Hot Topics in International Trade – February 2022 | Braumiller Law Group, PLLC

the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Law (“UFLPA”), effective June 21, 2022, prohibits the importation of all goods manufactured in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (“XUAR”) of China. President Biden signed this law on December 23, 2021, which was passed unanimously by both houses of Congress. The new law gives the government more tools to enforce US forced labor laws, including a legal presumption that goods from Xinjiang are made with forced labor.
the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology recently voted to advance the America Competes Act of 2022 “the law”. This comes after the Senate passed its version of the bill, the US Innovation and Competition Act, in June 2021. The purpose of the act is to strengthen American science and technology activities in the 21st century, so that it can compete with China in these critical areas in the future. In addition to having bipartisan backing, President Joe Biden voiced his support for the legislation: “The House has taken an important step forward in advancing legislation that will strengthen our supply chains and reinvigorate the engine our economy to outperform China and the rest of the world for decades to come. . . together, we have the opportunity to show China and the rest of the world that the 21st century will be the American century – forged by the ingenuity and hard work of our innovators, workers and businesses.

Currently, there are nearly 400 active anti-dumping cases involving nearly 40 countries. The business covers a wide range of products, including basic steel products and steel articles (category number one), chemicals, other metal products and articles, plastic and rubber products, food, cardboard and manufactured items. The main countries subject to the ADD are China (by far the first country), Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam.

Are you importing into Mexico and your customs operation requires the services of a Mexican customs broker? If the answer is yes, then this information is important to you because mistakes or violations of your trade, even if made by the broker or its staff, could hold you accountable to the authorities. Moreover, any delays due to broker mishandling may lead to additional costs, loss of clients or creation of a bad reputation in the business sector.

If you wake up every day, grab a cup of coffee, and turn on the world news, or CNN, like I do here in the States, one could obviously get a little pessimistic about our future together on this planet. I say don’t be afraid, and look on the bright side. According to Wikipedia, and the 15 signs of an impending apocalyptic day…um…we might have found one if number 9 was actually Mick Jagger and Keith Richards fighting in the studio. (Welsh version in prose please)
Through Mike SmiszekSenior Business Advisor, Braumiller Consulting Group

Court precedents related to tariff classification have significantly shaped how importers, brokers, consultants, attorneys, and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) today classify goods under the Customs Tariff. United States Harmonized System (HTSUS, or simply HTS). This is true even for many precedents prior to the HTS. The precedent value of these cases does not necessarily lie in the facts of a specific dispute – although the context of each case is crucial to understanding a tribunal’s reasoning – but, more often, in the insightful advice they provide on classification methodology that can be applied broadly to similar scenarios. In addition, these judicial opinions are important educational resources for anyone professionally invested in the tariff classification process.

It’s 2022 and businesses are turning over a new leaf, making a concerted effort to comply with US customs laws and practices. Apparently, there is no downside to performing a full customs compliance review and submitting prior disclosure under 19 USC § 1592(c)(4) and 19 CFR § 162.74.

And now the proverbial “BUT”.

“BUT”, be prepared to complete this comprehensive internal review, optional statistical sample, lost revenue quantification, applicable tender, and finely crafted pre-disclosure narrative in 60, 90, or 120 days.

Just in time for the new year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has adjusted its policies regarding advance disclosure extension requests. The only problem is that most ports interpret the policy very differently, and it’s unclear if the extension will be granted or how many extensions you’ll get.


Shiny New Machines – Amendments to Chapter 84 of the Harmonized Tariff System

Through Harold Jacksonassociate lawyer, Braumiller Law Group

There are new tariff classifications for machinery under Chapter 84 of the United States Harmonized Tariff System (“HTSUS”). Changes to Chapter 84, as well as many other areas of the HTSUS, became effective January 27, 2022, per Presidential Decision Statement 10326 (December 23, 2021). Many changes to Chapter 84 have been made to keep up with technological innovations and commercial usage. Below are the main changes you should be aware of.

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Trade of Vietnam, an overview 2022

Through Cindy The, Braumiller Lawyers Group

Many factors have helped reshape and redefine Vietnam’s growing dynamic economy, which was once labeled by the United States as an underdeveloped country, but is now aggressively emerging towards developing country status. Since the economic reforms of 1986 transitioning the country to a market economy and the socialist government welcoming foreign direct investment, Vietnam has experienced a high rate of economic growth over the past two decades and trade has been a major factor in structural transformation. and the development of the country’s economy.


How does the modernization of the ACE Portal impact you and your business?

Through Acts of LinnaeusDirector of Educational Services, Braumiller Consulting Group

In December, CBP announced a four-phase transition to a modernized ACE Portal and the decommissioning of the old ACE Portal. We are currently in Phase I and are already seeing the impacts on customers.

First, ACE connections change. Each user must create a new account through the Access Modernized ACE Portal button on the ACE login page. Once you’ve created a new login, you can link it to your old ACE login to retain your existing access.


Join the Houston Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association for an informative lunch

February 16, 2022

(Postponed from the original date of January 19)

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