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Air Transportation Batteries Revised for the 2022 Regulations

Air Transportation of Lithium Metal and Lithium-Ion Batteries Revised for the 2022 Regulations

REGULATORY UPDATE The International Air Transport Association (IATA) now forbids shipping stand-alone lithium metal batteries, UN3090, and stand-alone lithium-ion batteries, UN3480, classified as  Section II shipments via air. Section II shipments are smaller shipments of lithium batteries that had previously been granted exceptions for many of the IATA’s dangerous air goods shipping rules. The updatedRead More »Air Transportation of Lithium Metal and Lithium-Ion Batteries Revised for the 2022 Regulations
Dumping on American Builders and Homebuyers

Dumping on American Builders and Homebuyers

By Scott Lincicome // CATO Institute As we at Cato frequently explain, “trade remedies” tariffs — antidumping, countervailing duty, and safeguard actions — are one of U.S. trade policy’s dirty little secrets. They’re insanely (and intentionally) complex, buried in layers of regulatory mumbo‐​jumbo, and thus mostly ignored by politicians, media, and laypeople who often claim or believe thatRead More »Dumping on American Builders and Homebuyers
USCBP SECTION 307

Section 307 of the Tariff Act: What Does It Mean for Importers?

Section 307 of the Tariff Act Prohibits the importation of any items that were made, in whole or in part, with forced or indentured labor. CBP enforces the law through the issuance of Withhold Release orders that deny entry to shipments the agency believes have products or uses components made with forced labor. In theRead More »Section 307 of the Tariff Act: What Does It Mean for Importers?
The White House released “A Proclamation to Modify the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States and for Other Purposes”

Updates to Harmonized Tariff Schedule of The United States

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  • January 10, 2022May 9, 2022
Last year the World Customs Organization (WCO) released 2022 Harmonized Systems Updates. The updates mark the most significant changes in the HTS in over five years. US Importers need to prepare for implementing the new schedule that will go into effect on January 27, 2022.   On December 23, the Presidential Proclamation modification of the HarmonizedRead More »Updates to Harmonized Tariff Schedule of The United States
Personal Protection

Export Controls on Personal Protection Equipment and Exceptions

Around the same time the Food and Drug Administration was loosening import requirements for such Personal Protection Equipment as masks and respirators, the Federal Emergency Management Agency imposed export controls on many of the same items. FEMA’s Temporary Final Rule limits exports of N95 filtering facepiece respirators, other filtering facepiece respirators, elastomeric, air-purifying respirators and appropriate particulateRead More »Export Controls on Personal Protection Equipment and Exceptions
SmartPlug

Trade Customs Rulings & Decisions – The iHome SmartPlugs

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  • May 4, 2020June 14, 2021
Maybe you already have one. Or ten. Perhaps you command them with a steady voice – “Alexa?” “Hey, Google!” – or you could be old school and just reach out and actually turn something on or off by hand. Whichever is your style, smart plugs and bulbs have invaded our homes, and they won’t be going away.   iHome SmartPlugs plug into anRead More »Trade Customs Rulings & Decisions – The iHome SmartPlugs
Tariff-COVID19

New Section 301 Tariff Exclusion Process for COVID-19-Related Items

The Coronavirus pandemic has affected pretty much every aspect of life in the United States. We can now add trade policy to the list. As part of the Federal government’s efforts to address the spread and treatment of COVID-19, the Trade Representative’s office is considering exclusion of medical care products from the Section 301 tariffs on imports fromRead More »New Section 301 Tariff Exclusion Process for COVID-19-Related Items

Trade Customs Rulings & Decisions – The “Peeps” Bunny Plush Toy in a Mug

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  • December 17, 2019June 21, 2022
The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a state’s body. Vested with the power and authority to issue custom legal rulings. It also deals with other legal decisions that relate to the importation of merchandise.  The rulings enable the international trade community to understand how the CPB will treat a prospective carrier transaction or import.Read More »Trade Customs Rulings & Decisions – The “Peeps” Bunny Plush Toy in a Mug