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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 […]

HEATHER LITMAN APPOINTED MEMBER OF THE 16TH TERM OF THE COMMERCIAL CUSTOMS OPERATIONS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

GDLSK is pleased to announce that Heather Litman, a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office, has been appointed as a member of the 16th term of the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (“COAC”). The COAC advises the Secretaries of the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Homeland Security on all matters involving […]

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 […]

PREPARE FOR THE APRIL 2022 CUSTOMS HOUSE BROKER LICENSE EXAM -ONLINE!

New York/New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Assn., JFK Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association, and Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP, one of the nation’s leading law firms specializing in Customs law, are offering courses in preparation for the April 2022 Custom House Broker License Exam.  This course also provides an excellent overview […]

GDLSK TO SPEAK ON HOT BUTTON ISSUES IN TRADE WITH CHINA, WITH AN EMPHASIS ON CHINA 301 AND FORCED LABOR ISSUES

On October 20, 2021, GDLSK’s Arthur Bodek and Kristina Barry will be speaking on hot button issues in trade with China, with an emphasis on China 301 and forced labor issues. Trade with China continues to involve a fast-evolving landscape, with the USTR recently laying out the Biden-Harris Administration’s New Approach to the U.S. – […]

CBP PROPOSAL TO CHANGE NON-PREFERENTIAL ORIGIN RULES FOR GOODS IMPORTED FROM CANADA OR MEXICO – COMMENT PERIOD EXPIRES AUGUST 5, 2021

CBP has published a proposal that, if adopted, would significantly change its rules for determining the origin of goods imported from Canada or Mexico for non-preferential purposes (i.e., not for USMCA eligibility). For purposes of determining USMCA eligibility, CBP applies the originating status rules set forth in General Note 11 of the tariff schedule.  For […]

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 […]