INDUSTRY NEWS

September 25, 2017: Starting November 1, 2017, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be issuing penalties for Solid Wood Packaging Material found to be in violation of the ISPM-15 standards and APHIS regulations. Click Here.

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June 17, 2016: For shipments that are on the water on or after June 30, 2016, CBP ports will no longer be required to send requests for liquidated damages (LD) claims to Headquarters for review, and the “three-strikes” approach to LD claims against importers’ bonds will also end. There is no change to cargo holds for ISF non-compliance; ports may hold cargo instead of (or in addition to) initiating LD claims. If you have any questions regarding this matter, you may send them to security_filing_general@cbp.dhs.gov.

June 6, 2016:  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has published a 25 page list of of customs brokers whose licenses were revoked by operation of law, without prejudice, for failure to file a triennial status report. Read more here.

December 31, 2015: Today, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued regulations to implement Executive Order 13694 of April 1, 2015 (“Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities”). OFAC intends to supplement this part 578 with a more comprehensive set of regulations, which may include additional interpretive and definitional guidance and additional general licenses and statements of licensing policy.

December 22, 2015: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has released an updated version of the Form 3461, Entry/Immediate Delivery, for use in ACE. The new form contains data elements required to be filed as part of the Importer Security Filing “10+2” submission such as stuffing location and consolidator name and address. CBP Form 3461_0

December 17, 2015: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have issued more information regarding phase 3 of the GSP retroactive refund processing including a reminder of its submission deadline of December 28. Read more here.

December 8, 2015:  The World Trade Organization Appellate Body has upheld a ruling that revised U.S. dolphin-safe tuna labeling rules are still unfairly discriminating against Mexico. Read more here.

November 27, 2015: Alstom S.A., a French power and transportation company, was sentenced to pay the largest-ever fine, $772,290,000, to resolve criminal charges related to a widespread corruption scheme involving at least $75 million in secret bribes paid to government officials in countries around the world, including Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the Bahamas and Taiwan. Read more here.

November 17, 2015: The President has signed an Executive Order terminating the Liberia Sanctions Program. Read more here.

November 9, 2015: The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is updating the List of Medical Supplies eligible for exportation or reexportation to Iran under the general license set forth at section 560.530(a)(3)(i) of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 560 (ITSR), to include additional items that meet the definition of the term “medical supplies” set forth at section 560.530(a)(3)(ii) of the ITSR and referenced in the general license originally issued on October 22, 2012 for the export of basic medical supplies to Iran. Read more here.

October 29, 2016: Effective October 30, 2015, the Department of the Treasury, in consultation and coordination with the Department of State, is authorizing by general license transactions involving certain Belarusian entities blocked pursuant to Executive Order 13405.  This license does not generally authorize the release of property blocked pursuant to E.O. 13405.  This authorization expires on April 30, 2016, unless extended or revoked.

October 19, 2015: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently issued uniform national standards governing CBP’s interaction with detained individuals.  This agencywide policy includes provisions on transport, escort, detention and search of detained individuals. Read more here.

October 11, 2015: United States Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman has announced the successful conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. Read more here.

September 30, 2015: The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued a directive mandating the prosecution of individuals for corporate wrongdoing as means to combat corporate fraud. Read more here.

September 21, 2015: The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is amending the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 515 (the “CACR”), to implement additional revisions consistent with the policy changes announced by the President on December 17, 2014. Read more here.

September 11, 2015: Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretnyto has ordered William Nehill to serve 90 days in federal prison, spend two years on supervised release and pay the U.S. government $6,246,605 for his role in an international metals customs fraud involving Chinese magnesium powder that cheated the U.S. government out of a Customs duty loss of nearly $6.3 million. Mr. Nehill is the 5th man to be charged and convicted in the conspiracy to import Chinese magnesium into the U.S. without paying the full 305-percent duty on the product. Read more here.

August 31, 2015: The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has announced a $1,700,100 settlement with UBS AG (UBS).  UBS agreed to settle its potential civil liability for 222 apparent violations of the Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 594.  Read more here.

August 26, 2015: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to hire additional officers in Arizona, California, North Dakota and Texas. Read more here.

August 19, 2015:  Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh C. Johnson has announced that the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State, along with certain other federal agencies, will begin introducing a number of additional or revised security criteria for all participants in the Visa Waiver Program. Read more here.

August 12, 2015: The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has announced a $271,815 settlement with Navigators Insurance Company (Navigators).  Navigators has agreed to settle potential civil liability for 48 apparent violations of multiple sanctions programs. Read more here.

August 4, 2015: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced three tentative selections for the Donation Acceptance Program. The Donation Acceptance Program allows CBP to enter into partnerships for certain services and to accept certain donations to support Port of Entry infrastructure needs. Read more here.

July 28, 2015: The Mobile Passport Control (MPC) App Expands to San Francisco International Airport. MPC is the first authorized app to expedite a traveler’s arrival into the United States. Read more here.

July 17, 2015: The Office of Foreign Assets (OFAC) issued regulations to implement the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014 (Public Law 113–278) and Executive Order 13692 of March 8, 2015 (“Blocking Property and Suspending Entry of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Venezuela”).  OFAC intends to supplement this part 591 with a more comprehensive set of regulations,which may include additional interpretive and definitional guidance and additional general licenses and statements of licensing.

July 9, 2015: The Department of Homeland Security’s independent CBP Integrity Advisory Panel has issued its interim 2015 report on the agency presenting recommendations for improving corruption investigations at CBP as well as stating that the agency’s use-of-force policy guidelines need to revised.Read more here HSAC-CBP-IAP-Interim-Report_FINAL_062915.

June 28, 2015:  Congress has passed the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (H.R. 1295), which will reinstate and extend the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, retroactively, through December 2017. It will now go to the President for enactment.

June 19, 2015: U.S. exporters can now obtain assistance from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for help with tariff classifications and customs valuations applied to U.S. exports by other governments. Read more here.

June 15, 2015: The U.S. Senate has passed the renewal of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) contained in the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA, also known as “fast track”) bill (H.R. 1295, as amended with S. 1267) which would renew GSP through December 31, 2017, and refund most tariffs paid since GSP expired in July 2013. The bill also would extend certain preferences for imports from Africa and Haiti. The Senate passed both the TPA and the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) bills as a conjoined measure known as the Trade Act of 2015 (HR 1314). This means that the House must now approve both bills, TPA and TAA, in order for the legislation to be sent to the president to sign into law.

June 10, 2015: WikiLeaks has released 17 secret documents from the ongoing TISA (Trade In Services Agreement) negotiations which cover the United States, the European Union and 23 other countries including Turkey, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Pakistan, Taiwan & Israel. Read more here.

June 2, 2015: The U.S. Secretary of State has made the final decision to rescind Cuba’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism, effective today, May 29, 2015. Read more here.

May 26, 2015: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued guidelines for the issuance of Foreign Trade Regulation (FTR) penalties for reporting the incorrect date of export in the Electronic Export Information (EEI) filing submission via the Automated Export System (AES) or AES Direct.

• Penalties will be issued when the cargo is exported prior to filing of the EEI submission (except for approved Option 4 post-departure filers);

• No penalty will be issued when the EEI has a reported date of export between 1 and 4 days, prior to the actual date of export;

• A penalty may be issued when the date of export reported on the EEI submission is 5 or more days prior to the actual date of export. It is the responsibility of the USPPI or their authorized agent to update the EEI submission to reflect the correct date of export.

• No penalty will be issued if the date of export is updated prior to, or on the date of export.

Penalties against the exporter, or their authorized agent, will be waived if adequate evidence is provided, such as paper documentation or email traffic that demonstrates they-are not the party of responsibility for the violation. For more information, please see the Port of Chicago PIPELINE 1506.

May 18, 2015: Last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the implementation of the Broker-Known Importer Program (BKIP). BKIP is similar to the Importer Self-Assessment Program (ISA) and Trusted Trader Program as it offers an additional avenue for CBP to collaborate with the trade to enhance the sharing of trade intelligence. Read more here.

May 13, 2015: Senate Democrats have voted against starting debate on trade policy, including bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation that would reaffirm Congress’s role in international trade negotiations. Read more here.

May 6, 2015: The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has expressed concern over the European Union’s (EU) proposal to allow member states to ban the use of genetically engineered (GE) food and feed deemed safe by the EU. Read more here.

April 28, 2015:  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued guidance on the temporary exportation of firearms. Read more here.

April 21, 2015: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will be increasing the amount of screening for airport employees to address potential insider threat vulnerabilities following a 90-day Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC) comprehensive review conducted in January 2015. Read more here.

April 16, 2105: In 16 days on May 1, 2015, mandatory use of ACE for all electronic import or export manifest data will begin. This requirement extends to all modes of transportation – air, rail, ocean, and truck. Read more here.

April 10, 2015: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) have announced the fiscal year 2014 results of an aggressive enforcement program to protect the United States from counterfeit and pirated goods. CBP and HSI are the components within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) responsible for the enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR). Read more here.

April 3, 2015: U.S. Customs and Border Protection(CBP) has announced plans to modify the National Customs Automation Program (NCAP) test concerning Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) cargo release to allow importers and customs brokers to file type 03 entries for all modes of transportation and to file, for cargo transported in the truck mode, entries for split shipments or partial shipments and entry on cargo which has been moved in-bond from the first U.S. port of unlading. Read more here.

March 26, 2015: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is conducting the 1:1 Facial Recognition Air Entry Pilot to allow Customs and Border Protection Officers stationed at air ports of entry to use facial recognition technology as a tool to assist them in determining whether an individual presenting themselves with a valid U.S. electronic passport is the same individual photographed in that passport. CBP is publishing a Privacy Impact Assessment to evaluate the privacy risks of using facial recognition software at an air port of entry. Read more here.

March 18, 2015: The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has released the 2015 update of its policy statement on “Transfer Pricing and Customs Valuation”, FINAL180_104-536 Transfer Pricing and Customs Valuation-Revision_Jan2015,first issued in 2012 jointly prepared by the ICC Commission on Taxation and the Commission on Customs and Trade Facilitation. The statement supports companies that face the challenge of determining the appropriate related party valuation of goods in the context of disparity between governments’ customs and fiscal policies. Read more here.

March 16, 2015: The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that a Taiwanese businessman, who the United States has linked to the supply of weapons manufacturing machinery to North Korea, was sentenced to serve 24 months in federal prison for conspiring to violate U.S. laws preventing proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Read more here.

March 8, 2015: The United States and Cuba have held their second round of talks to restore diplomatic ties and are hoping to have embassies back in place by April 2015. Read about the background here.

February 28, 2015:  U.S. Customs and Border Protection has officially authorized the phone app, Mobile Passport (Free for iOS and Android), which allows travelers with U.S. and Canadian passports to speed through customs at U.S. airports by submitting their passport control and customs declaration information via their iPhone or iPad in order to bypass the regular line to enter the United States. Read more here.

February 24, 2015: The U.S. State Department has published its “Section 515.582 List,” which characterizes goods and services produced by independent Cuban entrepreneurs that may be imported into the United States. The list can be found here along with additional information about this provision, which is authorized by the Treasury Department’s Cuban Assets Control Regulations.

February 14, 2015: U.S. Customs Border & Protection (CBP) has announced their plan to modify the ACE Cargo Release Test to permit the combined filing of Cargo Release and Importer Security Filing (ISF) data. Read more here.

February 8, 2015: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued a new version of the 434 NAFTA form CBP Form 434_3 that expires October 31, 2016. The main change to the updated form is the addition of space 11g for an email address.

February 2, 2015: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is implementing measures to protect Canada’s poultry resources from an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza. Due to this outbreak, all raw poultry and all poultry products and by-products that are not fully cooked, including eggs and raw pet foods, sourced, processed, packaged or shipped from the states of California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington are prohibited from entry into Canada until further notice. Read more here.

January 26, 2015: Today the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its 2014 year-end comprehensive travel and trade-related statistics from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Read more here.

January 19, 2015:  The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) manages trade compliance with tariff classification, valuation, and origin programs using two post-release verification processes, random verifications and verification priorities. Read more here.

January 15, 2015: The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is amending the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 515 (the “CACR”), to implement policy changes announced by the President on December 17, 2014, to further engage and empower the Cuban people by facilitating authorized travel to Cuba by U.S. persons, certain authorized commerce, and the flow of information to, from and within Cuba.  The CACR amendment will be published in the Federal Register tomorrow (January 16, 2015), at which time the changes will take effect. Read more here.

January 12, 2015: After spending eight years and hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has yet to prove the value of its Unmanned Aircraft System (drone) program while drastically understating the costs, according to a new report by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG). Based on its findings, OIG recommends that CBP abandon plans to spend $443 million more on additional aircraft and put those funds to better use. Read more here.

January 7, 2015: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is working to complete the development of core trade processing capabilities in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) and decommission corresponding capabilities in the legacy systems by the end of 2016. Read an overview of each new capability that was deployed in ACE on January 3, 2015, here.

January 2, 2015: Today, the President signed an Executive Order imposing additional sanctions with respect to North Korea. Read more here.

December 31, 2014: 2015 versions of the U.S. and the Canadian Harmonized Tariff Schedule are now available here: HTSUS  and HTSCA.

December 30, 2014: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has launched the Border Wait Time application making it easier for travelers to plan their trip across the border. The app provides estimated wait times and open lane status at land ports of entry in western New York to compare wait times at the four Buffalo/Niagara Falls crossings: the Peace Bridge, Rainbow Bridge, Whirlpool Bridge and Lewiston Queenston Bridge. It also provides wait time estimates for 25 other Canadian border crossings and 42 Mexican border crossings. Wait times for pedestrian and passenger and commercial vehicle crossings are broken down by lane type (standard, SENTRI, NEXUS, FAST, Ready Lane, etc.). Travelers can download the app for free from Apple’s App Store and Google Play. Read more here.

December 23, 2014: Customs & Border Protection (CBP) has published its FY 2014 Border Security Report that focuses on transparency and building partnerships. Read more here.

December 17, 2014: Per U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), effective January 10, 2015, late ISF submissions will no longer be exempt from the bond requirement and most ISF transactions will require a bond when they are filed. To avoid delay or examination upon arrival, importers should ensure that bonds are in place to cover the ISF transaction prior to the cargo being loaded on the vessel destined for the United States. Read more here.

December 11, 2014: Today, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued new FAQs regarding Ukraine-related sanctions.

December 8, 2014: C-TPAT Portal 2.0 Phase 1 launches today. For more information or training materials related to C-TPAT Portal 2.0 please visit www.cbp.gov/CTPAT or you can email CTPAT.Portal2.0@cbp.dhs.gov with any questions or concerns.

December 4, 2014: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission held its 31st International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Read more here.

November 28, 2014: The Department of Justice has announced that Aisin Seiki Co. Ltd., an automotive parts manufacturer based in Kariya, Japan, has agreed to plead guilty and to pay a $35.8 million criminal fine for its role in a conspiracy to allocate customers of variable valve timing (VVT) devices sold to automobile manufacturers in the United States and elsewhere. Read more here.

November 20, 2014:  C-TPAT Portal 2.0 Phase 1 will launch December 8, 2014. Although no data is at risk, all passwords must be reset upon deployment. The new system will be very different than Portal 1.0 and you may need training on Portal 2.0 to complete C-TPAT-related functions.

For more information or training materials related to C-TPAT Portal 2.0 please visit www.cbp.gov/CTPAT or you can email CTPAT.Portal2.0@cbp.dhs.gov with any questions or concerns.

November 12, 2014: The Canadian government has issued regulations amending the Proof of Origin of imported goods regulations. Read more here.

November 5, 2014: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is proposing to revise CBP Form 5106 (Importer ID Input Record). Read more here.

October 27, 2014: Pursuant to the requirements of the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act (CDSOA), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has identified nearly $19 million in Fiscal Year 2014 for distribution and the statements are currently being prepared and distributions will be made by the November statutory deadline.  Read more here.

October 20, 2014: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske and Mexico’s Tax Administration Service (SAT) Chief Aristóteles Núñez Sánchez have signed a mutual recognition arrangement that allows stronger collaboration between CBP’s Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) Program and SAT’s New Certified Companies Scheme (NEEC). Read more here.

October 15, 2014: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has posted the updated Focused Assessment (FA) PAS audit program and questionnaire. Read more here.

October 8, 2014: The Los Angeles/Long Beach (LA/LB) Seaport has announced that it will be increasing their enforcement posture for ISF no-file shipments. Read more here.

October 3, 2104:  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) discusses Preclearance Expansion with industry. Read more here.

September 29, 2014: Today, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a frequently asked question with respect to payments or the facilitation of payments to Iranian civil aviation authorities for overflights of Iran or emergency landing in Iran by aircraft that are owned by a non-U.S. person and registered outside the United States. Read more here.

September 23, 2014: The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) has reversed its prior split August 2013 decision on U.S. v. Trek Leather Inc.and Harish Shadadpuri by ruling that 19 USC 1592(a)(1) applies to any person, regardless of whether or not they are an importer of record. Read more here.

September 15, 2014: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has enhanced the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Secure Data Portal’s In-Bond Arrival and Export capabilities, providing carriers the ability to arrive, export and cancel in-bond transactions associated to Bills of Lading (BOL) with the carrier’s Standard Carrier Alpha Code (SCAC). Read more here.

September 9, 2014: U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) has announced selections for two key trade positions within CBP. Read more here.

September 3, 2014:  The International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes, an international arbitration panel, has rejected Canadian  pharmaceutical manufacturer Apotex Inc.’s $1.5 billion claim that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) violated the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) by prohibiting imports of its products. Read more here.

August 27, 2014: The Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that a Japan-based automotive parts manufacturer has agreed to plead guilty to price fixing and bid rigging and to pay a $52.1 million criminal fine for its role in the conspiracy. Read more here.

August 19, 2014: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued a memorandum providing new guidance to the trade community concerning acceptable methods for submission of post-importation preference claims. Read more here.

August 12, 2014: The World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body has rejected China’s appeal in rare earths dispute. Read more here.

August 5 , 2014: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued July 29 a ruling that could have wide ranging effects on information disclosures to the government. Read more here.

July 30, 2014: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced an extension of the Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) pilot program through July 26, 2015,  and has reopened the application period to accept applications for new ACAS pilot participants. Read more here.

July 22, 2014:  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has published the eligibility requirements and the security criteria for exporters to participate in the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT). Read more here.

July 21, 2014: The FedEx Corporation has been indicted for illegally distributing prescription drugs. Read more here.

July 18, 2014:  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has posted an updated version of the “ACE Development and Deployment Schedule” which provides information on the upcoming ACE capabilities, the planned deployment dates and the three mandatory use dates for ACE. The next Deployment is “Deployment D” scheduled for release July 12, 2014. Read more here.

July 15, 2014: The World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body has issued its report on U.S. measures on Chinese products in the case “United States – Countervailing and Anti-Dumping Measures on Certain Products from China (DS449)”. Read more here.

July 11, 2014:  The United States and 13 other World Trade Organization (WTO) Members, representing 86 percent of global trade in environmental goods, have launched negotiations on the new Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA). Read more here.

July 6, 2014: The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is holding a workshop September 18, 2014, on the Commission’s proposal to require electronic filing of certificates for regulated imported consumer products. The goal of the workshop is for CPSC to receive practical and procedural information from stakeholders about electronic filing of certificates at entry into CBP’s ACE system. Read more here.

July 1, 2014: The Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that a Japan-based company executive has agreed to plead guilty to price fixing on automobile parts installed in U.S. cars. Read more here.

June 25, 2014: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced a plan to expand the test of the Document Image System (DIS). The third phase of the DIS test expands the eligible forms supported by the test. Read more here.

June 20, 2014: The European Commission will host a sixth round of EU-US trade talks in Brussels July 14-18, 2014. The talks are on a new trade and investment deal, known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP. During this round, negotiators will continue their discussions on issues such as trade in goods and services, regulatory issues, government procurement, environmental protection and labor rights, energy and raw materials, and opportunities for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Read more here.

June 14, 2014: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in collaboration with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), will begin the testing of the Trusted Trader program–a new program that will streamline the process through which importers can establish to CBP that they strive to secure their supply chains and strengthen their internal controls for compliance with the existing laws and regulations administered or enforced by CBP. Read more here.

June 7, 2014: Effective immediately per U.S. Customs and Border Protection, new CBP Forms 301 (Customs Bond)and 301A (Addendum to CBP Form 301) are available for use.

Although the new version is available immediately, per CSMS 14-000319 dated June 5, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has granted a 90 day grace period to transition from the old version to the new version. Effective September 1, 2014, the new version of the CBP Form 301 will be mandatory and no other version will be accepted. No changes to the fields have been made.

June 3, 2014: The U.S. House of Representatives has introduced HR 4763 to amend the Tariff Act of 1930 by helping businesses fight frivolous lawsuits filed by patent assertion entities (PAEs), also referred to as “patent trolls”. Read more here.

May 27, 2014:  The United States has won another major enforcement case at the World Trade Organization (WTO) against China on the imposition of unjustified duties on American-made cars and sports-utility vehicles (SUVs). Read more here.

May 21, 2014: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has adopted as a final rule interim amendments to the CBP regulations which were published in the Federal Register in October 2013 to implement the preferential tariff treatment and other customs-related provisions of the United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement. Read more here.

May 19, 2014: The House Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy has continued its review of draft legislation to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act. Read more here.

May 13, 2014:  A recent decision by the Court of International Trade upheld U.S. Customs and Border Protection treating claims under § 19 USC 1520(d) differently for purposes of waiver constitutes a permissible construction of the statute. Read more here.

May 9, 2014:  The President has notified Congress that he intends to withdraw Russia’s eligibility for trade benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program because Russia is sufficiently advanced economically that it no longer warrants preferential treatment reserved for less advanced developing countries, consistent with the requirements of the GSP program. Once Russia’s eligibility is withdrawn, which would be effected via a presidential proclamation, U.S. imports of GSP-eligible goods from Russia will be subject to normal, non-preferential rates of duty. Read more here.

May 4, 2014: U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kerlikowske emphasized the importance of international trade security in his comments at the Second World Customs Organization Global Authorized Economic Operator Conference held in Madrid, Spain. Read more here.

April 28, 2014:  The Office of the United States Trade Representative has removed  the Philippines from the Special 301 Watch List of countries that deny adequate and effective protection for intellectual property rights (IPR). The Philippines has appeared on the Watch List or Priority Watch List continuously since 1994, and was first listed in 1989. Read more here.

April 24, 2014: Japanese automotive parts manufacturer agrees to pay a $19.9 million criminal fine and plead guilty to price fixing and bid rigging on automobile parts installed in U.S. cars. Read more here.

April 18, 2014:  The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has issued a ruling upholding a  Court of International Trade decision that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) used a form CF 29 (Notice of Action) improperly to effectively revoke a prior classification ruling in the case of International Custom Products, Inc. v. the United States. Read more here.

April 14, 2014:  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) welcomes Susan Stranieri as the agency’s new Port Director for the Area Port of Philadelphia leads CBP operations in Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware. Read more here.

April 8, 2014: The United States welcomes the entry into force of the World Trade Organization (WTO) protocol amending the 1994 Government Procurement Agreement (GPA). The new amendment to the GPA expands business opportunities for American firms to supply goods and services to foreign governments estimated to be worth between $80-100 billion annually. Read more here.

April 3, 2014: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced new partnerships with several other federal agencies to enhance advance import safety and border management efforts. Read more here.

March 28, 2014: The Bureau of the Census (Census Bureau) is amending its regulations to reflect new export reporting requirements. Specifically, the Census Bureau is requiring mandatory filing of export information through the Automated Export System (AES) or through AESDirect for all shipments of used self-propelled vehicles and temporary exports. In addition to adopting new export reporting requirements and modifying the postdeparture filing program, the Census Bureau is making remedial changes to the FTR to improve clarity and to correct errors. Read more here.

March 26, 2014:  The World Trade Organization’s Dispute Settlement Body (SDB) has ruled against China on measures related to the exportation of Rare Earths, Tungsten and Molybdenum. Read more here.

March 20, 2014: President Obama has issued a new Executive Order, ‘Blocking Property of Additional Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine’ which expands the scope of the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13660 of March 6, 2014, and expanded by Executive Order 13661 of March 16, 2014, finding that the actions and policies of the Government of the Russian Federation, including its purported annexation of Crimea and its use of force in Ukraine, continue to undermine democratic processes and institutions in Ukraine; threaten its peace, security, stability, sovereignty, and territorial integrity; and contribute to the misappropriation of its assets, and thereby constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. Read more here.

March 18, 2014:  On April 5, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will deploy new ACE features that will expand the Cargo Release foundation to the truck mode, extend advanced Cargo Release functionality to the ocean and rail modes, increase the number of entry summary validations in ACE and transition exports processing to the ACE platform via a re-engineered Automated Export System (AES). Read more here.

March 13, 2014: The Canadian Prime Minister announces historic trade agreement with the Republic of Korea. Read more here.

March 6, 2014:  The U.S. President today signed a new Ukraine-related Executive Order that allows the United States to sanction any individual or entity that is responsible for or complicit in actions or policies that undermine democratic processes or institutions in Ukraine or that threaten the peace, security, stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of Ukraine.  Read more here.

March 5, 2014:  The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has proposed regulatory amendments to eManifest which will, in part, expand the program. Read more here.

February 27, 2014: No final agreement yet in Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks. Read more here.

February 21, 2014: President Obama traveled to Mexico for the annual North American Leaders’ Summit. Read more here.

February 13, 2014:  The Federal Maritime Commission announced a compromise agreement reached with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. (MOL) and its corporate affiliate, Nissan Motor Car Carrier Co. (NMCC). Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd., is a vessel-operating common carrier based in Japan for shipping autos under unfiled agreements. Read more here.

February 5, 2014: The Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that the Aisan Industry Co. Ltd. has agreed to plead guilty to price fixing on automobile parts installed in U.S. cars and agrees to pay almost $7 million in criminal fines. Read more here.

January 31, 2014:  The Bureau of the Census (U.S. Census Bureau) is implementing a pilot program to evaluate a new filing option in the Automated Export System (AES). Read more here.

January 27, 2014: The United States and Panama hold inaugural meeting of the Labor Affairs Council under the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement. Read more here.

January 22, 2014: The U.S. Congress has introduced the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act (TPA) of 2014. The TPA establishes 21st century Congressional negotiating objectives and rules for the Administration to follow when engaged in trade talks, including strict requirements for Congressional consultations and access to information. Read more here.

January 17, 2014: Yesterday the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs participated in the Finance Committee hearing to consider the nomination of R. Gil Kerlikowske to be the Commissioner of Customs, Department of Homeland Security.  Read more here.

January 12, 2014: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released a phased enforcement schedule for REAL ID with the first phase beginning on January 20, 2014, at DHS headquarters in Washington. Read more here.

January 8, 2014: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in partnership with Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and Public Safety Canada concluded a five month pilot test of cargo pre-inspection, and deemed the concept feasible. Read more here.

January 2, 2014:  The U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of New York has ruled to uphold the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) policy allowing authorities at border checkpoints to search laptops and other electronic devices belonging to U.S. citizens and foreigners. A copy of the 32-page decision can be viewed here.

December 30, 2013: The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has issued an update of its report The Economic Effects of Significant U.S. Import Restraints. The report also contains  a special topic chapter exploring the role of services in manufacturing and is available here.

December 23, 2013:  The European Union’s “Generalised Scheme of Preferences” (GSP) allows developing country exporters to pay lower duties on their exports to the EU.  The reformed GSP, which will apply as from 2014, will further focus support on countries most in need. Read more here.

December 18, 2013: Each of the Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) pages on CBP.com have been extensively expanded. Read more here.

December 13, 2013: Trade experts from Chambers of Commerce in more than 30 countries have met at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Hearing Centre in Paris for the latest in a series of dialogues on recent developments in Certificates of Origin (CO). Read more here.

December 9, 2013: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued a final determination concerning the country of origin of certain Ethernet switches. Read more here.

December 4, 2013: The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has announced that on or about March 3, 2014 (in approximately 90 days), OFAC will cease issuing its SDN data files in the 32 bit self-extracting archive known as “SDALLW32.EXE.” Read more here.

December 2, 2013: Texas Company to Pay $100 Million for Export Violations to Iran, Syria, Cuba, and Other Countries. Read more here.

November 22, 2013: U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued a notice regarding Free Trade Agreements Certification of Origin and the Preference Criterion. For importations into the United States under a free trade agreement (FTA), when a producer, exporter or importer issues an FTA certification of origin, the “Preference Criterion” field or declaration should indicate how the good originates (i.e. meets the terms of the agreement) with the greatest specificity possible, e.g. HTSUS General Note 32(n)78.2, or, Peru TPA Annex 4.1, Chapter 78, Item 2. This methodology should be used for all “tariff-shift” Free or Preferential Trade Agreements unless the agreement, implementing regulations, or other officially published material provides for an alternate method (e.g. The NAFTA provides for criterion “A,” “B and “C”.) Read more here.

November 18, 2013: U.S. Customs and Border Protection has established a schedule for completing development of all trade processing capabilities in ACE by the end of 2016. This schedule includes seven planned deployments, and three dates for mandatory use of ACE. Read more here.

November 13, 2013: The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are partnering to provide expedited TSA screening benefits to all U.S. Armed Forces service members, including those serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guard, at 100 airports across the country. Read more here.

November 7, 2013: U.S. Customs and Border Protection has released the latest statistics concerning the achievements made by the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program as of Nov. 1. Read more here.

October 31, 2013: The U.S.Court of International Trade issued an opinion Oct. 25 affirming the Department’s use of zeroing in the final results of the twentieth administrative reviews of antidumping duty orders on ball bearings and parts thereof and declaring unlawful the Department’s policy, rule, or practice of issuing liquidation instructions fifteen days after the publication of final results of an administrative review. Read more here.

October 24, 2013: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is extending the Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) pilot program through July 26, 2014, and reopening the application period to accept applications from new ACAS pilot participants through December 23, 2013. Read more here.

October 20, 2013: With the end of the government shutdown, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) again is accepting and processing license applications, commodity classification requests, advisory opinion requests, and other filings. Given the 16 day shutdown, which included the October 15 startup date for Export Control Reform filings, they anticipate that more than the usual number of filings will occur. BIS,  along with its sister agencies,  will do their best to process them as quickly as possible but normal processing times likely will be exceeded for a while. For the latest updates on  Export Control Reform, please click here.

October 15, 2013: The White House has announced the revised U.S. Export Control System. Read more here.

October 9, 2013: For the latest information on how the government shutdown will effect U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and trade operations, read more here.

September 30, 2013: The Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that nine Japan-based companies and two executives have agreed to plead guilty and to pay a total of more than $740 million in criminal fines for their roles in separate conspiracies to fix the prices of more than 30 different products sold to U.S. car manufacturers and installed in cars sold in the United States and elsewhere. Read more here.

September 26, 2013: 60 bipartisan members of the U.S. Senate, have urged the Obama Administration to address currency manipulation by foreign governments as part of its ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks. Read more here.

September 23, 2013: Friday, U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Pritzker co-chaired the U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue (HLED) and outlined future engagement. Read more here.

September 16, 2013:  The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has proposed amending the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) involving the Unverified List ( UVL). Read more here.

September 9, 2013: On Friday, September 6, Secretary Janet Napolitano bid farewell to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at a ceremony in Washington, DC. Acting Deputy Secretary Rand Beers will now serve as Acting Secretary of Homeland Security. Read more here.

September 5, 2103: The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is seeking public comments on the effect of existing foreign policy-based export controls in the Export Administration Regulations. Read more here.

August 29, 2013: B. Todd Jones  was sworn in today as the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). With his confirmation, Jones becomes the agency’s first permanent director in seven years.  Read more here.

August 27, 2013:  Last week, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a final rule on its regulations to require interstate motor carriers, freight forwarders, brokers, intermodal equipment providers (IEPs), hazardous materials safety permit (HMSP) applicants, and cargo tank facilities under FMCSA jurisdiction to submit required registration and biennial update information to the Agency via a new electronic on-line Unified Registration System (URS). Read more here.

August 20, 2013: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Chicago Department of Aviation has announced that Automated Passport Control is now available for U.S. citizens at O’Hare International Airport. This new technology will allow travelers to scan their own passport, complete their Customs declaration and confirm travel information using a self-service kiosk before reaching the CBP officer to complete the inspection. Read more here.

August 16, 2013:  A new U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on  the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPCC), a federal interagency export committee, finds that better information is needed about federal resources. Read more here.

August 14, 2013:  The International Trade Commission (ITC) has issued a ban on the import of certain models of older Samsung electronic digital media devices as the articles violate Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act for patent infringement on Apple products. Read more here.

August 13, 2013: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released a schedule for completing core trade processing capabilities in its Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) by the end of calendar year 2016. Read more here.

August 12, 2013:  Over $8 million in fines issued by the U.S. State Department as part of an administrative settlement with a New York company to resolve alleged violations of the Arms Export Controls Act  and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations. Read more here.

August 8, 2013:  Yesterday, President Obama issued an Executive Order that repeals the provisions of Executive Order 13310 that implemented the broad Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act’s (BFDA) import ban on products of Burma. The removal of the broad ban on imports of articles other than jadeite and rubies, and articles of jewelry containing them, represents the next step in the Administration’s continued efforts to promote responsible trade and investment in support of Burma’s reform process. Read more here.

August 6, 2013: President Obama has announced his nominations for more key Administration posts, including Commissioner of Customs. Read more here.

August 2, 2013: On Wednesday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the General Administration of Customs, People’s Republic of China (GACC) announced the results of a joint intellectual property rights (IPR) enforcement operation, the first ever of its kind between the two customs agencies. The month-long operation resulted in the seizure of over 243,000 counterfeit consumer electronics products including popular trademarks such as Apple, Beats by Dr. Dre, Blackberry, Samsung, Sony, and UL. Read more here.

July 29, 2013: Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published proposed regulations implementing the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) and the Third-party Auditor Accreditation under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

For more information on the FSMA Proposed Rule on Accreditation of Third-party Auditors click here.

For more information on the FSMA Proposed Rule for Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals click here.

July 25, 2013:  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have announced the recent signing of an Automated Commercial Environment-International Trade Data System (ACE-ITDS) memorandum of understanding with the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to share ACE data in order to strengthen the balance of facilitation and enforcement regarding the regulation of ocean carriers and other entities involved in ocean trade. Read more here.

July 22, 2013: The Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced almost $60 million in fines will be levied against companies that were involved in an auto parts and battery cells price fixing conspiracy. Read more here.

July 19, 2013:  The World Trade Organization (WTO) has released its 2013 World Trade Report which focuses on how trade is both a cause and an effect of change and looks into the factors shaping the future of world trade. Read more here.

July 16, 2013:  U.S. Customs Border Protection has issued Public Bulletin LA13-026 in Los Angeles/Long Beach to notice the area’s Seaport importing community that they are implementing the next phase of Importer Security Filing (ISF) enforcement procedures. Beginning July 15, 2013, they will begin holding freight for ISF non-compliance. CBP will hold all non-compliant ISF shipments at the terminal until the required ISF is filed.

For the latest information please click here.

July 12, 2013: U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced today that the extension of the border zone in New Mexico for Border Crossing Card holders is now effective. Read more here.

July 8, 2013:  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)  will be expanding its Document Image System pilot in the Automated Commercial Environment this summer. Read more here.

July 5, 2013:  The United States and Korea have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance cooperation on global supply chain security. Read more here.

July 2, 2013: The United States International Trade Commission (USTIC) has released Revision 1 of the official 2013 Harmonized Tariff Schedule  effective July 1. Read more here.

June 28, 2013:  The U.S. Trade Representative, Michael Froman, has announced the outcome of the Obama Administration’s 2012 Annual Review under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. Based on the Administration’s review of several issues and petitions related to eligibility of products under the GSP program, President Obama made determinations affecting product coverage under GSP. Changes made to this program could have negative financial effects on companies  who purchase from international suppliers. Read more here.

June 26, 2013:  The U.S. and Canada have released a progress report on the historic Beyond the Border Action Plan which provides a practical roadmap for facilitating cross-border business by expediting legitimate trade and travel across the Canada-U.S. border, while enhancing security. Read more here.

June 21, 2013: Michael Froman has been sworn in as the new U.S. Trade Representative. Read more here.

June 19, 2013: On Monday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) began Phase I of a Canadian truck cargo pre-inspection pilot program at the Pacific Highway crossing adjacent to Surrey, British Colombia (BC). Read more here.

June 15, 2013: The U.S. and EU announce start of negotiations for a comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement. Read more here.

June 12, 2013: The U.S. House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee held a hearing June 12th on U.S.-Brazil trade and investment relations. Read more here.

June 7, 2013: On July 9, 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will begin full enforcement of Importer Security Filing (ISF or 10+2) and will start issuing liquidated damages against ISF importers and carriers for ISF non-compliance. Read more here.

June 3, 2013: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to open the final three Centers of Excellence and Expertise. Read more here.

May 29, 2013: U.S. signs pact to broaden economic ties with Caribbean Nations. Read more here.

May 23, 2013: U.S. Customs and Border Protection is working to improve the international arrivals process with new technology and procedures, alleviating travelers of paperwork and time spent waiting in line. Read more here.

May 21, 2013: The Department of Justice announced today that two auto parts company executives have agreed to plead guilty to price fixing and bid rigging on auto parts installed in U.S. cars. Read more here.

May 17, 2013: A new report from the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) calls for increased regulation and better management of Free Trade Zones (FTZs) to stop the alarming trend of the use of FTZs to facilitate the manufacture, distribution, and sale of counterfeit products. Read more here.

May 14, 2013: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) today released a joint report on Phase I of the Entry/Exit proof of concept, a commitment of the Beyond the Border Action Plan, which outlines progress made to establish a coordinated Entry/Exit information system and further enhance security along the shared border. Read more here.

May 7, 2013: The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has remanded a court case regarding post-entry claims of NAFTA preferential duty treatment under 19 USC 1520(d). Read more here.

May 1, 2013:  The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program requires and encourages Partner notification of suspicious activities, anomalies, and security breaches. For guidance on reporting information about potential threats to, and security breaches within, international supply chains, please click here.

April 23, 2013: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced an extension of the Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) Pilot Program as well as the reopening of the application period for participation. Read more here.

April 18, 2013: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced plan to test allowing customs brokers to pre-certify importers for participation in the Importer Self-Assessment (ISA) program. Read more here.

April 17, 2013: The Department of State and the Department of Commerce have issued the first set in a series of final rules under the Export Control Reform Initiative. The Federal Register Notices outlining these new final rules for are available online for the Department of State and Department of Commerce.

April 15, 2013: The 2013 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE) has been released. The NTE is an annual series that surveys significant foreign barriers to U.S. exports. The report provides, where feasible, quantitative estimates of the impact of these foreign practices on the value of U.S. exports. Information also is included on actions taken to eliminate barriers. Read the report here.

April 1, 2013: U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced the publication of an Interim Final Rule in the Federal Register that will automate Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record to streamline the admissions process for individuals lawfully visiting the United States. Read more here.

March 27, 2013: Yesterday, the European Commission launched a public consultation on so-called ’conflict minerals’. The aim of the consultation is to get  interested parties’ views on a potential EU initiative for responsible sourcing of minerals coming from conflict zones and high-risk areas – for example, war zones, post-war zones, and areas vulnerable to political instability or civil unrest. Read more here.

March 26, 2013: Formal trade negotiations on a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement involving China, Japan and South Korea are heading into a 17th round with the U.S. heading up the negotiations. Read more here.

March 22, 2013: On Wednesday, the Obama Administration notified Congress of its intent to enter into negotiations on a comprehensive trade and investment agreement with the European Union. Read more here.

March 20, 2013: Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank is leaving the Obama administration. Read more here.

March 14, 2013: U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk vacates post effective Friday, March 15th. Read more here.

March 13, 2013: The U.S. Census Bureau has issued final rule on the mandatory Automated Export System (AES) filing for all shipments requiring shipper’s export declaration information. Read more here.

March 11, 2013: On March 8th, President Obama signed an Executive Order to update delegated presidential authorities over the administration of certain export and import controls under the Arms Export Control Act of 1976. The Administration then notified Congress of the first in a series of changes to the U.S. Munitions List. To read more about the implementation of control reform, please visit here.

March 8, 2013: U.S. 9th Circuit Appeals Court rules that the 4th Amendment does apply at the border and agents cannot perform a search without reason. Read more here.

March 5, 2013: For the latest information provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection regarding the impacts of sequestration click here.

March 1, 2013: Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is concerned that the upcoming sequester will negatively impact U.S. Customs and Trade operations. To hear more, please visit here for her testimony in the U.S. Senate Committee for Appropriations. (her comments start at 54:06) 

February 8, 2013: Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), David V. Aguilar,  to retire in late March. Read more here.

January 4, 2013: U.S. Customs and Border Protection has provided guidance related to the increase in the value limit for informal entries. For more information, please click here.