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President Trump Issues Executive Order Postponing Customs Payments for 90 Days

On 19 April, President Trump issued an Executive Order providing for a temporary 90‑day deferral, of estimated payments of duties, taxes, and fees to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) by importers “suffering significant financial hardship” due to the coronavirus pandemic. The deferral solely applies to most-favored nation (MFN) tariffs and duties and explicitly does not

Customs Rescinds Proposal to Extend Payment of Duties in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic; Requires Payment of Deferred Duties Not Granted Extension

US Customs and Border Protection (“Customs”) rescinded its proposal to grant extensions on all customs duty payments for 90 days in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  While Customs has conducted a limited case-by-case review of some requests for extensions of duty payments, Customs notified the trade community it was no longer accepting case-by-case requests for

Court Finds Potential Personal Liability for a Company’s Import Violations

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled in a new en banc decision that individuals employed by importers, or corporations that are not the “importer of record,” may be liable under civil penalty laws because of their role in introducing articles into U.S. commerce. This decision represents an important increase in the risk faced by individuals working for importing companies and other firms in the global supply chain.

Landmark WTO Trade Facilitation agreement promises to streamline customs clearance procedures around the world

On Saturday, 7 December 2013, the Ninth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced the successful conclusion of an agreement on Trade Facilitation (Agreement) — an agreement that is intended to streamline customs clearance procedures around the world by imposing new multilateral disciplines on customs procedures in all member countries. The Agreement imposes

CBP publishes final rule to refuse importation or conditionally release consumer products and industrial equipment noncompliant with energy conservation or labeling standards

On 5 July 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a final rule that amends the CBP regulations that allow CBP to deny importation of, or conditionally release, certain consumer products and industrial equipment that do not comply with energy conservation or labeling standards of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA).

Mexico Implements “Ventanilla Unica” Paperless Environment for Import and Export Operations

Mexico will no longer allow the filing of import or export documentation or declarations in paper form.   Effective June 1, 2012, Mexican importers, exporters and their brokers are required to use the Single Window for Foreign Trade (“Ventanilla Unica de Comercio Exterior”) to submit shipment information and related supporting documentation (e.g., certificates of origin and permits).  The