Importer Knowledge Base 

USDA Moves to Allow Imports of Fruit from Chile, Thailand

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has issued a final rule that, effective April 30, will allow the importation of fresh cherimoya fruit from Chile into the continental U.S. Currently, commercial consignments of such fruit are authorized entry into all U.S. ports subject to a mandatory soapy water and wax treatment.
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CPSC to Examine Safety Issues Associated with Internet-Connected Consumer Goods

The Consumer Product Safety Commission will conduct a public hearing May 16 in Bethesda, Md., on potential safety issues and hazards associated with Internet-connected consumer products. In addition, the CPSC is accepting written comments on this topic through June 15. The information collected will be used to inform the CPSC’s future risk management work. The
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Product-Specific Relief from Steel and Aluminum Tariffs to be Retroactive

President Trump has issued proclamations making certain changes with respect to product-specific exclusions from the additional tariffs on steel and aluminum products that took effect March 23. The initial proclamations imposing these tariffs allowed exclusions for any steel or aluminum article determined not to be produced in the U.S. in a sufficient and reasonably available
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President Plans Tariff Hike on Goods Imported from China

President Trump announced March 22 his intent to levy additional tariffs of 25 percent on goods imported from China following a Section 301 investigation of China’s acts, policies, and practices on intellectual property. According to press reports, the tariffs could target as many as 1,500 tariff lines representing $50 billion to $60 billion worth of
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Export Certificate Forms Under Review by USDA

The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is accepting comments through May 21 on the proposed revision of an information collection for the Public Health Information System to include the FSIS standard export certificate forms 9060-5, 9060-5S, 9060-5A, and 9060-5B. FSIS requires the use of form 9060-5, Meat and Poultry Export Certificate of
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Import Alerts on Food and Drug Products Updated

Food and Drug Administration import alerts on the following have been modified in the past week. – fresh cilantro from the state of Puebla, Mexico – imported food products that appear to be misbranded – milk products, milk-derived ingredients, and finished food products containing milk from China – surgeon’s and patient examination gloves – goods
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Duty-Free Imports of Apparel from Dominican Republic Under Annual Review

The International Trade Commission is conducting its annual review of the Earned Import Allowance Program for trousers and certain other garments made in the Dominican Republic. The EIAP provides a duty-free benefit for U.S. imports of certain woven cotton bottoms (pants and trousers, bib and brace overalls, breeches and shorts, and skirts and divided skirts)
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CBP Revokes/Modifies Rulings on Handbags, Wooden Furniture, Hypertension Drug

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is revoking or modifying the following rulings, effective for goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after April 23. Handbags and Tote Bags. CBP is classifying handbags and tote bags with a coin purse, spectacle case, and identification card case as a set pursuant to GRI 3(b)
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Import Alerts on Food and Drug Products Updated

Food and Drug Administration import alerts on the following have been modified in the past week. – raw agricultural products – seafood products – foods containing undeclared major food allergens or foods that fail to properly label major food allergens – laser pointers, laser gunsights, laser levels, laser light shows, laser pointer key chains, and
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Ensure Proper FDA Facility Registration to Avoid Import/Export Problems

U.S. and foreign food and medical device facilities that do not properly renew their registrations with the Food and Drug Administration can be locked out of the U.S. market. Renewals for both types of facilities are due this year. Under the Food Safety Modernization Act, all domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or
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