Trade News / U.S. regulatory updates

Posted: Oct 4, 2017

U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) has issued CSMS 17-000612 advising, effective November 1st, they will penalize any documented violation of the wood packaging material (WPM) requirements, eliminating its previous policy of allowing up to five (5) violations before taking... Read More >

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Posted: Jan 2, 2015

The International Trade Commission (ITC) has posted the 2015 Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) to their website. This includes a change record of new HTS which went into effect on January 1, 2015, deleted HTS that expired on December 31, 2014,... Read More >

Posted: Dec 30, 2014

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Counselor to the Deputy Secretary Christa Brzozowski has posted an article noting DHS’ priorities in implementing the Single Window [the International Trade Data System (ITDS)] by the December 2016 deadline. One of the U.S. Government’s... Read More >

Posted: Dec 30, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is proposing changes to the dairy tariff-rate quota (TRQ) import licensing program. If approved, this rule would amend the regulations for importing certain dairy products under low TRQ duty rates.... Read More >

Posted: Dec 30, 2014

President Obama has issued a Proclamation affecting trade. Select countries have undergone a status change on whether they will be considered designated countries eligible under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) for 2015. Under AGOA the following changes were... Read More >

Posted: Dec 30, 2014

President Obama has issued an Executive Order prohibiting certain transactions with the Crimea Region of the Ukraine. Prohibited are: The import into the U.S. (directly or indirectly) of any goods, services, or technology from the Crimea region of the Ukraine.... Read More >

Posted: Dec 19, 2014

As some of the Cold War restrictions placed on trade with Cuba are lifted, ports in the Southeast are already preparing for trade to open up between the U.S. and Havana.  The U.S. and Cuba announced this week that the... Read More >

Posted: Dec 17, 2014

U.S. President Obama announced he is taking steps to end the US’ outdated approach with Cuba, promoting change that is consistent with U.S. support for the Cuban people and in line with U.S. national security interests. Major elements of the... Read More >

Posted: Dec 15, 2014

Seven months of West Coast dockworker contract negotiations may be winding down following a union caucus and the back-and-forth discussions of a potential offer. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) is currently waiting for the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA)... Read More >

Posted: Dec 12, 2014

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has released a list of the Federal Holidays scheduled for the 2015 calendar year. This posting identifies the exact date for the Federal Holidays noted in Title 19 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 101.6... Read More >

Posted: Dec 12, 2014

One economics expert wrote in an editorial that Congress has the power to stop future longshore slowdowns and lockout threats, as a dock workers' union and management remain without a contract on the West Coast.