LACEY ACT BLANKET DECLARATION PILOT PROGRAM

The USDA is introducing a blanket Declaration Pilot Program for shippers using the Automated Line Release (ALR) program.

The Pilot Program allows importers and shippers currently using ALR codes to continue doing so provided they participate in the Pilot. Those who do not participate in the program will have their ALR C4 code inactivated.


FDA PROPOSES BROKER REGISTRATION

The recently proposed 2009 Food Safety Enhancement Act would require brokers to be registered along with importers.

Under the proposal, the customs broker is subject to fees and a mandatory registration that the Health and Human Services Department can suspend or cancel for an “inaccurate or incomplete statement or submission of information relating to the importation


CHAMPLAIN COMMERCIAL FACILITY EXIT BOOTH

The following message is from Customs and Border Protection in Champlain NY.

Effective immediately, the Champlain Port of Entry has initiated full Exit Booth procedures in the commercial facility. This is the last step in the completion of the secure port concept at the Port of Champlain.

All commercial vehicles departing the facility must be


ANTI-DUMPING DUTY ON FROZEN SHRIMP, FURNITURE, STEEL PRODUCTS & ORANGE JUICE

The International Trade Administration (ITA) has issued the final results of its antidumping duty new shipper review of frozen warm-water shrimp from Vietnam for February 1, 2007 through January 31, 2008.

Cash Deposit Instructions for a Time of Entry on or after 05/26/09:

  • The ITA has determined an AD

COMPOSITE WOOD PRODUCTS DESTINED TO CALIFORNIA

As we reported January 29, 2009, composite wood products and finished goods containing such products destined for the California market must be labeled with respect to their formaldehyde content.

The Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) to control formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products drafted by California Air Resource Board (CARB) was approved on April


ANTI-DUMPING DUTY ON FROZEN SHRIMP, FURNITURE, STEEL PRODUCTS & ORANGE JUICE

The International Trade Administration (ITA) has issued the final results of its antidumping duty new shipper review of frozen warm-water shrimp from Vietnam for February 1, 2007 through January 31, 2008.

Cash Deposit Instructions for a Time of Entry on or after 05/26/09:

  • The ITA has determined an AD

FDA SEEKS COMMENTS ON ADDITIONAL DATA ELEMENTS

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is inviting public comment concerning the Importer’s Entry Notice. In order to make admissibility decisions, FDA needs four additional pieces of information not available from customs entries:

  • FDA Product Code
  • FDA country of production
  • FDA manufacturer/shipper
  • Ultimate consignee

The FDA proposes that this data be collected electronically


APHIS DEREGULATES GENETICALLY ENGINEERED COTTON

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced that it will deregulate genetically engineered cotton line GHB614.

After testing, it has been determined that the cotton and its progeny can now be moved freely and planted without the requirement of permits or other regulatory oversight by APHIS.

This news release is available at:
www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/content/2009/05/cottonge.shtml


PROPOSED RULE ON UNIFORM COUNTRY OF ORIGIN AND “PRODUCT OF” DETERMINATIONS

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has published a proposed rule to amend its regulation in order to uniformly apply the tariff shift and other rules in 19 CFR Part 102 to all country of origin or “product of” determinations. Comments are due by September 23, 2008.

Definition of country


COUNTRY OF ORIGIN MARKING & LABELING INFORMATION: DEALER (RN) AND STATE REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) requires all merchandise entering the United States to be marked with its country of origin, permanently, legibly and indelibly disclosed in English, in a location that is easily accessible by the ultimate consumer.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires fiber content, country