USDA to Introduce Electronic Import Requirements Under APHIS Core Program

In late 2019 or early 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is expected to introduce new import procedures which will require the filing of additional data elements or documents electronically through Customs & Border Protection’s (CBP) Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). Once formally introduced, USDA and CBP are expected to provide a minimum six-month Informed…

USTR Announces 32 Exclusions for China Section 301 List 3 Products

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced an additional (5th) set of 32 product exclusions from U.S. Section 301 List 3. The 32 exclusions are product specific based on the applicable description provided. The exclusions are effective September 24, 2018 through August 6, 2020. Post entry refunds may be submitted to recover…

U.S. Announces Increase in Importer Cotton Fee as of December 16, 2019

Effective December 16, 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will increase the fee paid by U.S. importers of cotton and cotton-containing products under the Cotton Research and Promotion Order.  The current rate of $0.011905 per kilogram will increase to $0.012222 per kilogram; an increase of $0.000317 per kilogram or 2.7%. The…

U.S. Customs Proposes New Power of Attorney Requirements for Customs Brokers

U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) has published potential new requirements for the processing and maintenance of a Power of Attorney (POA) by U.S. customs brokers. The requirements are not in effect yet. They are being proposed by CBP while additional comment from interested parties is gathered. The new requirements are designed to address a…

U.S. Customs Adjusting Certain User Fees Effective October 1, 2019

U.S. Customs & Border Protection (U.S. CBP) has announced adjustments to many user fees beginning October 1, 2019, covering its 2020 fiscal year. Such fees are reviewed annually as required by the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), in accordance with the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act). The table below outlines some common…