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April 2020

April 23, 2020

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.

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Client Advisories Related To Covid-19
April 21, 2020

The following client advisories have been issued by JAS USA Compliance regarding the impact of COVID-19.

Requirements For Exporting Non-Surgical Medical Masks From China 04.07.2090-Day Duty Postponement Q&A 04.23.20
April 21, 2020

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.​


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:

Face Mask/Respirators

  • What is the intended purposes?  Medical or non-medical?  Surgical mask that provide a liquid barrier protection?
  • Who is the manufacturer?
  • What is the type?  N95, KN95, KN100, etc?
  • Are they NIOSH Approved or Non-NIOSH approved? The approved list of NIOSH respirators can be found HERE.

Hand Sanitizer/Antibacterial Soaps

  • Is it alcohol based? What is the content of the alcohol?
  • Who is the manufacturer? Is the manufacturer registered with FDA?

Surface Disinfectors

  • Is it the cleaner considered to be a pesticide?

COVID-19 Test Kits

  • Who is the manufacturer?


  • Are the thermometers liquid filled or non-liquid filled?

Surface Disinfectors

  • Is it the cleaner considered to be a pesticide?

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 compliance@jas.com.


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

Webinars & Events April 2020
April 3, 2020


​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.

Register Here

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.

Register Here

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!

Webinar Link

Phone number and passcode:



​The April schedule is as follow:


1:30-2:30pm EST

Plastic Plates, Sheets, Film, Foil and Strip


1:30-2:30pm EST

Untangling Bedding of 9404


1:30-2:30pm EST

Women’s Knit Jumpsuits and Bodysuits of Heading 6114


1:30-2:30pm EST

Sleepwear to Beachwear

DO THE FIVE! Basic Protective Measures
April 3, 2020

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.

  1. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
  2. Maintain at least a 3 to 6 feet distance between yourself and anyone else.
  3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  4. Practice respiratory hygiene by covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow if you cough or sneeze.
  5. If you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing stay home and contact medical care early if necessary.

Stay healthy and safe!

Importing Face Masks & Respirators
April 3, 2020

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.

Download the Client Advisory
Importers... Do Your Products Qualify for Exclusions?
April 3, 2020

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!

Aphis Announces Phase Six of the Lacey Act Enforcement Schedule
April 3, 2020

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.

Read the Full Publication from Aphis or to Submit Comments
AD/CV Duties Possible on Common Aluminum Sheet From 18 Countries
April 3, 2020

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.

Read the Entire Notification From the International Trade Commission
CBP Duty Impact... Now You See It, Now You Don't
April 3, 2020

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.

To Read Entire CSMS Message
China Exclusions Update
April 3, 2020

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.

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