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Customs and Trade News Weekly Snapshot

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

Customs and Border Protection (CBP)   

  • The Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee’s Intelligent Enforcement Subcommittee Forced Labor Working Group released a government issue paper. The paper covers key CBP activities, statistics, current status, and next steps. 
  • The Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) held its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, December 13.  
  • CBP shares top five tips to avoid online scams. 
  • Cincinnati CBP intercepts thousands of fraudulent and counterfeit documents during fiscal year 2023. 
  • Dulles CBP K9 alerts officers seize $56k in unreported currency from Iraq-bound man. 
  • Laredo CBP, HSI officials advise Christmas gift shoppers to avoid counterfeit, dubious origin goods that pose consumer safety, U.S. economic security risks. 
  • Dulles CBP officers seize $68k in unreported currency from Nigeria-bound family. 
  • Blanket declaration records for importers and organizational brokers moved Dec. 9 to the modernized ACE Portal. 
By |2023-12-18T08:46:20-05:00December 18, 2023|Snapshot, Uncategorized|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 announced a new series of quarterly training webinars and resources to help small- and medium-sized businesses report trade violations that threaten their bottom line and hurt the broader U.S. economy.  
    • The webinars will run from November 7, 2023, through September 10, 2024, and will guide participants through the process of reporting commercial trade violations using the Trade Violations Reporting Tool 
  • CBP’s Small Business Acquisition Program is hosting a webinar on Thursday, Oct 26, 2023, at 3 p.m. ET titled “How to do Business with DHS (9 Components): A Road Map for Small Businesses.”  
    • The webinar will provide participants an overview on showing small business vendors how to do business with CBP. It will include how to run a report on upcoming opportunities above $250,000, plus learn how to gather direct points of contact. Register here.   
  • CBP’s Laredo Field Office reminds public of prohibited agricultural items that can carry citrus greening disease. 
  • CBP makes second largest seizure in Arizona […]
By |2023-10-21T13:09:13-04:00October 21, 2023|Snapshot, Uncategorized|0 Comments

CBP’s New ePetition Process – What Importers Need to Know

If you have received a Notice of Seizure, Notice of Penalty, or Liquidated Damages Incurred and Demand for Payment from CBP, you have the right to seek relief by filing an administrative petition. 

If your merchandise is seized, you are provided a Fines, Penalties, and Forfeitures (FP&F) case number and assigned a paralegal. The paralegal will send you a “Seizure Notice” – which you have 30 days to respond to via petition. If the Petition is denied, you get a second bite of the apple and can file a “Supplemental Petition”.  You can also file an “Offer in Compromise” (OIC) – basically your attempt to negotiate with CBP to settle the case. 

If you’ve been through this process before, you know that filing a petition usually involves email and paper files. Not anymore! CBP has now rolled out an online portal that allows companies to file an “ePetition.” The portal also allows petitioners and members of the trade community to look up an existing petition.

As with any new process, there are some common questions around how to properly utilize the portal. Here are some FAQs:

1. Will FP&F prefer the petitions to come from the portal? 

Currently, it is an additional tool and importers may continue to mail or email the appropriate FPF mailbox or use the online tool.

2. What is the “Reference ID?” 

This is the system assigned ID applicable to each […]

By |2023-10-12T09:56:53-04:00October 12, 2023|Uncategorized|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 launched a new electronic petition application. View here. 
  • CBP issues final rule on regulatory implementation of the Centers of Excellence and Expertise. The final rule adopts interim amendments made in a previous decision. The amendments: 
    • Establish CEEC as a permanent component of the agency 
    • Shift certain trade functions to the Centers 
    • Provide centralized decision-making authority to the Centers 
  • AD/CVD petition filed regarding aluminum extrusions – The petition filed Oct. 4 alleges that aluminum extrusions from China, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam are being sold at less than fair value in the U.S. and/or benefiting from countervailable subsidies.  
  • CBP seizes potentially harmful agricultural products from Asia – the shipments contained edible birds’ nests and peanuts that were mislabeled as other products. 
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By |2023-10-09T08:26:19-04:00October 9, 2023|Snapshot, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Customs and Trade News Weekly Snapshot

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

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 

  • CBP held a call to inform the trade community about port disruptions due to the migrant crisis at the Southwest border. Key updates:
    • The Eagle Pass Port of Entry has suspended rail operations. No rail passage north or south until further notice.
    • The El Paso field office is not processing northbound commercial traffic on the Bridge of Americas.
  • CBP announces increase in COBRA fees – CBP is adjusting certain customs user fees and corresponding limitations established by the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) for Fiscal Year 2024.
  • CBP officers in Louisville seized a shipment containing 1,747 pieces of counterfeit designer rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. 
  • CBP officers at Chicago O’Hare’s International Mail Branch, seized a shipment containing 67 pieces of counterfeit designer watches, bracelets, handbags, and scarves. If genuine, would have had a combined Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) over $1 million.
  • EAPA case updateEAPA Cons. Case 7724: WHP Associates LLC (Final Administrative Determination)
    • The importer was investigated for importing lightweight thermal paper from the […]
By |2023-09-22T11:13:57-04:00September 22, 2023|Snapshot, Uncategorized|0 Comments
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