President Trump surprised the domestic and importing trade communities with last week’s decision on the Section 232 recommendations on imports of steel and aluminum. In April, 2017, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross initiated an investigation to determine the effect of imported aluminum and steel on national security under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended (19 U.S.C. View Full Post
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has been preparing for more than one year for security at this year’s Super Bowl.  In coordination with the Department of Defense, other federal agencies, and local law enforcement, CBP’s mission is to be the “eyes in the sky” and help keep the air space around the stadium safe. View Full Post
The Court of International Trade was not in the holiday spirit when it issued the decision in Rubie’s Costume Co. v. United States, Slip Op 17-147, which held that the imported Santa Claus suit cannot be considered a “festive article,” but must be considered wearing apparel.  View Full Post
Since the advent of the Centers of Excellence and Expertise (CEE’s), US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has moved its audit function to the Centers and is focusing on single issue audits rather than the focused assessments previously conducted by regulatory audit. View Full Post
The AP recently reported that North Koreans are working in China as forced labor and their products are being imported into the U.S.  The AP followed the production of seafood from Chinese facilities to U.S. retailers, but stated that there other affected product categories, including apparel and wood flooring. View Full Post
The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (“CETA”), the much anticipated free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada went into effect on September 21st.  CETA is a terrific opportunity for global companies to take advantage of duty savings offered by the FTA as it  expands market access for the EU and Canada through comprehensive tariff elimination across all sectors of the economy. View Full Post
Post 9/11 U.S. Customs initiated numerous anti-terrorism measures in response to the new need to secure imported cargo and the ports.  In fact, the agency’s name changed from the U.S. Customs Service under the Treasury Department to eventually becoming U.S. Customs and Border Protection under the newly formed Department of Homeland Security.  View Full Post
  On September 6th Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) released a statement regarding cargo processing during the upcoming hurricane.   In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, diversion of cargo to open ports was a key factor in allowing trade to continue to operate in the face of the closures of Texas and Louisiana seaports. View Full Post