URGENT & IMPORTANT: Please review — New First Cost Reporting Requirements

Inserted below is the trade bulletin that was published last week regarding CBP’s new value requirements. Customs has finalized their own system enhancements to accommodate this new data field and now the trade is doing the same. Due to this, CBP has extended the final deadline to display this


URGENT & IMPORTANT: Please review — New First Cost Reporting Requirements

Inserted below is the trade bulletin that was published last week regarding CBP’s new value requirements. Customs has finalized their own system enhancements to accommodate this new data field and now the trade is doing the same. Due to this, CBP has extended the final deadline to display this


NEW DATA ELEMENTS REQUIRED FOR IMPORTATION OF SOFTWOOD LUMBER: PHASE-IN BY SEPTEMBER 18

The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act (also commonly known as the ‘Farm Bill’), enacted on June 19, 2008, contained several provisions related to the importation of Softwood Lumber. The Softwood Lumber Act of 2008 (SLA 2008) mandates the government to establish and maintain a ‘Softwood Lumber Declaration


CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY IMPROVEMENT ACT SIGNED INTO LAW

The House and Senate both passed the H.R. 4040 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act in July 2008 and the President signed it into law on August 14, 2008.

Highlights of the H.R. 4400 provisions include items listed below.

  • Progressive ban on children’s products containing certain amounts of lead 
  • More stringent general lead

LOW DUTY MEXICAN TARIFF PREFERENCE LEVEL (TPL 2) FILLED AUGUST 12, 2008

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the low-duty tariff preference level (TPL) for Mexico filled on August 12, 2008 at 8:30 a.m. Mexico TPL (2) is not eligible for an increase.

TPL (2), established under NAFTA, is the annual low-duty quota for certain wool apparel imported from Mexico.


U.S. CUSTOMS REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION (CF28), NOTICES OF ACTION (CF29)

If you do not reply to these requests you may be subjecting to penalty actions Reminder: Should you receive any “Requests for Information (CF28), Notice of Action (CF29) or North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Verification Requests” please forward a copy to Omnitrans/Metro CB immediately for review so we can


CBP ISSUES NOTICE ON MARITIME CONTAINER SEALS IN TRANSIT TO USA

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has 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


CPSC ANNOUNCES SEVERAL FIRMS FINED FOR FAILURE TO REPORT CHILDREN’S GARMENTS WITH DRAWSTRINGS AT HOOD AND NECK

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced that several firms have agreed to pay $355,000 in civil penalties for failure to report to the CPSC immediately (required within 24 hours), that their children’s hooded sweatshirts, jackets or sweaters were sold with drawstrings


CPSC ANNOUNCES SEVERAL FIRMS FINED FOR FAILURE TO REPORT CHILDREN’S GARMENTS WITH DRAWSTRINGS AT HOOD AND NECK

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced that several firms have agreed to pay $355,000 in civil penalties for failure to report to the CPSC immediately (required within 24 hours), that their children’s hooded sweatshirts, jackets or sweaters were sold with drawstrings