PERU FREE TRADE AGREEMENT IS IN EFFECT AS OF FEBRUARY 1, 2009

Implementation of the U.S.-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement (PTPA) took place on January 16, 2009, for goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after February 1, 2009.

Implementation includes removal of GSP preferences, and special provisions relating to textiles and apparel.

Because of a trade surplus


SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN COUNTERFEIT GOODS SEIZURES

On November 29, 2007 we reported that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the seizure of over $6 million in counterfeit Chinese goods at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in November, which is a 24 percent increase from a year earlier. The goods included Christmas lights and electrical light fixtures


CPSC GRANTS ONE-YEAR STAY OF SOME TESTING & CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted unanimously (2-0) to issue a one year stay of enforcement for certain testing and certification requirements for manufacturers and importers of regulated products, including products intended for children 12 years old and younger. These requirements are part of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement


EXPEDITED PROCESSING OF SHIPMENTS FOR C-TPAT MEMBERS

The cargo/trade office at the Port of Washington, D.C. is committed to providing the most professional and expeditious cargo processing service possible, and has clarified the procedures to obtain CTPAT “Front-of-the-line” privileges.

The Director of C-TPAT / Industry Partnership Programs, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has confirmed that policy guidance has been


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 …


COMPOSITE WOOD PRODUCTS DESTINED TO CALIFORNIA MUST BE LABELED

As of January 1, 2009, composite wood products and finished goods containing such products destined for the California market must be labeled with respect to their formaldehyde content. This requirement applies to manufacturers, distributors, importers, fabricators, retailers and third-party certifiers.

While the Consumer Product Safety Commission permits content in products nationally


PRODUCTS SUBJECT TO THE CPSIA – TIPS FROM THE CPSC

One of the most difficult tasks related to determining whether a product is subject to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) is to determine which products are subject to Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) requirements.

All goods subject to the CPSIA must meet certain standards; some goods


COSTA RICA JOINS CAFTA-DR

The U.S.-Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) has been implemented for goods of Costa Rica that are entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after January 1, 2009. The amendment also removes Costa Rica as a beneficiary country under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA) and


IMPORTER SECURITY FILING (10+2)

Legislation passed by the US Congress in October of 2006 empowered US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to collect additional data elements prior to ocean vessels being loaded for export to the United States. CBP has published its Interim Final Rule on Importer Security Filing (ISF), a.k.a 10+2. Effective for all cargo loaded for shipment to


2009 PROCEDURES FOR QUOTA-FREE ENTRY OF CHINESE TEXTILES & APPAREL

Textiles and textile apparel exported from China on or after January 1, 2009, will no longer require an ELVIS (electronic visa) transmission, nor will they be subject to quota restraints.

The ELVIS requirement and quota requirements will continue to remain in effect for goods exported from China prior to January