its standards, NOP ensures a level playing field for producers while protecting consumer confidence in the integrity of the USDA organic seal.

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By |2021-10-12T15:10:11-04:00January 5, 2021|Best Practices, Customs Expert, Enforcement, Export, Import, International Business, International Law, International Trade, International Travel, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)|Comments Off on USDA National Organic Program – Enforcement & Compliance Overview

CATCH UP ON DTL’S TOP BLOGS FROM 2018!

We want to make sure you stay up to date with the hottest trade topics from 2018. below is a summary of what you missed by category. Enjoy!

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Bioengineered Food Labeling

In our July 27, 2018 blog , we explained what bioengineered (BE) food is and informed you about the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) new proposed rule for BE foods. The new rule is a result of the 2016 amendment to the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, which would require food manufacturers and other entities that label foods for retail sale to disclose information about BE food and BE food ingredient content. The amended Act directs the Secretary to establish the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS) for disclosing any BE food and any food that may be bioengineered. This proposed rule is intended to provide a mandatory uniform national standard for disclosure of information to consumers about the BE status of foods. The standardized disclosure of information will facilitate food purchasing for consumers by eliminating the current uncertainty when purchasing food; effectively improving overall consumer confidence, without harming food manufacturing; and providing farms and production companies a logical, consistent standard for future labeling and packaging. […]

USDA Proposed Rule to Inform Consumers of GMO’s (Costing Industry 1.7 BILLION)

Do you want to know if your food contains any GMOs? Do you know what the difference is between a GMO and Bioengineered Food? For the last 2 years, the USDA has been writing new rules for labeling and packaging food with GMOs – learn the latest below!

What is Bioengineered Food? […]

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