Importers Beware: U.S. Customs Targets Imports Made in China by North Korean Workers The AP recently reported that North Koreans are working in China as forced labor and their products are being imported into the U.S.  The AP followed the production of seafood from Chinese facilities to U.S. retailers, but stated that there other affected product categories, including apparel and wood flooring. While it has been known that...… Continue Reading
Post-9/11 U.S. Customs and Border Protection Safety and Security Post 9/11 U.S. Customs initiated numerous anti-terrorism measures in response to the new need to secure imported cargo and the ports.  In fact, the agency’s name changed from the U.S. Customs Service under the Treasury Department to eventually becoming U.S. Customs and Border Protection under the newly formed Department of Homeland Security.  Post 9/11 Customs...… Continue Reading
Date Set for Provisional Application of EU-Canada Trade Agreement Canada and the European Union have announced that September 21st will be the date that the provisional application of Comprehensive and Economic and Trade Agreement (“CETA”) will come into effect. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and EU president Jean-Claude Juncker issued the statement after the G20 Summit on July 8th.  The agreement will be “provisionally” applied...… Continue Reading
Consumer Product Safety Commission Approves Test Program: Electronic Filing of Certificates of Compliance This week the Consumer Product Safety Commission voted to approve a test program to assess the electronic filing of certificates of compliance at entry in coordination with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.  With the idea of better coordination among partner government agencies to facilitate electronic data collection and sharing of import data, the CPSC endorsed… Continue Reading
California Enforces Transparency in Supply Chains Act The Attorney General of California has recently sent letters to more than 1,700 companies notifying them that the State is enforcing the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, which became effective in 2012.  The Act requires large retailers and manufacturers doing business in California to disclose “conspicuously” on its websites “efforts to eradicate slavery and… Continue Reading