Industry-Wide News


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
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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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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