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On March 26, 2020, the US Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register a noticethat announces USTR’s determination to grant certain exclusion requests to the $200 Bn action against certain products from China, as specified in the Annex to the notice, and corrects technical errors in previously announced exclusions. The exclusions are reflected in one 10-digit HTSUS subheading, which covers one exclusion request, and 176 specially prepared product descriptions, which cover 202 separate exclusion…

On March 26, 2020, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published in the Federal Register a general notice that announces that CBP has postponed the customs broker’s license examination scheduled for April 1, 2020. The examination is postponed due to the unprecedented situation related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), which is having a nationwide impact on CBP’s ability to conduct the examination.

On March 26, 2020, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published in the Federal Register a notice announcing that the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) will hold its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 from 1-5 p.m. EDT, in Washington, D.C. The meeting will be open to the public via webinar only. There is no on-site, in-person option for this quarterly meeting. The meeting will be held via webinar. The webinar link and…

On March 26, 2020, the Enforcement and Compliance Unit (E&C), International Trade Administration (ITA), Commerce, published in the Federal Register a temporary final rule [Docket No.: 200320-0083] modifying certain requirements for serving documents containing business proprietary information in antidumping and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) cases to facilitate the effectuation of service through electronic means. The goal is to promote public health and slow the spread of COVID-19. These temporary modifications will be in place until May…

On March 25, 2020, the US Trade Representative (USTR) posted an advance copy of a notice to be published in the Federal Register that announces USTR’s determination to grant certain exclusion requests to the $300 Bn action against certain products from China, as specified in the Annex to the notice. : These product exclusions will apply as of September 1, 2019, the effective date of List 1 of the $300 billion action, and will extend…

On March 25, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), published in the Federal Register an interim final rule with a request for comments [Docket No. CDC-2020-0033] to amend its Foreign Quarantine Regulations. This interim final rule provides a procedure for CDC to suspend the introduction of persons from designated countries or places, if required, in the interest of public health. Current regulations permit CDC to…

On March 24, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), published in the Federal Register a notice that announces the issuance of a No Sail Order and Suspension of Further Embarkation on March 14, 2020 for all cruise ships that are not voluntarily suspending operation. With certain exceptions, the Order applies to: All commercial, non-cargo passenger-carrying vessels operating in international, interstate, or intrastate waterways and subject…

On 20 March 2020, the European Commission announced that it intends to introduce exemptions from customs duty and import VAT for “protective equipment, other relevant medical devices or equipment in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak”, following a request from the Italian government. Relief is to be granted under provisions of the EU’s customs and import VAT legislation granting relief for items “for the benefit of disaster victims”, where they are to be made available…

On March 25, 2019, the US Trade Representative (USTR) will publish in the Federal Register a notice [Docket No. USTR-2020-0014] requesting public comments on possible further modifications to remove duties from additional medical-care products needed to address the COVID-19 outbreak. Section 301 duties have been imposed in four tranches. For each tranche, USTR established a process by which US stakeholders could request exclusion of particular products classified within an eight-digit Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the…