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





U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

  • On February 2, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) successfully deployed the following functionality in the modernized ACE Portal:
    • Individual Licensed Broker (ILB) Indicator for Broker Employees
      • When viewing and editing a “Trade Employee,” users can now indicate that an employee is also a licensed broker
    • Improved Functionality for Uploading Employees
      • The bulk upload process now allows up to 200 employees to be uploaded
      • A new “Pending” status is displayed to show that a bulk upload is in progress
        • Important: When viewing the “View Uploads” list after completing an upload action, users should click the “Refresh” button periodically to view the updated “# of Successes,” “# of Errors,” and “Status” for the upload
      • Duplicate employees are no longer created
    • New Column on Broker Employees List
      • The “Employee End Date” field is now displayed as a column on the “Employees” list for “Broker Permit”
    • Check for Duplicate Social Security Numbers (SSN) when Creating an Employee Record
      • When creating a new employee, the system now prevents the creation of records with duplicate SSNs
  • On March 18, 2023, CBP will deploy the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) Region Alert enhancement to the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). This enhancement will provide an early notification to importers and their representative of goods that may have been produced in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (Xinjiang or XUAR) and may be excluded from importation into the United States. This enhancement includes electronic data interchange (EDI) impacts.

United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York 

  • U.S. Attorney announces $22.8 Million settlement of civil fraud lawsuit against vitamin importer for underpaying customs duties owed on products imported into the United States. Under the settlement agreement approved by U.S. District Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil, IVC will pay $22,865,055 to the United States. As part of the settlement agreement, IVC also made admissions regarding its conduct. IVC admitted that, between 2015 and 2019, it utilized HTS classifications for 32 products it imported from China that carried duty-free rates, even though those products, if accurately classified, would have been subject to the payment of duties.

U.S. Government Accountability Office

  • The U.S. Government Accountability Office has released their investigative report to the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights Committee on the Judiciary U.S. Senate. The report delves into Antidumping and Countervailing Duties.

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