Category: U.S. Customs

In response to a Final Rule published by the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and effective in March 2020 moving certain firearms, guns, and ammunition to the Commerce Control List (CCL), the Automated Export System (AES) has been updated to create a new license type, C63, for items not having the same controls as…

We’ve all been suffering with the effects of COVID-19 – working from home, virtual conference calls, trying to meet customer requirements and moving parts, components, and supplies into your shuttered facility to keep the supply chain and the manufacturing processes moving forward. On top of everything else, with imports coming in very slowly, Customs and…

Following up to our blog posted in January, Canada has ratified the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) and as a result , the USMCA will become effective on July 1, 2020. The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is currently working with partners in Canada and Mexico, while U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is working…

Overview This past weekend, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that in light of COVID-19, they would amend the regulations to temporarily postpone the deadline for payment of duties, taxes, and fees for 90 days for those importers facing significant financial hardship. Under the National Emergencies Act on March 13, 2020 and the President’s…

This past week, the Trump administration announced a ban on exports of certain types of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in response to the COVID-19 crisis.  The new rule became effective immediately and will last four months (until August 8, 2020). While this type of activity is unusual due to its breadth and scope, those of…

The New Year is here and with the new year comes increased penalties for export violations pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (“2015 Act”) became law in November 2015. The stated purpose of the 2015 Act is…

I feel like it was just 1994 and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was ratified and I was hitting the road advising importers how to take advantage of the duty-free provisions. What a feat! U.S. industry had to learn the Rules of Origin, Tariff Shifts, Regional Value Content requirements and how to complete…

The Export Solutions blog provides timely and helpful information to anyone who is responsible for import/export compliance.  If you haven’t subscribed yet, join our growing community by subscribing now to stay current on all that’s happening in the world of trade compliance. As we say goodbye to 2019, let’s take a look at our top…

The World Trade Organization (“WTO”) ruled on September 30th that the U.S. was free to impose $7.5 B in tariffs on European goods being imported into the U.S. The increased tariffs could begin as early as October 18th. The ruling is the result of fifteen years of litigation related to original allegations by the U.S….

During all the activities (sanctions, tariffs, designated entities, etc.) of the past two months there was an updating of guidelines by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that may have been overlooked. In July, CBP updated its Forfeiture Remission Guidelines for Export Control Violations.   Considering the fact that the last update was published in 2004, changes…