In addition to federal workers impacted by the current government shutdown, companies who rely on the federal government to support their import/export compliance are also feeling the impact. We thought it might be helpful to provide the status of the various government agencies involved with assisting importers and exporters during this shutdown.
Category: Customs Compliance
The United States Trade Representative released a statement yesterday that they had finalized tariffs on a list of an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese imports.
Late one Friday afternoon while speaking with a client who was about to leave on vacation, I heard the following question: “Do you know what a CF-28 Request for Information means?”
On Friday, June 15, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) finalized a first-round of additional tariffs on specific Chinese goods. These new tariffs will impact an estimated $34 billion worth of imported goods from China.
Just like cooler temperatures and falling leaves are the harbingers of autumn, so too are the notifications that will soon be arriving from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that your company has been selected for a Focused Assessment. What can you do to prepare for one of these assessments? How can you ensure that yours goes as smoothly as possible? Keep reading for some tips and guidance.
Have you ever travelled to a foreign country with your laptop or other electronic device? Are you planning to? These days, answers to these questions will almost unanimously be “yes.” But did you know that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has the right to search – and if necessary, detain – your electronic device upon entry into the United States?
Let’s assume that you’re traveling internationally with your ITAR-controlled product and you have a valid DSP-73 license in place. Rather than shipping the item to your destination, it makes more sense for you to hand-carry it with you.
The 2016 editions of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) and the Schedule B have now been issued and the Automated Export System (AES) has been updated with the new codes. While the changes are relatively few, some exporters and importers may find that their classifications are now invalid.