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CBP DENIES APPAREL IMPORTER PROTEST CHALLENGING THE EXCLUSION OF GOODS UNDER XPCC COTTON WITHHOLD RELEASE ORDER

In a May 10, 2021 decision, CBP denied an apparel importer’s protest challenging the exclusion of goods pursuant to a Withhold Release Order (“WRO”) covering Cotton and Cotton Products from Xinjiang Production and Construction Corporation (“XPCC”) and its subordinate and affiliated entities. CBP at the port and CEE levels determined that the importer had not […]

TECHNICAL AMENDMENT TO CERTAIN CHINA 301 LIST 3 EXCLUSIONS

In an April 26, 2021 Federal Register notice, the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) announced a technical amendment to the exclusions issued under China 301 List 3. By way of background, the China 301 List 3 tariff assessment increased from 10% to 25%, effective May 10, 2019.  The USTR had created an “on the water” […]

USTR EXTENDS CERTAIN CHINA 301 EXCLUSIONS COVERING CERTAIN MEDICAL-CARE PRODUCTS THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2021

In a notice recently posted on its website, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) has announced that it is extending 99 expiring China 301 tariff exclusions on medical-care and/or COVID response products.  The exclusions on the products in question had been previously extended through March 31, 2021.  The USTR has decided to further […]

CBP ISSUES REGION-WIDE WITHHOLD RELEASE ORDER ON CERTAIN PRODUCTS FROM XINJIANG, CHINA

On January 13, 2021, as part of its escalating actions to counter the importation of goods alleged to have been produced using forced labor, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued a Withhold Release Order (WRO) against cotton products (including apparel and textiles) and tomato products (including tomato seeds, canned tomatoes, tomato sauce) produced […]

CRAFT BEVERAGE MODERNIZATION ACT (CBMA) PROCEDURES AND REQUIREMENTS 2021 REVISIONS (CSMS #45315560)

On December 30, 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued Cargo Systems Messaging Service (CSMS) #45315560, titled “Craft Beverage Modernization Act (CBMA) – Procedures and Requirements 2021.” The CBMA allows for reduced tax rates or credits on certain importations of distilled spirits, beer or wine in limited quantities.  The CSMS describes the procedures and […]

CBP ISSUES REVISED COUNTRY OF ORIGIN MARKING REQUIREMENTS FOR GOODS FROM THE WEST BANK AND GAZA

In a Federal Register notice of December 23, 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued revised country of origin marking requirements for products from the West Bank and Gaza to incorporate guidance provided by the U.S. State Department last month (see https://www.gdlsk.com/u-s-state-department-initiating-new-guidelines-for-the-country-of-origin-marking-of-israeli-and-palestinian-goods-produced-in-the-west-bank/?highlight=israel). Under the new guidance, the following requirements apply: Goods produced in the territorial […]

USTR EXTENDS CERTAIN CHINA 301 EXCLUSIONS AND DESIGNATES ADDITIONAL EXCLUSIONS FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY 1 – MARCH 31, 2021

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) has announced that it is extending certain expiring China 301 tariff exclusions and is designating certain additional such exclusions.  The USTR is taking these actions with respect to certain medical-care products to reflect the rising spread and ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19.  (Notice accessible at: https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/enforcement/301Investigations/COVID_Extensions_December_2020.pdf). In […]

IMPORTANT REMINDER: PERMIT USER FEE AND TRIENNIAL STATUS REPORT

CBP posted a Notice reminding the brokerage community that the Customs Brokers User Fee Payment for 2021 is due by January 29, 2021.  The fee ($150.33 for each local permit and national permit) is to be paid annually in each broker district where the broker was issued a permit to do business.  Fees must be […]

AMENDED REGULATIONS COVERING SECTION 232 EXCLUSIONS ON STEEL AND ALUMINUM PRODUCTS TO BE PUBLISHED

In a notice to be published in the Federal Register on December 14, 2020, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced a new interim final rule amending the exclusion process with respect to steel and aluminum mill products covered by additional duties under Section 232 of the […]

CBP ISSUES DETENTION ORDER ON COTTON PRODUCTS MADE BY XINJIANG PRODUCTION AND CONSTRUCTION CORPS USING PRISON LABOR

In a December 2, 2020 statement, CBP’s Office of Trade directed the issuance of a Withhold Release Order (“WRO”) against cotton and cotton products made by Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (“XPCC”) based on information that reasonably indicates its use of forced labor.  As a result, CBP will detain shipments containing cotton and cotton products […]