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Know Your Role: A routed export transaction (RET) occurs when the foreign buyer of the goods contracts with a freight forwarder or other agent to export the merchandise from the United States. In this webinar we’ll explain the differences between…
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EU: European Commission Publish Guidance for Operators
The EU published guidance for operators' due diligence against Russia sanctions circumvention. There's 11 pages of risk review and mitigation measures that are great practices.
DDTC: Directorate of Defense Trade Controls issued an ITAR Compliance Risk Matrix
The Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) is issuing a new ITAR Compliance Risk Matrix, accompanied by a supplemental risk matrix specific to universities. These risk matrices are intended to assist organizations in assessing their level of ITAR compliance risk and assist in the evaluation of potential compliance risks that are specific to each organization and that, if left unaddressed, may lead to ITAR violations.
BIS: The Bureau of Industry & Security Issued a Temporary Denial Order
The Bureau of Industry & Security issued a Temporary Denial Order (TDO) suspending export privileges of three people who are part of a Russia-based procurement network supplying Russia's military. The Disruptive Strike Force coordinated an operation with DOJ and Commerce, including an arrest warrant.
USTR: Section 301 Exclusions Extended Expiration Date
The existing Section 301 Exclusions that were set to expire 9/30/2023 are now extended until 12/31/2023. The list of impacted HS codes and items are in the Federal Register notice.
GAO: The Government Accountability Office issued report on the Export-Import Bank
The Government Accountability Office issued their report on the Export-Import Bank monitoring of dual-use items that they finance. The bank did not finance any new dual-use exports in FY 2022. It continued to monitor use of two satellites sold to Mexico and received documents showing Mexico was in compliance with policy in 2023.
BIS: Bureau of Industry and Security Amended the EAR
Bureau of Industry and Security amended the EAR to create another way to renew Temporary Denial Orders (TDOs). The new option allows BIS to request that the Export Enforcement Assistant Secretary renew an existing TDO for a year, instead of the current renewal period of 180 days.
CSMS: ACE Technical Forum
CBP is holding an ACE Technical Forum for software developers and self-programmers on September 14th.
Colombia Updates the Way They Approach Customs Issues
Colombia added minimum penalty amounts, fine reductions, an audit/review committee, an overview of violations from different roles, and changes in the way that defense works.
CSMS: Clarification on When Part 122 Subjugates to Part 18
Cargo and Conveyance Security posted a message to clarify when Part 122 (Air Commerce) defers to Part 18 (Air BOLs transferred to Truck/Rail Mode of Transport) and how to report.
CBP: Seized Unpermitted Wildlife Products
CBP seized two shipments, one of taxidermized birds, the other of horned mammal skulls. CBP officers detained both shipments and consulted with inspectors from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) who advised CBP that the wildlife products violated U.S. wildlife import laws.
CBSA: Updates to CARM Release 2 Timeline
In May 2024, CARM will become the official system of record for the collection of duties and taxes for commercial goods imported into Canada. Release 2 soft launch is planned for October 2023 to allow selected industry partners to test their own internal systems and allow time for software service providers to continue to certify their software with CARM.
CSMS: New Instructional Video on Filing Claims in ACE
The Office of Trade, Trade Policy and Programs, has developed a brief instructional video for first-time drawback filers on how to file a claim in ACE.
CSMS: Registration for the October 2023 License Exam opens August 14
Additionally, beginning with the October 25, 2023 exam, each CBLE question will have four possible answers. This is a change from prior exams where each CBLE question had five possible answers.
CSMS: There's a new DDTC element in AES
This Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) new data element collection will help ensure that only commodities that have been determined to be controlled in USML Category XXI by the Director of DDTC’s Office of Defense Trade Controls Policy can be declared as such in AES. As a result of this new data element, a new response message “Response Code: 5C2 CAT XXI DETERMINATION NBR UNKNOWN” was created.
OFAC: “Introduction to OFAC” Web Series
The “Introduction to OFAC” web series is a series of short videos created to provide viewers with a high-level introduction on the fundamentals of the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and U.S. sanctions implementation.
CSMS: Customs User Fees are Changing
Pursuant to the General Notice (88 FR 48900) published July 28, 2023, adjustments to certain customs user fees and corresponding limitations, as codified in 19 U.S.C. § 58c, will take effect on October 1, 2023.
National Law Review: The U.S. Adopted a New Sanctions Strategy
Since the February 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, the U.S. has adopted a new, more aggressive sanctions strategy, increasingly going after parties who enable sanctioned businesses and individuals to conduct business and shield their wealth.
Federal Reserve: Announced Enforcement Actions
The Federal Reserve Board on Wednesday announced two enforcement actions against Deutsche Bank AG, its New York branch, and other U.S. affiliates.
CBP: Published the quarterly IRS Interest Rates
CBP has published the quarterly IRS interest rates used to calculate interest for underpayments and overpayments of customs duties.
WTO: Press Release
The WTO press release about the publication of the 2023 World Tariff Profiles.
EPA: TSCA SNURs
The EPA has proposed significant new use rules (SNURs) under TSCA for certain chemical substances.
BIS: Chemical Weapons Convention Regulations Update
The BIS published a final rule amending the Chemical Weapons Convention Regulations (CWCR) to reduce the concentration threshold level for mixtures containing a Schedule 2A chemical.
DDTC: ITAR Compliance Program Guidelines
The Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) is publishing new ITAR Compliance Program Guidelines. These guidelines give an overview of a solid compliance program, and introduce defense trade controls.
OFAC: Settlement with Danfoss
OFAC has announced their settlement with Danfoss, a Danish company that sells refrigeration and cooling products. Danfoss has agreed to pay $4,379,810 for potential civil liability related to apparent violations of the Syrian, Sudanese, and Iranian Sanctions Regulations.
CBP: Customs Broker Guidance for the Trade Community
CBP has published version 1.1 of the Customs Broker Guidance for the Trade Community. This provides tools and information to the customs broker community.
CBP: Merchandise Detained
CBP is detaining merchandise from Jingde Trading Ltd., Rixin Foods Ltd., and Zhejiang Sunrise Garment Group Co Ltd., beginning 12/5/2022. This is because CBP investigations show that these companies are using North Korean labor in their supply chains, in violation of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).
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