RECAP: World Trade Center Miami World Trade Month Webinars

Last week concluded World Trade Center Miami’s International Trade Weeks Webinars. The two weeks of webinars coincided with World Trade Month and included online presentations from U.S. federal agencies on current federal regulations and updates, classification, and essential import and export information.

The series included sessions from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Headquarters Offices, CTPAT, Fines, Penalties & Forfeitures, and Centers of Excellence and Expertise (Centers). Webinar topics encompassed CTPAT, Forced Labor Enforcement Overview, E-Commerce, Broker Regulatory Updates, IPR & Trademark Policy, U.S. Plant Pest Pressures, Importing Alcoholic Beverages into the United States and many more.

Partner government agencies included:

  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 
  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) 
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) 
  • Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) 
  • Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)
  • Department of Transportation (DOT)

Participating Centers of Excellence and Expertise included:

  • Agriculture & Prepared Products: Managed by the Miami Field Office, specializes in agriculture, aquaculture, animal products, vegetable products, prepared foods, beverages, alcohol, tobacco or similar industries.
  • Apparel, Footwear & Textiles: Managed by the San Francisco Field Office, specializes in wearing apparel, footwear, textile mill products, or similar industries.
  • Automotive & Aerospace: Managed by the Detroit […]

A New Era in Cosmetics Regulation: The Modernization of Cosmetic Regulations Act

In recent years, the cosmetics industry has experienced exponential growth, with new products being introduced almost daily. The average American consumer uses six to 12 cosmetics products daily. This growth has resulted in a need for more comprehensive regulation of cosmetic products to ensure consumer safety. The Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act of 2022 (MoCRA) is a new law that aims to modernize and strengthen cosmetic regulations in the United States.

MoCRA was signed into law on January 1, 2022, and replaces the previous Cosmetic Act, which had not been updated since 1938. MoCRA brings significant changes to the cosmetic industry and regulations under MoCRA will impact the entire lifecycle of cosmetics products from manufacturing to marketing.

New MoCRA requirements include:

  • FDA registration for cosmetics facilities
  • Product listings for each cosmetic product
  • Adverse event reporting
  • Safety substantiation
  • Compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs)
  • Fragrance allergen labeling

MoCRA also gives the FDA new records access and mandatory recall authority. In issuing MoCRA regulations, FDA’s aim is to help ensure the overall safety of cosmetic products, and significantly expand the Agency’s ability to trace and track non-compliant products and facilities.

Facility Registration and Product Listing 

Cosmetic facilities must register with the FDA (deadline has been extended to July 1, 2024) and renew their registration every two years thereafter . The term “facility” means any establishment that either manufactures or process cosmetic products distributed in the United States. New facilities must be registered within 60 days after they start manufacturing cosmetics.

The FDA may suspend a facility’s registration if the FDA determines […]

Customs and Trade Weekly Snapshot

Here is a recap of the latest customs and international trade law news:

Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

  • CBP announced that it is changing its processes concerning the publication of the Notice of Seizure and Intent to Forfeit for CBP seizures and administrative forfeitures.
  • CBP Releases April 2023 Monthly Operational Update
  • CBP published a new Forced Labor Supporting Documents Submissions Guide
  • CBP Modifies Withhold Release Order in Response to Smart Glove’s Successful Actions to Address Forced Labor Supply Chain Issues – Smart Glove’s remediation efforts included repayment of recruitment fees, improvements to living conditions, and implementation of new worker-centered policies and procedures.
  • CBP Provides ACE Portal Modernization – CBP will deploy remaining functionality for ACE Portal Modernization – Phase 3 on May 21. However, prior to deployment, the Trade Transformation Office (TTO) held a demonstration via Microsoft Teams for trade users on Thursday, May 18.
  • Did you know CBP provides weekly foreign-currency-exchange-rates?
  • The Congressional Budget Office released a cost estimate for the CTPAT Pilot Program Act of 2023.
  • CBP issued the notice of determination as to evasion for EAPA consolidated case 7724 filed by the Paper Receipts Converting Association, against U.S. importer, WHP Associates LLC (WHP) for evasion of the applicable AD/CVD orders.
  • CBP Delays Updated OHBOL Release – CBP said the updated Ocean House Bill of Lading (OHBOL) Release, as well as the OHBOL Release Container Freight Station User Interface (CFS UI), in ACE has been delayed and a new date will […]
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Can A False Claims Act Qui Tam Case, Alleging Customs Fraud, Be Filed And Pursued Anonymously?

Co-authored by:
Jonathan Tycko – Tycko & Zavareei LLP
Jennifer Diaz – Diaz Trade Law

Introduction

A company you work for, or maybe a competing company, is committing customs fraud.  The company is lying about the value of the products it is importing, using improper HTS codes to avoid duties, or importing products that have been transshipped to evade tariffs.  What can you do about it?  One option is to file what is known as a “qui tam” lawsuit under the federal False Claims Act.  A qui tam lawsuit is one that is brought by a private citizen or company against defendant that owe money to the government.  When a qui tam lawsuit is successful, the party that initiated the case—called a “relator”—is entitled to a substantial monetary reward, ranging between 15% and 30% of the amount recovered for the government.  A qui tam lawsuit has another major advantage: it engages the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) in the case, and typically results in the opening of an investigation by DOJ into the allegations made in the case.  So, a qui tam lawsuit is a means of bringing allegations of customs fraud to the attention of the government, and triggering a serious inquiry by the government into those allegations.

False Claims Act qui tam cases can be complicated, and many factors go into whether such a case can be successful.  In this article, we do not address the substance of the cases themselves.  Instead, we address a question we are commonly asked […]

Customs and Trade Weekly Snapshot

Here is a recap of the latest customs and international trade law news:

Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

  • CBP Seeks Feedback on ‘Ask ACE Chatbot’. CBP has asked the community to try out the now live “Ask ACE chatbot” on the CBP ACE homepage. The Ask ACE chatbot is intended to assist ACE users with general questions related to ACE and redirect users to existing resources that provide more comprehensive information. As it is an automated, digital tool, it will be available to the public online 24/7.
  • CBP maintains a notional development and deployment schedule (Dev/Dep schedule) of planned ACE enhancements. This schedule reflects those enhancements that have been prioritized and funded, and that CBP has begun developing. In addition to those enhancements found on the Dev/Dep schedule, CBP continues to work through emerging requirements. These emerging requirements will be added to the Dev/Dep schedule as new ACE enhancements when funding is secured and work is underway.
  • CBP issued a Final Administrative Determination in: Enforce and Protect Act (“EAPA”) Case Number 7699 concerning antidumping duty orders for Forged Steel Fittings From Italy and the People’s Republic of China. The determination affirmed in part and reversed in part the previous ruling from December.
  • CBP Seeks Feedback from Customs Broker License Exam Test Takers – to continuously improve the experience of its customs broker license exam, CBP has asked for individuals who took the exam on April 26 to share their experiences. Test takers should email their feedback regarding the […]
By |2023-05-12T11:09:50-04:00May 12, 2023|Snapshot|0 Comments

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