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

Customs and Border Protection (CBP)  

  • Customs broker 2024 permit user fee payment due by Feb. 9
    • Based on fee adjustments required by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) and CBP regulations, the customs broker permit user fee payable for calendar year 2024 will be $174.80. 
  • CBP issues clarification regarding countries using Euro – the has approved use of the Euro to non-members and in unique use agreements. 
    • The importer or customs broker is responsible for ensuring the correct currency is listed on the invoice for the purpose of conversion to U.S. dollars, so that the appropriate duties, taxes, and fees are paid. 
  • CBP announced it will soon deploy updates for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) to prohibit “aggregated harvest reports of Northern Red Snapper,” regardless of vessel size.
    • The update will be deployed no later than Dec. 20 in the ACE Certification environment, and no earlier than Jan. 20, 2024, in the ACE Production environment.
  • REMINDER: On December 9, 2023, CBP will complete the migration of the blanket declarations functionality from the legacy ACE Portal to the modernized ACE Portal.
    • Following this deployment, users who are authorized will no longer use the legacy ACE Portal to create, manage, and view declarations; going forward, the functionality will only be available in the modernized ACE Portal.

Department of Homeland Security

  • DHS designates three additional PRC-based companies to the UFLPA Entity List
    • Effective December 11, 2023, goods produced by COFCO Sugar Holding Co. Ltd, Sichuan Jingweida Technology Group Co., Ltd., and Anhui Xinya New Materials Co., Ltd. will be restricted from entering the United States as a result of the companies’ participation in business practices that target members of persecuted groups, including Uyghur minorities in the PRC.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

  • FDA rolls out new tools to assist companies in complying with the food traceability rule. New tools include: 
    • Examples of a traceability plan.
    • New webpage about traceability lot codes
    • New FAQ
    • New supply chain examples
    • New info on how to apply for a waiver or exemption
  • The FDA opened the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) Unified Logon Portal for users. The Portal provides a single location where account requests are made.
  • The FDA, USDA, AND EPA released a national strategy that will drive progress toward the national goal to reduce food loss and waste in the U.S. by 50% by 2030. 

 
Bureau of Industry and Security

  • BIS added 42 entities to the Entity List that contributed to Russia’s military and defense industrial base. 
    • The entities are directly tied to or associated with the joint Iranian-Russian efforts to develop and construct a UAV production facility which is intended to produce thousands of drones in support of Russia’s war effort against Ukraine

Department of Justice

  • A Belgian national is charged with crimes related to a years-long scheme to unlawfully export sensitive, military-grade technology from the United States to end users located in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Russian Federation.

U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC)

  • USITC  determined that revocation of the existing antidumping duty orders on low melt polyester staple fiber from South Korea and Taiwan would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time. 

United States Trade Representative (USTR)

  • The United States and Vietnam met under the U.S.-Vietnam Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA). The meeting highlighted the recent elevation of U.S.-Vietnam relations to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

U.S. Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) 

  • OFAC is targeting a network led by Belgium-based Hans De Geetere that is involved in procuring electronics with military applications for Russian end-users. 
  • OFAC targets Belarusian revenue generators for human rights abuses, and cogs in Russia’s war machine.

Department of Commerce

  • Commerce sent its largest ever delegation to the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 
    • The Commerce delegation joined senior U.S. officials from over 20 U.S. Departments, Agencies, and organizations as well as leaders from more than 190 countries to advance cooperative efforts to address the climate crisis.

Congress

  • The Congressional Executive Commission on China (CECC) issued two economic reports to committee member offices with 150 recommendations.
    • Notably, two of the first three recommendations include revoking China’s PNTR status.
    • The committee is now accepting feedback from member offices.

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