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

Administration 

  • White House announces further Section 301 tariff hikes on Chinese goods. Impacted sectors include: steel and aluminum, semiconductors, electric vehicles, batteries, critical minerals, solar cells, ship-to-shore cranes, and medical products. 
  • The Administration announced several new solar panel related policies including the removal of the bifacial module exclusion under Section 201. 

Customs and Border Protection (CBP)  

  • CBP issues April monthly update. Highlights: 
    • Stopped 392 shipments valued at more than $184 million for further examination based on the suspected use of forced labor. 
    • Identified duties of nearly $6.4 billion to be collected. 
    • Seized 1,736 shipments that contained counterfeit goods valued at more than $235 million. 
  • CBP has created several resources for small businesses engaging in imports and exports. These include videos and slick sheets with access to relevant information.  
  • CBP issued guidance on importer obligations in completing origin documents.  
    • The origin declarations, origin statements, or certifications of origin must be completed and signed by an official of the importer, exporter, or producer or agent of the importer, exporter, or producer having knowledge of the relevant facts to the origin of the goods, as specified by the respective trade preference program. 
  • CBP announced an upcoming new mandatory prompt for company ACE ID. The agency will begin requiring trade community users to identify the subject company whenever a report is run or scheduled in ACE Reports. The change will be rolled out from May to August 2024. 
  • CBP delays retirement of CSPOA feature in legacy ACE portal. The agency said additional messaging will be provided when CBP determines a new retirement date. 
  • CBP updated its Automated Broker Interface Software Vendors List 
  • CBP officers at the Port of Rochester discovered counterfeit NFL, NBA, and MLB championship rings. 
  • CBP announces seasonal opening of Port of Chief Mountain in Glacier, Montana. 

Department of Commerce 

  • Commerce issues preliminary scope determination in AD/CVD investigation on aluminum extrusions from 14 countries. 
  • Commerce presented the 2024 Presidential Awards for Export Achievements. The 64 winners represented 32 states and were recognized at a ceremony at the U.S. Department of Commerce Headquarters in Washington, D.C. 

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 

  • DHS announces 26 additional PRC-based textile Companies to the UFLPA Entity List. 
  • New AD/CVD case filed against disposable aluminum containers, pans and trays from China. 

 Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) 

  • OFAC sanctions Nicaragua-Based Russian institution and gold companies. The action aims to degrade the ability of the Ortega-Murillo regime to manipulate the gold sector and profit from the corrupt operations. 
  • Updates to Specially Designated Nationals list. 

Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) 

  • BIS issues final rule making conforming and clarifying changes to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). These changes include: 
  • Conforming changes to ensure that destination names reflect the current destination names that are recognized by the United States Government 
  • Clarifying the removal of certain license requirements for exports, reexports, and transfers (in-country) to and within Australia and the United Kingdom 
  • Conforming change to reflect that Cyprus is no longer a Country Group D:5 country 
  • 37 additions to the Entity List. 

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 

  • The FDA added 191 devices to the list of artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML)-enabled devices legally marketed in the United States by 510(k) clearance, granted De Novo request, or premarket approval.  
  • The FDA announced a webinar that will be held on June 27, 2024, for those interested in learning more about the final guidance Remanufacturing of Medical Devices.  

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 

  • USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced a new process to improve inspections and expedite trade for air shipments of pre-cleared commodities from Chile and Thailand; and both air and maritime shipments from Argentina. 

Congress 

  • The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) issued the Commission’s 2023 Annual Report on human rights conditions and rule of law developments in China. Report highlights: 
    • The report found that China continues to fail to fulfill its obligations under international treaties and continues its systematic violation of human rights.  
  • Congressman Golden of Maine introduced the Protecting American Autoworkers from China Act (H.R. 8351) which would increase import duties on all imported automobiles manufactured by Chinese automakers to 125% of the base rate. 
  • Congressman Golden of Maine introduced the Declaring Our Energy Independence from China Act (H.R. 8352) which would require the President to apply additional tariffs of 25% to all battery components, solar energy components, and wind energy components imported from China.  

Industry News 

  • New data reveals freight rates are skyrocketing mid continued disruptions in the Red Sea. Ex-Asia rates have increased by around $1,000 per 40-foot-equivalent units (FEU) in the last few weeks. Rates are now $4,000/FEU for routes to the U.S. West Coast and Northern Europe. 

International News 

  • The European Union (EU) voted to continue the suspension of import duties and quotas on Ukrainian exports to the European Union for one year. 

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