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Aluminum Extrusion Smugglers Caught

Posted on September 29, 2014. Category: Trade Publications

Five defendants—who pled guilty to charges of smuggling aluminum extrusions into the United States in August 2014—are scheduled for sentencing later this year.  Aluminum extrusions have antidumping and countervailing duties assessed for relevant imports. These five individuals were indicted based on their alleged conspiracy to knowingly and willfully circumvent the process in order to avoid the duties.  According to the indictment, the defendants were purchasing aluminum extrusions from China, transshipping, repackaging them, and then falsifying the origin as Malaysia.Antidumping duties (ADD) and countervailing duties (CVD) are additional duties imposed on goods entering into the...

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Russian Industry Sector Sanctions

Posted on August 11, 2014. Category: Trade Publications

In order to address Russia’s policy of destabilization in the Ukraine and the occupation in Crimea, the U.S., and the E.U. are increasing the sanctions imposed against Russia.US Sanctions: Federal Register Vol. 79. No. 151 Wednesday, August 6, 2014The Bureau of Industry and Security has amended the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), to include new export sanctions that will apply to specified items used in Russia’s energy sector, specifically in the exploration or oil production from deep water, Arctic offshore, or shale projects.Section 746.5 of the EAR imposes controls on the export, re-export, or transfer of any...

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Changes to Export Regulations Involving Satellites

Posted on June 03, 2014. Category: Trade Publications

On May 13, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published regulations expected to significantly change export controls on civil and commercial satellites and their related articles.These new regulatory changes will impact the civil and commercial satellite industry as the export of certain items becomes less restrictive. The changes are expected to provide considerable national and economic benefits. BIS has issued an interim final rule that “adds controls to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) for spacecraft and related items that the President has determined no longer warrant control under United States Munitions List ...

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Why is My Shipment Stuck in Customs?

Posted on June 02, 2014. Category: Trade Publications

Your import supply chain has many moving parts, and in order for it to be as efficient as possible all those parts should move like clockwork. If your current supply chain is wrought with storage charges, delayed shipments, and a lack of direction or organization, you can take steps to improve it. The hallmarks of a good supply chain will be visibility, decreased costs, and an on-time performance.The solution is to gain control of the import process by working with the business partners in your supply chain. ‘Customs delays’ are typically due to incorrect documentation, forwarders not...

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Changes to Export Regulations Involving Satellites

Posted on May 12, 2014. Category: Trade Publications

On May 13, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published regulations expected to significantly change export controls on civil and commercial satellites and their related articles. These new regulatory changes will impact the civil and commercial satellite industry as the export of certain items becomes less restrictive. The changes are expected to provide considerable national and economic benefits. BIS has issued an interim final rule that “adds controls to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) for spacecraft and related items that the President has determined no longer warrant control under United States Munitions...

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Change In AES Exemptions for TIB & Carnet

Posted on May 08, 2014. Category: Trade Publications

As of April 5th, 2014, a final rule under the U.S. Foreign Trade Regulations will be enforced requiring some items which were previously exempt under 15 CFR 30.37 to be tracked by the U.S. Census Bureau using the Automated Export System (AES).The final rule removes the exemptions for temporary shipments. As a result of this rule change, Temporary Importations under Bond (TIB) are no longer exempt from AES. Additionally, these new regulations affect carnets as well. Previously, all goods traveling under a carnet were exempt; however, under the final rule change the following are the only exemptions:  •...

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To TIB or Not to TIB

Posted on April 12, 2014. Category: Trade Publications

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) offers several programs that allow importers to save on duties and taxes. One of these programs is the Temporary Importation Under Bond or TIB program. Like most CBP related programs for reducing duty payments, this process can be complex and costly if not executed properly.A TIB allows an importer to enter goods into U.S. territory without paying duties or taxes; however the goods must be exported or destroyed within one year of the date of importation (two one-year extensions requests are allowed). In determining whether or not a TIB is...

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President Signs Ukraine Related Executive Order

Posted on April 01, 2014. Category: Trade Publications

The president of the United States has signed a new executive order that prohibits transferring or exporting US property to anyone who is furthering the current situation in the Ukraine. http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/pages/20140317.aspxAll property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person (including any foreign branch) of the following persons are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in. The persons...

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EU Proposes Measures for Conflict Mineral Importers

Posted on March 29, 2014. Category: Trade Publications

The European Union (EU) has proposed a set of measures to encourage the responsible trading of tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold in an effort to reduce the financing of armed groups in conflict areas (such as the Democratic Republic of Congo). The proposed rule is similar to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s Dodd Frank Section 1502 regarding conflict minerals. The EU’s proposal would set up a system of self-certification for importers who choose to import responsibly (i.e. not sourcing minerals from mines and smelters that fund conflict in Africa).In an effort to increase...

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ADD Changes for Aluminum Extrusions

Posted on March 12, 2014. Category: Trade Publications

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) modified Anti-Dumping Duty order (ADD) A570-967 on February 24, 2014. The changes extend the scope of the order to include additional parts and types of products. This modification to the order may require importers to provide additional information upon import. Anti-Dumping case A570-967 is specifically directed at imported aluminum extrusions from China. Unless the product being imported falls under one of the order’s exceptions, the duty will apply. Exceptions are allowed for extruded aluminum of a series (designation of the alloy composition) that does not start with a 1, 3, or 6, as well...

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