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The following presentations are available for informational purposes only related to COVID-19. Please be advised that the material provided is not legal binding and should not be considered legal advice.
The following client advisories have been issued by JAS USA Compliance regarding the impact of COVID-19.
JAS USA Compliance is receiving questions regarding the importing materials related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The below information is intended to be a guide and serve as a resource for informational purposes.
IMPORTING PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
When an inquiry is submitted to JAS USA Compliance regarding the importation of personal protective equipment (PPE), please provide answers to the following questions when submitting your inquiry:
Hand Sanitizer/Antibacterial Soaps
COVID-19 Test Kits
If the inquiry is regarding any other emergency items not listed, please provide as much information about the product as possible including the manufacturer information and a complete description.
Any further questions regarding importing COVID-19 materials can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
RESOURCES AND FREQUENTLY REQUESTED INFORMATION
FDA’s Subject Matter Experts
Due to the large number of inquiries that FDA and CBP have been receiving on importing medical products under one of the guidance documents or an Emergency Use Authorization, we have set up the following email addresses for importers, manufacturers, or brokers to get direct answers.
For more information, please visit the following links to FDA's COVID-19 website
CSMS # 42448725 - Information for Filing Personal Protective Equipment & Medical Devices During Covid-19
GTEC 2020 – SAVE THE DATE!
Date: August 3-4th, 2020
Location: Chicago IL
The NCBFAA Educational Institute invites all global logistics professionals to its 6th Annual Global Trade Educational Conference (G·TEC). This two-day event that will give customs brokers, freight forwarders, NVOCCs, OTI, service providers, importers, exporters and all global logistics professionals an opportunity to update themselves on industry developments and connect with colleagues new and old.
POSTPONED: 17th Annual International Trade Symposium
Updated Date: September 22-24, 2020
Location: Norfolk, VA
VMA’s 17th Annual International Trade Symposium is the East Coast’s premier conference addressing the topics most affecting port operations and cargo logistics, drawing-in attendees from around the globe.
NCSD April 2020 Webinars
Date: April - July 2020
The National Commodity Specialist Division, Office of Trade, is excited to present the next round of commodity-specific, educational webinars to support your business in these difficult times. Beginning April through July, 2020, the webinars will begin at 1:30 PM EST and run an hour, unless specified otherwise. The full schedule will be forthcoming, however due to COVID-19, we will evaluate how the webinars, scheduled below for April, work while hosting from a remote location, before we proceed with monthly registration for the remaining webinars. Please sign on to all webinars using the link below: Thank you for your participation!
Phone number and passcode:
The April schedule is as follow:
Plastic Plates, Sheets, Film, Foil and Strip
Untangling Bedding of 9404
Women’s Knit Jumpsuits and Bodysuits of Heading 6114
Sleepwear to Beachwear
Are you aware of these basic protective measures that could help to protect you and your family against the coronavirus (COVID-19). The World Health Organization (WHO) suggest that each of us practice these basic preventive measures as often as possible to help take care of your health and protect others.
Stay healthy and safe!
With the ongoing COVID-19 situation, some importers have begun to ask questions regarding requirements for importing face masks and respirators. JAS Compliance issued an advisory that intends to be a resource in providing helpful information regarding this topic.
The Office of US Trade Representative has issued several lists of exclusions and are continuing to update the lists. Have you checked to see if your products apply? JAS Compliance can help you get a refund if your product qualifies, which may be important during this time. Contact your local JAS Representative for more information!
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is announcing the implementation of phase six of the Lacey Act enforcement schedule, which will go into effect on October 1, 2020. In this phase, 29 new tariff lines will be enforced and includes commodities such as essential oils, wood and articles of wood, musical instruments, trunks, cases, suitcases, and more. Aphis is inviting public comments on the products covered under the implementation of this phase until June 1.
A petition filed March 9 could impact common aluminum sheet from Bahrain, Brazil, Croatia, Egypt, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Oman, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, and Turkey with antidumping duties countervailing subsidies on merchandise from Bahrain, Brazil, India, and Turkey The average dumping margins range from 15.90 to 151.00 percent. The Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission is currently investigating and will next determine whether to launch AD and/or CV duty on this product.
Originally CBP announced in CSMS message # 42097586 on March 20th that resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic CBP would review requests on a case by case basis if additional days for payment of estimated duties, taxes and fees were needed. Then on March 26th, they notified the trade community that they are no longer accepting requests for additional days for duty payments. Single payments, daily and periodic monthly statement payments of estimated duties, taxes and fees that should have been tendered from 3/20/2020 through 3/26/2020, must be initiated by 3/27/2020. This announcement was published in CSMS #42161666.
The Office of US Trade Representative has modified Section 301 investigation of China acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation by removing additional duties from medical-care products needed to address the COVID-19 outbreak. Considering ongoing developments, the Office of U.S. Trade Representative is requesting public comments on possible further modifications to remove duties from additional medical-care products.