CHINESE TEXTILE & APPAREL MONITORING PROGRAM PROPOSED

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rangel has asked the International Trade Commission to collect data on Chinese textile and apparel imports, and report this data back to the Committee on a regular basis.

Rangel has asked for this “textile monitoring program” due to concerns that a surge in textile and apparel imports


PRODUCTS CONTAINING NATURAL WOOD SUBJECT TO ADDITIONAL INSPECTION, SOME PROHIBITED

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has tightened restrictions on “handicraft” items containing natural wood materials imported from China. The term “handicraft” is described as a work, device, or decorative article made using natural wood. Examples include (but are not …


CUSTOMS SURETY BOND RENEWAL – TERMINATION OF BOND REQUIRES REPLACEMENT

When merchandise is entered into the United States, importers are required to post security with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), normally in the form of a Customs Surety Bond. The security guarantees that the importer will comply with all CBP regulations and pay applicable duties and taxes. All federal


NEW DECLARATION FOR IMPORTED MERCHANDISE MADE FROM WOOD OR PLANTS

Congress has delayed enforcing legislation to tighten the requirements for the importation of wood, plants and products made from wood and plants. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Department of Justice are contemplating to begin full enforcement of the requirements April 1, 2009.

Under provisions in the 2008


REPORTING PROCEDURES FOR NEW FIRST SALE DECLARATION

Under the recently enacted Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, also known as the Farm Bill, a new requirement was set forth requiring that the use of First Sale be reported. For one year beginning August 20, 2008, the U.S. International Trade Commission will collect data and report the aggregate transaction value


WOOD PACKAGING REQUIREMENTS – FINANCIAL LOSSES RESULT IF WOOD IS NOT PEST-FREE

Pest-infested wood packaging materials continues to be a problem at U.S. ports of entry, causing damage to the agricultural system. Therefore, Customs & Border Protection (CBP) is reminding importers to avoid potential losses by ensuring that all wooden material used to transport shipments is free from pests.

Importers


CHINA TEXTILE/APPAREL QUOTAS SCHEDULED TO EXPIRE DECEMBER 31, 2008 – REMINDER

As we advised July 24, 2008, the quotas imposed on certain China-origin textile and apparel goods, pursuant to the U.S.-China Textile Agreement, are scheduled to end on December 31, 2008. Any over-shipments that are exported in 2008 will be subject to staged entry in 2009.

The following possibilities remain …