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HTS 9801, US Goods Returned
November 29, 2021

In the following link to CSMS message regarding U.S. goods returned, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued updated guidance on an importers and broker’s responsibilities for U.S. and foreign goods returning under HTS 9801.00.10.

Under HTS 9801.00.10, goods are allowed to be entered duty-free, if the importer has the required documentation to prove the goods were either:

  • Originally manufactured in the United States
  • Foreign manufactured articles previously imported, exported and are now being returned to the United States within three years of exportation, without having been advanced in value or improved in condition by any process of manufacture or other means while abroad

In this guidance, CBP places the burden or proof on the importer to substantiate their claim for duty-free treatment under HTS 9801.00.10 with proper supporting documentation.  Customs brokers have the responsibility to advise the importer what documentation is required as part of the importer’s records.

The following are forms of proper documentation:

  • Declaration by Foreign Shipper stating goods were not advance in value or improved in condition while outside the United States.
  • Declaration by the Owner, Importer, or Consignee – when the owner or ultimate consignee is a corporation the declaration is to be signed by an officer of the company

These declarations are to be retained and provided, if requested, to CBP and ensure that the appropriate person is authorized to sign the declarations.

For U.S. manufactured goods valued over $2500 and entered three years after the date of exportation which are not clearly marked with the name and address of the original U.S. manufacturer, CBP may require, in additional to the above declarations a affidavit from the original manufacturer.  

CBP also request proof of export from the USA for U.S. manufactured goods or foreign origin goods, provided the information contained proves an export from the United States.  The following are acceptable forms of proof of export:

  • Copy of the entry into the foreign country
  • U.S. export invoice or bill of lading/airway bill or Electronic Export Information (EEI or the Automated Export System (AES) filing exemption.
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HTS Changes 2022
November 1, 2021

On January 1st 2022, the HTS will be updated with recommendations made by the United States International Trade Commission. These recommendations have been open for comment to federal agencies and the public for the last two years in order to ensure proper classification of goods. There are 351 total amendments being made to the HTS, including new subheadings for a large range of products including electronic vaporizers, hybrid truck engines, blanched peanuts, and cultural artifacts.

The full list of recommendations going into effect can be found here
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Illegal Exports to Vietnam Result in BIS Fine
November 1, 2021

On October 12, 2021, BIS reached a settlement with VTA Telecom Corporation, a California-based subsidiary of a state-owned telecom company in Vietnam. According to the settlement, VTA was found in violation of 6 regulations specified in the EAR going back to 2015. The violations include evading regulations, providing false statements to BIS, and knowingly exporting unlicensed items, some of which were intended for use in a defense program. BIS assessed a civil penalty of nearly 2 million dollars against VTA, along with additional sentencing to ensure all regulations are being followed moving forward.

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Schedule B Search Engine
November 1, 2021

The US Census Bureau’s Schedule B search engine is another useful tool for getting started finding HTS codes and or Schedule B numbers.  Schedule B numbers follow a similar pattern to US HTS codes (although there’s less Schedule B numbers).  The numbering system is like the harmonized system.  

Using the Schedule B Search Engine simply requires answering a few key questions about the commodity being reviewed.  Then a potential Schedule B is displayed on the screen.  This can be useful for imports if the item being classified is not very familiar to the classifier.  

Check out the Schedule B Search engine at the link below.

Check out the Schedule B Search engine
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Section 301 Client Advisory
November 1, 2021

On October 12, the US Trade Representative site has opened a docket for comments on the Reinstatement of Exclusions for Section 301 Tariffs. This docket is open to the public and contains links that provide guidance on how to make a comment, as well as a list of the 549 previously extended exclusions. The public docket will remain open for comments until December 1, 2021.

public comment page
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Interplanetary Cargo – Imports from Mars!
November 1, 2021

Last year, NASA and ESA began an ambitious project with the intent to gather rock samples from Mars, and have those samples brought back to Earth. This multi-billion dollar project began with NASA’s launch of Perseverance, a rover designed to drill for rock samples and store them for a return trip. In order to retrieve the samples, the aerospace manufacturer Airbus has been hired to build a specialized spacecraft called the ERO, or Earth Return Orbiter – a massive structure that will cross millions of miles to Mars’ orbit. From there, it will pick up the samples stored by the Perseverance and make a return trip to Earth, resulting in what could be considered the first interplanetary cargo delivery! The ERO is expected to launch sometime in 2026. Now the real question is, what duties do NASA and ESA have to pay for several tons of Mars rock?

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Webinars & Events November 2021
October 29, 2021

Apparel Classification Series: Everything but Knit Tops- Sandler Travis & Rosenburg

November 2, 2021

2:00 PM ET – 3:30 PM ET

1.5 CCS Credits

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Import Ban Lifted on Gloves
October 1, 2021

Earlier this year, in late March, CBP issued a finding that certain disposable gloves, were mined, produced, or manufactured in Malaysia by Top Glove Corporation Bhd with the use of convict, forced, or indentured labor, and were being, or were likely to be, imported into the United States.  Pursuant to 19 U.S.C. 1307 and CFR 12.42 (g), it is hereby determined that the articles described below are no longer being mined, produced, or manufactured wholly or in part with the use of convict, forced, or indentured labor by Top Glove in Malaysia.  

The change is the result of the cooperation of Top Glove Corporate to address issues initially cited.

Read more about this, see the Federal Register Notice published September 10, 2021
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Continuing Education Update
October 1, 2021

The Federal Register dated September 10, 2021, proposed to amend the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations to require continuing education for individual customs broker license holders (individual brokers) and to create a framework for administering this requirement. By requiring individual brokers to remain knowledgeable about recent developments in customs and related laws as well as international trade and supply chains, CBP's proposed framework would enhance professionalism and competency within the customs broker community. CBP has determined that the proposed framework would contribute to increase trade compliance and better protection of the revenue of the United States.

Comments on this change are being accepted on or before November 9, 2021.

Read more about this proposed change, see the Federal Register Notice published September 20, 2021
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JAS on the Move
October 1, 2021

Our very own Laurie Arnold, Vice President Compliance for JAS Forwarding USA Inc. was a guest speaker at the National Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association of America, Government Affairs Conference in Washington DC on Sept 21. She spoke on the Customs Business Fairness Act HR 4816 bill that she as the NCBFAA Legislative Committee Chair has been championing to become permanent.  This bill would protect Customs Brokers from having to reach into their pocket and pay customs duties to the court for redistribution due to the 90-day claw back bankruptcy law.  The customs broker would have collected that customs duty from the importer and already paid it to US Customs. If the importer files bankruptcy the broker must pay that money back if in the 90-day period but US Customs would keep the funds already paid.

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Modification to Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty Regulations
October 1, 2021

On September 20, 2021, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) published new regulations and modifications to existing regulations related to its administration and enforcement of the antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CV) laws. These regulations apply to various aspects of AD/CVD proceedings, including the deadlines for industry comments pertaining to AD/CVD petitions, new shipper reviews, scope inquiries and rulings, circumvention inquiries and determinations, covered merchandise referrals from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), certification requirements to establish whether merchandise is subject to an AD/CVD order, and importer reimbursement certifications filed with CBP.

To read more, check out the CSMS message 49456863
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Helpful Tips October 2021
October 1, 2021

Free Trade Agreements are a great way to reduce costs through the reduction or elimination of duties on qualified items.  Free Trade Agreement items are often qualified for the agreement through numerous rules centered around the rules of origin.  Did you know that many finished goods may qualify for a free trade agreement even though it has material from countries that are not part of the agreement?  The rules of origin can be daunting but rewarding if applied effectively.  Check out the listing of free trade agreements in the US in the link below.  Need help?  Contact JAS Forwarding USA Inc. Compliance today!

Official listing of free trade agreements in the US
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Fun fact- International Coffee Day, October 1, 2021
October 1, 2021

International Coffee Day is celebrated each year on October 1.  Coffee has been used for centuries and grows on multiple continents around the world.  Coffee imports into the US are subject to PGA (Partner Government Agencies).  PGA requirements are diverse and require expertise to navigate.  On International Coffee Day, reflect on the expertise required to bring that beautiful concoction of caffeinated bliss to our breakfast tables!

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Webinars & Events October 2021
October 1, 2021

ITAR Exemptions and How to Use Them

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

11:00 a.m. – noon Central Standard Time

REGISTER HERE

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User Fee Changes Effective October 1, 2021
September 1, 2021

Pursuant to the General Notice (86 FR 40864) published July 29, 2021, various changes to user fees within the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) will take effect on October 1, 2021.  Merchandise Processing Fees are increasing, and other fees will reflect changes as well.

Read the Client Advisory
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Five-Year Suspension of UK/EU Duties in Section 301 Action
August 31, 2021

On June 15 and June 17, 2021, the United States reached understandings on cooperative frameworks with, respectively, the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) regarding the World Trade Organization (WTO) disputes involving large civil aircraft (LCA).

Read the Federal Register
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Compliance Meeting Held at JAS Atlanta HQ
August 31, 2021
From left to right, front row- Mary Arno, Corporate Compliance Specialist; Margaret Christian, Corporate Compliance Specialist; Laurie Arnold, Vice President of Compliance; Leah Ellis, Compliance Operations Manager; Sommer Sampson, TSA Security Program Manager; back row- Jacob Foster, Corporate Compliance Specialist; Casey Hughes, Corporate Compliance Specialist; Scott Cassell, Compliance Project Manager

From August 25 through August 27, 2021, the JAS Forwarding USA Inc. Corporate Compliance team met at the Atlanta Corporate headquarters.  The team was able to discuss various industry current events and develop a strategic plan for the coming months.  The group was excited to get together and reconnect!

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Helpful Tips September 2021
August 31, 2021

CBP has published numerous “Informed Compliance Publications.”  These articles offer extensive commentary onvarious topics from how to classify apparel and sets to rules of origin andmuch more.  The full list of informed compliancepublications can be found at the link below:

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Did You Know? September 2021
August 31, 2021

Labor Day in the USA commemorates the labor movement for worker’s rights.  In the 19th Century, work conditions were quite different from what they are today, and work weeks were long and difficult.  Today, workdays and weeks are much more manageable in comparison. Labor Day also brings those exciting Labor Day Sales hopefully to save little on some consumer items!  

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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 FDA Subscription Service
August 2, 2021

The Food and Drug Administration is excited to announce the launch of a new public subscription service for the FDA Enforcement Report. This new service allows consumers, industry, regulators, public health officials, and other stakeholders to sign up for email notifications of new and updated FDA recalls posted to the application.

Users can choose to be notified of all recalls, commodity-specific recalls (i.e., Food, Drugs, Devices, Drugs, Biologics, Tobacco, etc.), and/or individual recall events on a daily or weekly basis. Prior to this update, users only had the option to subscribe to the Enforcement Report RSS feed, which sends a notification that the weekly report has posted. This new subscription service is a significant improvement, as it allows for additional customization and daily notifications.

Click HERE to subscribe to the FDA Enforcement Report.

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Webinars & Events August 2021
August 2, 2021

Encryption Controls Seminar

Date:  August 11-12, 2021

Location:  VIRTUAL

The Encryption Controls virtual seminar is an in-depth session that will focus on the unique provisions related to encryption under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).  Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) licensing officers will provide a comprehensive overview of controls on encryption in the EAR, including what items are and are not controlled in Category 5 Part 2, License Exception ENC and mass market provisions (740.17), encryption classification and licensing, deemed exports, and rules regarding foreign product development using U.S. origin encryption parts and components.  The program will allow for 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.

2021 Virtual Update Conference on Export Controls & Policy

Date: September 2, 2021

Location:  VIRTUAL

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is preparing for its annual Update Conference on Export Controls. This major outreach activity draws business and government representatives from around the world to learn and exchange ideas about export control issues. It is one of the Department’s most notable international trade events.

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Why are Hot Dogs and Buns Sold in Different Quantities?
August 2, 2021

There’s a food dilemma that people have been questioning for a long time!  Have you ever purchased a pack of hot dogs and a pack of buns only to discover that there are 10 hot dogs and 8 buns?  Let’s finally right this wrong!  Why are there different quantities?  According to the National Hot Dog Sausage Council (NHDSC) hot dog buns are baked in clusters of four in pans that are designed to hold eight rolls.  So, there you have it!  Keep that in mind when you are grilling hot dogs during this last summer month!

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Effective July 1, 2021, the United States-Mexico-Canada Free Trade Agreement (USMCA) will implement the sewing thread requirement.

Sewing thread of headings 5204, 5401, 5508, or yarn of heading 5402 (used as sewing thread) and used in apparel products of Chapters 61 and 62 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, will only be considered originating if the thread is both formed and finished in the territory of one or more USMCA parties.

Sewing thread is considered formed and finished in one or more USMCA countries, if all production processes and finishing operations, starting with the extrusion of filaments, strips, film or sheets, and including slitting of a film or sheet into strips, or the spinning of all fibers into yarn, or both, and ending with the finished single or plied thread ready for use for sewing without further processing. (Non- originating fiber maybe used in the production of sewing thread of headings 5204, 5401 or 5508, or yarn of heading 5402 used as sewing thread.)

There’s a food dilemma that people have been questioning for a long time!  Have you ever purchased a pack of hot dogs and a pack of buns only to discover that there are 10 hot dogs and 8 buns?  Let’s finally right this wrong!  Why are there different quantities?  According to the National Hot Dog Sausage Council (NHDSC) hot dog buns are baked in clusters of four in pans that are designed to hold eight rolls.  So, there you have it!  Keep that in mind when you are grilling hot dogs during this last summer month!

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.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is issuing a direct final rule to codify in the Code of Federal Regulations the statutory requirements for the flammability of upholstered furniture under the COVID-19 Regulatory Relief and Work-From-Home Safety Act. This Act mandates that CPSC promulgate California Technical Bulletin 117-2013 as a flammability standard for upholstered furniture under section 4 of the Flammable Fabrics Act.  The rule is effective as of June 25, 2021.

The new Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening requirements for shipments transported on all-cargo international aircraft will come into effect on June 30th, 2021.  These new security provisions will require that all shipments transported on all-cargo international aircraft be screened to similar standards as cargo transported on passenger aircraft.  Alternatively, shipments may be received from a TSA-regulated entity that has applied appropriate security controls and/or screened the cargo.

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.

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.

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.

Is your product being investigated for possible antidumping or countervailing duties?  Do you know how to find if it is before a formalized case has published?  The International Trade Commission (USITC) publishes public notices regarding investigations, solicitations, public comments, and questionnaires.  Click HERE to go to the USITC webpage for public notices.

FDA regulates sunscreens to ensure they meet safety and effectiveness standards. To improve the quality, safety, and effectiveness of sunscreens, FDA issued requirements and it must pass certain tests before they are sold.  Also, how you use the product, and other protective measures you take, make a difference in how well you can protect yourself and your family from sunburn, skin cancer, early skin aging and other risks of overexposure to the sun.

Here are some key sun safety tips:

  • Limit time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun’s rays are most intense.
  • Wear clothing to cover skin exposed to the sun, such as long-sleeved shirts, pants, sunglasses, and broad-brimmed hats.
  • Use broad spectrum sunscreens with SPF values of 15 or higher regularly and as directed.
  • Reapply sunscreen at least every two hours, and more often if you are sweating or jumping in and out of the water.

Enjoy your summer and have fun in the sun!

Re-Export Under the EAR

Date:  July 28, 2021

Location:  VIRTUAL

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) will offer a virtual seminar entitled Reexports under the EAR.  The seminar will explain how to determine if items made outside the United States are subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by using the Foreign Direct Product (FDP) rules, including the new Entity List related FDP, and the De minimis rules.  They will also discuss how to apply for a reexport license, common license exceptions used to reexport, and compliance tips.

Register Here

2021 Virtual Update Conference on Export Controls & Policy

Date: September 2, 2021

Location:  VIRTUAL

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is preparing for its annual Update Conference on Export Controls. This major outreach activity draws business and government representatives from around the world to learn and exchange ideas about export control issues. It is one of the Department’s most notable international trade events.

Register Here

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced its seizure of a shipment of nitrile disposable gloves from Malaysia suspected of being made with forced labor. This announcement confirms that a recent seizure authorization is broader than the original withholds release order and that CBP is in fact acting under that authorization.

Senate Finance Committee Chair, Ron Wyden, announced legislation to update and reauthorize three expired trade programs: Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) and the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act (AMCA). The Trade Preferences and American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2021 will extend duty-free access to the U.S. market for certain developing countries under GSP until 2027, with important updates to eligibility rules that ensure trade policy rewards advances in human rights, women’s economic empowerment, labor, environment, rule of law and digital trade, among others.

Fabrics for Specialized Uses

Date: June 21, 2021

Location:  VIRTUAL

This webinar hosted by Customs & Border Protection will cover information as it relates to importing fabrics of specialized uses.

SIA 2021 Virtual Summer Back to Basics Conference

Date:  July 12-16, 2021

Location:  VIRTUAL

This five-session conference 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 deal 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.

Laurie Arnold and Leah Ellis of Corporate Compliance at JAS Forwarding attended the NCBFAA annual conference and provided their committee reports at the annual meeting.  The NCBFAA conference is an annual event that brings together more than 600 international trade representatives from across the United States to discuss trade affairs.

The new version of the publication “Don’t Let This Happen to You” is now available!  This publication is an introduction to the consequences of violating U.S. Export Control laws.  It includes actual investigations, export control and antiboycott violations published by the Bureau of Industry Security.  

To read the access the latest version, CLICK HERE.

Ahhh, the smell of ripe strawberries lingers in the air as one of the most wonderful times of the year has arrived…. SUMMER!  

Consider strawberry picking as a family friendly outdoor activity this year!  Most of us are accustomed to strawberries from the grocery that were shipped in from faraway places and picked perhaps a bit early to ensure smooth travels.   Local strawberries are a totally different experience.  You are selecting each one yourself at the peak of perfection.  They are ripe and red totally through and filled with flavor beyond comparison.

Here are 5 tips to make your strawberry picking experience the best!

  1. Pick on a weekday when strawberry availability is at its peak. Strawberries ripen over time and supplies are best mid-week.
  2. Arrive right when the farm opens on weekends.
  3. Local Berries are Fragile. Eat your strawberries or freeze them within 24 hours of picking.  
  4. Dress for Picking!  You are visiting a working farm so close-toed shoes, sun hat and sunscreen are in order.  
  5. Please pay for your Strawberries before eating them. It is hugely tempting to eat strawberries while picking, but strawberries are sold by the pound at most farms so you will need to weigh and pay before you enjoy.

Enjoy!! Cheers to the summer!

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.

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.

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.

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