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

Customs and Border Protection (CBP)  

  • The next Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) quarterly public meeting will take place Wednesday, June 26, 2024, in Long Beach, CA from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.  
  • Beginning July 1, Laredo CBP will begin enforcing penalties for any discrepancies in manifests.  
  • CBP announces Chris Leon as the new Area Port Director for San Luis Port, Arizona. 

Department of Commerce  

  • Commerce announces the latest speaker lineup for 10th SelectUSA Investment Summit. 

Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) 

  • BIS announced several significant additional export control restrictions and related actions against Russia to further degrade its ability to continue waging war against Ukraine.  

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 

  • DHS adds PRC-based seafood, aluminum, and footwear entities to Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act Enforcement List. 

United States Trade Representative (USTR) 

  • USTR concludes public engagement to advance supply chain resilience in trade policy initiatives. USTR will now synthesize public comments and release more information within the coming months. 

Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) 

U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) 

  • USITC votes to issue antidumping duty orders on mattresses from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Burma, Italy, Philippines, Poland, Slovenia, and Taiwan. 
  • USITC votes to continue investigations on crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells from Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. 

World Trade Organization 

  • WTO upgrades its platform on trade opportunities in government procurement, providing more user-friendly access to information relevant to parties involved in the Agreement on Government Procurement 2012 (GPA 2012). 

Department of Justice (DoJ) 

  • Two Russia-born U.S. citizens arrested for conspiring to send $500,000 worth of luxury goods to Russia. 

Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) 

  • FMC opened a 12-day comment period, starting June 6, which will allow the shipping industry to respond to Maersk and Hapag Lloyd’s newly filed vessel sharing agreement, known as the Gemini Cooperation Agreement. 
    • The agreement will allow Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd to globally coordinate their vessel operations. If the Commission takes no action, the Gemini Agreement will take effect July 15. 
  • FMC launched an updated version of its website that improves ease of navigation, information accessibility, and ways for the public to identify and request assistance from the agency. 
  • FMC published an update to Decisions of the Federal Maritime Commission, Second Series (Volume 7). 
    • This publication provides a compendium of Initial and Final Decisions of the Commission and selected other orders that may be significant or establish legal precedent. 

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 

  • The FDA and the U.S. Department of Justice announced the creation of a federal multi-agency task force to combat the illegal distribution and sale of e-cigarettes.  

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) 

  • CPSC announced the expansion of the Beta Pilot for E-filing consumer product safety certificate data in ACE. Up to 2,000 additional importers can now participate in the pilot. 

Congress 

  • Senators Cassidy and Cortez-Masto unveiled a Trade Facilitation Framework. The framework seeks to modernize trade laws for the 21st century and considers issues such as 1USG, streamlined data collection, export modernization, and more. 
  • Rep. Blumenauer introduced the Domestic Bicycle Production Act which would suspend import tariffs on bicycle components for ten years. 

International News 

  • The European Union will impose additional tariffs – up to 48% – on electric cars shipped from China starting in July. 

Industry News 

  • A new report from the World Shipping Council (WSC) reveals that the number of containers lost at sea hit an all-time low in 2023. 
    • Only 221 out of the estimated 250 million containers transported were lost at sea last year, a significant improvement compared to the previous record low of 661 lost in 2022.  

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