PGA

PGA Highlights: May 2017

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In the United States the following events have taken place under the several PGA during the month of May 2017.

Agencies Summary
Federal Register Distribution of continued dumping and subsidy offset for fiscal year 2017:
According to  the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act of 2000, this document is U.S. CBP’s notice of intent to distribute assessed anti-dumping or countervailing duties (known as the continued dumping and subsidy offset) for Fiscal Year 2017. This provides the guidance for affected domestic producers, or anyone alleging eligibility to receive a distribution, to file certifications to claim a distribution in relation to the listed orders or findings. Certifications  to obtain a continued dumping and subsidy offset under a particular order or finding must be received by July 31, 2017. See Details
Tuna-Tariff rate quota for calendar year 2017:
An announcement of the quota quantity of tuna in airtight containers for Calendar Year 2017 was given by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security. Every year, the tariff-rate quota for tuna described in subheading 1604.14.22, is calculated as a percentage of the tuna in airtight containers entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption during the preceding Calendar Year. The 2017 tariff-rate quota is applicable to tuna for consumption during the period January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. See Details
Guidance of certain tobacco product compliance deadlines:
The guidance was announced by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This is intended to assist persons who manufacture, package, sell, offer to sell, distribute, or import for sale and distribution within the U.S. newly regulated tobacco products, roll-your-own (RYO) tobacco, and cigarette tobacco in complying with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act), as amended by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act and FDA regulations. See Details
Importing fresh baby kiwi from Chile:
This notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s intention to request a revision to and extension of approval of an information collection related to the regulations for the importation of fresh baby kiwi from Chile into the continental United States. All the comments have to be submitted on or before July 10, 2017. See Details
Application for exportation of articles under special bond:
The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be submitting some information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The information collection is published to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. Comments will be accepted no later than July 3, 2017 under consideration. See Details
Declaration of unaccompanied articles:
The U.S. CBP and Department of Homeland Security will be submitting some information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval according to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The information collection is published to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. Comments will be accepted no later than July 3, 2017 to be assured of consideration. See Details
Reopen comment periods for Trichloroethylene, Methylene Chloride and N-Methylpyrrolidone:
EPA issued two proposed rules under section 6 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The first action proposed to prohibit the manufacture (including import), processing, and distribution in commerce of trichloroethylene (TCE) for use in vapor degreasing. It proposed to require manufacturers (including importers), processors, and distributors, except for retailers, of TCE for any use to provide downstream notification of these prohibitions throughout the supply chain; and to require limited recordkeeping. The second action proposed to prohibit the manufacture (including import), processing, and distribution in commerce of methylene chloride and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) for consumer and most types of commercial paint and coating removal. This document reopens and extends the comment periods for each proposed rule for an additional 30 days. See Details

PGA Highlights: April 2017

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In the United States the following events have taken place under the several PGA during the month of April 2017.

Agencies Summary
Federal Register 2017 West Coast Trade Symposium on further trade updates:
This document declares that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will organize the 2017 West Coast Trade Symposium on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, and Thursday, May 25, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona. This will feature panel discussions involving agency personnel, members of the trade community, and other government agencies, on the agency’s role in international trade initiatives and programs. See Details
Request for a license to export radioactive waste:
The NRC is reopening the opportunity for public comment and reopening the opportunity to request a hearing or a petition to intervene for an application to export radioactive waste filed by UniTech Service Group, Inc. (UniTech). The comment has been reopened. Comments should be filed by 5th of May 2017. See Details
CBP regulations appropriate for customs brokers:
The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be submitting some necessary information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The information collection is published in the Federal Register to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until 5 June 2017 under some considerations. See Details
DOC President signs Presidential Memo for prioritizing national security investigation into aluminum:
The President of U.S., Donald Trump, signed a presidential memorandum to prioritize a Department of Commerce (DOC) investigation to the effects of aluminum imports on US national security. The inquiry will consider overcapacity, dumping, illegal subsidies, and other factors, to determine whether aluminum imports threaten American economic security and military awareness. See Details
CBP CBP seizes prohibited yak meat, dung pods, and seeds at JFK:
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) declare the recent seizure and destruction of a shipment of over 132 kilograms of prohibited yak meat, dung pods, and seeds for propagation imported from Nepal at New York’s John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport. The prohibited items were manifested as sweaters, shawls, pants, and other items of clothing. See Details

PGA Highlights: March 2017

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In the United States the following events have taken place under the several PGA during the month of March 2017.

Agencies Summary
Federal Register Importing lemons from Northwest Argentina:
The  Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published a final rule on December 23, 2016 for amending the fruits and vegetables regulations to allow the importation of lemons from northwest Argentina into the continental U.S. under certain circumstances. In a document published on January 25, 2017, they stayed the regulations until March 27, 2017 and also continue to be stayed until May 26, 2017. See Details
Pesticide tolerances for Cloquintocet-mexyl:
This regulation establishes tolerances level for residues of Cloquintocet-mexyl (acetic acid [5-chloro-8-quinolinyl) oxy]-1-methylhexyl ester) in or on teff when cloquintocet-mexyl is used as an inert ingredient in pesticide formulations containing pyroxsulam. Dow AgroSciences LLC requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) in order to cover residues of cloquintocet-mexyl in imported teff commodities. This regulation is effective on March 22, 2017. Objections and requests for hearings must be received on or before May 22, 2017. See Details
CBER Act- Impact on U.S. industries and on beneficiary countries:
Under section 215 of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery (CBER) Act, the International Trade Commission is inviting the public to appear at the public hearing and or to submit information in writing in connection with the preparation of its 23rd report. The report will cover trade during calendar years 2015 and 2016. The deadline for filing requests to appear at the public hearing is on April 13, 2017, deadline for filing pre-hearing briefs and statements is on April 20, 2017, deadline for filing post-hearing briefs and statements and for filing all other written submissions is on May 18, 2017 and deadline for transmittal of Commission report to Congress and the President is on September 29, 2017. See Details
Requesting an import license for radioactive waste:
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is correcting a notice regarding a license to import radioactive waste, which was published in the Federal Register on February 16, 2017. This action is necessary in order to adequately describe the type of licensing action being requested. The correction is effective from March 6, 2017. See Details
Tariff of tolls:
Under international agreement, The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) and the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) of Canada jointly publish and presently administer the St. Lawrence Seaway Tariff of Tolls in their respective jurisdictions. The Tariff sets forth the level of tolls assessed on all commodities and vessels transiting the facilities operated by the SLSDC and the SLSMC. The Tariff of Tolls will become effective in Canada on March 20, 2017. See Details
FSIS FSIS notice 19-17 regarding inspection program on raw poultry products:
This notice reissues FSIS Notice 32-15 with instructions for inspection program personnel (IPP) to follow when collecting samples of imported raw intact and non-intact poultry products that FSIS will analyze for Salmonella and Campylobacter.  This notice provides instructions on handling of the new sample collection and transport both, drill sampling method, and clarification of packing instructions. See Details
FSIS notice 17-17 regarding inspection program on raw beef products:
This notice provides instructions to inspection program personnel (IPP) at official import inspection establishments on sampling of raw beef product when an E. coli O157:H7 MT51 type of inspection (TOI) is assigned at an increased level of reinspection (LOR). This notice applies to beef product from the following foreign countries:  France, Ireland, and the Netherlands. See Details
DOC Initiation of AD/CVD duty investigations of aluminum foil from China:
The Department of Commerce announced the initiation of anti-dumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of imports of aluminum foil from the People’s Republic of China on March 28, 2017. AD and CVD laws provide U.S. businesses and workers with an internationally accepted mechanism to seek relief from the injurious effects of dumping and unfairly subsidized imports into the U.S. This action launches AD and CVD investigations that will determine if Chinese exporters of aluminum foil have received government subsidies and sold these products at below the cost of production in the United States. The Trump Administration is unequivocally committed to the vigorous enforcement of America’s trade laws and will ensure U.S. businesses and workers are treated fairly. See Details

PGA Highlights: February 2017

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In the United States the following events have taken place under the several PGA during the month of February 2017.

Agencies Summary
Federal Register Importer of controlled substances application:
The registered bulk manufacturers of the affected basic class, and applicants may file written comments on or complaints to the issuance of the proposed registration in accordance with 21 CFR 1301.34(a) on or before March 23, 2017. Such persons may also submit a written request for a hearing on the application on or before March 23, 2017. See Details
Export license for radioactive waste:
Pursuant to title 10 of Federal Regulations Code, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has received the request for an export license. A copy of the request is available electronically through the Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS). To begin the search, select “ADAMS public Documents” and then select “Begin Web-based ADAMS Search.” The ADAMS accession number for each document referenced is provided in the “Description of Material.” See Details
Large residential washers from China:
On the basis of the record developed in the subject investigation, the United States International Trade Commission determines that an industry in the U.S. is materially injured by reason of imports of large residential washers from China, provided for in subheading 8450.20.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, that have been found by the Department of Commerce to be sold in the United States at less than fair value (“LTFV”). See Details
CBP Unlimited open period for reimbursable services program applications:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the open period for accepting letters of application through the Reimbursable Services Program (RSP) will remain open indefinitely. Applications may be submitted via email and will be evaluated during three evaluation windows. Applications received from February 1, 2017 to February 28, 2017 will be evaluated beginning March 2017. Subsequent evaluations will start in July for applications received between March 1 and June 30; November for applications received between July 1 and October 31; and March 2018 for applications received between November 1 and February 28, 2018. See Details
FAS Specialty sugar TRQ for fiscal year 2017 increases:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an increase in the fiscal year 2017 specialty sugar tariff-rate quota (TRQ). This refined sugar is found in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S., Chapter 17, Additional U.S. Note 5(a)(ii). The sugar will be permitted entry into the United States starting from March 1, 2017. See Details
FSIS Eligibility to France for exporting raw beef to the U.S.:
This notice provides instructions to inspection program personnel (IPP) at official import inspection establishments on actions to take when verifying the accuracy of inspection certificates for imported raw beef products from France.  The certificates provide assurance that these products satisfy FSIS requirements. See Details
FTC Announce of primary agenda for March 21 Conference:
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the National Association of State Charities Officials (NASCO) have declared a preliminary agenda for the Give & Take: Consumers, Contributions, and Charity conference. Discussion topics covers current donor choices and challenges, empowering donors to avoid fraud through education, emerging and future challenges for donors and law enforcement, and safeguarding donors from fraud. Final agenda for the conference will be released in the future. The public comment period will remain open until May 1, 2017. See Details
ITC Digital trade and the impact of barriers:
The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) will conduct three investigations to examine uses of new digital technologies for U.S. firms and the impact of barriers to digital trade on the competitiveness of U.S. firms in international markets. The first investigation will describe the latest landscape and recent developments in digital technologies used by firms, as well as digital technologies used by consumers. The second investigation will analyze measures that affect the ability of U.S. firms to develop or supply digital products and services to firms abroad. The third investigation will analyze measures that affect the ability of U.S. firms to develop or supply digital products and services to consumers abroad. See Details

PGA Highlights: January 2017

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In the United States the following events have taken place under the several PGA during the month of January 2017.

Agencies Summary
Federal Register Delay of effective date for TSCA import certification process revisions:
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a final rule on December 27, 2016 for announcing amendments to CBP regulations on the requirement to file a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) certification when importing into the customs territory of the U.S. chemicals in bulk form or as part of mixtures and articles containing a chemical or mixture. That document amended the regulations to establish an electronic option for importers to file the required U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) TSCA certifications to eliminate the paper-based blanket certification process. The changes were to be effective on January 26, 2017. This notice announces that the effective date of the final rule is delayed for 60 days from January 20, 2017. See Details
Delay of effective date for importing certain vehicles and engines:
The U.S. CBP published a final rule on December 27, 2016 in the federal register announcing changes to CBP regulations regarding the importation into the U.S. of certain vehicles and engines under the Clean Air Act (CAA). This document amended the regulations to permit importers to file the required U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declaration forms with CBP electronically, and amended non- substantive provisions to update regulatory citations and delete obsolete provisions. The changes announced in that final rule were to be effective on January 26, 2017, but it declares that the effective date of the final rule is delayed for 60 days from January 20, 2017. See Details
Application to export electric energy:
Pursuant to section 202(e) of the Federal Power Act, the BP Energy Company (BP Energy or Applicant) has applied to renew its authority to transmit electric energy from the United States to Canada. Comments, protests, or motions to intervene must be submitted on or before February 17, 2017. See Details
Importer of controlled substances application:
The registered bulk manufacturers of the affected basic classes, and applicants may file written comments on or objections to the issuance of the proposed registration in accordance with 21 CFR 1301.34(a) on or before February 22, 2017. Such persons may also file a written request for a hearing on the application pursuant to 21 CFR 1301.43 on or before February 22, 2017. See Details
Delayed effective date for the ACE system becoming the sole EDI system:
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a notice for announcing plans to make the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) the sole electronic data interchange (EDI) system authorized by the Commissioner of U.S. CBP for processing electronic drawback and duty deferral entry and entry summary filings. The amendments announced in that notice were to have been effective on October 1, 2016. CBP published a notice in the federal register on December 12, 2016 for announcing that the effective date for the transition would be January 14, 2017. It also declares that the effective date for the transition has been delayed until further notice. See Details
Delay of effective Date for modifications of the NCAP tests:
A notice has been published in the federal register on December 12, 2016 by the  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) declares that the delay of effective date for the modifications to the National Customs Automation Program (NCAP) tests regarding reconciliation, post-summary corrections, periodic monthly statements and the transition of the test from the Automated Commercial System (ACS) to the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). The modifications made by this notice were to be effective on January 14, 2017. See Details
Amendments in International Traffic in Arms Regulations:
The Department of State amends the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to enable U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to implement the International Trade Data System (ITDS) that will allow businesses to electronically submit the data required to import or export cargo under Executive Order 13659 and the Security and Accountability for Every Port Act of 2006 (SAFE Port Act). This final rule effects from December 31, 2016. See Details
FSIS Eligibility of Italy to export raw pork to the US:
This notice gives guidance to inspection program personnel (IPP) at official import inspection establishments on actions to take when verifying the accuracy of inspection certificates for imported raw pork products from the central competent authority of Italy. The certificates provide assurance that these products meet FSIS requirements. See Details
Applying the USDA export stamp to pallet or conveyance:
This notice provides instructions to inspection program personnel (IPP) on new alternatives available to establishments for marking consignments with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) export stamp. See Details

PGA Highlights: December 2016

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In the United States the following events have taken place under the several PGA during the month of December 2016.

Agencies Summary
Federal Register Importing certain vehicles and engines under Clean Air Act:
This document amends the U.S. CBP regulations regarding the importation into the United States of certain vehicles and engines under the Clean Air Act (CAA) in order to harmonize the documentation requirements applicable to different classes of vehicles and engines that are subject to the CAA’s emission standards. This document also amends the regulations to permit importers to file the required U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Declaration Forms with CBP electronically. It will be effective from January 26, 2017. See Details
TSCA chemical substance import certification process revisions:
This document amends the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations regarding the requirement to file a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) certification when importing into the customs territory of the U.S. chemicals in bulk form or as part of mixtures and articles containing a chemical or mixture. This document amends the regulations to establish an electronic option for importers to file the required U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) TSCA certifications. This will be effective on January 26, 2017. See Details
Submission for OMB Review and comments:
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USTPO) will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance of some proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act. This collection includes the information needed by the USPTO to review the various types of petitions regarding secrecy orders and to issue or revoke foreign filing licenses. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent on or before January 19, 2017. See Details
Import restrictions imposed on certain archaeological material from Egypt:
This final rule amends the U.S. CBP regulations to reflect the imposition of import restrictions on certain archaeological material from the Arab Republic of Egypt. It also amends CBP regulations by adding Egypt to the country list for which a bilateral agreement has been entered into for imposing cultural property import restrictions. The final rule includes the designated list that describes the types of archaeological material to which the restrictions apply. See Details
Formaldehyde emission standards for composite wood products:
This final rule includes formaldehyde emission standards applicable to hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard, and particleboard, and finished goods containing these products, that are sold, supplied, offered for sale, or manufactured (including imported) in the U.S.. This final rule includes provisions relating to laminated products, products made with no-added formaldehyde resins or ultra low-emitting formaldehyde resins, testing requirements, product labeling, chain of custody documentation and other record keeping requirements, enforcement, import certification, and product inventory sell-through provisions, including a product stockpiling prohibition. See Details
Extension of import restrictions for archaeological and ethnological materials from Bolivia:
This final rule amends the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations to reflect an extended date of import restrictions on certain archaeological and ethnological materials from the Plurinational State of Bolivia (Bolivia). The restrictions, which were originally imposed by Treasury Decision 01-86 and last extended by CBP from December 11, 2016 to December 24, 2016, are due to expire on December 4, 2016. See Details
FSIS FSIS notice 99-16 indicates the availability of revised FSIS Form 9135-3:
Previously, Canada required a veterinary signature on FSIS Form 9135-3; however, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed that beginning from February 1, 2017, veterinary signature on FSIS Form 9135-3 will no longer require. Therefore, FSIS has revised the form to permit non-veterinary inspection program personnel (IPP) to sign the form for exports to Canada. This notice declares the upcoming availability of a revised FSIS Form 9135-3 regarding who can sign the new form. Starting from January 17, 2017, IPP that have the 2016 version of FSIS Form 9135-3 need to be contact to the Materials Management Service Center (MMSC) to obtain the new FSIS Form 9135-3. The 2016 edition will remain available from MMSC until January 12, 2017. See Details

PGA Highlights: November 2016

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In the United States the following events have taken place under the several PGA during the month of November 2016.

Agencies Summary
Federal Register Export-Import rules revisions for hazardous waste:
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has amended existing regulations regarding the export and import of hazardous wastes from and into the U.S. to provide greater protection to human health and the environment and enable electronic submittal to EPA of all export and import-related documents (e.g., export notices, export annual reports). It also enables electronic validation of consent in the Automated Export System (AES) for export shipments subject to RCRA export consent requirements prior to exit. The AES resides in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). See Details
Information collection activities through Lien notice:
In accordance with section 564, Tariff Act of 19, as amended provides that the claimant of a lien for freight can notify CBP in writing of the existence of a lien, and CBP shall not permit delivery of the merchandise from a public store or a bonded warehouse until the lien is satisfied or discharged. The claimant shall file the notification of a lien on CBP Form 3485, Lien Notice. Currently, the submission is being made to extend the expiration date with no change to the burden hours and no changes to the information collected or to Form 3485. Written comments should be received on or before December 28, 2016 to be assured of consideration. See Details
Extension of import restrictions on archaeological and ethnological materials:
The document amends the CBP regulations to reflect the extension of import restrictions on certain archaeological and ethnological material from the Greece. The restrictions are due to expire on November 21, 2016 and were originally imposed by CBP Decision 11-25. This Decision contains the designated and restricted list of archaeological and ecclesiastical ethnological material from Greece.  These import restrictions will remain in effect for an additional five years, and the CBP regulations are being amended to reflect this extension until November 21, 2021. See Details
Argentina will be treated as a beneficiary developing country:
This notice announces the initiation of a review to consider designation of Argentina as a beneficiary developing country under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP program) and the schedule for public comments and a public hearing relating to whether Argentina meets the criteria for designation. Deadline for submission of comments, pre-hearing briefs is on December 23, 2016. See Details
FTC Mobile-friendly financial readiness website unveiled:
The Federal Trade Commission unveiled a financial readiness website designed for mobile devices to help members of the military community navigate personal financial decisions in light of the unique challenges they face, such as frequent relocations and deployment. See Details