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





Department of Commerce 

  • The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA), is announcing one upcoming trade mission that will be recruited, organized, and implemented by ITA. This mission is: Executive-led Business Development Trade Mission to Kenya with optional (Gold Key) stop in Tanzania, March 28-30, 2023.
    • For further information contact, Jeffrey Odum, Events Management Task Force, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone (202) 482-6397 or email .
  • The Secretary of Commerce, through the Office of Trade and Economic Analysis (OTEA) of the International Trade Administration, received an application for an amended Export Trade Certificate of Review. This notice summarizes the proposed application and requests comments relevant to whether the amended Certificate should be issued.
  • DOC determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of barium chloride from India.
  • On November 23, 2022, DOC published the notice of initiation and preliminary results of a changed circumstances review of the antidumping duty order on certain corrosion inhibitors from the People’s Republic of China. For these final results, Commerce continues to find that Kanghua Chemical Co., Ltd. (Chuzhou Kanghua) is the successor-in-interest to the Nantong Kanghua Chemical Co., Ltd (Nantong Kanghua).

International Trade Commission

U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control 

  • The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is publishing the names of one or more persons that have been placed on OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (SDN List) based on OFAC’s determination that one or more applicable legal criteria were satisfied. All property and interests in property subject to U.S. jurisdiction of these persons are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.
  • OFAC is publishing two general licenses (GLs) issued pursuant to the Venezuela Sanctions Regulations: GLs 8K and 41, each of which was previously made available on OFAC’s website.

  • OFAC is issuing this final rule to adjust certain civil monetary penalties for inflation pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection 

  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge Port of Entry seized $931,739 in bulk, unreported U.S. currency.
  • CBP officers at the Otay Mesa port of entry thwarted a significant smuggling attempt after discovering two live toucans wrapped in stockings hidden inside a traveler’s purse. The incident occurred at about 4 p.m., on December 26, when a CBP officer encountered two travelers, a 35-year-old male and a 37-year-old female, in a 2015 Toyota Camry, applying for entry into the U.S. at the Otay Mesa vehicle lanes.
  • CBP officers in Louisville are seeing nightly counterfeit jewelry shipments arriving from locations known to produce fakes. On January 2, Louisville CBP seized a shipment of jewelry deemed to be counterfeit by CBP’s Centers of Excellence and Expertise, the agency’s trade experts.

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