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CBP ISSUES UFLPA OPERATIONAL GUIDANCE

On June 13, 2022, CBP issued its operational guidance as to how it will process shipments under the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (“UFLPA” or “the Act”) that will take effect on June 21st.  Under this statute goods made wholly or in part in Xinjiang, or by entities identified on a forthcoming UFLPA Entity List, […]

FORCED LABOR REBUTTABLE PRESUMPTION TAKES EFFECT ON JUNE 21, 2022 – ARE YOU READY?

Under the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (“UFLPA”), effective June 21, 2022, a rebuttable presumption of “forced labor” will apply to goods that are produced, wholly or in part in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (“XUAR”) of China or by an entity identified as being associated with XUAR labor. GDLSK’s summary of the UFLPA can […]

CBP ANNOUNCES ISSUANCE OF “KNOWN IMPORTER LETTERS” UNDER UFLPA

On April 12, 2022, CBP posted an announcement of its intention to issue “Known Importer Letters” in advance of the June 21st effective date of the rebuttable presumption under the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA). Under the UFLPA, CBP will presume that goods were imported in violation of the forced labor statute if they […]

4.4.2022 CHINA 301 LITIGATION UPDATE

On April 1, 2022, the three-judge panel at the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) hearing the challenge to the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) imposition of List 3 and List 4A Section 301 additional duties on certain goods from China (In Re Section 301 Cases, Court No. 21-00052) issued an initial decision on the […]

UYGHUR FORCED LABOR PREVENTION ACT SIGNED INTO LAW

On December 23, 2021, the President signed into law the compromise version of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, passed by the House of Representatives on December 14th and by the Senate on December 16, 2021. The text of the legislation can be accessed here. GDLSK’s summary of the provisions of the legislation can be […]

COMPROMISE UYGHUR FORCED LABOR PREVENTION ACT PASSED BY HOUSE, TO BE TAKEN UP BY THE SENATE

On December 14, 2021, Representative Jim McGovern and Senator Marco Rubio announced agreement on a compromise version of the proposed Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act.  The bill was promptly passed unanimously by the House of Representatives and is expected to be taken up by the Senate very shortly with an eye towards forwarding it to […]

THREE COUNTRIES TO BE DROPPED FROM THE AGOA PROGRAM IN THE ABSENCE OF URGENT POLICY CHANGES

On November 2, 2021, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that Guinea, Mali and Ethiopia will be terminated from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) program, effective January 1, 2022, in the absence of urgent internal policy changes. The administration expressed concern over unconstitutional government changes in Guinea and Mali, and gross violations of […]

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 […]

UPDATE: WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCES TARIFFS OF 5% – 25% ON IMPORTS FROM MEXICO

On May 30, 2019, President Trump announced that effective June 10, 2019, all goods imported into the U.S. from Mexico will be subject to an additional duty of 5% ad valorem. This is in addition to the regular duties which are normally applicable to the goods. The President invoked his authority under the International Emergency […]