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CBP Issues Status Update for Export PGAs

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On May 16, 2017 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued Cargo Systems Messaging Service (CSMS) #17-000278 responding to the questions asked during the weekly ACE Trade FAQs from the week of April 27, 2017.

CBP responded to two questions, the first which deals with blanket declarations in the ACE Portal and the second with the current status of the 11 Partner Government Agencies participating in the Automated Export System (AES).

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First Meeting of Committee on Trade Facilitation Agreement Meets

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On May 16, 2017 members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) met for the inaugural meeting of the Committee on Trade Facilitation. This committee will manage the implementation of the WTO’s recently passed Trade Facilitation Agreement (FTA).

The TFA entered into force on February 22, 2017 after meeting the two-thirds WTO member ratification requirement. The committee will meet to discuss matters related to TFA procedures and the progress of its objectives. They will also develop a standard for distributing pertinent information and best practices among the committee.

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FDA Introduces Five Import District Offices

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On May 15, 2017 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) announced a reorganization of the FDA Import Offices and Ports of Entry. This reorganization is part of the FDA’s Program Alignment, which was announced in September 2013.

The FDA regions will now be divided into five districts each with a lead office for field activities as well as providing guidance on imports, inspections, and enforcement policy. According to the notice district will be organized by FDA-regulated product, which will, “enhance the effectiveness of our communications, our processes, and our ability to keep pace with scientific innovation and protect public health.”

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BIS Requests Comments on Section 232 National Security Investigation of Steel Imports

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In a Federal Register notice published on April 26, 2017 the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is requesting trade comments, data, analyses, or other relevant information on the import of steel and possible effects to national security.

BIS is requesting input related to the following topics:

  • “Quality of steel or other circumstances related to the importation of steel
  • Domestic production and productive capacity needed for steel to meet projected national defense requirements
  • Growth requirements of the steel industry to meet national defense requirements and/or requirements to assure such growth
  • The impact of foreign competition on the economic welfare of the steel industry
  • Relevant factors that are causing or will cause a weakening of our national economy
  • Any other relevant factors”

Comments must be submitted by May 31, 2017

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FDA Provides Updated Fact Sheet on FSVP

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On May 11, 2017 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a constituent update announcing the FDA website has been updated along with additional fact sheets to provide additional information in regards to the Food Safety Program (FSVP).

According to the notice the FSVP, “makes them [importers] responsible for verifying that food imported into the United States has been produced in a manner that meets applicable U.S. safety standards.”

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President Signs Continuation of National Emergency Against Syria, Yemen, & Central African Republic

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On May 9, 2017, the White House issued three notices stating that President Trump declared a Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Yemen, Syria, and the Central African Republic, effectively extending the sanctions currently in force for one year beyond the previous automatic termination dates.

The National Emergencies Act provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless extended within 90 days prior to the anniversary date of its declaration.

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CITA Adds Certain Fabric to CAFTA-DR Availability List

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In a Federal Register notice to be published on May 10, 2017, the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) posted their determination that certain twill weave fabric is not available in commercial quantities in countries participating under the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR). CITA is adding this product to the list in Annex 3.25 of the CAFTA-DR agreement in unrestricted quantities.

The specifications listed on the notice is for two-way stretch polyester/rayon/spandex twill weave fabric consisting of a plied polyester/ray staple with spandex filament, which is classified under Harmonized Schedule Tariff 5515.11.

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CBP Provides Update for FDA Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) Requirements

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On May 3, 2017 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released Cargo Systems Messaging Service (CSMS) #17-000255 in partnership with the U.S. Foods and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding certain FSVP requirements.

According to the CSMS, in an effort to assist the trade while the FSVP is being on boarded, the FDA will allow for the temporarily filing of “UNK” (unknown) as a Unique Facility Identifier. UNK may only be used if the importer does not yet have a nine-digit, site specific DUNS number. A DUNS number will be unique for each location under an importer.

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Commerce Initiates an AD/CVD Investigation for Certain Tool Chests and Cabinets

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On May 2, 2017 the Department of Commerce (Commerce) issued a Fact Sheet announcing the initiation of an Antidumping and Countervailing duty investigation of Certain Tool Chests and Cabinets from the People’s Republic of China and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

The Fact Sheet explains that, “The products covered by these investigations are certain metal tool chests and tool cabinets, with drawers, from China and Vietnam. The scope covers all metal tool chests and cabinets, including top chests, intermediate chests, tool cabinets and side cabinets, storage units, mobile work benches, and work stations…”

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Argentina and Brazil Agree on Digital Certificate of Origin Use

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On April 21, 2017 the Customs Broker Center of the Republic of Argentina published an informative note regarding the 4th Meeting of the Bilateral Trade and Production Commission, which discussed the status of the online Certificate of Digital Origin (COD).

Argentina and Brazil both agreed to end the Pilot Plan for the COD and move into the implementation phase. This was determined after more than 95% of pilot cases were successful. This specifies that operators importing goods between Brazil and Argentina in the framework of ACE 18 (MERCOSUR) and ACE 14 (Argentinean-Brazilian Automotive Agreement) may opt to use the Certificate of Origin in paper or online in the COD. The COD option will be exercised at the time of import registration and will be valid for each operation.

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