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Xinjiang Supply Chain Business Advisory
August 2, 2021

The U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and other government agencies has issued an updated Xinjiang Supply Chain Business Advisory to highlight the heightened risks for businesses.  The advisory warns U.S companies that do business with and have investment links to Xinjiang may be at risk of violating the U.S. law. Due to the entities complicit in forced labor and other human rights abuses there and throughout China. Given the severity and extent of these abuses, businesses and individuals that do not exit supply chains, ventures, and/or investments connected to Xinjiang could run a high risk.

Read the updated advisory highlights
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New LACEY Act Requirements Effective October 1, 2021
August 2, 2021

Beginning October 1, 2021, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will start enforcing Lacey Act import declaration requirements on 27 new tariff lines. This marks the sixth phase of Lacey Act declaration enforcement, which was delayed from October 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some of the new products include essential oils; trunks, cases and suitcases; oriented strand board and wooden containers and pallets; musical instruments; and monopods, bipods, tripods, and more.

See the full list of HTS codes impacted
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Preliminary Injunction in Section 301 Lawsuit
August 2, 2021

The Court of International Trade has granted a preliminary injunction which stopped the liquidation of unliquidated entries subject to litigation over List 3 and List 4A Section 301 China tariff litigation. The suspension of liquidation only applies to importers who are plaintiffs in the action.

Read the granted preliminary injunction
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New Chinese Law Could Impact U.S. Efforts on Forced Labor
August 2, 2021

China has implemented a new law imposing consequences on individuals and organizations that directly or indirectly participate in implementing foreign sanctions against Chinese citizens or organizations. This law could impact the ability of Chinese vendors to comply with U.S. requests to avoid entities named on U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s withhold release orders related to forced labor.

Read the details of the new law
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EU and US Take Decisive Steps to End Aircraft Dispute
July 2, 2021

European Commission Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis and US Trade Representative Katherine Tai reached an understanding relating to large civil aircraft, transforming almost 17 years of disputes into a forward-looking, collaborative platform to address bilateral issues as well as global challenges.

Both sides will now seek to overcome long-standing differences to avoid future litigation and preserve a level playing field between our aircraft manufacturers and will also work to prevent new differences from arising.

Read the full article
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Forced Labor on Silica-Based Products
July 2, 2021

According to a release order published by the White House, CBP announced that they will be detaining silica-based products made by Hoshine Silicon Industry Co., Ltd. and its subsidiaries.  CBP indicated that there is an indication that the company used forced labor in manufacturing these products. The polysilicon produced in the Xinjiang region of China is a core material in solar panels made in Asia.

Read the White House publication
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Are You Sure Your Product is Classified as EAR99?
July 2, 2021

The Bureau of Industry and Security imposed a $350,000 civil penalty against a U.S. company for violating the Export Administration Regulations. $300,000 of the penalty will be suspended for two years and then waived if the company does not commit any further violations in this time frame.  In a statement from BIS, the company exported laser systems which are controlled as national security and anti-terrorism; however, the company erroneously listed the ECCN # as EAR99 in the electronic export information filing (EEI).  The company also directed the freight forwarder to file the electronic export information as the ultimate destination of Hong Kong even though the goods were destined for China.

Read the settlement report
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Department of Commerce Recognizes the United Arab Emirates Termination of Participation in the Arab League Boycott of Israel
July 2, 2021

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) at the Department of Commerce has amended its antiboycott provisions set forth in the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to reflect the August 16, 2020 issuance by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of Federal Decree-Law No. 4 of 2020, which formally ended the UAE’s participation in the Arab League Boycott of Israel. BIS’s action follows similar actions by the Departments of State and the Treasury.

Read the full article
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President Biden Nominates CBP Commissioner
May 6, 2021

President Biden announced on April 12th his intent to nominate Chris Magnus, who has served as police chief of Tucson, Ariz., since January 2016, as commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

According to a White House press release, Magnus rose through the ranks of the Lansing, Mich., police department and has also served as police chief in the cities of Fargo, N.D., and Richmond, Calif. “In each of these cities,” the press release said, “Magnus developed a reputation as a progressive police leader who focused on relationship-building between the police and community, implementing evidence-based best practices, promoting reform, and insisting on police accountability.” The White House also cited Magnus’ “extensive experience in addressing immigration issues” during his time in Tucson near the U.S.-Mexico border.

Read the White House press release
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Withhold Release Orders & Findings of Forced Labor
May 6, 2021

Enforcement of the prohibition of importation of goods mined, produced, or manufactured by forced labor is on the rise. CBP has published a webpage that contains withhold release orders issued by the Commissioner and findings published in the Federal Register. CBP does not generally publicize specific detentions, re-exportations, exclusions, or seizures of the subject merchandise that may have resulted from the withhold release orders or findings.

Click here to see the list of withhold release orders published
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USTR Announces Next Steps of Section 301 Digital Services Taxes Investigations
May 6, 2021

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced the next steps in its Section 301 investigations of Digital Service Taxes (DSTs) adopted or under consideration by ten U.S. trading partners.   In January, USTR found that the DSTs adopted by Austria, India, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom were subject to action under Section 301 because they discriminated against U.S. digital companies, were inconsistent with principles of international taxation, and burdened U.S. companies.  USTR is proceeding with the public notice and comment process on possible trade actions to preserve procedural options before the conclusion of the statutory one-year period for completing the investigations.

Read the full announcement from USTR
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CBP Issues Forced Labor Finding on Top Glove Corporation Bhd.
April 1, 2021

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced on March 29th that it has directed personnel at all U.S. ports of entry to begin seizing disposable gloves produced in Malaysia by Top Glove Corporation Bhd. (Top Glove).  The CBP Office of Trade published a forced labor finding against disposable gloves produced in Malaysia by Top Glove in the Customs Bulletin and in the Federal Register.  The finding communicates that CBP has sufficient information to believe that Top Glove uses forced labor in the production of disposable gloves. Merchandise covered by the forced labor finding is subject to seizure upon arrival at a U.S. port of entry.

Read the federal register notice
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Tariffs Lifted on EU Products on Airbus List
April 1, 2021

The U.S. Trade Representative has modified the actions being taken in the investigation of civil aircraft dispute on European products.  The 15% tariffs on civil aircraft and 25% tariffs on approx. 150 tariff lines of products including liquor, Italian food and beverages, lenses, Greek yogurt, Spanish pork, and more were lifted at 12:01 a.m. March 11, and will remain suspended until midnight July 10.

Read the federal register notice
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Exclusions Extended for COVID-19 Products
April 1, 2021

Exclusions from the Section 301 additional tariffs on imports from China for 99 medical care products needed to address the COVID-19 pandemic are being extended through Sept. 30, 2021. These exclusions were scheduled to expire March 31; however, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has determined that these items are needed to combat the pandemic.

See a product list or to read the full publication
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USTR Announces Next Steps of Section 301 Digital Services Taxes Investigations
April 1, 2021

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced the next steps in its Section 301 investigations of Digital Service Taxes (DSTs) adopted or under consideration by ten U.S. trading partners.  In January, USTR found that the DSTs adopted by Austria, India, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom were subject to action under Section 301 because they discriminated against U.S. digital companies, were inconsistent with principles of international taxation, and burdened U.S. companies.  USTR is proceeding with the public notice and comment process on possible trade actions to preserve procedural options before the conclusion of the statutory one-year time period for completing the investigations.

Get more information on the proposed action
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Softwood Lumber Import Assessment Increase
March 3, 2021

Effective April 1, the Department of Agriculture’s Marketing Service will increase the assessment rate from $0.35 to $0.41 per thousand board feet (MBF) on imported softwood lumber.  The order is administered by the Softwood Lumber Board with oversight by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This rule will also add the conversion factor for square meters to board feet and makes one conforming change.

Read the Federal Register Notice
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New U.S. Sanctions on Myanmar (Burma)
March 3, 2021

On February 11, 2021, the Biden Administration authorized new sanctions and export-control restrictions on Myanmar (also called Burma) in response to the Myanmar military’s recent coup against the country’s elected civilian government.

Read the Official PublicationJAS Forwarding Worldwide, now requires that all shipments to/from Burma/Myanmar to have a risk assessment form completed. The risk assessment form can be retrieved by clicking HERE.
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CBP Issues Region Wide Withhold Release Order on Products Made by Slave Labor in Xinjiang
February 3, 2021

Effective January 13 at all U.S. ports of entry, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will detain cotton products and tomato products produced in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.  

CBP issued a Withhold Release Order (WRO) against cotton products and tomato products produced in Xinjiang based on information that reasonably indicates the use of detainee or prison labor and situations of forced labor. The agency identified the following forced labor indicators through the course of its investigation: debt bondage, restriction of movement, isolation, intimidation and threats, withholding of wages, and abusive living and working conditions.

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Customs Business Fairness Act Passes
January 5, 2021

Congress has included the Customs Business Fairness Act on Dec. 21 as part of the latest coronavirus relief package that changes the way U.S. bankruptcy law is applied to customs brokers when importers become insolvent. Under the current law, a customs broker may be ordered by the bankruptcy trustee to give back the duty paid to it by the insolvent importer during the past 90 days. It does not matter to the bankruptcy trustee whether that money has already been paid to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to cover import duties.

The provisions amend various sections of the Bankruptcy Code on a temporary basis to provide additional relief to customs brokerage businesses directly impacted by COVID-19 pandemic.

Laurie Arnold, Regulatory Officer of JAS Forwarding USA Corporate Compliance, along with Whitmer and Worrall, led the NCBFAA's latest lobbying effort to include the bankruptcy bill in the latest COVID-19 relief legislation.  Congratulations Laurie and everyone that helped to make this happen!

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FEMA Extends and Expands Export of PPE
January 5, 2021

On April 10, 2020, FEMA published a Temporary Final Rule allocating certain health and medical resources for domestic use so that these resources may not be exported from the United States without explicit approval from FEMA.


An announcement was made that the Temporary Final Rule has been extended and will remain in effect until June 30, 2021.

Read the official publication
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Additional Section 232 Steel & Aluminum Exclusions
January 5, 2021

The U.S. Department of Commerce has published a Federal Register Notice issuing 123 new Section 232 tariff exclusions on steel and aluminum imports.  The exclusions are effective for article entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after December 29, 2020.

To see the official federal register notice and the list of new exclusions
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Aluminum Import Licenses Required Beginning Jan 25th
January 5, 2021

The U.S. Department of Commerce published a final rule in the Federal Register adopting the Aluminum Import Monitoring and Analysis (AIM) system regulations.  The AIM website consists of an online aluminum import license application platform and public AIM monitor. The license application system will be available for early registration on or after January 4, 2021, and licenses will be required for entries of covered aluminum products beginning January 25, 2021.

For more information and to access the new system
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Triennial Broker Fees Due
January 5, 2021

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that the 2021 Customs Broker Triennial Status Report and fee submission period for all licensed customs brokers will run from December 15, 2020 to February 28, 2021. Each licensed broker is required to file a status report with CBP every three years.

Customs Broker Triennial Status Report and fee submissions can be made online via the eCBP portal, which accepts credit card, debit card, and digital wallet (e.g. PayPal and Amazon Pay) payments. No additional fees are charged for any payments and receipts are provided electronically.

To access the Triennial Status Report Online
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ICAO All-Cargo 100% Screening Mandate June 2021
December 2, 2020

The mandate issued by the International Civil Aviation Organization (IACO) from Sept 2016, requires that all air cargo carried by commercial aircraft be screened or have commensurate security measures applied by June 30, 2021.  A 100% requirement for screening of cargo transported on passenger planes has been in effect since August 2010 with freight forwarders successfully meeting this mandate. JAS Forwarding (USA) has long been a member of TSAs Certified Cargo Screening Program and currently has CCSF (Certified Cargo Screening Facility) located in all major gateways

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GSP Changes Effective November 1st
November 4, 2020

The White House issued a proclamation for a set of changes to the Generalized System of Preferences that take effect Nov. 1st.  Changes in the proclamation include the addition of fresh-cut roses to and removal of parboiled rice from the list of goods that are eligible for GSP.  The proclamation also suspends GSP benefits for certain products of Thailand effective Dec. 30, 2020.

Read the Full Proclamation
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On April 29, 2021, Kevin J. Kurland, Acting Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, announced an administrative settlement of $3,290,000 with SAP SE (SAP), a multinational software company based in Walldorf, Germany. SAP also agreed to complete three audits of its export compliance program over a three-year period. SAP voluntarily self-disclosed potential violations of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to BIS and cooperated with the investigation conducted by the Boston Field Office of BIS’s Office of Export Enforcement.

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced the next steps in its Section 301 investigations of Digital Service Taxes (DSTs) adopted or under consideration by ten U.S. trading partners.   In January, USTR found that the DSTs adopted by Austria, India, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom were subject to action under Section 301 because they discriminated against U.S. digital companies, were inconsistent with principles of international taxation, and burdened U.S. companies.  USTR is proceeding with the public notice and comment process on possible trade actions to preserve procedural options before the conclusion of the statutory one-year period for completing the investigations.

Did you know that Harbor Maintenance Fees (HMF) are exempt on an Entry Summary line (when MOT 10 vessel non-containerized, 11 vessel containerized, or 12 barge) when the article is classified under some HTS chapter 98 provisions?  Chapter 9808 has been added to that list. The HTS chapter 98 provisions that exempt the HMF are now 9804, 9805, 9806, 9807, 9808, and 9809.

Did you know that the Memorial Day Holiday used to be known as Decoration Day?  The holiday was celebrated by “decorating” the graves of fallen soldiers with flowers, flags, and more, hence the name “Decoration Day.” Over time, it became known as Memorial Day.  

We honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Military, particularly those who died in battle or because of wounds sustained in battle.

SIA 2021 Spring Virtual Advanced Conference

Date:  May 17-19, 2021

Location:  VIRTUAL

This is a three-day VIRTUAL advanced level forum focusing on the processes and procedures relating to export controls and compliance.  Agenda topics will address a variety of advanced issues of concern to the international trade community in a more intimate setting with attendees from industry, government, and other international trade specialists.


Complying with U.S. Export Controls

Date: June 8-11, 2021

Location:  VIRTUAL

The two-day program is led by BIS's professional counseling staff and provides an in-depth examination of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The program will cover the information exporters need to know to comply with U.S. export control requirements on commercial goods.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced on March 29th that it has directed personnel at all U.S. ports of entry to begin seizing disposable gloves produced in Malaysia by Top Glove Corporation Bhd. (Top Glove).  The CBP Office of Trade published a forced labor finding against disposable gloves produced in Malaysia by Top Glove in the Customs Bulletin and in the Federal Register.  The finding communicates that CBP has sufficient information to believe that Top Glove uses forced labor in the production of disposable gloves. Merchandise covered by the forced labor finding is subject to seizure upon arrival at a U.S. port of entry.

The U.S. Trade Representative has modified the actions being taken in the investigation of civil aircraft dispute on European products.  The 15% tariffs on civil aircraft and 25% tariffs on approx. 150 tariff lines of products including liquor, Italian food and beverages, lenses, Greek yogurt, Spanish pork, and more were lifted at 12:01 a.m. March 11, and will remain suspended until midnight July 10.

Exclusions from the Section 301 additional tariffs on imports from China for 99 medical care products needed to address the COVID-19 pandemic are being extended through Sept. 30, 2021. These exclusions were scheduled to expire March 31; however, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has determined that these items are needed to combat the pandemic.

On December 23, 2020, the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) published a final rule in the Federal Register adopting the Aluminum Import Monitoring and Analysis (AIM) system regulations and establishing an AIM website. The AIM website consists of an online aluminum import license application platform and public AIM monitor. Commerce published a notice of a delay in January with an effective date of March 29, 2021.  This has been delayed again and is now effective June 28, 2021.  This delay means that licenses will not be required for covered aluminum product imports until June 28, 2021. Further information and a revised effective date will be provided in the Federal Register notice.

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced the next steps in its Section 301 investigations of Digital Service Taxes (DSTs) adopted or under consideration by ten U.S. trading partners.  In January, USTR found that the DSTs adopted by Austria, India, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom were subject to action under Section 301 because they discriminated against U.S. digital companies, were inconsistent with principles of international taxation, and burdened U.S. companies.  USTR is proceeding with the public notice and comment process on possible trade actions to preserve procedural options before the conclusion of the statutory one-year time period for completing the investigations.

On March 1, 2021, the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) issued a decision with important ramifications for any company that uses “first sale” to reduce customs duty liability for goods imported into the United States.  All companies relying on first sale should review their first sale programs to evaluate the impact of this ruling and take adequate precautions.

Roll up your sleeves and get your garden ready for Summer on April 14, as it is National Gardening Day. Gardening is a fun and relaxing hobby enjoyed by many, and this is the perfect day for those who have been wanting to take up gardening to finally gather their tools and seeds and get their hands dirty. National Gardening Day happens at the height of Spring, so it is the perfect day to start growing your flowers, vegetables, herbs, and fruits, so they are ready to be enjoyed in the Summer. Even if you don't have a garden, you can still exercise your green fingers on houseplants, and bring the outside in.  Happy Spring!!

POSTPONED - 2022 CBP Trade Symposium

Date: July 20-21, 2021

Location: Anaheim, CA

CBP announced the announced a date change from the Trade Symposium that was originally scheduled for March 2020.  It was rescheduled to be held in March 2021 and has now scheduled to be held July 2021.    

Complying with U.S. Export Controls

Date: April 28-29, 2021

Location:  VIRTUAL

The two-day program is led by BIS's professional counseling staff and provides an in-depth examination of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The program will cover the information exporters need to know to comply with U.S. export control requirements on commercial goods.

Register Here

Effective April 1, the Department of Agriculture’s Marketing Service will increase the assessment rate from $0.35 to $0.41 per thousand board feet (MBF) on imported softwood lumber.  The order is administered by the Softwood Lumber Board with oversight by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This rule will also add the conversion factor for square meters to board feet and makes one conforming change.

On February 11, 2021, the Biden Administration authorized new sanctions and export-control restrictions on Myanmar (also called Burma) in response to the Myanmar military’s recent coup against the country’s elected civilian government.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents and officers nationwide are continuing reports of residents receiving unsolicited calls from scammers posing as U.S. Border Patrol agents and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers. Individuals are reporting the calls are a pre-recorded message stating, “a box of drugs and money being shipped has your (callers) name on it and it has been intercepted.”  The caller is then instructed to press #1 to speak with a CBP Officer/Agent, which then attempts to get the callers banking information.  

These calls are phone scams/phishing attempts and residents are urged to not provide the caller with any information. The Department of Homeland Security and CBP does not solicit personal information by phone. If such calls are received, people should make a note of the number and any other pertinent details about the call and immediately hang up and report the incident if possible.

Phone scams can be reported to the Federal Trade Commission online at https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/.

Are you unsure if your shipment is subject to antidumping or countervailing duties?  Do you need a better understanding of which government agencies are involved and enforce the regulations?  Do you need a better understanding of preliminary case determinations or what happens when there is a final determination?  Click HERE to review the most frequently asked questions published by US Customs to answer a lot of questions as it relates to antidumping and countervailing duties.

Did you know that March 30th is National Virtual Vacation Day?  When March 30th arrives, so does National Virtual Vacation Day, reminding us all to relax, recharge, and rejuvenate no matter where we are.  Vacations restore our minds, bodies, and souls. Studies show that taking a vacation lowers the risk of heart disease. They also help hone our problem-solving skills and promote overall brain health. There has never been a better time than now to explore a virtual vacation.  Stay safe and enjoy National Virtual Vacation Day!

Partnering for Compliance Conference

Date:  March 9-11, 2021

Location:  Webinar

This collegial and interactive conference will focus on a broad spectrum of export regulatory & compliance matters of current relevance.  Senior-level government and trade speakers will provide solid & recent updates on US initiatives & policies regarding export control licensing/enforcement.

Register Here

POSTPONED!  2021 CBP Trade Symposium

Date:  July 20-21, 2021

Location: Anaheim, CA

CBP announced the announced a date change from the Trade Symposium that was originally scheduled for March 2020.  It was rescheduled to be held in March 2021 and has now scheduled to be held July 2021.

Register Here

Effective January 13 at all U.S. ports of entry, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will detain cotton products and tomato products produced in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.  

CBP issued a Withhold Release Order (WRO) against cotton products and tomato products produced in Xinjiang based on information that reasonably indicates the use of detainee or prison labor and situations of forced labor. The agency identified the following forced labor indicators through the course of its investigation: debt bondage, restriction of movement, isolation, intimidation and threats, withholding of wages, and abusive living and working conditions.

The deployment of the Aluminum Import Monitoring and Analysis (AIM) system scheduled for January 25, 2021 has been delayed until March 29, 2021. The AIM system website consists of an online aluminum import license application platform and public monitoring. This delay means that licenses will not be required for covered aluminum products until the new implementation date.

The U.S. Trade Representative has determined to suspend the tariff action in the Section 301 investigation of France’s Digital Services Tax (DST).  The additional tariffs on certain products of France were announced in July 2020 and were scheduled to go into effect on January 6, 2021.  The U.S. Trade Representative has decided to suspend the tariffs of the ongoing investigation of similar DSTs adopted or under consideration in ten other jurisdictions.  Those investigations have significantly progressed; however, have not yet reached a determination on possible trade actions.  A suspension of the tariff action in the France DST investigation will promote a coordinated response in the ongoing DST investigations.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that the 2021 Customs Broker Triennial Status Report and fee submission period for all licensed customs brokers will run from December 15, 2020 to February 28, 2021. Each licensed broker is required to file a status report with CBP every three years.

Customs Broker Triennial Status Report and fee submissions can be made online via the eCBP portal, which accepts credit card, debit card, and digital wallet (e.g. PayPal and Amazon Pay) payments. No additional fees are charged for any payments and receipts are provided electronically.

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today released the findings of its 2020 Review of Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting and Piracy (the Notorious Markets List), which highlights online and physical markets that reportedly engage in or facilitate substantial trademark counterfeiting and copyright piracy.

As we continue to practice social distancing, share the gift of love through sending a Valentine’s card to your family, friends and loved ones this year!  Did you know that Valentine’s Day is the 2nd most popular day of the year for sending cards?  Christmas is the first most popular!  Also, did you know that 9 million people buy their pets a gift for Valentine’s Day?  Maybe get them a card!  Hopefully, they won’t eat it!  Happy Valentine’s Day!

Complying with U.S. Export Controls

Date:  March 2-5, 2021

Location:  Webinar

The two-online workshop is led by BIS's professional counselling staff and provides an in-depth examination of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).  The program will cover the information exporters need to know to comply with U.S. export control requirements on commercial goods.

2021 CBP Trade Symposium

Date:  March 23-24, 2021

Location: Anaheim, CA

CBP announced the rescheduled dates from the Trade Symposium that was originally scheduled for March 2020.  Save the date!

On April 10, 2020, FEMA published a Temporary Final Rule allocating certain health and medical resources for domestic use so that these resources may not be exported from the United States without explicit approval from FEMA.


An announcement was made that the Temporary Final Rule has been extended and will remain in effect until June 30, 2021.

Congress has included the Customs Business Fairness Act on Dec. 21 as part of the latest coronavirus relief package that changes the way U.S. bankruptcy law is applied to customs brokers when importers become insolvent. Under the current law, a customs broker may be ordered by the bankruptcy trustee to give back the duty paid to it by the insolvent importer during the past 90 days. It does not matter to the bankruptcy trustee whether that money has already been paid to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to cover import duties.

The provisions amend various sections of the Bankruptcy Code on a temporary basis to provide additional relief to customs brokerage businesses directly impacted by COVID-19 pandemic.

Laurie Arnold, Regulatory Officer of JAS Forwarding USA Corporate Compliance, along with Whitmer and Worrall, led the NCBFAA's latest lobbying effort to include the bankruptcy bill in the latest COVID-19 relief legislation.  Congratulations Laurie and everyone that helped to make this happen!

The U.S. Department of Commerce has published a Federal Register Notice issuing 123 new Section 232 tariff exclusions on steel and aluminum imports.  The exclusions are effective for article entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after December 29, 2020.

The U.S. Department of Commerce published a final rule in the Federal Register adopting the Aluminum Import Monitoring and Analysis (AIM) system regulations.  The AIM website consists of an online aluminum import license application platform and public AIM monitor. The license application system will be available for early registration on or after January 4, 2021, and licenses will be required for entries of covered aluminum products beginning January 25, 2021.

The Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) has expired as of December 31, 2020.  Until further notice, GSP eligible goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse need to pay “General” (column 1) duty rates effective, January 1, 2021, 12:00 am. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encourages importers to continue to flag GSP eligible importations during the lapse, starting January 1, 2021.  JAS Forwarding will continue to flag for GSP eligible entries.

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced it has granted 19 new exclusions and 79 extensions from Section 301 China tariffs on China. These exclusions are effective until March 31, 2021.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that the 2021 Customs Broker Triennial Status Report and fee submission period for all licensed customs brokers will run from December 15, 2020 to February 28, 2021. Each licensed broker is required to file a status report with CBP every three years.

Customs Broker Triennial Status Report and fee submissions can be made online via the eCBP portal, which accepts credit card, debit card, and digital wallet (e.g. PayPal and Amazon Pay) payments. No additional fees are charged for any payments and receipts are provided electronically.

The export statistics are initially collected and compiled in terms of approximately 8,000 commodity classifications in Schedule B: Statistical Classification of Domestic and Foreign Commodities Exported from the United States.  The 2021 Schedule B has been released and is available online!

Did you know that the first New Year’s celebration goes back 4,000 years ago when Julius Caesar (the emperor of Rome) was the first to declare January 1 a national holiday!  Today, approx. 45% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions that vary from losing weight, getting organized, spending less, saving more, staying fit/healthy, quit smoking and more! 25% of people give up on these resolutions by the 2nd week of January!  What are your plans?  Be sure to stick to it and reach your goals this year!  JAS Forwarding USA Compliance is sending you well wishes of health and prosperity this year!

U.S. Customs Broker Exam Course

Date:  January 19, 2021 – April 6, 2021

Location:  WEBINAR SERIES

The Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association (LACBFFA) is offering a 12-week-in depth VIRTUAL course for the U.S. Customs Broker exam that will cover various exam topics and review items.

2021 CBP Trade Symposium

Date:  March 23-24, 2021

Location: Anaheim, CA

CBP announced the rescheduled dates from the Trade Symposium that was originally scheduled for March 2020.  Save the date!

As we approach the end of the year, please be advised that there are several updates on the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB), China 301 Tariffs, and the European Union Tariffs.  Several of the updates include expirations scheduled for December 31, 2020.

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that exporters may request six-month extensions for licenses due to expire on or before December 31, 2020. The extensions are being provided as a response to situations caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Back to Basics Conference

Date:  February 22 - 26, 2021

Location:  VIRTUAL

The sessions will provide attendees with the important first step to exporting articles on the United States Munitions List (USML) and the Commerce Control List (CCL) and the associated defense services and technology. This webinar is ideal for newcomers (less than 5 years of experience) to exporting under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). Attendees will become familiar with the various types of licenses, agreements, exemptions and exceptions and the requirements and conditions associated with each.

Register Here

2020 CBP Trade Symposium - Rescheduled

Date:  March 23-24, 2021

Location: Anaheim, CA

CBP announced the rescheduled dates from the Trade Symposium that was originally scheduled for March 2020.  Save the date!

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The country of origin for imported goods has always been important; however, it has become increasingly more important. It has long been important for country of origin marking and free trade agreement eligibility. Now with Antidumping and Countervailing duties and Section 232 and 301 duties it has taken on new significance. Be sure to review the Rules of Origin in CFR19 Part 102by CLICKING HERE to ensure the correct Rule of Origin is being reported!

It is the Holiday Season!  Can you guess what the most widely consumed drink is worldwide?  If you guessed BEER, you are correct!  Few would question its worldwide appeal but let us see what the numbers say!  Click HERE to check out just how popular beer really is according the statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau!

Happy holiday season to you and your family!  Stay Safe!

The White House issued a proclamation for a set of changes to the Generalized System of Preferences that take effect Nov. 1st.  Changes in the proclamation include the addition of fresh-cut roses to and removal of parboiled rice from the list of goods that are eligible for GSP.  The proclamation also suspends GSP benefits for certain products of Thailand effective Dec. 30, 2020.

US Customs and Border Protection has blocked the imports of palm oil and palm oil products from Malaysia in the latest move by the agency targeting overseas forced labor practices.

The restrictions are a result of a year-long investigation into labor abuses.  CBP uncovered indicators of forced labor including physical and sexual violence, debt bondage, retention of identification documents and withholding of wages.  

Please be sure to read the newly published 2020 edition of the List of Goods Produced by Child or Forced Labor published by the Department of Labor for more information.

Agents from CBP’s Air and Marine Operations rescued a man whose ultralight aircraft crashed, leaving him stranded and injured overnight on October 31st.  Del Rio Sector Border Patrol received word that a Pandale area woman reported her husband missing after he failed to return from an ultralight flight around 5 p.m., Oct. 30. Comstock Station Border Patrol agents began searching the area where the man was believed to be. Around 8 a.m. the following morning, an AMO helicopter crew spotted the wreckage about a mile from the pilot’s home. The Supplemental Aircrew Member (SAM) found the ultralight pilot pinned under the aircraft and suffering from hypothermia, dehydration, and a compound leg fracture. They provided aid by wrapping the injured man in a survival blanket and building a fire to provide warmth and he was later flown to a San Angelo hospital for treatment.  CBP, thank you for your heroism!

U.S. Customs and Border Protection hosted its third virtual public meeting of the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) on October 7th, 2020.  CBP Acting Commissioner Mark A. Morgan briefly spoke about the agency’s significant accomplishments during fiscal year 2020, including CBP’s strict enforcement of goods made with forced labor.  He also introduced Diane Sabatino as CBP’s new deputy executive assistant commissioner of the Office of Field Operations.

Section 301 product exclusion extensions announced in a notice applicable September 1, 2020 are scheduled to expire on December 31, 2020.  To see the federal register announcement and a list of product exclusions that will be expiring, please CLICK HERE.

Customs and Border Protection require a minimum of 16 data elements on a commercial invoice for entry processing.  Please review the commercial invoice requirements for a full detailed description.

As many people in the United States begin to plan for fall and winter holiday celebrations, CDC offers considerations to help protect individuals and their families, friends, and communities from COVID-19. Click HERE to read the full article on the CDC’s guidance to holiday celebrations.  

Happy holiday season to you and your family!  Stay Safe!

Back to Basics Conference

Date:  February 22 - 26, 2021

Location:  VIRTUAL

The sessions will provide attendees with the important first step to exporting articles on the United States Munitions List (USML) and the Commerce Control List (CCL) and the associated defense services and technology. This webinar is ideal for newcomers (less than 5 years of experience) to exporting under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). Attendees will become familiar with the various types of licenses, agreements, exemptions and exceptions and the requirements and conditions associated with each.

Register Here

2020 CBP Trade Symposium - Rescheduled

Date:  March 23-24, 2021

Location: Anaheim, CA

CBP announced the rescheduled dates from the Trade Symposium that was originally scheduled for March 2020.  Save the date!

Register Here

The CBTPA special indicator SPI "R" and the associated provisional tariffs are scheduled to expire for goods entered or withdrawn from warehouses effective October 1st.  Upon expiration, importers may not file otherwise eligible entries without payment of duties and applicable MPF.

On September 10, 2020, a group of importers filed a lawsuit in the Court of International Trade claiming that Section 301 List 3 & 4A overstepped the authority outlined in the Trade Promotion Act of 1974.  The lawsuit also claims that the Section 301 Lists 3 & 4A overstepped the notice and comment period outlined in the Administrative Procedures Act.  If the lawsuit is successful, the government could possibly owe importers who file an independent claim the Section 301 duties, taxes and interest that was paid for list 3 & 4A.  There was a rush to have all independent claims filed by September 18th; however, compelling legal arguments have been found that may support that the early deadline does not apply.  List 4A will not be questioned for timeliness if filed on or before August 19, 2021.

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a new rule on 20 chemical substances that will require importers to notify EPA at least 90 days prior to importing effective November 16, 2020.  Some of the substances are for use in chemical intermediates, car head lamp sealants, lubricants, coating polymers, tackifiers for synthetic automotive tire stock, adhesives, coatings, print resins, UV-curable inks, and more.  Importers must certify that shipments of these substances comply with all applicable rules and orders under the Toxic Substances Control Act.

Effective October 13, 2020, a new field on the steel import license form will be required to provide information about the country of melt and pour on all standard licenses from all countries.   There will also be a new license application site starting October 13.  This new application will not be available to the public until October 13, 2020.

The U.S. Trade Representative announced that over 150 product exclusions from List 1 and 2 of Section 301 tariffs are set to expire on October 2, 2020.  These exclusions are now subject to the 25% additional tariffs going forward.  There are also 124 exclusions that were extended.  These exclusions will be in place until December 31, 2020.

Are you practicing reasonable care to ensure importedgoods are not produced wholly or in part with convict labor, forced laborand/or indentured labor?  CBP haspublished a reasonable care checklist that includes questions to help importersavoid forced labor of imported goods.  

Some Halloween traditions may look different this year to keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there are still plenty of ways families can have fun while avoiding the scare of being exposed to or spreading the virus.

Most importantly, keep doing what you have been doing: avoiding large gatherings, keeping a distance of six feet from others, wearing cloth face coverings (think superhero!), and washing hands often.  

CLICK HERE for ideas for ways to keep safety steps in place while celebrating!

Complying with U.S. Export Controls

Date:  October 20-23, 2020

Location:  VIRTUAL

This two-day virtual program is led by BIS's professional counseling staff and provides an in-depth examination of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The program will cover the information exporters need to know to comply with U.S. export control requirements on commercial goods.

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ITAR/EAR Controls for Non-US Companies

Date:  November 16-17, 2020

Location: VIRTUAL

EAR and ITAR regulations are extra-territorial and apply to companies and organizations outside of the United States. Non-compliance can result in serious fines and penalties - even the loss of U.S. Government contracts and the ability to receive U.S. items. Instructors Suzanne Palmer (ECS) and Marc Binder (ITC Strategies) give comprehensive instruction on how the rules apply outside the U.S. and detail best practices for staying in compliance.

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President Trump made an announcement of re-imposing an additional 10 percent tariff on non-alloyed unwrought aluminum articles from Canada.  The additional duty is effective for subject goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after 12:01 am EDT on Aug. 16.  Any imports of such goods that were admitted into a U.S. foreign-trade zone under privileged foreign status prior to the effective date will be subject to the 10 percent tariff upon entry for consumption after that date.

CBP has issued a notice that goods produced in Hong Kong will need to be marked as a product of China effective September 25, 2020.  The marking notice is a result of the July 14th Executive order that resulted in a policy change that requires Hong Kong to be treated as China. CBP is allowing a 45-day transition period for implementation.

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released an updated list of goods from the European Union to be subject to Section 301 tariffs as part of the dispute settlement at the World Trade Organization over Airbus subsidies. The changes are applicable for products entered for consumption or withdrawn from a warehouse on or after 12:01 am on September 1, 2020.

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has announced that 266 products on the List 3 of Section 301 exclusion list will continue to be excluded through December 31, 2020.  Additionally, there are 700 other products that were on that list and expired August 7, 2020.

The new AD/CVD Public Message Site will be deployed and available for use on August 21, 2020.  It will provide a modernized AD/CVD site on the ACE Secure Data Portal using the current URL.  Additionally, it will highlight features that include enhanced advanced search capabilities, a simplified data flow, and improved data presentation.  

To access the new site, click HERE!

Are there questions about what is subject to China tariffs for products from Hong Kong since the new rule has been published?  CBP has provided a list of frequently asked questions available on their website.  To see the list of questions and answers, click HERE!

TSA collected $926,030.44 in unclaimed money that passengers left behind at airport security checkpoints during Fiscal Year 2019, including $18,899.09 in foreign currency.

The money consisted of loose change and paper currency that passengers removed from their pockets and left behind in a bin during the security screening process at TSA checkpoints.

The amount found during FY19, which ended September 30, 2019, marked a decrease in the amount of unclaimed money collected in FY18 when $960,105.49 was left behind.  When passengers approach the checkpoint, all items from pockets must be removed, including wallets and loose change. TSA recommends that travelers place those items directly into their carry-on bags so that they will not accidentally leave anything behind in a bin.

The top five airports where passengers have left the most money behind were:

  • John F. Kennedy International Airport - $98,110
  • San Francisco International Airport - $52,668.70
  • Miami International Airport - $47,694.03
  • McCarran International Airport - $44,401.76
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport - $40,218.19

To read the full article…. Click HERE!  Be sure that you have all your belongings the next time!

WESCCON

Date:  October 1-4, 2020

Location: VIRTUAL

This conference offers opportunity to meet people in the global logistics industry. It will consist of panels, roundtable discussions and town hall meetings on relevant topics to keep you informed on the latest industry issues and trends.

Register Here

Complying with U.S. Export Controls

Date:  October 20-23, 2020

Location:  VIRTUAL

This two-day virtual program is led by BIS's professional counseling staff and provides an in-depth examination of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The program will cover the information exporters need to know to comply with U.S. export control requirements on commercial goods.

Register Here

An announcement was published on July 29, 2020 that user fees within the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) will take place effective October 1, 2020.  The minimum merchandise processing fee will change from $26.79 to $27.23 and the maximum will change from $519.76 to $528.33.  The ad valorem rate of 0.3464% will not change.  Additional user fees are also increasing.

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has announced that 14 products from the Section 301 exclusion list scheduled to expire July 31st will continue to be excluded through December 31, 2020.  Additionally, there are other products on the list that expired on July 31st.  Comments are currently being accepted for three sets of exclusions that are scheduled to expire October 2, 2020.  Comments can be submitted by clicking HERE

On July 14, 2020, the President signed an Executive Order that requires Hong Kong to be treated as the People’s Republic of China (PRC) for the purposes of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA).  Hong Kong is now considered to be included in the entry for China under section 126.1(d)(1) of the ITAR and therefore subject to a policy of denial for all transfers subject to the ITAR.  The U.S. government is taking this action because the Chinese Communist Party has fundamentally undermined Hong Kong’s autonomy and thereby increased the risk that sensitive U.S. items will be illegally diverted to the PRC.

The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced new tariffs in response to the French digital services tax. The tariffs of 25 percent on $1.3 billion worth of trade could go into effect until January 6, 2021. The tariffs would apply to several make-up products, handbags, and assorted soaps.

Free Lunch for Truck Drivers Initiative in Virginia

Acts of kindness are contagious!!  After seeing a similar initiative to feed truckers in Atlanta the broker’s association in Virginia decided to follow through with a similar initiative!  CBIFFA (organization Customs Brokerage and International Freight Forwarding of Virginia) led by JAS Compliance USA Team Member Tiffany Coffey provided 100 free lunch boxes, water, and snacks to truck drivers.  It was their way of saying thank you to drivers for being on the front-line servicing logistics needs in the middle of a pandemic!  Way to go Tiffany and the CBIFFA team in Virginia!

Entry Type 86 is a fairly new entry type intended to help Customs and Border Protection (CBP) manage the flow of goods by creating greater visibility for low-value shipments entering the U.S. while improving border protection, import security, and safety. As of September 2019, imports to the U.S. with a de minimus value of less than $800 can be classified under type 86.  Do you have questions about how or when this entry type can be used?  Please see the list of FAQ’s on Customs website regarding entry type 86.

Now is the time of year that parents start gearing up for kids to go back to school!  This year is different as we continue to adjust to the new norm during an ongoing pandemic.  Are your children returning to the classroom?  Are they converting to virtual learning modules?  No matter which direction of learning that your children will participate in this year, here is a guideline for the CDC to help keep our children healthy and safe as we approach the school year!

Encryption Controls Virtual Seminar

Date:  August 25-26th, 2020

Location:  VIRTUAL

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) will provide a comprehensive overview of controls on Compencryption in the EAR.  The program will include a live Q&A, provide detailed electronic reference materials for ongoing use, and allow attendees the opportunity to view recordings of the sessions for a limited period following the seminar.

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Complying with U.S. Export Controls

Date:  September 9-10, 2020

Location:  VIRTUAL

This two-day virtual program is led by BIS's professional counseling staff and provides an in-depth examination of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The program will cover the information exporters need to know to comply with U.S. export control requirements on commercial goods.

Register Here

WESCCON

Date:  October 1-4, 2020

Location: VIRTUAL

This conference offers opportunity to meet people in the global logistics industry. It will consist of panels, roundtable discussions and town hall meetings on relevant topics to keep you informed on the latest industry issues and trends.

Register Here

After two years, The Senate has approved the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). If this is approved by The House, it will reassure other countries that they can trust the U.S. The TPA will give the U.S. the leverage it needs to win a fair deal for American workers, as well as extend American influence to expand American trade.

From the Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report:

"A week after passing legislation to extend trade preference programs and strengthen trade enforcement, the Senate voted May 22 to approve a bill restoring trade promotion authority for up to six years. TPA allows the White House to submit legislation implementing new trade agreements that Congress must either approve or reject, but cannot amend, within a specified timeframe. TPA and the other trade and customs bills will now move to the House, where their prospects remain uncertain."

"According to press reports, only a handful of the numerous amendments to the bill that were proposed by supporters and opponents alike were ultimately considered, and only two were approved. One would give the executive branch the flexibility to use a variety of tools, including enforceable rules but also reporting, monitoring and cooperative mechanisms, to address unfair currency practices by future trade agreement partners. After opting for this approach senators narrowly rejected a tougher amendment that would have required U.S. negotiators to seek to include in future trade agreements enforceable provisions against currency manipulation by foreign trading partners to gain a trade advantage. The other approved amendment would require the executive branch to take a country’s record on religious freedom into account when considering it as a potential trade agreement partner."

Read the entire Trade Report.

C-TPAT SEEKS TO SAFEGUARD THE WORLD'S VIBRANT TRADE INDUSTRY FROM TERRORISTS

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is preparing to deploy Phase II of the C-TPAT Program (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) in June 2015! The deployment will be inclusive of exporters. Benefits of exporters joining as a C-TPAT Partner includes global security partnerships, prioritized export shipments, reduced examinations and much more! There is no cost to join!

From the NCBFAA:

"Please be aware that C-TPAT is preparing to deploy Phase II of Portal 2.0 on May 30, 2015. All data may not be available until June 1st. This deployment will restructure the security profile function into individual line items. To prevent potential applicants from having to conduct redundant work by completing the security profile twice, once in the current format and a second time immediately after June 1st in the new format, C-TPAT will not be accepting new applications after April 15, 2015, until Phase II deploys. If you are already a C-TPAT Partner and have further questions, please contact your assigned Supply Chain Security Specialist. If you do not yet have an assigned Supply Chain Security Specialist, please contact industry.partnership@dhs.gov with any questions."

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If you would like more information on being added to the C-TPAT Program, please contact your JAS representative!

U.S. CBP ISSUES DOCUMENT TO RESOLVE MATTERS CONCERNING THE TARIFF CLASSIFICATION AND CUSTOMERS VALUATION APPLIED TO U.S. EXPORTS BY OTHER GOVERNMENTS

DHS/CBP have posted a notice of opportunity and procedures for exporters to request assistance on tariff classifications.

"[The] document describes opportunities available to U.S. exporters to obtain assistance from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to resolve matters concerning tariff classification and customs valuation applied to U.S. exports by other governments," stated a notice by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, "By publication of this notice, CBP invites U.S. Exporters to submit requests for such assistance."

For more information, please read the official article!

On June 25, Congress passed a trade preference package that would renew the Generalized System of Preference. The vote came just a day after the Senate passed a host of trade bills. This bill and several other long-awaited bills will have a significant impact on the trade community. The House and the Senate approved to reauthorize the Generalized System of Preferences through December 31, 2017. The bill has now been signed into law as of June 29, 2015 by President Obama. This action is retroactive to July 31, 2013, the date GSP expired, meaning that importers will be able to obtain refund of duties paid since that date on goods otherwise eligible for GSP treatment.

The Coalition for GSP released the following statement after House passage:

"Final congressional passage of H.R. 1295 makes today a great day for American companies and workers that depend on the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program,” said Daniel Anthony, Executive Director of the Coalition for GSP, "After two years of uncertainty and about $1.3 billion in taxes paid, companies once again can focus on growing their businesses knowing that duty-free treatment will resume shortly and taxes paid on GSP-eligible products will be refunded."

To read more on the reinstatement of GSP, click here.  

For more information, please contact your JAS representative.

Did you know that Customs and Border Protection requires a minimum of 16 data elements on a commercial invoice for entry processing?

Please review the commercial invoice requirements to see a full detailed description of what the requirements are.

Read the Commercial Invoice Requirements.

DHS/CBP have posted a notice of opportunity and procedures for exporters to request assistance on tariff classifications. The document describes opportunities available to U.S. Exporters from Customs and Border Protection to resolve matters concerning tariff classification and customs valuation applied to U.S. exports by government agencies. By publication of this notice, CBP invites U.S. Exporters to submit requests for such assistance.

From the official report from the U.S. Census Bureau:

"The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, through the Department of Commerce, announced today that the goods and services deficit was $41.9 billion in May, up $1.2 billion from $40.7 billion in April, revised. May exports were $188.6 billion, $1.5 billion less than April exports. May imports were $230.5 billion, $0.3 billion less than April imports. The May increase in the goods and services deficit reflected an increase in the goods deficit of $1.2 billion to $61.5 billion and an increase in the services surplus of less than $0.1 billion to $19.6 billion. Year-to-date, the goods and services deficit increased $1.1 billion, or 0.5 percent, from the same period in 2014. Exports decreased $26.5 billion or 2.7 percent. Imports decreased $25.4 billion or 2.2 percent."

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has concluded a week-long joint “table top exercise” on handling safety issues through multi-agency collaboration with Canada. The joint import exercise focused on critical incidents involving imported products that were found to be dangerous, hazardous and volatile. The exercise gave each participating agency a chance to present potential scenarios of import safety events and provide feedback to respective counterparts. These recommendations will be used to better protect U.S. and Canadian consumers.

Brenda Smith, Assistant Commissioner for CBP's Office of International Trade, stated:

"This is an opportunity for Canadian and U.S. border enforcement and import safety agencies to exchange ideas and develop best practices for working together to address import safety issues. This exercise not only displayed the benefit of joint agency collaboration, but also served as an opportunity to learn from our international colleagues."

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The United States Attorney’s Office and the Office of Export Enforcement announced that a Pennsylvania corporation entered a plea of guilty to conspiracy to evade export licensing requirements. The conspiracy was in connection with an attempt to smuggle a machine to Iran with possible military, as well as civilian applications. Under the U.S. law and regulations, American companies are forbidden to ship “dual use” items to Iran without first obtaining a license from the U.S. Government.

From the U.S. Department of Justice:

"Under U.S. law and regulations, American companies are forbidden to ship "dual use" items (items with civilian as well as military or proliferation applications), such as the peeler, to Iran without first obtaining a license from the U.S. Government. Aware that it was unlikely that such a license would be granted, Falcon/FIMCO, which does business in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and other alleged co-conspirators agreed to falsely state on the shipping documents that the end-user of the peeler was Crescent International Traded and Services FZE (Crescent), an affiliated company, knowing that the machine would subsequently be shipped to Iran after being off-loaded in Dubai."

For more information please read the Official Document!

ACE IS DEPLOYING

Customs and Border Protection is currently in the process of transitioning the customs clearance process from ACS (Automated Commercial System) to a new paperless system called ACE (Automated Commercial Environment). ACS has been utilized by CBP for more than 20 years and has now become an outdated processing system. As a result, ACE is currently in the process of being deployed to the trade community.

For more information, please contact your JAS representative.

Did you know there is no Chapter 77 of the HTS/SCH B?

The United States has adopted the Harmonized System as a basis of both its export classification system (Schedule B) and its import classification system (HTS).  The Harmonized System consists of 22 sections divided into 97 chapters, with chapter 77 intentionally left blank.  Chapter 77 is blank and reserved for possible future use!

Read the Official Documents

Are you reporting the correct export value?

Are you certain that the export values you are reporting are correct? Please review the export AES valuation for a full detailed description of what the requirements are!

If you have further questions contact your JAS Representative!

Read the AES Valuation Reports

A LOOK AT THE LACEY ACT AND ITS EFFECT ON TRADE AND THE CASE OF CECIL THE LION

The Death of Cecil the Lion this past June in Zimbabwe, by a Minnesota dentist has spurred many ethical and moral questions, but it has always spawned important questions about the legal issues involved with animals within the international trade and transportation industries. With companies like American, Delta and United banning the transport of hunting trophies after this incident, the question of legality becomes paramount. In order to fully explore and understand the issue to ensure compliance, we must look to the current laws. Starting with the Lacey Act.

From the original article "About that Lion and the Lacey Act", by Lawrence Friedman, Partner at Barnes, Richardson & Colburn, LLP:

"The Lacey Act was first passed in 1900 and is an early conservation law. As originally enacted, it protected animals from illegal hunting through criminal and civil penalties. The law also prohibits trade in protected animal and plant species that are hunted or harvested illegally. It is a crime to import into the United States any injurious animals including brown tree snakes, big head carp, zebra mussels, and flying fox bats. 18 USC 42. Exceptions can be made for properly permitted (and dead) zoological specimens and certain "cage birds." A violator may be imprisoned and fined. More relevant is that the Lacey Act also makes it illegal to import any plant or animal taken in violation of a foreign law or regulation. 16 USC 3372. This is an important compliance issue for anyone that imports animal and plant products. If you happen to import wood to make violins, for example, you need to know that the wood was harvested legally. Assuming you purchase from a supplier who is a few steps removed from the actual person that cut down the tree, how can you prove that the wood was legally harvested? Keep in mind that the Act applies to derivative products as well. This is a paperwork and due diligence process familiar to importers who have to comply with lots of similar regulations. And, it is important. That is what Gibson Guitars learned when it agreed to pay $300,000 to settle a Lacey Act case."

For more information please read the Official Article.

CBP announced on 8/31 an updated timeline for ACE Electronic Entry and Summary Filing.  While significant capabilities have been deployed to date, concerns about stakeholder readiness have necessitated a reassessment of the current timeline.  The delay from the original date of November 1, 2015 to now February 28, 2016 will give the trade opportunity to work with and test entries with participating government agencies as the functionality is released by CBP.  February 28, 2016, filers will ONLY be permitted to process entries in ACE, including FDA, NHTSA and APHIS (Lacey).

View the updated timeline.

For more information, please contact your JAS representative.

What are the required Electronic Export Information (EEI/AES) Data elements?
There are several data elements required to properly complete an AES filing for export shipments. CFR 15;30.6 list the mandatory data elements.
Read the Official Documents


FDA Addition to New and End-Dated Product Codes for Center of Tobacco Products
The Food and Drug Administration is adding new PIC and Subclass codes for Tobacco products! To see what they are, please see CSMS #15-000619!  
See them Here

FAQ - GSP Reauthorization
Now that GSP has been renewed, CBP has provided a list of questions and answers regarding retroactive and future claims.  
Read the Questions

The United States recently signed a Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement (CMAA) with Gabon. This signing noted a prominent breakthrough in the association of security and trade facilities between the countries.

​From the U.S. Department of Justice:

"The United States has now signed 76 CMAAs with other customs administrations across the world. CMAAs are bilateral agreements between countries and enforced by their respective customs administrations (for the United States this is CBP and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement). They provide the legal framework for the exchange of information and evidence to assist countries in the enforcement of customs laws, including duty evasion, trafficking, proliferation, money laundering, and terrorism-related activities. CMAAs also serve as foundational documents for subsequent information sharing arrangements, including mutual recognition arrangements on authorized economic operator programs."

For more information on the Gabon agreement please read the Original Article.

When a murder suspect arrived in Mexico, Hemet police reached out to the U.S. Border Patrol to collaborate with Mexico’s law enforcement. On Sept. 16, the San Diego Sector Border Patrol’s International Liaison Unit was contacted by detectives from the Hemet Police Department, after they discovered two deceased women at a Hemet residence. The detectives believed that the murder suspect escaped to Mexico. The U.S. Border Patrol coordinated with the Tijuana Police Department, advising them to be on the lookout for the man and his vehicle. Within hours, the Tijuana police initiated a stop on a vehicle matching the description and took the suspect into custody.

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Have you heard about the Broker Known Importer Program?

What are the benefits of the Broker-Known Importer’s Program? The Broker-Known Importer’s Program will provide two primary benefits.  One is to enhance communication between brokers and importers by creating a framework whereby they can discuss the importer’s trade activities.  The second being that because BKIP indicator will factor into CBP’s cargo risk segmentation, importers may benefit from improved cargo targeting to CBP prior to arrival.

To Participate in the Broker-Known Importer Program, contact your JAS representative for more details today!

Trade ministers of the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement announced the conclusion of their negotiations after five years!

"The result is a high-standard, ambitious, comprehensive, and well balanced agreement that will promote economic growth amongst the 12 countries," the article stated.

The agreement will also support the creation and retention of jobs. The 12 countries included are Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States and Vietnam.

Read the whole summary.

On October 7, a U.S. company agreed to a guilty plea for several violations of the Lacey Act. The importer will have to pay fines of over $10 million for importing illegally harvested timber from areas including forests in far eastern Russia.

​"The government says the illegally harvested oak came from forests that are home to the last 450 Siberian tigers and some of the fewer than 50 remaining Amur leopards," The Columbus Dispatch stated.

For more information please read the Official Article!

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists working at Port Everglades came across a “Leafhopper” bug within a shipment of papayas, coming from Guatemala. The USDA confirmed this interception was a first time finding at Port Everglades. Leafhoppers are threats to crop plants. They rob plants of vital nutrients and transmit viruses, bacteria and other infectious pathogens from plant to plant.

From the U.S. CBP:

“CBP agriculture specialists are the first line of defense in protecting the U.S. against agricultural threats,” said Port Everglades Port Director Jorge Roig, “Our CBP agriculture specialists are highly trained and experienced in biological sciences and we are very proud of them for intercepting this potential threat."

For more information on the Leafhopper interception please read the Original Article.

32nd International Conference On The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

Date: November 16-19, 2015

Location: Washington, DC

The American Conference Institute welcome the US and international Anti-Corruption community for the largest event of its kind in the world. The 32nd International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act will be held at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center in Washington DC.

Read the additional information.

Smoking Guns: Preventing The Creation Of Damaging Emails And Documents

Date: November 23, 2015

Location: Webinar, 3-4 pm EST

No matter how compliant, responsible or ethical a company may actually be, the existence of a “smoking gun” email or memo can be devastating, and can often greatly undercut a company’s ability to defend itself. Sometimes these “hot docs” accurately reflect a widespread rotten corporate culture. But often they arise from inadvertence, sloppiness, poor judgment or an attempt at humor. This webinar will present an overview of the dangers that often arise from these smoking guns, as well as how companies can reduce the likelihood of their creation.

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The NCBFAA has published a letter to importers and exporters regarding the transition of the ACE system and some of the issues encountered. JAS Forwarding is working on several PGA pilots and we are processing as many entries as possible through ACE. JAS Forwarding is an active NCBFAA member.

Does your shipment reflect the correct country of export?

Did you know that if documents show the merchandise was already destined for the United States, the shipment will be treated as an exportation of the country from which it was originally exported? Make sure the country of export is properly indicated on the import commercial invoice in order to have the appropriate duty rate applied..

Contact your JAS representative for more details today!

U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Homeland Security Investigations officials have warned shoppers to be very careful while shopping for holiday deals.

"Protecting intellectual property rights is a priority trade issue," stated U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The Houston CBP Seaport Assistant Port Director Leslie Luczkowski shared that “Every year, criminal organizations prey on unsuspecting consumers who are looking for a great bargain during the holiday season.”

As a result, CBP has created a complex strategic approach to identify and seize counterfeit trademarks and copyrights.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers at the Peace Arch Port of Entry assisted in saving a 67 year old woman's life. Officers has to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Officers were advised that a woman was having an emergency and needed help during a regular screening  at the border. A supervisory CBP officer and two other CBP officers responded to the family to help, and then called 911.

Acting Area Port Director Kenneth L. Williams is quoted saying:

"The quick and professional response by CBP personnel in Blaine assisted in saving this woman's life. This scenario portrays CBP's commitment to protect and serve our communities and the traveling public."

For more information please read the Official Article!

The United States and Singapore has signed three Customs agreements, in order to ensure cooperation and mutual assistance on Customs enforcement and support of lawful trade and travel. Both parties "signed a U.S.–Singapore Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement (CMAA) and a Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) between U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and Singapore’s Customs’ Secure Trade (STC) Partnership," an article by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection stated. "The mutual recognition arrangement between C-TPAT and Singapore’s STC will link the two industry partnership programs, so together it will create a unified and sustainable security posture that can assist in securing and facilitation global cargo trade," the article stated.

CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske stated:

"The signing of the MRA and CMAA between the U.S. and Singapore demonstrates the partnership and commitment of each country to combatting customs fraud and to a secure global supply chain."

Read more about the agreements with Singapore at the official CBP website.

JAS EMPLOYEE NAMED PRESIDENT OF INTERNATIONAL FREIGHT FORWARDERS AND CUSTOMS BROKERS ASSOCIATION OF CHARLOTTE

Congratulations to Daniel Zupko as he was named the President of the International Freight Forwarders and Customs Brokers Association of Charlotte (IFFCBA)! The mission of the organization is to serve the Charlotte freight forwarder and customs broker community by providing a central source of information regarding industry laws and regulations. Daniel served as the Treasurer and Chairman of the customs committee of the organization for the past two years. He also brings over 20 years of experience to IFFCBA and JAS! Congratulations and best wishes to him as President!

Ear Export Controls / Itar Defense Trade Controls Seminar Series

Date: December 7-10, 2015

Location: Miami,  Florida

This seminar series provides both novice and experienced export compliance professionals with an in-depth education on export control regulations administered by the US Departments of State, Commerce & Treasury.

Did You Miss The BIS Update 2015 Conference?

If you did, you are still able to find the recap online that contains the program summary, presentations and speeches. The annual conference gives the exporting community the opportunity to learn first hand from senior U.S. Government officials about current issues and trends in the export control policies, regulations and practices.

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