MEXICO CHARGES TARIFFS ON U.S. PRODUCTS

The government of Mexico has announced its intention to charge surtaxes in response to the passage of the Omnibus bill, which eliminates funding for a NAFTA pilot program allowing Mexican cross-border trucking. The retaliatory tariffs could amount to $2.4 billion.

The American Association of Importers and Exporters is calling on Obama Administration to negotiate


WOOD & PLANT PRODUCT DECLARATION – ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION UPDATE

Under provisions in the 2008 Farm Bill that amended the Lacey Act, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is required to collect data for other government agencies (OGAs) electronically. Of special note is the declaration for goods made from wood and plant products that began April 1, 2009 which the CBP


TEXTILE LABELING AMENDMENT ALLOWS “TRIEXTA” TO APPEAR ON LABELS

The Federal Trade Commission has issued a final rule that establishes the subclass name “triexta” as an alternative to the generic name “polyester”.

Triexta polyester fiber is made from poly(trimethylene terephthalate) (PTT), and possesses features of durability, resilience, softness and ability to stretch with recovery, suitable for use in carpets and


SOFTWOOD LUMBER PRODUCTS FROM CANADA SUBJECT TO 10% ADDITIONAL DUTY

The United States will impose an additional 10% duty on imports of softwood lumber products of Canada, originating in Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, or Saskatchewan. The move is in response to Canada’s breach of the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement between the U.S. and Canada or failure to provide the monetary compensation


TARIFF PREFERENCE LEVEL TRANSFER MECHANISM FOR COTTON OR MAN-MADE APPAREL & TEXTILES WILL BE DISCONTINUED

The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) has revised the cotton or man-made fibre (non-wool) woven fabric, made-up goods and apparel TPL Allocation Policy. As of April 15, 2009, the current allocation transfer mechanism in place for cotton and man-made fibre apparel


TARIFF PREFERENCE LEVEL TRANSFER MECHANISM FOR COTTON OR MAN-MADE APPAREL & TEXTILES WILL BE DISCONTINUED

The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) has revised the cotton or man-made fibre (non-wool) woven fabric, made-up goods and apparel TPL Allocation Policy. As of April 15, 2009, the current allocation transfer mechanism in place for cotton and man-made fibre apparel


COUNCIL FOR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS INCREASES CARNET FEES

Effective March 30, 2009, the U.S. Council for International Business is increasing its Carnet processing fees to the following. These fees are based on the value of the Carnet.

  • $0-9,999: $210
  • $10,000 – 49,999: $240
  • $50,000 – 249,999: $300
  • More than $250,000: $350
  • Extra general list pages remain at $5

Carnet Temporary Admissions


BILL S.730 INTRODUCED BY CONGRESS REMOVES FOOTWEAR TARIFFS

The U.S. Congress has introduced Bill S. 730, the Affordable Footwear Act of 2009  to the Senate.

This legislation would remove or reduce most imported footwear tariffs while still offering protection to U.S. footwear producers. Average collected duties on imported footwear totalled $1.9 billion in 2006, one of the highest of


DECLARATION FOR IMPORTED MERCHANDISE MADE FROM WOOD PLANT PRODUCTS

Enforcement of the import declaration required for goods made from plants or plant products is scheduled to begin April 1, 2009 with a phased-in schedule. Merchandise such as fuel wood, rough wood, poles, piles, stakes, railway/tramway sleepers, wood that has been sawn or chipped lengthwise, sheets for veneering, wood tools, handles …