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NAFTZ 47th Annual Conference & Exposition
Date: September 8-11, 2019
Location: Chicago, IL
Industry Professionals and partners will challenge themselves to take trade to new heights. Attend this 4-day event and gain a lifetime of resources, relationships and regulation updates that you can enhance and build upon each year and event cycle.
Export Controls Specialist Certification Course
Date: November 19-21, 2019
Location: McLean, VA
The Export Controls Specialist (EXCS) certification provides the highest professional standards when it comes to the knowledge associated with the regulatory environment of United States export controls, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and the Export Administration Regulations
Did you know ……Watermelons are not a fruit but a vegetable? They belong to the cucumber family of vegetables and is one of the summer’s best treats!
The United States is the 3rd largest exporter of watermelon by dollar value. For exporting purposes, the Harmonized Tariff Schedule for watermelon is found in chapter 08 of the HTS.
Did you know that there is an update to Incoterms that will be effective January 1, 2020? There will be a few changes! Some of the announced changes include a new incoterm CNI (Cost and Insurance). This term will cover a gap between FCA and CFR.
Unlike FCA, which would include the cost of international insurance on account of the seller-exporter, and as opposed to CFR/CIF. CNI would not include freight. As in the other Incoterms in “C,” this new Incoterm would be an “arrival Incoterm,” i.e., the risk of transport would be transmitted from the seller to the buyer at the port of departure.
Stay tuned over the next several months for more updates on Incoterms 2020!
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative issued its first set of product exclusions from the second group of Section 301 tariffs on goods from China. Newly exempt from the tariffs are "69 specially prepared product descriptions." The exclusions cover 292 separate requests, according to the notice. The product exclusions apply retroactively to Aug. 23, 2018, the date the second set of tariffs took effect, and will remain in effect until one year after the notice is published.
This year Customs and Border Protection will celebrate the 230th birthday of the U.S. Customs Service and the important role it played in the history of our Nation. To celebrate the 230th birthday of U.S. Customs, the Port of Norfolk opened the main hallway to the Norfolk Custom house for limited viewing on July 26th. This section of the Customhouse has not been opened to the general public for decades. In addition, there were displays through the hallway celebrating the successes its significant history to U.S. Customs and the legacy of the Norfolk Customhouse.
The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced a 6th set of exclusions listing of the Section 301 tariffs. The tariffs that are excluded are available to importers for one year from the publication date.
The United States signed a Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement (CMAA) Tunisia Thursday marking a significant milestone in collaboration on security and facilitation of lawful trade between the two countries. CMAA’s provide the legal framework for the exchange of information and evidence to assist countries in the enforcement of customs laws. The United States has now signed 81 CMAAs with other customs administrations across the world.