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

 Customs and Border Protection (CBP)  

  • CBP issues a new guide for the public on how the agency sets bond amounts.  
    • The report outlines CBP’s legal authorities, responsibilities, and its procedures on bond transmission, record retention, bond amounts, and bond types. 
  • Jiaxing Hoshine, a silica manufacturer,  filed a lawsuit against CBP alleging that the agency violated the Administrative Procedure Act by imposing a withhold release order (WRO) without disclosing evidence and providing adequate explanation for its action.  
  • CBP officers at the Massena Port of Entry discovered 3D printed gun parts on a traveler making entry back into the United States. 
  • CBP and the Census Bureau announced that the Forwarding Agent party record name will be changed to Authorized Agent in AESDirect. 
  • CBP published a new digital article: “The Quiet Enforcers: Behind the Scenes with CBP’s Fines, Penalties, and Forfeitures Division.” 

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 

  • The FDA announced the availability of a final guidance for industry titled “Dietary Supplements:  New Dietary Ingredient Notification Procedures and Timeframes: Guidance for Industry.”  
    • This guidance is intended to help manufacturers and distributors of new dietary ingredients and dietary supplements prepare and submit new dietary ingredient notifications to the FDA. 
  • The FDA updated its list of select chemicals currently under the agency’s review to provide more insight on the status of the FDA’s post-market assessments of chemicals in the food supply. 
    • The updated list includes select food ingredients (including food and color additives), food contact substances, and contaminants under FDA review.  

Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) 

 Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) 

  • FMC releases January 2024 activity report. Highlights: 
    • Hearing on shipping conditions in the red sea 
    • Maximum penalty fees adjusted 
    • Commission announces Daniel B. Maffei as new secretary
  • The FMC Chair said in a Senate hearing that the agency expects to issue its long-awaited final rule on unreasonable carrier conduct “in the next couple of months.” He also said the commission has seen a sharp rise in enforcement cases so far this year. 

Department of Commerce 

  • Antidumping duty administrative review: circular welded carbon steel pipes and tubes from Thailand: preliminary results and rescission, in part. 
  • Department of Commerce, Department of the Treasury, and Department of Justice issued a tri-seal compliance note on obligations of foreign-based persons to comply with U.S. sanctions and export control laws. 

 United States Trade Representative (USTR) 

  • USTR secures extension on e-Commerce moratorium. 
    • The e-commerce moratorium is a measure which restricts countries from applying customs duties on electronic transmissions. 
  • USTR released President Biden’s 2024 Trade Policy Agenda and 2023 Annual Report to Congress, which details USTR’s work to advance President Biden’s trade agenda. Highlights:  
    • Sustainable trade practices 
    • Bolsters supply chain resilience 
    • Addresses unfair policies and practices  

U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) 

  • The USITC is undertaking a new fact-finding investigation that will examine recent trends and developments in the global rice market and the export competitiveness of the rice industries in the United States. 

 Bureau of Industry and Security 

  • BIS released a final rule, effective March 8, that will remove and add export controls for certain cameras, systems, and related components.  

 Department of Justice (DoJ) 

  • Two defendants arrested for conspiring to illegally export weapons to South Sudan. 
  • Russian international money launderer pleads guilty to illicitly procuring large quantities of U.S.-manufactured dual-use, military grade microelectronics for Russian entities. 

The Administration 

  • President Biden issues Executive Order on America’s supply chains 
  • The EO directs the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy as well as several federal agencies to complete a review of supply chain risks and submit a report within 100 days. 

Congress 

  • The Chairs of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC),  released four letters to raise concerns about corporate complicity in the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) efforts to encourage tourism to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). 

Industry News 

  • Corporate Transparency Act ruled unconstitutional. 
    • A U.S District Court Judge in Alabama granted summary judgment stating the Corporate Transparency Act “exceeds the Constitution’s limits on power” and deemed it unconstitutional. 

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