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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 26, 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 an Order under Sections 362 and 365 of the Public Health Service Act that suspends the introduction of certain persons from countries where an outbreak of a communicable disease exists. The Order was issued on March 20, 2020.

Following the adoption by the European Commission of Regulation (EU) 2020/402 on 15 March 2020, as amended on 20 March 2020, introducing a prior licensing requirement for exports of medical protective equipment from EU Member States to third countries (except for exports to EFTA Member States, namely including Switzerland), the Swiss Government has on 25 March 2020, as part of its COVID-19 regulatory framework, adopted a Regulation, taking effect on March 26, 12:00am, requiring a prior license…

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 26, 2020, Acting Secretary Chad Wolf of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that: Due to circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the national emergency declaration, the Department of Homeland Security, as directed by President Donald J. Trump, is extending the REAL ID enforcement deadline beyond the current October 1, 2020 deadline. I have determined that states require a twelve-month delay and that the new deadline for REAL ID enforcement is…

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…