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2022 Harmonized Tariff Updates

On December 23, 2021, the White House released a proclamation amending the Harmonized Tariff Schedule, implementing the five-year update to the World Customs Organization’s Harmonized System tariff. Significant changes to the U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule will take effect on January 27, 2022. The proclamation amends provisions on Section 301 tariffs and various trade agreements to conform to the changes elsewhere in the

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Federal Holidays for Calendar Year 2022

U.S. Customs & Border Protection published a listing of Federal Holidays for Calendar Year 2022.Date                                    HolidayFriday, December 31     New Year’s Day 2022Monday, January 17      Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.Monday, February 21     Washington’s BirthdayMonday, May 30          Memorial DayMonday,

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Periodic Monthly Statement Dates for 2022

U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) published the 2022 Periodic Monthly Statement Dates. Filers who are signed up for Periodic Monthly Statements (PMS) have the ability to pay duties for shipments entered or released during the previous calendar month.  Reference: CSMS #50452937 

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Withhold Release Order on Brightway Group

Effective December 20, 2021, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) will detain disposable gloves produced in Malaysia by Brightway Holdings Sdn Bhd, Laglove (M) Sdn Bhd, and Biopro (M) Sdn Bhd (collectively, Brightway Group) The Withhold Release Order is based on information that reasonably indicates the use of forced labor in that entity’s manufacturing operations. Read the

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Delayed: 2022 Harmonized Schedule 5-Year Update

U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) announced the five-year World Customs Organization harmonized tariff schedule update will not take effect on January 1st, 2022.CBP is awaiting formal direction. Implementation will be through Presidential Proclamation followed by a Federal Register publication.In the interim, CBP will continue to use the current harmonized tariff schedule until further guidance

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Exporting Food to China? FDA Takes Steps to Facilitate China's New Facility Registration Requirements

The FDA is asking establishments currently exporting certain food products to China to voluntarily submit information. The FDA is making this request as a precaution against potential trade disruption, following new registration requirements effective Jan 1, 2022, of food products exported to China. In April 2021, China’s General Administration of Customs (GACC) announced new registration requirements

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Original Phytosanitary Certificates Required for Plant Commodities

**Updated Feb 24, 2022**  Starting October 1, 2022, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and U.S. Customs & Border Protection will accept only original phytosanitary certificates and forms for plant commodities. Phytosanitary certificates issued through the ePhyto system – a government-to-government sharing of electronic phytosanitary certificates, will continue to be

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Steel & Aluminum General Exclusions Removed

Effective Dec 27, 2021, the Dept. of Commerce is removing thirty General Approved Exclusions (GAEs) to Section 232 steel & aluminum tariffs.  The exclusions being removed no longer meet the criteria for inclusion as a GAE. Ninety-three GAEs remain. GAEs provide an exemption to Section 232 steel (25%) and aluminum (10%) duties and may be used by

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OFAC Amends Syria Sanctions Regulations

The U.S. Dept. of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is adopting a final rule amending the Syrian Sanctions Regulations, 31 CFR part 542, to expand an existing authorization related to certain activities of non-governmental organizations in Syria.

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U.S. Terminates Sec 301 DST Duties on India & Turkey

On November 28th, 2021, the U.S. Trade Representative terminated the Section 301 Digital Services Taxes (DSTs) additional duties on products of India & Turkey. The additional duties were suspended in May 2021 pending negotiations. The decision to terminate the action follows an agreement with India & Turkey on DSTs. This agreement is consistent with the one reached in


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