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


MODIFICATIONS TO CHAPTER 99 PROVISIONS OF THE HTS RELATED TO EC-BEEF HORMONE DISPUTE

In connection with the World Trade Organization authorization in the European Community-Beef Hormones dispute, the United States Trade Representative has implemented modifications in the form of chapter 99 provisions of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, effective March 23, 2009.

Included in the amendments are


U.S. CBP POLICY RESPECTING UNDELIVERED MAIL

The Revenue Division of the Office of Finance and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have issued the following policy with respect to continuous bonds mailed to the wrong address.

Upon receipt of mail returned as ‘undeliverable’ by the U.S. Postal Service, the Revenue Division renders the continuous bond insufficient immediately. Therefore, importers should ensure


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


GOODS FROM KOSOVO MUST NOT CONTAIN REFERENCE TO ‘SERBIA’

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued a new country of origin marking policy for merchandise originating in the Republic of Kosovo and imported into the U.S. in view of the political independence of Kosovo, and the recognition of its independent status by the U.S.

Merchandise originating in Kosovo must contain


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