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June 30, 2023

On June 23, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published in the Federal Register its much-anticipated final rule for Continuing Education for Licensed Customs Brokers. The rule will be effective as of July 24, 2023. The final rule closely resembles the proposed rule that was published on September 10, 2021, with some minor changes. Some key elements of the rule:

  • Individual brokers will be required to complete at least 36 continuing education credits per each triennial reporting period.
  • Individual brokers will be required to certify compliance as a part of the filing of their triennial status reports. Records to substantiate the credits earned must be maintained but will only need to be provided to CBP upon request.
  • The first reporting period that it will apply to will be the 2024 to 2027 period.
  • For the triennial period beginning on February 1, 2024, CBP will reduce the 36 continuing education credits, required to be completed, by six credits for approximately every six months that elapse between February 1, 2024 and the compliance date on which individual brokers may begin completing qualified continuing broker education courses.
  • The actual number of credits required for the 2024 to 2027 period and the date from which brokers can start earning credits will be announced in a subsequent Federal Register notice.
  • CBP will utilize the System for Award Management (SAM) to vet and approve qualified accreditors to accredit training and educational activities.
  • CBP-selected accreditors will not be allowed to self-certify the party’s own training and educational activities.

CBP has also created a new page on its website to obtain information on this requirement going forward. link to the Federal Register notice

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The last 30 days have brought many updates to Section 301 duties, exclusions and more

The last 30 days have brought many updates to Section 301 duties, exclusions and more.  The action all started on May 14, 2024, when the USTR announced that further action would be taken against China’s unfair technology transfer policies and practices.  It was announced that key products would be subject to new rates over the next two years.  

May 22, 2024, there was a follow up to the May 14 announcement which further defined that 382 HTSUS subheadings and 5 statistical reporting numbers of the HTSUS are the specific products that will have the increases in 2024, 2025 and 2026.  This notice also noted that an exclusion process is being established for machinery used in domestic manufacturing and under certain subheadings under chapters 84 and 85 of the HTSUS.  Finally, this notice proposes 19 temporary exclusions for solar manufacturing equipment.

Finally, on May 24, 2024, the USTR published details about the disposition of the existing Section 301 exclusions 9903.88.67 and 9903.88.68 which have been scheduled to expire on May 31, 2024.  In summary, all exclusions under 9903.88.67 and 9903.88.68 have been extended to July 14, 2024.  On July 15, 2024, a new exclusion will be effective.  The new exclusion, under 9903.88.69 will cover 87 of the original 352 exclusions under 9903.88.67.  

For more details, check out our 3 Client advisories released during May linked below.

CBP publishes numerous Informed Compliance Publications

CBP publishes numerous Informed Compliance Publications. These documents can be extremely useful in answering detailed questions about the application of CBP rules/laws on a wide range of topics. Some of the topics covered include Valuation, classification of sets, classification of specific product types, drawback, reasonable care, recordkeeping, rules of origin and the list goes on. These documents are publicly available and can be viewed online or downloaded. To check them out, follow the link below!

U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)

The U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has updated the process for excluding certain steel and aluminum imports from tariffs, effective July 1, 2024. This revision removes twelve General Approved Exclusions (GAEs), aiming to strengthen domestic steel and aluminum production and reduce reliance on foreign manufacturing.  The changes follow public feedback and are intended to ensure fairness and transparency in the exclusions process while upholding national security interests.  BIS has been overseeing this process since tariffs were imposed in 2018, and these adjustments reflect ongoing efforts to refine controls and support U.S. industrial base.

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