USA Trade Alerts

USDA Organic Imports Require Certification

Beginning on March 19th, 2024, agricultural organic products regulated by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) arm of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will require a National Organic Program (NOP) Import Certificate at the time of import under the Strengthening[...]

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Certain Diamonds Require Self-Certification Statement

Beginning on March 1, 2024, all US Customs entries that include certain diamonds, diamond jewelry, and unsorted diamonds will require a self-certification statement.  The self-certification must meet the following criteria: Be provided on official company letterhead in PDF format.Contain the statement:For[...]

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Updated Customs Bond Guidance Available

On February 13, 2024, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued CSMS # 59402411 - Office of Trade issues ‘A Guide for the Public: How CBP Sets Bond Amounts.’What is a Customs Bond?Bonds are required for a wide range of[...]

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2024 Quota for Solar Cells and Modules Now Open

The 2024 tariff rate quota (TRQ) period opened on February 7, 2024 for Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic (CSPV) cells and modules as specified in Presidential Proclamation 10339 of February 4, 2022. Solar (CSPV) Cells are limited on an annual basis.Quota Period for[...]

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Section 232 Exclusions: New Threshold for Deactivation

Importers who have an exclusion to Section 232 import duties on steel and aluminum imports granted by the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) should be aware of the new threshold for deactivating a Section 232 exclusion.On January 5, 2024, U.S.[...]

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TRQs on EU Steel and Aluminum Extended!

U.S. President Biden signed two Presidential Proclamations extending the Tariff Rate Quotas (TRQs) for EU steel and aluminum for two additional years.  The TRQ extension will take effect on January 1, 2024, and last until December 31, 2025.  These Tariff Rate Quotas allow for[...]

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Section 232 EU Aluminum and Steel Interim Tariff Rate Quota Notice Issued

On December 26, 2023, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced a 2024 interim notice on Section 232 Aluminum Articles and Steel Mill Articles of European Union (EU) Member Countries. The quota period will start January 2, 2024 at 12:01am[...]

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Seafood Import Restrictions Updated

UPDATED March 7, 2024On December 26, 2023, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced new seafood import restrictions.Following an Executive Order (EO) from President Biden, beginning on December 22, 2023, CBP will require importers to provide self-certification that fish, seafood,[...]

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China Exclusions Extended Through May 31, 2024

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) is further extending Section 301 China product exclusions through May 31, 2024. The exclusions were previously scheduled to expire December 31, 2023. The covered exclusions include 352 previously reinstated exclusions and 77 COVID-related exclusions.According to[...]

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