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Transport Canada – New Requirements for Cargo Loaded on Passenger Aircrafts Known Consignors and Account Consignors

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2016-10-05, Transport Canada has announced that regulatory changes to the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations 2012 will be effective 17 October 2016. These changes include enhancements to the Transport Canada Air Cargo Security Program including two new participant categories for shippers (Known or Account Consignor) and new requirements for cargo moving on passenger aircrafts.

Under the Air Cargo Security Program, existing Registered Shippers with updated Air Cargo Security (ACS) files will be automatically transitioned to Account Consignor status. Air cargo originated by an Account Consignor will be subject to screening to make it secure prior to onboarding onto an aircraft.

Starting 17 October 2016, shippers in Canada may also apply for Known Consignor status. Air cargo originated by a Known Consignor may be treated as secure if the chain of custody is maintained and may be on-boarded onto an aircraft without additional screening measures.

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USITC Now Accepting MTB Petitions

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On October 14, 2016 the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) released News Release 16-131 announcing that USITC will now be accepting Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) petitions in accordance with the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 (AMCA).

A petition can be filed in the MTB Petition System (MTBPS) portal on the USITC website if a petitioner can provide documentation that substantiates a claim that they are eligible to receive a suspension or reduction of duties. Following submission of the petition, USITC will verify that all statutory requirements have been met.

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White House, BIS, and OFAC Issue Final Rules Regarding Trade with Cuba

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On October 14, 2016 the White House issued a Presidential Policy Directive that outlines a series of actions to assist in the normalization of trade with Cuba. Additionally the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued Federal Register Notices (FRN) that also address current trade and financial constraints with Cuba.
The White House issued six objectives in the Policy Directive that furthers their vision for U.S.-Cuba relations, which include, government-to-government interaction, economic reform, and Cuban Integration into International and Regional Systems.

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CBP and Census Announce ACE AESDirect Enhancements

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On October 13, 2016 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released Cargo Systems Messaging Service (CSMS) #16-000889 announcing that the AESDirect application will be updated to enhance functionality while integrating Partner Government Agency (PGA) requirements.

According to the CSMS, the enhancements will include:

  • Shipment Manager will show both the user who created or last took action on a filing
  • All Shipment Reference Number (SRN) activity will be listed in a History View on the Shipment Manager
  • Required PGA data can now be entered on the commodity line with improved functionality

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FDA Biennial Registration Renewal Required for Food Facilities

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2016-10-11, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently published an announcement on the FDA website, reminding the trade that food facilities required to register with the FDA need to renew their registration during the period beginning October 1, 2016 and ending December 31, 2016.
According to the announcement, “If a registration is not renewed by 11:59 PM on December 31st, the registration will expire and be removed from your account.” Further, if a food facility was updated or registered prior to October 1, 2016 you still must renew your registration prior to the December 31, 2016 cutoff.

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USTR Completes Conference on TTIP Status

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On October 7, 2016 the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released remarks made by both the U.S. and EU Chief Negotiators, Dan Mullaney and Ignacio Garcia-Bercero at a press conference on the status of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP).
In the statement Mullaney explains that, “We achieved forward movement in investment, state-to-state dispute settlement, cross-border services, financial services, government procurement, environment, labor, agriculture, including market access and sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures, industrial tariffs, energy and raw materials, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and legal and institutional issues.”

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Update: CBP Announces Updated ACE Transition Timeline

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On September 28, 2016 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) updated the ACE Mandatory Use Dates page on the CBP website, announcing that the dates for the post-release capacity transition has been moved again from October 29, 2016 to tentatively January 2017.

According to the notice, CBP decided, “to allow additional time for our trade stakeholders to transition these capabilities to ACE.” This transition also allows for additional time to receive and review public comments on the capability changes.

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ITC Issues MTB Petition Interim Rules

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On September 27, 2016 the International Trade Commission (Commission) posted interim rules on the process for issuing Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) duty suspension and reduction applications. These interim rules were posted on the newly established MTB Information page.

According to the notice, “The new rules identify the types of entities that may file a petition, describe the information that must be included in a petition, provide procedures for public comment, and describe the schedule for filing petitions and public comments.”

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USITC Determines Proposed Rule Change for US-Chile FTA Yarns Would Have Negligible Effect

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On September 23, 2016 United States International Trade Commission (USITC) issued News Release 16-122 announcing the completion of a U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) fact-finding report pertaining to proposed modifications to the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

The proposed modifications, include allowing for use of additional non-originating rayon filament yarns in certain woven fabrics. According to the release, “because U.S. imports from Chile are a small portion of total U.S imports of dyed and yarn-dyed woven fabrics, the likely effect on total U.S. imports of these products is negligible.”

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