Numerous changes to the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) were made in an October 30 presidential proclamation following the beneficiary developing country assessments, product reviews and eligibility review.
News / Regulatory Updates
Effective October 1, 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) adjusted certain customs user fees pursuant to the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) for fiscal year 2021 in accordance with the Fixing American’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) as implemented by CBP regulations.
On Friday, October 2, 2020, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) office announced in a press release that it is “initiating an investigation addressing two significant issues with respect to Vietnam.”
On Thursday, October 1, 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released CSMS Message 44279197 to inform the trade of the expiration of the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA).
On September 15, 2020, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) office announced in a Statement on Canadian Aluminum that they will “resume duty-free treatment of non-alloyed, unwrought aluminum.” This change will be effective retroactively to September 1, 2020.
If you are an importer with goods currently subject to Section 301 List 3 and 4A tariffs (valued at over $300 billion) you should contact your legal counsel and consider taking immediate action to file a claim within the next couple of days to preserve your right for refunds.
On September 2, 2020, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) office announced the extension of certain product exclusions to Section 301 List 4A products currently subject to a 7.5% tariff in Federal Register Notice 85 No. 171 FR 54616.
On Friday, August 21, 2020, United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice in Cargo System Messaging Service CSMS 43729326 to inform the trade that the 45-day transition period for compliance with the President’s Executive Order (EO) 13936 on Hong Kong Normalization has been extended for an additional 45 days from September 25, 2020 to November 9, 2020.
On August 6, 2020, a Presidential Proclamation on Adjusting Imports of Aluminum Into the United States was issued, which will result in a 10 percent Section 232 tariff on imports of non-alloyed unwrought aluminum from Canada.
On Tuesday, August 11, 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced in Federal Register Notice 85 No. 155 FR 48551 that, “in light of the President’s Executive Order on Hong Kong Normalization issued on July 14, 2020, suspending the application of section 201(a) of the United States-Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992 to the marking statute, section 304 of the Tariff Act of 1930, with respect to imported goods produced in Hong Kong, such goods may no longer be marked to indicate ‘Hong Kong’ as their origin, but must be marked to indicate ‘China.’”