Buy American restrictions tightened to benefit suppliers of domestic products . . .

In one of the Trump Administration’s last major regulatory changes, effective for certain federal procurement solicitations today, February 22nd, the Buy American Act standards have been tightened to make it more difficult to offer foreign-origin products in response to purchases by the U.S. Government. Multiple federal laws mandate a preference for the procurement of US-origin…

Customs Projects Stronger Enforcement impacting goods from China’s Xinjiang Province. . .

Responding to Communist China’s concentration camps for its minority Uighur population which include allegations of forced labor, involuntary abortions and other abuse, the Customs & Border Protection Agency (“CBP”) has increased its focus on products that it suspects originate in their home province of Xinjiang. You may recall that CBP recently issued a Withhold Release…

Customs isn’t so “festive” at Christmas . . .

If you import Christmas- related items, you are probably heartened when you first see US Harmonized Tariff Heading 9505 which covers, in part: “Festive, carnival or other entertainment articles . . .; parts and accessories thereof;” and specifically, Subheading 9505.10, “Articles for Christmas festivities and parts and accessories thereof:”.  These are duty-free classifications when the…

House passes legislation by a wide margin requiring Customs to scrutinize and possibly, detain, importations of goods produced in China’s Northwest Province

If you import products made in the Sinkiang province of China or on its border, beware of tough new legislation that could lead to seizure of your imported products by CBP on the presumption that they were made with forced labor. For decades, Communist China has been accused of mistreating its Muslim Uyghur minority and…