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Updates to CBP’s Global Business Identifier Test

On February 12, 2024, CBP announced key updates to the ongoing Global Business Identifier Evaluative Proof of Concept (GBI EPoC). The agency extended the test from February 12, 2024, through February 23, 2027, clarified the purpose and scope of the test, and expanded the test to include more entry types and countries of origin.

GBI EPoC Background

The Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) is the system through which the U.S. Government processes trade-related import and export data. The transition away from paper-based procedures has resulted in faster, more streamlined processes for both the U.S. Government and industry. To continue this progress, CBP began working with the Border Interagency Executive Council (BIEC) and the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) starting in 2017, to discuss the continuing viability of the data element known as the manufacturer or shipper identification code (MID).

Although use of the MID has served CBP and the international trade community well in the past, it became apparent that the MID is not always a consistent or unique number. 

CBP thus engaged in regular outreach with stakeholders in the trade community with the goal of establishing a global entity identifier system. As a result of these discussions, CBP developed GBI EPoC, an interagency trade transformation project that aims to test and develop a single entity identifier solution. 

Through the GBI EPoC, CBP aims to develop a systematic, accurate, and efficient method for the U.S. […]

Know Your Supply Chain: Forced Labor 

The production of goods using forced labor remains an issue around the world. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has made clear that they will continue to prioritize forced labor enforcement. CBP is the only U.S. government agency, and one of the few in the world, with the legal authority to take action against goods produced with forced labor to prevent entry into domestic commerce. 

What is Forced Labor? 

Forced labor is defined under 19 U.S.C. § 1307 as “all work or service which is exacted from any person under the menace [threat] of any penalty for its non-performance and for which the worker does not offer himself voluntarily.”  Forced Labor is the third most lucrative illicit trade, behind only drugs and weapons, and has an annual trade value of roughly $150 billion 

Right now, over 40 million people around the world are victims of some type of forced labor, including modern slavery, human trafficking, child labor, etc. Section 307 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1307) prohibits the importation of all goods and merchandise mined, produced, or manufactured wholly or in part in any foreign country by forced labor, convict labor, and/or indentured labor under penal sanctions, including forced child labor. 

CBP is responsible for preventing the entry of products made with forced labor into the U.S. market by investigating and acting upon allegations of […]

Customs and Trade News Weekly Snapshot

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

Customs and Border Protection (CBP)  

  • CBP releases January 2024 monthly update. Highlights: 
    • Processed more than 2.7 million entry summaries valued at more than $267 billion 
    • Identified estimated duties of nearly $7 billion 
    • Stopped 424 shipments valued at more than $236 million for further examination based on the suspected use of forced labor 
  • CBP expands and modifies the Global Business Identifier Evaluative Proof of Concept (GBI EPoC) 
    • CBP extended the test through February 23, 2027, expanded the scope of the test, and expanded entries of merchandise to include any HTSUS subheading and any country of origin. 
  • CBP has opened its Request for Proposals for entities seeking to become a recognized accreditor for compliance with the agency’s Continuing Education for Licensed Customs Brokers requirement. 
  • The Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) will hold its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, in Charleston, SC. 
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Customs and Trade News Weekly Snapshot

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

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 

  • CBP & HSI repatriate precious cultural artifact to Mexico. The item in question was a clay pot crafted between 900 and 1521 A.D. in Northern Mexico. 
  • CBP officers at the Buffalo port of entry, Lewiston warehouse, seized wireless earphones for bearing counterfeit trademarks. Had the items been authentic, the MSRP value would be approximately $15,350.
  • CBP officers in International Falls, Minnesota seized 1,363 counterfeit phone cases and 2,956 counterfeit home chargers with an estimated MSRP of more than $2,645,000 if the goods had been genuine. 
  • Officers in the San Juan Field Office intercepted and seized three shipments containing counterfeit luxury brand merchandise, including jewelry and sunglasses, with a combined MSRP of over $1.2 million, had the merchandise been genuine.
  • Annual quota opening February 7, 2024: QB 24-507 2024 Solar Cells and Modules – Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic (CSPV) Solar Cells
    • February 7, 2024, to February 6, 2025 – 5,000,000,000 watts (5.0 GW)

Department of Commerce

By |2024-02-11T13:05:07-05:00February 9, 2024|Snapshot|0 Comments

Customs and Trade News Weekly Snapshot

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

Customs and Border Protection (CBP)  

  • CBP releases December 2023 monthly update. Highlights: 
    • Stopped 450 shipments valued at more than $187 million for further examination based on the suspected use of forced labor. 
    • Seized 1,291 shipments that contained counterfeit goods valued at more than $86 million if the items had been genuine.  
    • Identified estimated duties of nearly $6.3 billion to be collected by the U.S. government. 
  • CBP seizes $700K worth of counterfeit luxury jewelry in one consignment sent to Puerto Rico. 
  • CBP officers at the Port of Louisville seized two shipments containing a total of 3,301 pieces of counterfeit designer rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. If genuine, would have had a combined MSRP of over $9.58 million. 
  • CBP is increasing its recruitment incentives to as much as $30,000 for newly appointed U.S. Border Patrol agent applicants who enter duty on or after Jan. 8, and meet the requirements for the incentives. 
  • CBP […]
By |2024-02-02T17:34:06-05:00February 2, 2024|Snapshot|0 Comments

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