31 01, 2024

The Lacey Act: What Importers Need to Know

By | 2024-02-01T23:00:19+00:00 January 31st, 2024|Imports, Legislation|

The original Lacey Act dates back to 1900, and its purpose is to help prevent the trade of wildlife, plants, and plant products (including timber) that has been illegally taken, held, transported, or sold. The Lacey Act and its various amendments make it unlawful to import certain products without an [...]

25 01, 2024

FDA issues import alert for misbranded products

By | 2024-02-01T17:02:04+00:00 January 25th, 2024|Imports|

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an Import Alert updating its guidelines for imported food products that appear to be misbranded. The FDA can detain food imports if the packaging appears to be misbranded in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act). The [...]

15 01, 2024

Import restrictions on archaeological materials from China extend

By | 2024-01-15T00:28:00+00:00 January 15th, 2024|Imports|

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has extended import restrictions on certain archaeological materials from China for another five years until Jan. 14, 2029. The agreement has been extended several times since the U.S. and China first entered into it in 2009. The Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act (CPIA)implements [...]

25 12, 2023

CBP introduces cargo messaging system for potential AD/CVD noncompliance issues

By | 2023-12-25T19:44:09+00:00 December 25th, 2023|Imports|

On Jan. 16, 2024, U.S. Custom Border Protection (CBP) will implement cargo messaging nationwide to communicate with the filer on entry summaries that are potentially noncompliant for antidumping and countervailing duties (AD/CVD) while the entry summaries are in trade control.  Specifically, CBP is aiming to address AD/CVD entry summaries that [...]

15 12, 2023

U.S. joins G7 partners in restricting diamond imports from Russia

By | 2023-12-15T23:25:14+00:00 December 15th, 2023|Imports|

The United States, in coordination with its G7 partners, will impose new import restrictions on Russian diamonds and diamond jewellery products. According to a joint statement issued by the G7 countries, import restrictions on non-industrial diamonds that are mined, processed, or produced in Russia will be introduced by Jan. 1, [...]

10 12, 2023

AGOA changes announced for Jan. 1, 2024

By | 2023-12-10T01:38:09+00:00 December 10th, 2023|Imports, Tariffs|

President Biden has announced that effective Jan. 1, 2024, the U.S. will reinstate African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) trade preference program benefits for Mauritania, and terminate benefits for four countries: Gabon, Niger, the Central African Republic, and Uganda. The AGOA provides duty-free treatment to goods of designated sub-Saharan African [...]

30 11, 2023

Fish import restriction implementation deadline extended for 2 more years

By | 2023-11-30T03:13:01+00:00 November 30th, 2023|Imports|

The Department of Commerce and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) have issued a Notice extending the exemption period for the import provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), which affects the import of fish and fish products, for another two years until Dec. 31, 2025. The Import Provisions section [...]

31 10, 2023

CBP to begin collecting import fees on pecans and Christmas trees

By | 2023-10-31T00:55:13+00:00 October 31st, 2023|Tariffs, U.S. Customs|

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will begin collecting import fees on pecans and Christmas trees on Nov. 5 after the issue that had been preventing the fee updates in ACE CERT has been resolved. The impacted tariffs are as follows: Pecans 0802991000 – In-shell pecans ($0.2 per pound) 0802991500 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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