The Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) has made various revisions to the prohibition of certain phthalates in children’s products. These changes affect children’s toys1 and child care articles2 that are imported on or after April 25, 2018.
I. Type of Action: Antidumping Duty (“AD”): Thailand, People’s Republic of China and Sri Lanka; Countervailing Duty (“CVD”): Thailand, People’s Republic of China and Sri Lanka;
The California Proposition 65 “safe harbor” warning requirement will undergo significant changes later this year for products that are manufactured on or after August 30, 2018.
I. Effective Period: February 7, 2018 – February 7, 2021.
II. In-Scope Products:
A. washers provided for in subheadings 8450.11.00 and 8450.20.00;
B. all cabinets, or portions thereof, designed for use in washers, and all assembled baskets designed for use in washers that incorporate, at a minimum, a side wrapper, a base, and a drive hub, provided for in subheading 8450.90.60;
C. all assembled tubs designed for use in washers that incorporate, at a minimum, a tub and a seal, provided for in subheading 8450.90.20; and
D. any combination of the foregoing parts or subassemblies, provided for in subheadings 8450.90.20 or 8450.90.60.
I. Type of Action: Antidumping Duty (“AD”): The People’s Republic of China
Countervailing Duty (“CVD”): The People’s Republic of China
I. Effective Period: February 7, 2018 – February 6, 2022.
I. Type of Action: Antidumping Duty (“AD”): Canada, Greece, India, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of Turkey; Countervailing Duty (“CVD”): India, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of Turkey.
Arthur W. Bodek will serve as a panelist at the “USFIA Fashion Forward: San Francisco” program on February 1, 2018, at the Levi Strauss & Co. campus.
The Foreign Trade Association is offering a course in preparation for the April 2018 Customs Broker License Exam. The 10 week exam preparation course is taught by Erik Smithweiss of Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP, a partner resident in the firm’s Los Angeles office. The course starts on Monday, February 5, 2018. This course is highly successful for those planning to take the broker’s exam and also provides an excellent overview of customs law and compliance for importers not intending to take the broker’s exam.
Significant changes to the Reconciliation Entry Program are scheduled to soon take effect. Included among these changes are the elimination of blanket entry flagging, a simplification of the application process and changes to the reconciliation transmission procedures. It is imperative that importers and their customs brokers utilizing the reconciliation program understand the impact of these changes in advance of their implementation.