July 2023

Customs and Trade News Snapshot

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

     Customs and Border Protection (CBP)    

  • The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that CBP violated a pencil importer’s right to due process by refusing to share the statistical and photographic evidence the agency used to determine that its pencils were dodging tariffs on Chinese products. 
  • CBP announces decision on hours at six ports of entry following temporary expansion 
    • During the temporary expansion, the ports of entry at Porthill, Idaho, and Maida, Northgate, and Sherwood, North Dakota, each expanded operations by two hours. The Laurier, Washington, Port of Entry expanded operations by two hours, and the Port of Del Bonita, Montana, expanded from operating five to seven days a week. CBP has decided to maintain the expanded hours at the Sherwood, Porthill and Del Bonita ports of entry. The hours at the Maida, Northgate and Laurier ports of entry will return to the hours in use before the temporary expansion. 
  • CBP cautions consumers, merchants about unsafe school supplies after a seizure of school supplies in San Juan, P.R., recently that violated federal law regulating misbranded hazardous substances or banned hazardous substances. 
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By |2023-07-28T12:34:36-04:00July 28, 2023|Snapshot|0 Comments

Customs and Trade News Snapshot

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

Customs and Border Protection (CBP)    

  • CBP releases June 2023 monthly update. Highlights: 
    • CBP processed more than 3.1 million entry summaries valued at more than $278 billion.  
    • CBP identified an estimated $7 billion of duties to be collected by the U.S. government.  
    • CBP seized 1,709 shipments that contained counterfeit goods valued at more than $120 million. 
    • In June, trade via the ocean environment accounted for 39.5% of the total import value, followed by air, truck, and rail. 
    • In the year after the agency began implementing the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act on June 21, 2022, CBP has reviewed a total of nearly 4,300 shipments valued at nearly $1.4 billion. In June 2023, CBP stopped 405 shipments valued at more than $239 million for further examination based on the suspected use of forced labor. 
  • Altana, a New York-based startup that uses AI to map global supply chains, has been awarded a contract — $2.85 million for year one and nearly $10 million over three years — with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The […]
By |2023-07-21T11:55:32-04:00July 21, 2023|Snapshot|0 Comments

Doing Business With Cuba: What You Need to Know

Cuba is home to 11 million consumers and a growing private sector. Its proximity to the United States (the Port of Havana is only 198 nautical miles from the Port of Miami) makes the country a natural trade partner. While changes in policy over the last several years have unlocked new business opportunities in Cuba, there are still regulatory barriers that individuals and companies should be aware of.

U.S. Embargo

The United States imposed a comprehensive economic embargo on Cuba in the 1960’s which restricts most trade between the two countries. It also includes restrictions on travel and investment.

Although the U.S. faced pressure to end the embargo, the state of affairs remained largely unchanged until 2014.

In December 2014, President Obama made a historic announcement: “Today, the United States is taking historic steps to chart a new course in our relations with Cuba and to further engage and empower the Cuban people.” By January 16, 2015, both the U.S. Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) amended its Cuban Assets Control Regulations, and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amended the Export Administration Regulations with a “Support for the Cuban People” license exception. The license exception was most significant for travel, telecom, building materials and agricultural equipment, financial services, and personal importations.

OFAC and BIS issued additional new rules on January 16, 2015, September 21, 2015, January 27, 2016, March 15, 2016, October 14, 2016, November 9, 2017, and […]

By |2023-07-18T08:19:31-04:00July 18, 2023|Countries, Cuba|0 Comments

Customs and Trade News Snapshot

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

Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

  • The National Commodity Specialist Division, Office of Trade, presented the next round of approximately 35 commodity-specific, educational webinars to support internal and external stakeholders. See the full list of webinars and RSVP here.
  • CBP Reimbursable Services Program 2023 Selection Announced – CBP announced the selection of 39 stakeholders to participate in the Reimbursable Services Program (RSP). The Reimbursable Services Program is a key component of CBP’s public-private partnerships and is an opportunity for the agency to proactively work with stakeholders and communities to identify business solutions for various border management needs. The application period opened on Feb. 1, 2017, and will remain open indefinitely, with evaluations beginning in March, July, and November of each year, CBP said.
  • Louisville CBP intercepts shipments of counterfeit designer jewelry & phone cases worth over $1.7 Million.
  • Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has advised that an updated Drawback Error Dictionary (v23) has been posted on the agency’s website here.
  • A new AD and CVD case has been filed against “Pea Protein” from China. The case was brought by Puris Proteins Ltd. The product is a high protein content protein powder made from Peas. The Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission will conduct the investigations. Within the next 45 days, the ITC will determine if there is a reasonable indication that the imports are injuring or threatening to injure the U.S. industry.

Federal Trade […]

By |2023-07-14T14:29:32-04:00July 14, 2023|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Green Trade Innovation and Incentives Forum RECAP

On July 11, 2023, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) held the Green Trade Innovation and Incentives Forum, the agency’s first conference that covered CBP’s Green Trade Strategy and related sustainable trade issues. The CBP Green Trade Strategy was formulated by the World Customs Organization (WCO) in Brussels in June of 2022 and serves as the agency’s action plan for addressing climate change’s impact on global trade. The Green Trade Strategy seeks to create business incentives that promote green investment and innovation but also includes ramped-up environmental enforcement efforts. The conference participants included multiple senior officials from CBP, and its partner agencies, as well as top executives from leading industry organizations. 

Green Trade Incentives: 

AnnMarie Highsmith, Executive Assistant Commissioner for CBP’s Office of Trade explained that the Green Strategy rests on four pillars: 

  1. Incentivizing Green Trade

  2. Strengthening environmental enforcement posture

  3. Accelerating green innovation

  4. Improving climate resilience and resource efficiency 

The first and third pillars refer to CBP’s efforts to work with its partner government agencies and industry leaders to remove barriers to sustainable trade and to promote green innovation. Multiple industry leaders at the conference proposed ways that CBP could create incentive structures that reduce the carbon footprint of global supply chains and promote green innovation.  

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