Global Trade Alerts

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12 February 2024
New and Revised FDA Import Alerts for Feb. 7

On Feb. 7, the FDA posted new and revised versions of the following Import Alerts on the detention without physical examination of: 99-38: Low-Acid Canned Foods or Acidified Foods due to Inadequate Process Control.

More details can be found Here.
08 January 2024
CBP Issued Harmonized System Update

CBP created Harmonized System Update (HSU) 2400 Jan. 5, containing 397 ABI records and 77 Harmonized Tariff Schedule records, as well as HSU 2401 on Jan. 8, containing 383 ABI records and 73 Harmonized Tariff Records. HSU 2400 and 2401 include the missing 2024 HTS updates that were part of the end of year 484(f) changes, CBP said in a CSMS message on Jan. 8.

The CSMS message can be found here.
08 January 2024
China launches antidumping investigation on brandy from EU

On 5 January 2024, the Ministry of Commerce of China (“MOFCOM”) initiated an antidumping investigation of brandy imported from the European Union (“EU”).

Key facts about the investigation can be found here.
11 December 2023
DHS Adds 3 to UFLPA Entity List, Including 2 Outside Xinjiang

DHS is adding three more Chinese companies to the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act entity list for their participation in forced labor transfer programs, including two based outside the Xinjiang province of China. One, Sichuan Jingweida Technology Group, based in Sichuan, produces “magnetic devices including network transformers, network filters, power transformers, inductors, radio frequency filters, and other devices,” DHS said in a news release. “Jingweida Technology is a documented participant in government-sponsored labor transfer programs,” working with the government of Awati County in Xinjiang to “transfer persecuted ethnic minorities from Awati County to Jingweida Technology,” DHS said. Another, Anhui Xinya New Materials, is based in Anhui. It produces “functional fibers, special fiber yarns, other textile materials made with hemp and materials made with cotton, wool, Tencel, and other products,” DHS said. “Xinya New Materials worked with an established government-sponsored labor transfer program, Xinjiang Aid, to recruit and transfer persecuted minorities from Pishan County in Xinjiang to work in its facility in Anhui Province.” The third company, Cofco Sugar Holdings, is headquartered in Xinjiang. The sugar refiner, producer and importer also “trades and produces various agricultural products, including sugar, fruit (including tomatoes), and vegetable processing.” DHS said Cofco “participated in government-sponsored poverty alleviation and cooperated with the local government to complete labor transfers.” The company “has visited the homes of persecuted minorities in a Xinjiang village for recruiting these persecuted minorities to work in one of its facilities,” DHS said.

More details here.
14 November 2023
CBP Releases Tip Sheet for Filing EPA Hydrofluorocarbons

On November 14, 2023, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published an updated tip sheet on new filing obligations for importing bulk hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act. This tip sheet provides an overview of HFC regulatory requirements, a current list of Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) codes for HFCs, instructions on how to file in Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) and examples of documents to upload in the Document Image System (DIS). CBP confirmed in a companion Cargo Systems Messaging Service (CSMS) message that HFC ACE filing requirements are expected to be in production in early January 2024.

The published ‘Tips for Filing an HFC Import in ACE’ sheet can be found here.
06 October 2023
CBP Issues Guidance for Reinstated Section 301 Exclusions

On October 5, 2023, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) provided guidance on conforming amendments to reinstated exclusions associated with Section 301. On July 19, 2023, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) published a notice in the Federal Register which made the conforming amendments for HTS 6802.99.0060 and 6802.99.0090 to adjust for the tariff schedule updates on July 1, 2023. The guidance provided on October 5th provides additional information for importers on the product exclusions and how to request a refund of Section 301 duties by filing a post summary correction (PSC). Importers may submit a PSC to request a refund of duties for entries filed on or after the effective date of July 1, 2023.

The issued guidance, Cargo Systems Messaging Service (CSMS) #57959304, can be found here.
07 September 2023
Section 301 Exclusion Extensions

On 9/6/2023, USTR announced the extension of all active Section 301 exclusions under 9903.88.67 and 9903.88.68. Both sets of exclusions were scheduled to expire on September 30th and are now extended through December 31st. CBP has not yet updated the tariffs with the new expiration date.

Here's the link to the notice.
09 August 2023
FDA Issues Draft Guidance for Cosmetic Product Facilities Registration

FDA this week released new draft guidance covering obligations when submitting cosmetic product facility registrations and product listings to the agency. The guidance outlines the various registration and product facility requirements for certain facilities, including import facilities, such as who is responsible for making the submissions, what information to include in the submissions, when to make the submissions and more.

Learn More Here.
04 August 2023
India Implements Import Restrictions on Laptops, Tablets, Computers, Servers Effective Immediately

On August 3, 2023, India’s Department of Commerce released Notification No. 23/2023, which amends its Import Policy for items classified under HS Chapter 84, Schedule I. Effectively immediately, the following items are restricted from entering India without an import license: Personal computer, Microcomputer, Large or mainframe computer, Other automatic data processing machines-Other, presented in the form of systems, and others. Under certain conditions and for specified types or quantities, these restricted items may be exempt from the import licensing requirements. These exemptions include restricted items shipped as baggage, small quantities shipped via post and courier, a limited number of items sent for R&D, testing, benchmarking, repair, re-export, or return, and computers or services considered essential parts of Capital Goods or if such imports have been shipped against an irrevocable commercial letter of credit executed before the date of such imposition.

A copy of Notification No. 23/3023 can be found at the following link:
12 July 2023
CBP Announces Tuna Tariff-Rate Quota Limit for Calendar Year 2023

In a Federal Register Notice (FRN) on July 7, 2023, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the tariff-rate quota (TRQ) quantity for tuna in airtight containers for calendar year 2023. 13,377,875 kilograms of tuna in airtight containers may be entered at a duty rate of 6% ad valorem under subheading 1604.14.22 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). Tuna in excess of this amount may be entered under subheading 1604.14.30 at a rate of 12.5% ad valorem.

The FRN can be found here