REMINDER NOTICE ON MARITIME CONTAINER SEALS IN TRANSIT TO USA

U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a notice regarding the requirement that, effective October 15, 2008, all maritime containers in transit to the USA that arrive in vessels at a US port of entry must be sealed in accordance with ISO/PAS 17712 standard.

The standard requires that a container freight


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


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


ADVANCED MANIFEST REGULATION IN CHINA REQUIRES DATA IN ADVANCE

The Customs administration in China has announced Advanced Manifest regulations to begin January 1, 2009.

Under this regulation, all ocean carriers must submit a list of manifest data to China Customs at least 24 hours prior to cargo loading, with the exception of goods leaving from Hong Kong ports. For exports,


U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION NOTICE REGARDING COMPLETION OF NAFTA CERTIFICATES OF ORIGIN

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has reminded of the requirements pertaining to valid NAFTA certificates of origin. We have compiled the following checklist to assist importers / exporters ensure their NAFTA certificates of origin can withstand the scrutiny of a NAFTA audit.

  • Thoroughly review all NAFTA

NO CHINA QUOTA OR VISA FOR 2009

It’s official: 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.

Please note that U.S. Customs and Border Protection still requires export bills of lading as evidence of the date of export


CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY IMPROVEMENT ACT – DRAFT CIVIL PENALTY CRITERIA

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has requested comments on a civil penalty regime needed to enforce the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA).

The CPSC is required to issue a final civil penalty regulation no later than August 14, 2009. To be included are its interpretation of


U.S. ON TRACK FOR ELIMINATION OF CHINESE QUOTAS

The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) has issued a directive to U.S. Customs and Border Protection canceling the Electronic Visa Information System requirements for textiles and textile products produced or manufactured in China and exported on and after January 1, 2009.

This directive is consistent with the terms of


CPB ENFORCEMENT OF POCKETING FABRIC RULE

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that it is verifying duty-free preference claims under the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) pocketing fabric rule.

The rule requires pocketing fabric in many garments be produced from yarns and fabric produced in a CAFTA-DR country in order for the completed apparel imported into


U.S. FISH & WILDLIFE SERVICE IMPORT/EXPORT INSPECTION FEE SCHEDULE

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is increasing inspection fees for the import and export of wildlife and wildlife products. The increase is the first one since fees were introduced in 1996, and is to recover costs associated with inspecting shipments. There are also new fees for certain types of