We published a blog on this same topic just a few months ago (Change is in the air) and thought we should provide a few updates on developments that have occurred since. With a new U.S. administration in place, there are bound to be ongoing effects to the import/export community so check back for information on how any upcoming changes will affect your import activities.
New regulations related to border enforcement were signed into law in February 2016 under the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (TFTEA). As predicted, rules and enforcement at the U.S. border have tightened up since.
Goods subject to the following requirements will continue to be targeted for greater scrutiny and will be more likely to face detentions, seizures and penalties for non-compliance:
1. Anti-dumping requirements
Update: CBP published an Interim Final Rule (IFR) in the Federal Register providing guidance on the new administrative procedure for filing allegations of evasion of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty (AD/CVD) orders. Read more.
2. Licensing, copyright, trademark and patent requirements
Update: CBP began accepting online applications for border protection through recordation of unregistered copyrights through the Intellectual Property Rights Electronic Recordation System (IPRR). Read more.
3. Child labour law requirements
Update: CBP has published "Forced Labor - Importer Due Diligence" information. Read more.
Importers are obliged to know the requirements for bringing goods across the border. Make sure your company is aware of any requirements that may apply to your goods, and pay extra attention to the paperwork and documentation in the areas indicated above.