TARIFF PREFERENCE LEVEL TRANSFER MECHANISM MAY BE DISCONTINUED

The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) is seeking the views of exporters concerning the cotton or man-made fibre (non-wool) apparel and woven fabric TPL Allocation Policy. DFAIT is considering removing the current allocation transfer mechanism in place for cotton and man-made fibre apparel and other textile goods such


IMPORTER SECURITY FILING (10+2)

In October 2006, the U.S. Congress enacted a law requiring U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to collect additional data elements 24 hours prior to lading shipments on-board any vessel destined to the U.S. This data is in addition to the current electronic manifest data filing requirements. The additional elements, which are to be used for


SHIPMENTS OF MILK PRODUCTS AND MILK-DERIVED PRODUCTS TO BE DETAINED

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that melamine, a protein supplement used to make plastics, has killed or sickened pets and children. Currently, there are 6,000 hogs that have been quarantined in 7 states because they ate tainted feed.

Therefore, the FDA has issued Import Alert 99-30,


CPSC & 500 WATT HALOGEN BULBS

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has asked the public to ensure that the packaging of any tubular 500-watt double ended halogen lamps (bulbs) manufactured or imported for consumer use through typical retail channels bears the appropriate ANSI warning label and that the label is displayed prominently on the front panel of the


TEXTILE AND APPAREL SUBJECT TO GENERAL CONFORMITY CERTIFICATES – TECHNICAL CORRECTION

In previous bulletins, we advised of flammability testing exemptions applicable to textiles and apparel. The conversion from ounces per square yard to grams per square meter is 88 g/m2, not 62 as stated in the November 11, 2008 bulletin.

For textiles and apparel products, the Consumer Product Safety Commission


CHINESE TEXTILE & APPAREL MONITORING PROGRAM INSTITUTED

The International Trade Commission (ITC) will begin to collect data on Chinese textile and apparel imports, and report this data back to the House and Ways Committee on a regular basis. This monitoring program resulted from concerns expressed over possible market disruption from increased imports after China’s quotas end on December 31, 2008.


CHEMICAL IMPORT / EXPORT DECLARATIONS

This notice pertains to Chemical Import Export Declarations under section 1018 of the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is extending the period for public comment on the proposed extension or elimination of form 486, Import/Export Declaration for List I and List II Chemicals to December 1, 2008.

DEA


CHEMICALS & CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES IMPORTING REQUIREMENTS

Various legal requirements under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and associated implementing regulations apply to a wide range of chemical substances and can impact importers and exporters.

For example, no chemical substance, mixture or article containing a chemical substance or mixture may be imported into the customs territory of the United States if


CHINESE TEXTILE & APPAREL MONITORING PROGRAM INSTITUTED

The International Trade Commission (ITC) will begin to collect data on Chinese textile and apparel imports, and report this data back to the House and Ways Committee on a regular basis. This monitoring program resulted from concerns expressed over possible market disruption from increased imports after China’s quotas end on December 31, 2008.


CHEMICALS & CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES IMPORTING REQUIREMENTS

Various legal requirements under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and associated implementing regulations apply to a wide range of chemical substances and can impact importers and exporters.

For example, no chemical substance, mixture or article containing a chemical substance or mixture may be imported into the customs territory of the United States if