GEMSTONES MINED IN BURMA PROHIBITED BY PRESIDENT

On July 29, 2008, the President signed into law a bill to prohibit the importation of certain gemstones mined or extracted from Burma (Myanmar). Within 60 days, the U.S. will prohibit the importation of any jadeite or rubies mined or extracted from Burma as well as articles containing such gemstones until such time


CONGRESS PASSES CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY IMPROVEMENT ACT CONFERENCE REPORT

On July 31, 2008 the Senate passed the Consumer Product Safety Commission Reform Act of 2008 Conference Report, to establish and modernize product safety standards and other safety requirements for children’s products. The bill must now be sent to the President to be enacted.

Highlights of the text of the Conference


CBP ISSUES NOTICE ADVISING RETURNED/UNDELIVERABLE MAIL DUE TO INCORRECT ADDRESS MAY CAUSE CONTINUOUS BOND TO BE INSUFFICIENT

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently issued a notice to the trade advising that returned/undeliverable mail resulting from an incorrect address will render a US Customs continuous bond insufficient. Additionally, this change will be transparent in that CBP is not required to


AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE ISSUES INTERIM FINAL RULE FOR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING FOR CERTAIN PRODUCTS

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has issued an interim final rule, effective September 30, 2008, requiring the mandatory country of origin labelling for the following agricultural goods.

  • Muscle cuts of beef (including veal) lamb, chicken, goat, and pork
  • Ground beef, ground lamb, ground chicken, ground

UPDATE: CHANGES TO ONTARIO UPHOLSTERED AND STUFFED ARTICLES LABELLING REGULATIONS INCLUDING PADDED ARTICLES

Recent changes to the Upholstered and Stuffed articles Regulations, which came into effect July 16, 2008 in Ontario, may require new labels to be affixed to garments containing shoulder pads. The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) are also trying to expand the product range to include


NEW BILL INTRODUCED ENTITLED RECREATIONAL PERFORMANCE OUTERWEAR APPAREL ACT OF 2008

A new bill, H.R. 6483, entitled the Recreational Performance Outerwear Apparel Act of 2008, introduced into the House on July 14, 2008, would provide duty free entry for certain eligible recreational performance outerwear garments. The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) has determined that

  • Imports of certain

AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE PROPOSES TO INCREASE COTTON FEE

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) issued a proposed rule to increase the tax on imported cotton and the cotton of imported products (unless excluded) under the Cotton Research and Promotion Program. The AMS proposes to increase the assessment from $.008267/kg to $.009874/kg. Importers with line items with a value on entry documentation


U.S IMPORT DIVISION ‘CIVIC HOLIDAY’ SCHEDULE (EXCLUDING QUEBEC)

Please be advised of the following holiday schedule:

Friday, 1 August 2008

Full Service

Monday, 4 August 2008

No pick up service (excluding Quebec)

(All ground freight picked up on the 1st will be processed on the 5th)

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Full Service

We thank you for your cooperation.

Metro Customs