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

Customs and Border Protection (CBP)  

  • Operational update for Port of Baltimore: CBP said ocean carriers originally planning to unload at the Port of Baltimore must proceed to another U.S. port in the aftermath of the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse on March 26. 
  • CBP published a federal register notice that makes changes to the Global Entry and SENTRI programs. Highlights: 
    • The Global Entry fee will be increased from $100 to $120 
    • The total SENTRI fee will be decreased from $122.25 to $120. 
    • Fee exemption for certain minors 
  • At the Trade Facilitation and Cargo Security Summit, CBP provided attendees with a handout which asks importers and customs brokers: “Do You know Your Supply Chain?” 
  • CBP published an updated version of the ACE Entry Summary Business Rules and Process Document, Version 12.0. The publication includes updates on: 
    • Entry summary 
    • Blanket declarations 
    • AD/CVD 
    • Reconciliation 
    • ACE reports 
  • Announcement of vague merchandise description cargo messages – On April 1, 2024, CBP implemented cargo messaging to communicate with the entry filer on shipments that have vague or noncompliant cargo descriptions. 
  • CBP officers in Minneapolis intercepted a shipment filled with 364 pieces of counterfeit designer bracelets, earrings, rings, and necklaces. 
  • CBP published a Federal Register notice that proposes adding required data fields to Form 7501 pertaining to certain Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) classification of steel and aluminum imports. 
  • CBP updated its Cargo Release Condition Codes document with changes to recently added validations related to Section 321 – “Does Not Exceed $800 in Aggregated Shipments.” 
  • EAPA updates: 
    • Case 7835: Lighthouse Rock Consulting LLC (notice of initiation of investigation and interim measures). 
    • Case 7821: VY Industries Inc. (notice of initiation of investigation and interim measures). 

Department of Commerce (DOC) 

  • Preliminary results and partial rescission of the countervailing duty administrative review: Carbon and alloy steel threaded rod from China. 
  • U.S. and UK announce partnership on the science of AI safety. 
  • Notice of issuance – final determination concerning Omega-3-acid ethyl esters capsules. 

Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) 

  • OFAC sanctioned six individuals and two entities based in Russia, China, and the United Arab Emirates, that generate revenue and facilitate financial transactions for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Funds generated through these actors are ultimately funneled to support the DPRK’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs.  

United States Trade Representative (USTR) 

  • USTR released the 2024 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE Report)  
  • The report provides a comprehensive review of significant foreign barriers to U.S. exports of goods and services, U.S. foreign direct investment, and U.S. electronic commerce in key export markets for the United States. 

World Trade Organization (WTO) 

  • The WTO has opened online registration for this year’s Public Forum — titled “Re-globalization: Better Trade for a Better World” — to be held at the WTO’s headquarters in Geneva from 10 to 13 September. It has also launched a call for proposals for the event. 

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 

  • FDA issued an import alert for Jiangsu Shenli Medical Production Co. Ltd. to prevent unauthorized plastic syringes made in China from entering the U.S. 

U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) 

  • USITC voted to continue investigations on Melamine from Germany, India, Japan, Netherlands, Qatar, and Trinidad and Tobago.  
  • USITC institutes Section 337 investigation of certain medical programmers with printed circuit boards. 

Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) 

  • BIS released new guidance and best practices for freight forwarders. 
  • BIS released the latest edition of “Don’t Let This Happen to You.” 
  • BIS announced new license types C67 (notification required) and C68 (no notification required) for exports authorized under License Exception Notified Advanced Computing (NAC). 

Department of Justice (DoJ) 

  • Gun trafficker sentenced to 13 years for attempting to send firearms to drug cartel members in Mexico. 
  • California man sentenced for attempting to illegally export firearms and night vision rifle scopes to the Sultanate of Oman. 

Industry News 

  • Sephora unveils two global sustainability seals for products 
    • The seals “Clean at Sephora” and “Planet Aware at Sephora” will launch this month. 
    • To be granted the seals, products must fit over 30 required criteria regarding ingredient sourcing and formulation, packaging, corporate commitments, and consumer transparency. 
  • The Florida Supreme Court approved a ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana 
    • If the provision gets 60 percent in November, it will legalize recreational marijuana for residents 21 and older. 
  • NBC takes an inside look at the Department of Homeland Security’s work to stop illegal gun flow into Haiti. 

International News 

  • The U.K. government outlined its new post-Brexit charges for food and plant imports from the EU. Fees range from £10 for “low risk” goods up to £145 for “mixed consignments.” The announcement prompted swift backlash from businesses and trade bodies. 

Florida News 

  • The U.S. Commercial Service and South Florida District Export Council will host an export sales mission to Suriname on June 4-7, 2024. 

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