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ACE Portal: Tracking Refunds and Courtesy Notices from CBP

There are two critical updates for importers who are ACE Portal users.Refund tracking is now available.Courtesy notices of ‘Requests for Information’ or ‘Notices of Action’ are no longer being sent to customs brokers unless the importer declares the customs broker in the ACE Portal.Refund TrackingU.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is implementing new functionality in the

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MPF Increases on Oct 1, 2022

Effective October 1, 2022, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is adjusting the minimum and maximum for the Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) in accordance with the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act.) The MPF ad valorem rate of 0.3464% will NOT change. The MPF minimum and maximum for formal entries will change. The minimum will change

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Suspension of 201 Tariffs on Certain Solar Goods From Canada

Section 201 solar safeguard measures on imports of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells (CSPV) and modules originating in Canada are retroactively suspended on goods entered on or after February 1, 2022. Harmonized Tariff Schedule subheading number 9903.45.27 must be applied on the import entry.The suspension of Section 201 safeguard measures that are the subject of this

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Temporary Duty-Free Treatment of Infant Formula

On July 22, 2022, President Biden signed the Formula Act, temporarily suspending duty on imports of certain infant formula products from July 22, 2022 through December 31, 2022. Duty-free treatment is limited to certain infant formula products classified under the designated United States Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) numbers. The eligible infant formula products will not be

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U.S. Customs to Introduce VECS Later This Year

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is working on a new vessel entrance and clearing system (VECS).  The new system will help CBP automate and digitize its vessel entrance and clearance process.  Vessel masters, operators, and agents will have the ability to submit certain data electronically instead of in the current paper format.  CBP will use

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Certain ACE Reports Data Universes Retiring July 7th

U.S. Customs and Border Protection continues to update the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Portal, creating new ACE reports and data universes to meet the needs of the Trade community.  Data universes for ACE reports including Bond and Entry Summary will be retired on July 7th.  The retirement of the In Bond data universe has been postponed

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2022 HTS Semiannual Revision Issued by ITC, May Affect Section 301

The International Trade Commission posted Revision 6 to the 2022 Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS).  This update adds new tariff codes for products across a variety of tariff headings including vegetables, beverages, textiles, and spirits.  Changes take effect July 1st, 2022. Some changes to the HTS may impact HTS classifications subject to Section 301 duties and exclusions. Importers

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BIS Announces Changes to Administrative Enforcement Program

The Bureau of Industry and Security announced significant policy changes to further strengthen its administrative enforcement program released on June 30. The following four policy changes will take effect immediately: Imposition of Significantly Higher Penalties Using Non-Monetary Resolutions for Less Serious Violations Elimination of “No Admit, No Deny” Settlements Dual Track Processing of Voluntary Self-Disclosure


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