Givens & Johnston is about to file a Writ of Certiorari with the United States Supreme Court seeking review of the tariff classification of edible sunflower seeds.
Givens & Johnston secures a scope ruling excluding certain pipe spools manufactured in the People's Republic of China (PRC) from Chinese anti-dumping duties (ADD) and countervailing duties (CVD).
Importers, does it concern you that much information on shipping manifests covering merchandise shipped to your company is freely available to everyone. Thus, your competitors can identify your suppliers or shippers, your imported merchandise, the consignees, and many other details re each shipment. They may find this information very helpful – to them. If you [...]
Up to date information regarding the 232 Steel and Aluminum Tariffs and 301 China Investigation including important links and highlights.
The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has issued a final rule for the African elephant promulgated under section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended, which bans virtually all imports and exports of African elephant ivory. The Final Rule, effective July 6, 2016 prohibits the import and export of African elephant ivory with [...]
Pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act), Congress required agencies to make yearly adjustments to their civil monetary penalties (CMPs) as well as a one-time “catch up” adjustment to their CMPs to account for inflation. On June 8, 2016, the Department of State announced that it is [...]
BIS Revises Guidelines Concerning Charging and Penalty Determinations in Administrative Enforcement Cases
On June 22, 2016, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued a final rule revising its guidance on penalties for violations of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The BIS undertook these revisions to make penalty determinations more predictable and to align them with the OFAC penalty guidelines. The rule rewrote guidance in Supplement No. [...]
As many in the trade community already know, the beginning of 2016 saw the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA); an agreement ensuring Iran’s nuclear capabilities stay below a certain threshold in exchange for the easing of economic sanctions against Iran. As part of the implementation, the Department of Treasury’s Office of [...]
A North Carolina corporation settled with OFAC after agreeing to pay $107,691.30 for potential civil liability due to alleged violations of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (ITSR). The company allegedly exported medical sealant and samples to a UAE distributer with knowledge or reason to know that the exports were to be reexported to Iran. [...]
Although no suspensions or reductions are currently in effect, temporary duty suspensions and reductions are listed in chapter 99, subchapter II of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). Addressing temporary duty suspensions, Congress passed the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 (the Act) establishing a petition process that will replace these individual [...]