Top Stories: Trade Facilitation

Lawmakers Work on Trade Facilitation for Customs Modernization June 12, 2024 – Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), whose Customs Modernization bill would expand the enforcement power of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), released a proposal this week that outlines trade facilitation provisions. The document includes One U.S. Government at the Border (1USG), simplified drawback, streamlined […]

Top Stories: Export Manifest

CBP Renews ACE Export Manifest Test for Rail, Ocean and Air Cargo June 5, 2024 – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced test renewals for the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Export Manifest affected rail, ocean and air cargo. This week, CBP announced the two-year renewal of the ACE Export Manifest for Air Cargo. Renewal […]

Top Stories: Beijing Condemns UFLPA

Beijing: UFLPA Is a Human Rights Violation May 29, 2024 – China’s Foreign Ministry criticized the U.S.’s Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) at a press conference in Beijing last week in response to the Senate Finance Committee’s release of an investigation accusing major automakers including BMW of poor UFLPA compliance.  Wang Wenbin, spokesperson for […]

Top Stories: High Tariff Timeline

Higher Tariffs on Imports from China to Begin This Summer May 22, 2024 – The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) will publish a notice tomorrow on the Biden Administration’s timing for higher Section 301 tariff rates affecting imports from China. USTR public inspection notice says, “…Increases in 2024 be effective August 1, 2024.” […]

Top Stories: High Tariff Rates

White House Action on Trade with China Includes Tariff Rate Changes May 15, 2024 – The Biden Administration announced this week that President Biden will raise tariffs on certain imports from China. The tariff rate increases will affect imports from China on steel and aluminum, semiconductors, electric vehicles, batteries, critical minerals, solar cells, ship-to-shore cranes, […]

Top Stories: Managing De Minimis

CBP: Help Needed Managing De Minimis Entries May 8, 2024 – Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Troy Miller, who will be a keynote speaker at AAEI’s upcoming annual conference, says the agency needs help managing the rising number of de minimis entries. At a recent Congressional hearing, Miller testified that number […]

Top Stories: Fentanyl Trafficking

Foreign Aid Package Intensifies Sanctions Enforcement, Fentanyl Investigations May 1, 2024 – President Biden signed a foreign aid package last Wednesday, aimed at increasing security assistance to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan. The legislation also included noteworthy changes to U.S. sanctions and export control laws, including measures to help thwart fentanyl trafficking. The law changed the […]

Top Stories: Import Data Submissions

Strike Threat Forces Canada to Phase-In CARM April 24, 2024 – The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced last week that it will delay the launch of its Customs Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) system for “trade chain partners” to October. It will continue with its planned launch on May 13th, but only internally, for […]

Top Stories: New Trade Bills

Package of Trade Bills Targeting China Advances April 17, 2024 – The House Ways and Means Committee announced a package of trade bills targeting China this week. The package went to markup today, where a variety of amendments were proposed.  The package includes measures that AAEI members follow closely, including a bill on de minimis […]

Top Stories: Textiles Crack Down

DHS Announces Crack Down on Illicit Textile Imports April 10, 2024 – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) detailed a new enforcement strategy on illicit trade in the textiles industry. DHS says the 6-point strategy will be a “blueprint for future strengthened enforcement efforts.” The strategy includes intensified targeting of small package shipments claiming the […]