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

Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

  • CBP releases FY 2022 IPR seizure statistics. Highlights:
    • 20,812 shipments containing goods that violated IPR seized. Estimated MSRP value of seized goods $2.98 billion.
    • ICE-HSI arrested 255 individuals, obtained 192 indictments, and received 95 convictions related to IP crimes.
    • Handbags and wallets topped the list representing 30.3% of all IPR seizures.
  • CBP released the Notional Development & Deployment Schedule for Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).
  • EAPA case update: case 7783: Superior Commercial Solutions LLC (Notice of Determination as to Evasion).
    • CBP determined that there is substantial evidence that the company entered merchandise covered by AD/CVD duty orders into the U.S. through evasion. SCS imported quartz products from China by undervaluation and/or transshipment through Vietnam.
  • CBP agriculture specialists in Louisville stop shipments with almost 1,500 pounds of prohibited meat.
  • CBP to host Fall 2023 virtual career expo – during the event, interested applicants can discuss entry-level and experienced law enforcement and professional career options with CBP recruiters and attend live information sessions.

Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)

  • BIS issues temporary denial order in support of strike force case against Russian national for illegally exporting sensitive U.S.-sourced micro-electronics with military applications to Russia.
  • A New York man was sentenced in federal court in Concord for operating an unlicensed money transmitting business that was used to export weapons to Pakistan.

United States Trade Representative (USTR)

  • USTR announced the further extension of the 352 reinstated exclusions and 77 COVID-related exclusions in the China Section 301 Investigation until December 31, 2023.  The exclusions were previously scheduled to expire on September 30, 2023.

U.S. Congress

  • The Chairs of the bipartisan and bicameral Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) released a letter to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk and the High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi requesting a meeting on the dire situation of North Korean refugees in the People’s Republic of China.

Department of Commerce

  • Seamless carbon and alloy steel standard, line, and pressure pipe from Ukraine: Preliminary results of antidumping duty administrative review.
  • Certain passenger vehicle and light truck tires from the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary results of antidumping duty administrative review.
  • Certain softwood lumber products from Canada: Amended final results of antidumping duty administrative review.

Federal Trade Commission

  • FTC finalizes order against clothing accessory company for false Made in USA claims.
    • The order includes a monetary judgment of $191,481.
    • The order also includes a number of requirements on the claims the company make For example, the company will be prohibited from making unqualified claims for any product and any qualified claims must disclose the extent to which products contain foreign parts, components, or processing.

Federal Maritime Commission (FMC)

  • FMC releases July activity report. Highlights include:
    • Industry advisory – requirements for doing business with NVOCCs and OFFs.
    • Proposed reforms to international ocean supply chain practices.
    • OTI licensing activity: 58 applications, 18 revocations.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Update to the voluntary eSTAR program – The submission process for the 510(k) Program is changing. Starting October 1, 2023, all 510(k) submissions, unless exempted, must be submitted as electronic submissions using eSTAR, as noted in the Electronic Submission Template for Medical Device 510(k) Submissions final guidance. eSTAR is the only available template to facilitate the preparation of 510(k) electronic submissions.
  • Upcoming conference: Electronic Drug Registration and Listing (eDRLS) using CDER Direct – 2023. This conference is intended to provide basic instruction in the registration and listing policy and process for those who are new to this regulatory program as well as offer regulatory professionals more in-depth information on issues and current events affecting Drug Registration and Listing. Register here.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)

  • OFAC sanctions Sudanese paramilitary leader – OFAC sanctioned Abdelrahim Hamdan Dagalo for his leadership of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), an entity whose members have engaged in acts of violence and human rights abuses, including the massacre of civilians, ethnic killings, and use of sexual violence.
  • In coordination with the Republic of Korea and Japan, the United States sanctioned two individuals and one entity—Jon Jin Yong, Sergey Mikhaylovich Kozlov, and Intellekt LLCinvolved in generating revenue for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) unlawful development of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and ballistic missiles.

Industry Updates

  • China’s exports drop by 8.8% in August – China reported another monthly decline in imports and exports. Imports have now fallen every month in 2023 from the year-ago period. Exports have fallen year-on-year for every month since April as global demand for Chinese goods wanes.

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