Trade News / U.S. regulatory updates

Posted: Mar 9, 2017

Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources recently announced the creation of the Federal–Provincial Task Force on Softwood Lumber, which will share information and analysis to understand potential impacts and assess how to address the needs of affected workers and communities. The new Federal–Provincial Task Force on Softwood Lumber will assess current federal and provincial programming and… Read more »

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Posted: Jun 23, 2017

US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) in El Paso, Texas, has issued a notice advising the trade community and brokers of a change in procedures for Hazardous Materials (HazMat) paperwork submissions to CBP-El Paso. The HazMat email box,, will be discontinued as of June 28, 2017.  Emails sent to this email address after June… Read more »

Posted: Jun 9, 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) has posted a new Web page providing guidance and resources for businesses and individuals importing wooden handicrafts from China. APHIS published a final rule in 2012, defining the requirements for importing wooden handicrafts from China.  This rule… Read more »

Posted: Jun 9, 2017

US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) has issued CSMS 17-000327, informing the trade community the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is extending through September 30, 2017, the waiver of the requirement for customs brokers and self-filers to file data associated with FCC Form 740 and the importation of Radio Frequency (RF) devices in the Automated Commercial… Read more »

Posted: Jun 1, 2017

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA)/Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has issued a final rule that will amend the Beef Promotion and Research Order to increase assessment rates for imported veal and veal products based on revised determinations of live animal equivalencies. The final rule takes effect June 29th. In order to capture product not previously… Read more »

Posted: May 30, 2017

On May 24th, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)/Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced, effectively immediately, fresh cherries from Ontario, Canada, will be refused entry at all U.S. ports. APHIS is taking their action to prevent the introduction of European cherry fruit fly, which has been detected in Ontario. The action applies to… Read more »

Posted: May 25, 2017

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced the inspection facility at the Rouses Point, NY, border crossing will be operating on a limited basis from May 24th to June 10th. On-going construction activities require all commercial and oversized vehicles, including vehicles towing a boat or trailer, to use an alternate crossing route. CBP Acting… Read more »

Posted: May 25, 2017

The Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority (Peace Bridge Authority) began the process of reopening the third traffic lane on the Peace Bridge for the 2017 summer travel season. This re-opening follows a reduction to two traffic lanes as of November 2016, which was undertaken to accommodate on-going construction activities related to the Authority’s… Read more »

Posted: May 19, 2017

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the 2017 Calendar Year Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ) limit for tuna and skipjack, in airtight containers, not in oil, eligible to be entered in Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) subheading 1604.14.22. The 2017 TRQ limit was determined to be 14,609,465 kilograms.  The amount is calculated each year based on… Read more »

Posted: May 17, 2017

Due to an upcoming painting project on the Sault Ste. Marie (Michigan/Ontario) International Bridge, height and width restrictions will be imposed. From May 15th to October 31st, the maximum height allowed for vehicles crossing the bridge will be restricted to 13 feet, 6 inches. The maximum width allowed for vehicles will also be restricted to… Read more »

Posted: May 11, 2017

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced  the fees they will charge for voluntary grading, inspection, certification, auditing and laboratory services for agricultural commodities including meat and poultry, eggs, fruit and vegetables, dairy products, cotton and tobacco. The 2017 regular, overtime, holiday, and laboratory service rates will be applied at the beginning of the crop year,… Read more »