BUFFALO CBP HAS CANCELLED PRE-REVIEW OF ENTRIES OF CHINESE TEXTILE PRODUCTS

Effective March 1, 2009, the Port of Buffalo will discontinue the requirement of submitting pre-entry reviews for textile products from China. Only textile products from Russia will continue to be subject to pre-entry review.

Textile articles exported from China prior to January 1, 2009 are still subject to ELIS


CBP TO COLLECT DATA FROM PARTICIPATING GOVERNMENT AGENCIES ELECTRONICALLY

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 plant products scheduled to begin April 1, 2009.

CBP will automate the


LEAD AND PHTHALATE LIMITS IN CHILDREN’S PRODUCTS – CLARIFICATION

On February 5, 2009 we advised that the Consumer Product Safety Commission provided limited relief from the testing and certification requirements for new total lead content limits (600 ppm), phthalates limits for certain products (1000 ppm), and mandatory toy standards. All manufacturers and importers of children’s products will not need to


LEAD AND PHTHALATE LIMITS IN CHILDREN’S PRODUCTS – CLARIFICATION

On February 5, 2009 we advised that the Consumer Product Safety Commission provided limited relief from the testing and certification requirements for new total lead content limits (600 ppm), phthalates limits for certain products (1000 ppm), and mandatory toy standards. All manufacturers and importers of children’s products will not need to


BILL TO IMPOSE A CONGESTION FEE ON IMPORTS & EXPORTS INTRODUCED

On February 10, 2009, Representatives Calvert (R) and Jackson (D) introduced H.R. 947, “Our Nation’s Trade Infrastructure, Mobility, and Efficiency Act” (ON TIME Act). The stated goals of the ON TIME Act are to expedite the movement of goods to increase the efficiency of trade corridors and provide transportation


REMINDER: LA/LB CLEAN TRUCK FEE BEGAN FEBRUARY 18

The port of Los Angeles has issued a reminder that the collection of the Los Angeles and Long Beach tariff requirements under the Clean Truck Program (CTP), including the Clean Truck Fee (CTF), began on February 18, 2009. PortCheck and Electronic Gate Access will also be in place.

Under the CTP, cargo


IMPORTER SECURITY FILING – 10+2 FAQ WEBSITE AVAILABLE FROM CBP

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently posted to its Web site a frequently asked question (FAQ) document regarding its interim final rule that amended 19 CFR effective January 26, 2009, to require Security Filing (SF) information from importers and additional information from carriers (10+2) for vessel (maritime) cargo before


FDA GLOBALIZATION ACT INTRODUCED

On January 28, 2009, the Food and Drug Administration Globalization Act (H.R. 759) was introduced in the House of Representatives. The stated purpose of H.R. 759 is to amend the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to improve the safety of food, drugs, devices, and cosmetics in the global market.

Some Highlights of the Proposed FDA


BILL TO IMPOSE A CONGESTION FEE ON IMPORTS & EXPORTS INTRODUCED

On February 10, 2009, Representatives Calvert (R) and Jackson (D) introduced H.R. 947, “Our Nation’s Trade Infrastructure, Mobility, and Efficiency Act” (ON TIME Act). The stated goals of the ON TIME Act are to expedite the movement of goods to increase the efficiency of trade corridors and provide transportation


CBP ANNOUNCES 2009 U.S.-OMAN FTA THIRD-COUNTRY TPL FOR COTTON/MMF APPAREL

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued a memorandum on the 2009 U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement (Oman FTA) tariff preference level (TPL) for certain cotton or man-made fiber (MMF) apparel goods provided for in HTS Chapter 61 or 62 that are cut or knit-to-shape, or both, and sewn or otherwise