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

Customs and Border Protection (CBP)  

  • CBP launched a new webpage to keep the customs broker industry informed about the agency’s Continuing Education for Licensed Customs Brokers Final Rule.   
  • CBP announces additional features now available in modernized ACE portal: 
    • Account owners can edit contact information 
    • Automatic removal of employees as licensed brokers 
    • Automatic checks for duplicate HTS numbers 
  • CBP along with CPSC compliance investigators seized 96 baby walkers, 216 autism balance chairs, 492 baby changing tables, 196 baby/kids step stools, and 1,296 alphabet mystery box toys for failing to comply with U.S. child safety standards.  
  • CBP announced that the Poker Creek Port of Entry in Anchorage, Alaska will re-open for the summer 2024 season. The port of entry is scheduled to open on May 17, 2024, and will close on September 15, 2024. 
  • CBP recognized outstanding employee performance in the first in-person Commissioner’s Annual Award Ceremony since 2019, in Washington, D.C. 
    • CBP’s most prestigious award, the Medal of Honor for Heroism, was awarded to Warren J. Becker, III of Del Rio, Texas, and Jorge L. Santiago of Puerto Rico.  

Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) 

  • BIS issued an interim final rule amending the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to revise firearm license requirements. The changes: 
    • Identifies semi-automatic firearms under new Export Control Classification Numbers (ECCNs) 
    • Adds additional license requirements for Crime Control and Detection (CC) items 
    • Amends license review policies  
    • Updates and expands requirements for support documentation submitted with license applications 

Department of Commerce (DOC) 

  • Commerce established new humanitarian license exception for certain medical devices 
  • The exception enables delivery of humanitarian medical devices to the citizens of Russia, Belarus, and the temporarily occupied areas of Ukraine.
  • Commerce, along with the Department of Justice, launched the Disruptive Technology Protection Network with Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK).  
    • The network expands information-sharing and the exchange of best practices across the three countries’ enforcement agencies. 

Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) 

Department of Justice (DOJ)  

  • New York man pleads guilty to conspiracy to unlawfully export dual-use electronics used in Russian military drones. 
  • Ten charged and one arrested in connection with sanctions evasion scheme. 

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 

  • The FDA, in coordination with the DOJ announced that the U.S. Marshals Service seized unauthorized e-cigarette products valued at more than $700,000.  

Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) 

  • FMC released March 2024 activity report. Highlights: 
    • FY25 congressional budget justification released 
    • Mohammad “Ali” Usman named Chief Information Officer 

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)  

  • Williams-Sonoma will pay a record $3.17 million civil penalty for violating FTC Made in USA Order. 

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 

  • The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced a final rule to amend regulations governing its Agricultural Quarantine and Inspection (AQI) program user fees. 

U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) 

  • USITC voted to institute an investigation of certain cameras, camera systems, and accessories. 
    • The investigation is based on a complaint filed by GoPro, Inc. alleging patent infringement. 

 Administration 

  • Biden-⁠Harris Administration sets national goal of zero-emissions freight sector 
    • The goal includes a transition to a zero-emissions for truck, rail, aviation and marine, along with a commitment to develop a national zero-emissions freight strategy.  

Congress 

  • Acting CBP commissioner Troy Miller appeared before a House Appropriations subcommittee for a hearing on the agency’s annual budget request.  
    • Questions from committee members focused on border security, fentanyl, and China. 
  • Representatives Smith (R-NJ) and Suozzi (D-NY) introduced the Uyghur Genocide Accountability and Sanctions Act (H.R. 8124). The bill would expand the imposition of sanctions under the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020.  
  • The House Energy and Commerce Committee reported the Promoting Resilient Supply Chains Act. The bill would establish a supply chain resiliency program within the Department of Commerce and encourage private-public partnerships to promote resilient supply chains. 

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