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

Customs and Border Protection (CBP)  

  • In a final determination under the Enforce and Protect Act CBP has determined that there is substantial evidence that an importer evaded the antidumping duty order on xanthan gum from China by transshipping such goods through Turkey. 
  • CBP seized 1,500 toys that violated federal safety requirements. 
  • CBP hosted host a Virtual Career Expo highlighting law enforcement and mission support opportunities across the nation.  
  • Users in the trade community with the carrier role in ACE now have access to the Late In-Transit Warning report. The purpose of this report is to identify those in-bond shipments that are currently within the five-day “late in-transit warning” period.  

 Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) 

  • BIS has imposed a three-year denial order against USGoBuy LLC of Portland, Oregon, prohibiting USGoBuy from participating in all exports under BIS jurisdiction from the United States for violations of the EAR and failure to address its past compliance failures.  
  • BIS imposed a civil penalty of $285,000 against a Turkish aviation company to resolve EAR violations involving private charter flights into Russia without a required BIS license. 

 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 

  • DHS issues warning to sports fans regarding a rise in counterfeit NHL merchandise during the 2024 Stanley Cup Final.  

 Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) 

 U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) 

  • Rhonda K. (Schnare) Schmidtlein becomes Chairman of the USITC. 
  • USITC voted to institute an investigation of certain Wi-Fi access points, routers, range extenders, controllers and components for alleged patent violations.  

 World Trade Organization 

  • The 12th review of the trade policies and practices of Canada took place this week. The review is mandated in TWO agreements that require country review of trade policies. 

 Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) 

  • FMC releases May activity report. Highlights: 
    • $2.3M compromise agreement reached with ocean common carriers 
    • Investigation launched regarding the impact of Canadian regulations on U.S. flag carriers 
    • Final rule on demurrage and detention took effect 
  • The FMC opened an investigation to determine if the Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association (OCEMA) and its members are complying with a decision issued earlier this year establishing the right of shipper and trucker choice in chassis provisioning for merchant haulage in four key U.S. markets. 

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 

  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado entered a consent decree of permanent injunction against Boosted LLC that prohibits the company from manufacturing, selling, or distributing any new tobacco products until they meet certain requirements. 

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 

  • USDA announced a halt in the inspection of avocados and mangoes imported from Mexico after inspectors were recently attacked and detained. 

Congress 

  • Representative Huizenga of Michigan introduced the Strategic PRC Port Mapping Act which would require the departments of State and Defense to develop a strategy to monitor efforts by China to build, buy, or own strategic ports that provide capabilities for military, diplomatic, economic, or resource exploration superiority over the U.S.  

 Local News 

  • The Florida Broward County Commission confirmed the County Administrator’s appointment of Joseph Morris as Port Director of Broward County’s Port Everglades Department. 

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