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At a time when trade news is in the headlines almost daily, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Trade Symposium, held in Atlanta, on August 14-15, drew a record number of attendees from near and far. More than 1,100 members of the trade community flocked to the event. The two-day event at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis opened with a conversation with CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan and Elizabeth Merritt (Managing Director of Cargo Services for Airlines for America). The commissioner spoke on a wide range of subjects including the new trade remedies. JAS Forwarding had two team members in attendance, Laurie Arnold and Leah Ellis.
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.