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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.

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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
 
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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.

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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
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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