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

Customs and Border Protection (CBP)    

  • CBP releases new details on the movement of forced labor detained cargo for storage. The agency stated that importers or their authorized filers may submit a request to the port director at which their cargo is detained pursuant to 19 U.S.C. 1307 to move their detained cargo to a customs bonded warehouse for storage pending resolution by CBP or the importer. 
  • Additional functionality now available in the modernized ACE Portal – Trade users can now create and/or edit basic account data and additional account supporting data. More details here. 
  • CBP expands public-private partnerships with new Reimbursable Services Program selections 
  • CBP and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce team up to educate Americans on identifying and avoiding counterfeit goods.  
  • CBP National Commodity Specialist Division announces September webinars – the division has announced the final webinars of its 35 commodity-specific, education series which commenced in February and end in September. Each webinar starts at 1:30 p.m. ET and runs for about an hour. 


  • Biden Restricts US Investments In China’s Tech – President Joe Biden signed an executive order restricting American investments in certain technologies that China is developing in its military modernization efforts. 

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 

  • DHS highlights October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month – October 2023 marks the 20th Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and DHS Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) are asking for help to amplify messaging throughout the month and year-round. The agency held a webinar on Aug. 9 to let organizations know how they can get involved. 

United States Trade Representative (USTR) 

  • United States seeks Mexico’s review of labor rights concerns at Grupo Yazaki auto components factory 
  • United States and Mexico announce plan to remediate denials of rights at Mexican garment facility 

Department of Commerce   

  • U.S. Department of Commerce celebrates one-year anniversary of the CHIPS and Science Act 
  • Forged steel fluid end blocks from Italy: Final results of Countervailing Duty Administrative Review 
  • Large power transformers from the Republic of Korea: Initiation and preliminary results of antidumping duty changed circumstances review 
  • Acetone from the republic of Korea: Final results of antidumping duty administrative review 

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 

  • EPA creates one-time reporting requirement for asbestos products – The EPA published a final rule under Section 8(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) that will require a one-time reporting and recordkeeping requirement for asbestos. 

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 

  • The FDA issued draft guidance to assist cosmetics companies submitting cosmetic product listings and cosmetic product facility registrations to the agency. 
  • The FDA announced the findings from the voluntary pilot program to evaluate alignment of private third-party food safety audit standards 
  • The FDA announced medical device user fees for FY 2024 – the annual establishment registration fee increased from $6,493 to $7,653.

 The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)     

  • Counter narcotics designations; Belarus designations; Issuance of Belarus general licenses 
  • Sanctions compliance guidance for the provision of humanitarian assistance to Syria 


  • Mexico and Canada have replaced China as the top providers of goods to the US


Want more customs and international trade news? Sign up for our weekly snapshot!