30 10, 2023

Mandatory safety standards proposed for infant rockers

By | 2023-10-30T22:59:18+00:00 October 30th, 2023|Imports|

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is proposing a new Rule to establish a formal safety standard for the manufacture and import of baby and baby/toddler rockers. The ASTM standard F3084–22 defines an infant rocker as a “freestanding product intended to support an occupant who has not developed the ability [...]

26 09, 2023

NCBFAA leads industrywide initiative to keep trade moving in the event of an Oct. 1 government shutdown

By | 2023-09-26T15:39:37+00:00 September 26th, 2023|Border Crossing, Imports, Shipping, Trade, U.S. Customs|

Taking no chances with what appears to be increasingly likely a federal government shutdown starting Oct. 1, the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) is leading an effort among 40 other trade associations to develop a comprehensive strategy with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and other Partner [...]

25 09, 2023

APHIS amends import regulations for horses

By | 2023-09-25T12:25:46+00:00 September 25th, 2023|Imports|

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is amending the import regulations for horses. The amendments are intended to better align US regulations with international standards, allow more flexibility for importing, and add further safeguards to protect against the introduction of pests or diseases [...]

14 09, 2023

Countries associated with illicit fishing activities face import restrictions

By | 2023-09-14T18:32:36+00:00 September 14th, 2023|Imports, Legislation|

The National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) has updated the list of nations identified as being involved with illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities, bycatch, and shark catch. A negative certification from the NOAA may result in fishing vessels of that nation being denied U.S. port access, and potential [...]

29 08, 2023

Assessment fee on imported cotton jumps by 11%

By | 2023-08-29T16:38:37+00:00 August 29th, 2023|Imports, Tariffs|

The supplemental assessment fee on imported cotton is set to increase by more than 11% as of October 16, 2023 through a new Final Rule issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) The rule will increase the supplemental assessment on imported cotton from $0.013215 per kilogram [...]

22 08, 2023

Ban on crib bumpers and inclined sleepers for infants is approved

By | 2023-08-22T12:34:41+00:00 August 22nd, 2023|Imports, Legislation|

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued two final rules to codify the bans on inclined sleeps for infants and crib bumpers that Congress established in the Safe Sleep for Babies Act. The Act prohibits importing these products into the U.S., along with their sale, manufacture, and distribution. The [...]

20 08, 2023

Huge increase proposed for AQI import fees

By | 2023-08-20T00:43:39+00:00 August 20th, 2023|Imports, Ocean Cargo, Shipping, U.S. Customs|

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing to significantly increase the fees for its AQI program, which assures that cargo and passenger baggage entering the country is inspected for plant pests and potential sources of animal diseases that could affect U.S. agriculture, trade [...]

2 08, 2023

New restrictions placed on animal imports from Costa Rica to combat screwworm

By | 2023-08-02T02:24:33+00:00 August 2nd, 2023|Imports|

Until further notice, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is restricting the importation of animal commodities originating from or transiting Costa Rica based on the diagnosis of New World screwworm in a dog. The restrictions vary based on the animal: APHIS prohibits the [...]

2 07, 2023

Government urges due diligence for gold importers

By | 2023-07-02T02:26:26+00:00 July 2nd, 2023|Imports|

The U.S. government has issued the Africa Gold Advisory, which highlights the opportunities and risks associated with the gold trade across sub-Saharan Africa, and encourages industry participants to apply and strengthen their due diligence practices to ensure that bad actors are unable to benefit from the sector, which remains essential [...]

30 06, 2023

New USDA Final Rule strengthens the organic goods supply chain

By | 2023-06-30T20:05:01+00:00 June 30th, 2023|Imports, Legislation, Trade|

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Agricultural Marketing Service have implemented a Final Rule strengthening the enforcement of the National Organic Program, which governs the production, handling, and sale of organic agricultural products. The Final Rule, which came into effect earlier this year and will be implemented on [...]

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