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

 Customs and Border Protection (CBP)  

  • Upcoming trade outreach webinars: 
    • Explosives, Pyrotechnics, and Combustibles of Chapter 36 – Wednesday, May 29, 2024 at 1:30 p.m. EDT 
    • Note 2(b) to Section XVI – Tuesday, June 4, 2024 at 1:30 p.m. EDT 
    • What is Builders’ Joinery and Carpentry of Wood (Heading 4418) – Wednesday, June 5, 2024 at 1:30 p.m. EDT 
    • Heading 8472 – Other Office Machines – Thursday, June 13, 2024 at 1:30 p.m. EDT 
    • Raising Your Knowledge of Jacks and Lifts – Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at 1:30 p.m. EDT 
  • CBP Office of Trade National Commodity Specialist Division (NCSD) will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, at 11:30 a.m. ET titled “Importing with Cost Certainty for Small Businesses.” The webinar will provide the NCSD’s role in the trade facilitation of small businesses importing goods into the U.S., leveraging the many benefits of CBP’s legally binding rulings program; followed by a demo of the eRulings process for requesting the Tariff classification of imported goods in advance. Register here.  
  • Contraband turtle skulls, crocodile skins, kangaroo meat, exotic butterflies seized by CBP at LAX. 
  • CBP announced that the Poker Creek Port of Entry in Anchorage, Alaska is now open for the summer 2024 season. 
  • U.S. Border Patrol is set to celebrate 100 years of protecting the nation’s borders with a series of public commemorative events in El Paso, Texas. 
  • CBP issued an update to the Informed Compliance Publications (ICPs) “What Every Member of the Trade Community Should Know About” series. 

United States Trade Representative (USTR) 

  • USTR issues federal register notice on Section 301 proposed tariff modifications (with tariffs going up to as high as 100% for certain motor vehicles) and machinery exclusion process. Comment period will be open from May 29-June 28, 2024.  

Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) 

  • OFAC is amending the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (ITSR) to incorporate Iran-related General License D-2 and publishing an associated List of Services, Software, and Hardware Incident to Communications. 

Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) 

  • BIS published a final rule revising the Section 232 exclusions process for steel and aluminum imports. These changes are effective July 1, 2024, aim to refine the framework under which exclusions from the tariffs on steel and aluminum can be requested, ensuring a fairer and more transparent process.  

International Trade Administration (ITA) 

  • ITA released its newest supply chain monitor, the Global Scrap Monitor, an online dashboard for tracking steel and aluminum scrap trade flows around the world. 

Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) 

  • FMC announced that the demurrage and detention invoice content requirement will become effective May 28 following information collection approval from OMB. 

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 

  • FDA provided an update on their ongoing evaluation of quality and performance issues related to plastic syringes made in China. Specifically, the FDA announced an import alert for two Chinese companies for not meeting device quality system requirements. 

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 

  • USDA is allocating $300 million to 66 U.S. organizations, under the new Regional Agricultural Promotion Program (RAPP), to build demand for American food and farm exports in high-potential markets around the globe. 

Administration 

  • The Administration announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce and Absolics, an affiliate of the Korea-based SKC, have signed a non-binding preliminary memorandum of terms (PMT) to provide up to $75 million in direct funding under the CHIPS and Science Act to help advance U.S. technology leadership. 

 Congress 

  • A report by the Senate Finance Committee finds major gaps in automakers’ oversight of forced labor in their supply chains. 

International News 

  • China’s Ministry of Commerce announced sanctions against Boeing and two other defense companies for arms sales to Taiwan. 
  • Potential upcoming labor strike at Canadian freight railroads: the Teamsters union and the Canadian National and Canada Pacific Kansas City railroads continue to negotiate. The parties are awaiting a decision by Canadian Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) on whether any service is essential, and therefore must be maintained during a labor disruption. 

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