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USTR REQUESTS COMMENTS ON REINSTATING CERTAIN CHINA SECTION 301 EXCLUSIONS

The USTR has announced that it is inviting public comments on whether to reinstate any of the 549 China Section 301 product exclusions that had previously been extended but are now expired. This represents only a small portion of the original 2,200 total product exclusions previously approved by the USTR which were allowed to expire without extension.

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VIETNAM – SECTION 301 INVESTIGATION – TIMBER DETERMINATION

On Friday, October 1, 2021, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) office announced an agreement to resolve the Timber Section 301 Investigation. The agreement secures commitments that will help keep illegally harvested or traded timber out of the supply chain and protect the environment and natural resources.

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EGYPT IMPLEMENTS NEW ADVANCE CARGO INFORMATION DECLARATION FOR IMPORTERS

Effective October 1, 2021, Egypt has implemented a new Advance Cargo Information Declaration (ACID). Shipments departing origin after October 1, 2021, without an ACID number will be rejected and returned to origin. 

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LATEST SUPPLY CHAIN THREAT: FACTORIES ACROSS CHINA ORDERED TO CONSERVE ELECTRICITY OR SHUT DOWN

The China Government has implemented very strict electricity usage control which seriously impacts the production of many factories in China. Power rationing and forced cuts to factory production in China are widening amid electricity supply issues and a push to enforce environmental regulations. The curbs have expanded to more than 10 provinces, including economic powerhouses Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Guangdong.

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COVID-19 CASES IN SOUTHEAST CHINA MORE THAN DOUBLE AS DELTA SPREADS

New local COVID-19 infections more than doubled in China’s southeastern province of Fujian, health authorities said on Tuesday, prompting officials to quickly roll out measures including travel restrictions to halt the spread of the virus.

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TROPICAL STORM NICHOLAS PROMPTS PORT OF HOUSTON RESTRICTIONS

Due to the expected weather impact from tropical storm Nicholas, various terminals within Port Houston will be closing early.

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U.S. CUSTOMS UPDATES GUIDANCE FOR U.S. AND FOREIGN GOODS RETURNED USING HTS SUBHEADING 9801.00.10

On Friday August 20, 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) sent out Cargo Systems Messaging Service CSMS #49132200 which provided guidance to importers and brokers regarding Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) subheading 9801.00.10 for U.S. and Foreign Goods Returned.  

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CBSA REACHES DEAL ENDING STRIKE

Late Friday, August 6, 2021, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), on behalf of the Customs and Immigration Union (CIU), announced a tentative agreement with the government. This agreement ended the strike that had started earlier that day.

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CUSTOMS USER FEES AND LIMITATIONS INCREASED

Effective October 1, 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will proceed in adjusting certain customs user fees pursuant to the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) for Fiscal Year 2022 in Accordance with the Fixing American’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) as implemented by CBP regulations.

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CANADIAN BORDER SERVICE AGENCY VOTES TO STRIKE

On July 26, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) on behalf of the Customs and Immigration Union (CIU) announced that the Border Services Officers (FB) have voted to strike starting August 6, 2021. This group includes the Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) Officers and is the result of an impasse in negotiations between their union and the Canadian Government. Immediately following the announcement of strike the two sides did agree to restart negotiations.

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