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Feb
3
2021
Calexico, CA

Dear Friends and Customers:

The following is to inform you about the upcoming "Washington's Birthday" Holiday Schedule observed Monday, February 15, 2021. US Customs will be open for business and will follow the schedule from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Calexico-Mexicali:

 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 Laden trucks

 

 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

 In bond Shipments

 

 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 Empty trucks

 

 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

 Vehicle Exportation (Self-Propelled Only)

 

Mexicali - Calexico:

 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 Laden trucks (Maquila & Perishable), FAST included.
 In bond and empty trucks.

 

 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 Bulk merchandise (Non-Hazmat) and Scrap Material.

 


As usual, please keep in mind that the below listed commodities will not be allowed entry on this day:
              - Textiles (Northbound/ MX-US)
              - Commodities requiring visa or special permits
              - Hazardous Materials
 

RL Jones Calexico Office:

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

RL Jones Calexico Warehouse:

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Servicios Jones office:

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Freight Office:

8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.



If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices.

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Jan
25
2021
Calexico, CA

Dear Friends and Customers:

The following is to inform you about the upcoming " Mexican Constitution Day " Holiday Schedule observed Monday, February 01, 2021. US Customs will be open for business and will follow the schedule from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
 

Calexico-Mexicali:

 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 Laden trucks

 

 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

 In bond Shipments

 

 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 Empty trucks

 

 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

 Vehicle Exportation (Self-Propelled Only)

 

Mexicali - Calexico:

 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 Laden trucks (Maquila & Perishable), FAST included.
 In bond and empty trucks.

 

 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 Bulk merchandise (Non-Hazmat) and Scrap Material.


As usual, please keep in mind that the below listed commodities will not be allowed entry on this day:
              - Textiles (Northbound/ MX-US)
              - Commodities requiring visa or special permits
              - Hazardous Materials
 

RL Jones Calexico Office:

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

RL Jones Calexico Warehouse:

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Servicios Jones office:

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Freight Office:

8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.



If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices.

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Jan
22
2021
Industry-Wide News

Dear Friend and Customer,
 
Hoping you, your family, and colleagues are all doing well,

The US Department of Commerce is delaying the effective date of the final rule, titled "System of Analysis and Monitoring of aluminum import ", from January 25, 2021 to March 29, 2021.
 
This delay means that licenses will no longer be required for imports of covered aluminum products as of January 25, 2021, as previously stated in the final rule.
 
The final rule was published on December 23, 2020 and can be found here: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2020-28166.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any comments or questions.
Compliance.clx@rljones.com

Sincerely,
Compliance Department

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Jan
14
2021
Industry-Wide News

Dear Friends and Customers,


This Withhold Release Order will direct CBP personnel at all U.S. ports of entry to detain cotton and tomato products grown or produced by entities operating in Xinjiang. These products include apparel, textiles, tomato seeds, canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, and other goods made with cotton and tomatoes. CBP issued the WRO based on information that reasonably indicates the use of detainee or prison labor and situations of forced labor. Importers are responsible for ensuring the products they are attempting to import do not exploit forced labor at any point in their supply chain, including the production or harvesting of the raw material.

We strongly urge you to get manufacturing affidavits or any written proof from your vendors confirming that they do not manufacture in this region.  

Federal statute 19 U.S.C. 1307 prohibits the importation of merchandise produced, wholly or in part, by convict labor, forced labor, and/or indentured labor, including forced or indentured child labor. CBP detains shipments of goods suspected of being imported in violation of this statute. Importers of detained shipments have the opportunity to export their shipments or demonstrate that the merchandise was not produced with forced labor.  For further information please see: CBP Issues Region-Wide Withhold Release Order on Products Made by Slave Labor in Xinjiang | U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Please contact us at the following email if you have any questions: Compliance.clx@rljones.com
 
Sincerely,

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Jan
8
2021
Calexico, CA

Dear Friends and Customers,
 
Below please find a listing of Federal Holidays for Calendar Year 2021. CBP schedules for each Holiday will be notified accordingly.
 

Friday, January 1     

New Year’s Day

Monday, January 18    

Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, February 15   

Washington’s Birthday

Monday, May 31        

Memorial Day

Monday, July 5        

Independence Day

Monday, September 6   

Labor Day

Monday, October 11    

Columbus Day

Thursday, November 11

Veterans Day

Thursday, November 25 

Thanksgiving Day

Friday, December 24   

Christmas Day


For more information please access the following link: CSMS #45157088 - 2021 Federal Holidays

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices.
 
Sincerely,

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Jan
5
2021
Industry-Wide News

Dear Friend and Customer,
 
Hoping you, your family, and colleagues are all doing well,

In light of the increasing spread and ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19, the USTR has determined that maintaining additional tariffs on certain health care products subject to Section 301 action is no longer appropriate, and that the application of additional duties to these products could affect the U.S. to address COVID-19.
 
These exclusions will apply from January 1, 2021 through March 31, 2021. Certain product exclusions that were initially scheduled to expire on December 31, 2020 will run through March 31, 2021.

Please review the full rule and list of products: 85 FR 85831.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any comments or questions.
Compliance.clx@rljones.com

Sincerely,
Compliance Department

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Jan
5
2021
Industry-Wide News

Dear Friend and Customer,
 
Hoping you, your family, and colleagues are all doing well,

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) incite members of the import community who trade in FDA-regulated items to use FDA's Import Trade Auxiliary Communication System (ITACS) to learn current entry status and receive Notices of Action from the FDA electronically.
 
ITACS account management functionality enables electronic distribution of FDA action notices by email and as downloads from within ITACS. It also allows account holders to view the details of specific information requests, rather than delivering printed notices of FDA action.
 
ITACS accounts can be requested through the FDA Unified Registration and Listing System (FURLS) at https://www.access.fda.gov/oaa
 
Please follow the step by step instructions provided in the ITACS Account Management Presentation at  https://www.fda.gov/industry/import-systems/itacs to request an account.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any comments or questions.
Compliance.clx@rljones.com

Sincerely,
Compliance Department

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Dec
30
2020
Calexico, CA

Dear Friend and Customer,
 
Hoping you, your family, and colleagues are all doing well,

We ask you to send us the USMCA certifications of origin of your products that will apply for 2021, to our Import Department. Please send it to the following email: compliance.clx@rljones.com.


Also, indicate on your commercial US import invoice the word "Applies for USMCA" on items that qualify for this program.
 

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any comments or questions.

Sincerely,
Compliance Department

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Dec
29
2020
Industry-Wide News

Dear Friend and Customer,
 
Hoping you, your family, and colleagues are all doing well,

Importers and brokers are notified that imports of most aluminum products will require an aluminum import license for each entry beginning January 25, 2021.
 
See the list of aluminum products subject to the new licensing requirement at: https://www.trade.gov/aluminum-products-hts-codes  
 
The new licensing system will be available at https://www.trade.gov/aluminum and will open for pre-registration on January 4, 2021. Importers, brokers, and other license applicants will need to register for an account in order to create one license.

Please review the full rule concerning the aluminum license at: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/12/23/2020-28166/aluminum-import-monitoring-and-analysis-system  

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any comments or questions.
Compliance.clx@rljones.com

Sincerely,
Compliance Department

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Dec
24
2020
Industry-Wide News

Dear Friend and Customer,
 
Hoping you, your family, and colleagues are all doing well,

The purpose of this message is to provide guidance on the Department of Commerce's December 14, 2020 provisional final rule issuing new Section 232 exclusions.
 
Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has granted 108 General Approved Exclusions (GAE) for steel products and 15 for aluminum products. Any importer can use General Approved Exclusions (GAE) and they have no quantitative limit. The exclusions are effective as of December 29, 2020 and no retroactive relief will be granted. Please review the list of excluded HTS in the attached chart.
 
When an importer declares excluded 10-digit HTS classification on an entry summary line, ACE will not require Section 232 tariffs for that line as long as the HTS is on the attached listing.
 
Information provided from CSMS# 45271041.
You can review the full Exclusion Process on this link.
Federal Register :: Section 232 Steel and Aluminum Tariff Exclusions Process

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any comments or questions.
Compliance.clx@rljones.com

Sincerely,
Compliance Department

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Dec
21
2020
Calexico, CA

Dear Friend and Customer,
 
Hoping you, your family, and colleagues are all doing well,

We just received information from SAT that today they will see the need to temporarily suspend the Joint Inspection Program(SAT-CBP) in the Mexicali Port, by virtue of the fact that they are short of personnel, since they have enough people in the guard that were COVID positive.
 
The foregoing, is in order to safeguard the health of the staff SAT & CBP and prevent new infections.
 
Administracion Tributaria de Mexicali (SAT) said that the issue has already been agreed with CBP staff.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any comments or questions.
Compliance.clx@rljones.com

Sincerely,
Compliance Department

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Sep
10
2020
Industry-Wide News

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) responsible for protecting animal health, animal welfare, and plant health. In cooperation with DHS/CBP they ensure that commodities traded internationally are free of animal and plant pests and diseases.
 
APHIS requires that importers file specific information with DHS CBP. Currently much of that information is provided via paper in the form of Licenses, Permits, Certificates and other
Documents (LPCO’s).
 
As an exporter of goods to the United States, All LPCO’s used to move your regulated products must be sent a copy to R.L. Jones along with your invoice and with the carrier.
 
For example:

  • Phytosanitary Certificates
  • Import/Transit Permits
  • Irradiation treatments
  • And all other documents required by USDA

In order to avoid any delay with your paperwork, please send to R.L. Jones your LPCO’s to keep on file.
 
Feel free to contact us for any questions or comments. 
Compliance.clx@rljones.com

Sincerely,
Compliance Department

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Aug
14
2020
Industry-Wide News

Dear Friend and Costumer,
 
Hoping you, your family, and colleagues are all doing well,

On August 6, 2020, the President issued a Presidential Proclamation on Adjusting Imports of Aluminum Into the United States, announcing that certain aluminum articles imported under Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheading 7601.10 that are the products of Canada will be subject to the additional 10 percent ad valorem rate of duty.

The increased rates of duty on certain aluminum articles that are the products of Canada are effective with respect to goods entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time on August 16, 2020.

The functionality for the acceptance of the 232 additional duties on aluminum articles that are the products of Canada will be available in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) as of 7 am eastern standard time, August 16, 2020.
 

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any comments or questions.
Compliance.clx@rljones.com

Sincerely,
Compliance Department

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Jul
1
2020
Industry-Wide News

Dear Friends and Customers,

Please be sure to review and update to the most updated USMCA Final Implementing Instructions which replace the USMCA Interim Implementing Instructions issued on June 16, 2020. These instructions provide guidance on the new requirements under the USMCA, including information on USMCA entry, compliance, rules-of-origin, origin certifications, new auto requirements, textile requirements, and other requirements for claiming USMCA preferential treatment for goods.

The supporting USMCA regulations, the new Part 182 of Title 19, Code of Federal Regulations (19 CFR 182) that includes the USMCA Uniform Regulations,  have been issued today July 1, 2020.  Additionally, the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States will be amended effective, July 1, 2020 to include General Note 11 (GN11) with information on the USMCA rules of origin, product specific rules, and other requirements.

Effective July 1, 2020, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) terminates and the USMCA enters into force.

The USMCA Implementing Instructions – June 30, 2020  CBP Publication Number 1118-0620.
There will be a Phase I Implementation, the first six months upon entry into force (July 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020), in which CBP understands that the trade may need time to adjust business practices to comply with the new requirements under the USMCA, particularly relating to the preferential tariff treatment of goods.
During the first six months after entry into force, CBP will focus on supporting the trade’s efforts to fully comply with USMCA requirements, including providing webinars and other outreach efforts to educate the trade on the new Agreement.

Importers are required to exercise reasonable care when making a claim under USMCA, including ensuring that they are in possession of a complete and valid certification of origin at the time of making a claim and meeting all recordkeeping obligations.

In order to provide the trade sufficient time to adjust to the new requirements and in consideration of the business process changes necessary to achieve full compliance, CBP may in appropriate cases, 4 show restraint in enforcement during the six-month period after USMCA’s entry-into-force. CBP will take into account the difficulties importers may face in complying with the new rules, as long as importers are making satisfactory progress toward compliance and are making a good faith effort to comply with the rules to the extent of their ability.

Implementation of the Agreement Between the United States of America, the United Mexican States, and Canada (USMCA) Uniform Regulations Regarding Rules of Origin.
This interim final rule is effective on July 1, 2020; comments must be received by August 31, 2020
 
Please contact us for any questions, our team well be ready to assist you.
 
Sincerely,

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Jun
19
2020
Industry-Wide News

Dear Friends and Customers

As previously reported, the implementation of the new USMCA will take effect on July 1, 2020.
 
We kindly request that you send us prior to July 1, 2020 the USMCA certifications for your products that qualify according to the new rules of origin. It is of high importance to receive these certifications in order to apply the preferential treatment.
 
In order to make a proper transition regarding your import operations, we require the following:

  • Change the legend on your invoices, "Qualifies for NAFTA" to "Qualifies for USMCA"
  • Review with your system provider the update of the Special Program Indicator (SPI) for your EDI documents, please replace “N” with “S”. If you do not have the change ready with your EDI provider by July 1, 2020, please contact us.
  • Send us USMCA certifications. As a reminder, NAFTA certificates will not be valid from July 1, 2020.

 
We are here to support you. Any questions please feel free to contact us at compliance.clx@rljones.com.

Sincerely,

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Jun
17
2020
Industry-Wide News

 
   

US-MEXICO-CANADA AGREEMENT (USMCA)

Updated Interim Implementation Instructions

06-17-2020

 
     
 

Information Bulletin

 
 

Dear Friends and Customers,
 

Please review updated USMCA Interim Implementation instructions published yesterday according to

CSMS #43062320. This version replaces the Interim Implementing Instructions issued on April 20, 2020.

These Updated Interim Implementing Instructions are informational and provide early guidance on the new requirements under the USMCA, including information on claiming USMCA preferential treatment for goods.

Please note, these instructions are not yet final.  The Final Implementing Instructions will be released prior to the date the USMCA enters into force and will provide the Trade and Field with additional details on the USMCA entry, compliance, and other requirements.

The supporting USMCA regulations, the new Part 182 of Title 19, Code of Federal Regulations 182 (19 CFR 182) is to include the USMCA Uniform Regulations and will be issued July 1, 2020. Additionally, the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States will be amended effective, July 1, 2020 to include General Note 11 (GN11) with information on the USMCA rules of origin, product specific rules, and other requirements.

Until the USMCA enters into force, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) requirements remains in effect.

 

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or comments.
 
 
Sincerely,

 
 

 

 
     

 

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May
22
2020
Industry-Wide News

Dear friends and customers,
 
As we have informed previously, USMCA will be implemented on July 1st 2020.  We will be happy to assist you during this transition process.

We encourage your compliance teams to review the new rules of origin to determine if you continue to qualify under the new USMCA. The latest USMCA Rules of Origin (specific by product) can be found on Chapter 4, Annex 5-B, at: https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/files/agreements/FTA/USMCA/Text/US_Tariff_Schedule.pdf or as an attachment to this email.

Many of the new USMCA rules of origin remain unchanged or are most favorable than under NAFTA; however, it is important for you to review these rules and confirm if your products qualify under the new USMCA.

Below are important steps to consider during this transition:

  • Review the Bill of Materials for each finished good you wish to qualify for USMCA. Make sure to include full description of the finished product with 10 digit HTS, full description for each component and its 10-digit HTS, Country of origin, value for each component, any packaging, and value added(labor).  Review the process made in Mexico to help determine the extent of the transformation in Mexico. If picture can be included in your Costed Bill of Material, you may add it.  
  • Request the new USMCA Certifications from your suppliers to make sure that originating components used in your production still qualify under the new USMCA.
  • For products that did not qualify for NAFTA under De Minimis for a small margin in value, we encourage you to do a USMCA study since new USMCA increases the foreign component allowance from 7% to 10% and you might now qualify under USMCA.
  • Confirm if your system/database/Anexo 24 will be ready by July 1st 2020 to report the new USMCA claim in your EDI invoices.  Please note Special Program Indicator (SPI) was previously MX to indicate your product qualified under NAFTA and will now require an “S” to claim USMCA.  We will still need you to declare country of origin MX in addition to your Special program Indicator (SPI).
  • If you currently submit non-edi invoices or do not have the capability to report the new “S” to indicate when you claim USMCA, please be sure to let us know.  You may add as a comment “USMCA” or “Qualifies for USMCA” on commercial invoice to indicate the part numbers you intend to claim.  We cannot assume all part numbers or products on your invoice qualify for USMCA; therefore,  we recommend you report a claim individually, either a comment or for example: MX/S 0703.10.4000

As an importer, you will be required to have an origin certification at the time a USMCA claim is made. Please make sure you coordinate with exporter and producer to decide who will prepare and submit the origin certification and make sure we receive it prior to day of importation.

USMCA will no longer require CBP Form 434 NAFTA, instead you may use any free form that meets the 9 minimum requirements (Chapter 5 Origin Procedures, Article 5.2 and Annex 5-A)

  • Importer, exporter or producer Certification
  • Certifier
  • Exporter Name
  • Producer Name
  • Importer name
  • Description and HS Code
  • Origin Criteria
  • Blanket Period
  • Authorized Signature and Date
  • Certification Statement

 
For your convenience we have prepared  the attached certification of origin format.  
  
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or comments.
 
 
Sincerely,

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Apr
28
2020
Industry-Wide News

Dear Friends and Customers,

Last week, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced that the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) would enter into force on July 1st 2020.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued interim implementing instructions on April 20 via administrative message CSMS #42429822 US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Interim Implementation Instructions, intended to provide early guidance on new requirements under the USMCA. These instructions are for advance informational and advisory purposes only.  They are not final and are subject to further revision.

https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/press-releases/2020/april/usmca-enter-force-july-1-after-united-states-takes-final-procedural-steps-implementation

Contents on the interim implementing instructions are subject to change pending the issuance of GN 11 on Harmonized Tariff Schedule establishing Rules of Origin and 19 CFR 182 regulations. The final instructions will be released prior to the date the USMCA enters into force which will be July 1st 2020, and will provide additional details on entry, compliance, and other requirements.

Until the USMCA enters into force, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) requirements remains in effect.

Interim rules include: Origination, Rules of Origin, Regional Value Content, De Minimis (Non-Textiles), Merchandise Processing Fees (MPF) exemption,  Country of Origin Marking Rules, Sets, Transit and Transshipment, Preference Claims, Post-Importation Claims, Certification or Other Document Requirements, Correction of False/Unsupported USMCA Claims, Recordkeeping Requirements, Verification by CBP,  Issuing a Determination, Impact of a Negative Determination on a Blanket Certification, Pattern of Conduct, Protest Rights,  Supporting Documents, Eligible Articles, Steel and Aluminum Certification.

For automotive: Rules of Origin for Automotive Goods, Automotive Rules of Origin and Procedures, Calculation of LVC requirement Parts and Components for Passenger Vehicles and Light Trucks, Certification for Certain Vehicles, Passenger Vehicles, Light Trucks, and Heavy Trucks, Labor Value Content, Labor Value Content Certification. 

For textiles: Eligibility for Textiles and Apparel, Textile and Textile Apparel Rules of Origin, USMCA Eligibility for Textiles and Apparel, Short Supply.
 

Below please find additional related links:


Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

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Apr
24
2020
Industry-Wide News

Dear Friends and Customers,

We have shared on previous bulletins certain restrictions on the exportation of personal protective equipment (PPE) considered scarce in the USA.

We would like to inform that, on April 21st 2020, a notice of exemptions from the allocation order issued through a Temporary Final Rule for FEMA was published. 

Please note that 5 out of the 10 exemptions the exporter/shipper will require an attestation letter to be submitted via DIS before exportation to prevent your shipments from being detained.

The below list include only the 5 exemptions that will require an attestation letter signed by a responsible company official: 

  • Exports of covered materials by non-profit or non-governmental organizations that are solely for donation to foreign charities or governments for free distribution (not sale) at their destination(s).    
  • Intracompany transfers of covered materials by U.S. companies from domestic facilities to company-owned or affiliated foreign facilities. 
  • Shipments of covered materials that are exported solely for assembly in medical kits and diagnostic testing kits destined for U.S. sale and delivery. .                
  • In-Transit Merchandise:  Shipments in Transit through the United States with a Foreign Shipper and Consignee, Including Shipments Temporarily Entered into a Warehouse or Temporarily Admitted to a Foreign Trade Zone. (for exemption 8 it largely applies to goods temporarily entered into a bonded warehouse or Foreign Trade Zone with the intent to leave the US).
  • Shipments for Which the Final Destination is Canada or Mexico.

For the full list of 10 exemptions please review the attached Administrative message CSMS #42439611 https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCBP/bulletins/28793bb?reqfrom=share

RL Jones will submit your letter on each EEI /AES transmission through DIS, or by email to CBP. We will therefore need this signed letter at the time we receive commercial invoice.

INSTRUCTIONS ON PREPARING LETTER:         

  • Include a description of which exemption(s) the exporter is claiming;
  • Provide details regarding the shipment that are sufficient for the CBP and FEMA officials to determine whether the shipment falls under the claimed exemption(s), including the required information identified in the Federal Register notice published on April 21, 2020;
  • Add a statement that the provided information is true and accurate to the best of the exporter’s knowledge, and that the exporter is aware that false information is subject to prosecution under the DPA, as outlined in the allocation order.
  • Regarding exemption 9, the letter of attestation must state that the covered materials are for use in Canada/Mexico, and will not be transshipped through those countries Covered materials can be found at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/04/21/2020-08542/prioritization-and-allocation-of-certain-scarce-or-threatened-health-and-medical-resources-for


Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

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Mar
23
2020
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