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 …


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