European Union Establishes New Export Authorisation Scheme for Personal Protective Equipment

The European Union (EU) initially introduced export authorisation scheme for personal protective equipment (PPE) on March 15, 2020 to ensure an adequate

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China Strengthens Its Quality Control Measures on Exports of Non-Medical Masks and Certain Medical Supplies

On April 25, 2020, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOC), General Administration of Customs (GACC) and the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR)

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CBP Publishes FAQs for Exports of Personal Protective Equipment

On April 27, 2020, in Cargo Systems Messaging Service (CSMS) #42506108, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published Frequently Asked Questions

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USTR Announces 12th Round of Exclusions on List 3 of the Section 301 Tariffs

On April 22, 2020, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued a notice announcing additional exclusions on products of Chinese origin

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USMCA to Enter into Force July 1st

On April 24, 2020, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) notified Congress that Canada and Mexico have taken necessary measures to meet their

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CBP Issues Guidance for Section 232 on Ch. 98 Claims

On April 13, 2020, in Cargo Systems Messaging Service (CSMS) #42355735, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued guidance on products being

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European Commission Introduces New Policy Measures for Certain US Origin Goods

On April 6, 2020, the European Commission published the Regulation (EU) 2020/502 on new commercial policy measures concerning certain products originating

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FEMA Announces Exemptions to Allocation Order on Personal Protective Equipment

On April 21, 2020, in Federal Register Notice (FRN) 85 FR 22021, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced exemptions to the April 10th

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CBP Postpones Duty for Importers Experiencing Significant Financial Hardship due to the Coronavirus Disease

On April 19, 2020, in Cargo Systems Messaging Services (CSMS) #42423171 and #42421561, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the postponement

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USTR Extends Certain Section 301 List 1 Exclusions under 9903.88.07

On April 10, 2020, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) published Federal Register Notice 85 FR 20332, extending certain exclusions from

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CBP Issues Guidance for Pipe Spools from Multiple Countries of Origin

On March 24, 2020, in Cargo Systems Messaging Service (CSMS) #42133823, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued guidance on entries of pipe spools

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WCO and WHO Release Updated COVID-19 Classification Reference Guide

On April 9, 2020, in a joint effort, the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) updated the HS Classification Reference

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US CBP & Partner Government Agencies Provide COVID-19 Updates

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced a new website for COVID-19 updates.  The website has information for the trade community issued by CBP

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US Restricts Exports of Certain Personal Protective Equipment

On April 10, 2020, in Federal Register Notice (FRN) 85 FR 20195, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the restriction of exports of

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China Imposes Compulsory Commodity Inspection on Exports of Certain Medical Supplies

On April 10, 2020, the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC) imposed compulsory commodity inspection on exports of certain medical supplies

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CBP Revokes Disposable Rubber Glove Withhold Release Order

On March 24, 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the revocation of the Withhold Release Order for disposable rubber gloves

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Switzerland Implements Additional Restrictions on Medical Protective Equipment

On March 25, 2020, the Swiss Government adopted a new regulation, taking effect as of March 26, requiring a prior license for any exports of medical

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WCO Provides COVID-19 Resources

The World Customs Organization (WCO) has consolidated resources and information on the COVID-19 pandemic.  These resources include information on export

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European Commission Approves Relief of Customs Duties and VAT on Certain Imports to Combat COVID-19

On April 3, 2020, the European Commission approved requests from Member States and the United Kingdom (UK) to temporarily waive customs duties and VAT on

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China Announces Increased Export VAT Refund Rates

On March 17, 2020, China’s Ministry of Finance (MOF) and State Taxation Administration (STA) jointly announced the increase of export VAT refund rates for

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CBP Cancels April 2020 Customs Broker License Exam

On March 25, 2020, in Cargo Systems Messaging Service (CSMS) #4152812, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that the April 1, 2020 Customs Broker

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EU Requests Members Establish Green Lanes

The coronavirus pandemic is having a major disruptive impact on European transport and mobility.  For this reason, on March 23, 2020, the European Union

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APHIS Issues Updates

On March 27, 2020, in Cargo Systems Messaging Service (CSMS) #42176039, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

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Canada Implements Duty Deferment

On March 27, 2020, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced that the deadline for all payments due to the Agency will be extended to June 30, 2020. 

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China Imposes Quality Control Measures on Exports of Certain COVID-19 Related Medical Supplies

On March 31, 2020,  the China Ministry of Commerce (MOC), General Administration of Customs (GACC), and National Medical Products Administration (NMPA)

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