On August 20, 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) issued Cargo Systems Messaging Service (“CSMS”) message # 49132200 addressing documentation requirements for import shipments valued over $2,500 to qualify for the duty-free “U.S. and Foreign Origin Goods Returned” preferential tariff provision under HTSUS Subheading 9801.00.10. 
Continue Reading CBP Issues Updated Guidance for “U.S. and Foreign Goods Returned” Entered Under HTSUS Subheading 9801.00.10: Brokers, Especially, Should Take Notice

The Biden Administration has taken new actions related to forced labor in the Xinjiang region that may affect the supply for material critical for solar panels: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a Withhold Release Order (WRO), the Department of Commerce (Commerce) updated its Entity List, and the Department of Labor (Labor) updated its “List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor.”  These updates are part of an increased emphasis on both forced labor issues and a crackdown on goods from China’s Xinjiang province, and come on the heels of the G7 Summit that was held in mid-June.  The White House indicated that the Administration’s actions are a “translation” of the commitments made at the G7 denouncing forced labor in the Xinjiang region.
Continue Reading Biden Administration’s Recent Actions Related to Products from China’s Xinjiang Region

UPDATED: April 1, 2020 – Several U.S. executive branch agencies along with federal courts are instituting significant operational changes.  These changes have either already been implemented or are anticipated at
Continue Reading Key U.S. Agencies and Federal Courts Handling International Trade and Trade-Related Matters Begin to Adjust to COVID-19 Concerns

Short term case-by-case relief to approved importers:  On Friday, March 20, 2020 at 4:52 PM Customs issued the following message:

Due to the severity of  Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), U.S.
Continue Reading Customs Providing Immediate Short Term Duty Deferrals to Approved Importers Working to Provide Longer Term Relief to the Importing Community