Here is a recap of the latest customs and international trade law news:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

  • On July 18, 2022, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Area Port of Norfolk-Newport News, Va., seized nearly 120,000 pairs of counterfeit cottons socks on Wednesday.
  • On July 19, 2022, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) signed a Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) with the customs administration of Uruguay and also signed a Joint Work Plan (JWP) with the customs administrations of Guatemala and Colombia at the Trade Facilitation and Cargo Security Summit. “These agreements help us work more closely with our international partners to secure and facilitate the supply chain across the globe,” said CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus.
  • On July 20, 2022, this document announces U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) modification of the National Customs Automation Program (NCAP) test concerning Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Portal Accounts to establish the ACE Vessel Agency Portal Account, and to decommission the Cartman and Lighterman Portal Accounts due to a lack of usage by the public.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

  • On July 22, 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will present a webinar for stakeholders on August 11, 2022, at 1pm EST, to discuss Food Facility Registration, Biennial Renewal, and obtaining an acceptable Unique Facility Identifier. During the webinar, participants will learn who needs to register or renew, how to obtain a Unique Facility Identifier (UFI), how and where to register and renew your Food Facility Registration (FFR), and about the benefits of registering your food facility.
  • The FDA updated this final guidance to include the FDA’s compliance policy regarding Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID) submission requirements for certain Class I devices considered consumer health products.

U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control

  • On July 15, 2022, the United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today announced a settlement with American Express National Bank (Amex), a subsidiary of American Express Company.

U.S. Department of Commerce

  • On July 20, 2022, the Department of Commerce will submit the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, on or after the date of publication of this notice.
  • On July 20, 2022, the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) is amending the notice of initiation of administrative reviews of antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders with January 2021 anniversary dates to include a company that was inadvertently omitted from the AD administrative review of softwood lumber from Canada.
  • On July 20, 2022, the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has received a covered merchandise referral from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in connection with a CBP investigation concerning alleged evasion of the antidumping/countervailing duty (AD/CVD) orders on certain magnesia carbon bricks (bricks) from the People’s Republic of China (China).
  • On July 20, 2022, the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) is conducting an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain steel nails (steel nails) from the Sultanate of Oman (Oman). This review covers 15 exporters and producers from Oman.

U.S. International Trade Commission 

  • On July 20, 2022, notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission has, on review, determined to affirm the remand initial determination (“RID”) issued on December 29, 2021, finding that Complainants failed to establish the economic prong of the domestic industry requirement in the above-referenced section 337 investigation.
  • On July 20, 2022, Section 206 of the ATPA (19 U.S.C. 3204) requires the Commission to report biennially to the Congress and the President by September 30 of each reporting year on the economic impact of the Act on U.S. industries and U.S. consumers, and on the effectiveness of the Act in promoting drug-related crop eradication and crop substitution efforts by beneficiary countries.

U.S. Department of State

  • On July 20, 2022, the Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls is publishing two open general licenses, permitting certain reexports and retransfers as provided therein, in the Federal Register : Open General License No. 1 and Open General License No. 2, each of which was previously issued on DDTC’s website.

United States Trade Representative 

  • On July 20, 2022, pursuant to authority delegated by the President on July 8, 2022, the U.S. Trade Representative reached an agreement with Canada limiting the export from Canada and the import into the United States of certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells (whether or not partially or fully assembled into other products) (CSPV products).

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