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New international tariff nomenclature enters into force

The World Customs Organization (WCO) announces the entry into force on 1 January 2012 of the new version of the Harmonized System Nomenclature, the world’s global standard for classifying over 98% of goods in international trade.

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Proactive at the Ports: CPSC Stops Unsafe Products Before They Reach Consumers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Stepped up efforts by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to be more proactive have resulted in hundreds of millions of violative or dangerous units of products being stopped at U.S. ports and prevented from ever reaching the hands of consumers.

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Various Commodities Cited Over Forced or Indentured Child Labor Concerns

U.S. Department of Labor, in consultation and cooperation with the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security, has republished and added a number of products (identified by origin) to its running list of products with respect to which the agencies allege they have a reasonable basis to believe might have been mined, produced or manufactured by forced or indentured child labor.

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CBP Announces Initiatives for 21st Century Trade

Trade Transformation Goals

CBP seeks to improve cargo security while increasing trade competitiveness by fully aggregating risk management. This is accomplished by leveraging end-to-end visibility of accounts that captures a holistic view of the global supply chain.

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COURT OVERRULES U.S. CUSTOMS CLASSIFICATION OF BETA-CAROTENE

On June 14, 2013, the U.S. Court of International Trade issued an opinion in Roche Vitamins, Inc. v. United States, Slip Op. 13-73, finding that U.S. Customs incorrectly classified a stabilized beta-carotene product as a food preparation under HTSUS Heading 2106.  The CIT determined that the stabilized beta-carotene product is classified duty free in HTSUS Heading 2936, which covers vitamins and pro-vitamins. 

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