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U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT INITIATING NEW GUIDELINES FOR THE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN MARKING OF ISRAELI AND PALESTINIAN GOODS PRODUCED IN THE WEST BANK

In a November 19, 2020 Press Statement, the U.S. State Department announced its initiation of new guidelines with respect to the country of origin marking of certain Israeli and Palestinian goods to reflect current U.S. foreign policy.  Under this announcement, goods imported into the United States that were produced within areas where Israel exercises authority (most notably Area C under […]

USTR AMENDS THE SCOPE OF A CHINA 301 LIST 2 EXCLUSION

On November 17, 2020, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) has issued notices amending the scope of an existing China 301 List 2 exclusion (the $16 billion tariff action) and a corresponding extension of such exclusion. In its first notice, the USTR has amended the exclusion (within U.S. note 20(o)(14) to subchapter III […]

USTR AMENDS THE SCOPE OF A CHINA 301 LIST 3 EXCLUSION

On November 12, 2020, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) has issued a notice amending the scope of an existing China 301 List 3 exclusion (the $200 billion tariff action). In its notice, the USTR has amended the exclusion (within U.S. note 20(yy)(75) to subchapter III of chapter 99 of the HTSUS) covering […]

IMPORTANT REMINDER: CUSTOMS BROKER USER FEE

CBP has issued a Notice reminding the brokerage community that the Customs Brokers User Fee Payment for 2021 is due by January 29, 2021. The fee is assessed for each permit held by a broker, whether it may be an individual, partnership, association or corporation, and for both local and national permits. The annual fee […]

USTR MAKES TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS TO TWO CHINA 301 EXCLUSIONS AND TWO CHINA 301 EXCLUSION EXTENSIONS

In a series of notices to be published in the Federal Register, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) has amended the scope of two China 301 exclusions and two China 301 exclusion extensions.  The details of the amendments are set forth below. Exclusion Amendments Original Scope Amended Scope China 301 List Effective […]

USTR ANNOUNCES THE EXTENSION OF CERTAIN EXPIRING CHINA SECTION 301 LIST 1 AND LIST 2 EXCLUSIONS

On October 2, 2020, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) announced extensions for certain expiring exclusions from the China 301 List 1 (the $34 billion trade action) and List 2 tariffs (the $16 billion trade action). To date, ten sets of exclusions have been issued in connection with List 1. The eighth […]

USTR ANNOUNCES THE EXTENSION OF CERTAIN EXPIRING CHINA SECTION 301 LIST 1 AND LIST 2 EXCLUSIONS

On September 17, 2020, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) announced extensions for certain expiring exclusions from the China 301 List 1 (the $34 billion trade action) and List 2 tariffs (the $16 billion trade action). To date, ten sets of exclusions have been issued in connection with List 1. The seventh […]

NOTICE OF CHINA 301 LIST 3 PRODUCT EXCLUSION EXTENSION AMENDMENT

The USTR has announced the following technical amendment of a China 301 List 3 product exclusion extension: The extended exclusion described as “Lockers, of steel (described in statistical reporting number 9403.20.0050)” has been amended to read “Lockers, of steel (described in statistical reporting number 9403.20.0050 or 9403.20.0078).” This extended exclusion still runs through December 31, […]

CBP ANNOUNCES THE ISSUANCE OF FIVE ADDITIONAL WITHHOLD RELEASE ORDERS (WRO) ON CERTAIN PRODUCTS FROM CHINA

In a sign of the Administration’s ongoing crackdown on imports allegedly the product of forced labor, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued a September 14, 2020 press release announcing the issuance of five Withhold Release Orders (WRO) on certain products from China. The products as identified by CBP (along with the associated rationale) are […]

PETITION FILED SEEKING A WITHOLD RELEASE ORDER ON ALL COTTON GOODS LINKED TO XINJIANG REGION OF CHINA

On August 31, 2020, the Uighur Human Rights Project filed a petition with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) seeking the issuance of a withhold release order (“WRO”) on all cotton-made goods linked to the Xinjiang region of China based on purported evidence of widespread forced labor associated with such goods. (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jphCR6KMvzh-4Iw58eTkk57ZhZbVkU1M/view).  The issuance of […]