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CPSC REVISES PHTHALATE RULE FOR CHILDREN’S TOYS AND CHILD CARE ARTICLES

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.

PETITIONS FOR THE IMPOSITION OF ANTIDUMPING DUTIES AND COUNTERVAILING DUTIES ON IMPORTS OF RUBBER BANDS FROM THAILAND, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, AND SRI LANKA

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;

SIGNIFICANT CHANGES COMING TO CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 FOR CONSUMER PRODUCTS

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.

SECTION 201 SAFEGUARDS IMPLEMENTED ON LARGE RESIDENTIAL WASHERS

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.

PETITIONS FOR THE IMPOSITION OF ANTIDUMPING AND COUNTERVAILING DUTIES: CAST IRON SOIL PIPE FROM THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, CASE NOS. A-570-079 AND C-570-080

I. Type of Action: Antidumping Duty (“AD”): The People’s Republic of China
Countervailing Duty (“CVD”): The People’s Republic of China

SECTION 201 SAFEGUARDS IMPLEMENTED ON CERTAIN CRYSTALLINE SILICON PHOTOVOLTAIC CELLS (WHETHER OR NOT PARTIALLY OR FULLY ASSEMBLED INTO OTHER PRODUCTS)

I. Effective Period: February 7, 2018 – February 6, 2022.

PETITIONS FOR THE IMPOSITION OF ANTIDUMPING DUTIES AND COUNTERVAILING DUTIES ON IMPORTS OF LARGE DIAMETER WELDED PIPE FROM CANADA, GREECE, INDIA, THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA, AND THE REPUBLIC OF TURKEY

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 BODEK TO SERVE AS PANELIST AT THE U.S. FASHION INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION’S WEST COAST SEMINAR IN SAN FRANCISCO (FEBRUARY 1, 2018)

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.

PREPARE FOR THE APRIL 2018 CUSTOMS BROKER LICENSE EXAM LIVE IN LOS ANGELES

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.

CHANGES TO THE RECONCILIATION PROGRAM SET FOR JANUARY 2017

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.