Governmental Notices and Information for February 2 through 8, 2019

In addition to the International Trade Commission’s posting of the 2019 HTSUS, which includes both, the chapter-by-chapter & general notes listing and a –Full Edition, as well as the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America’s spreadsheet listing the Changes to Units of Quantity in the 2019 Tariff Schedule, the following may be of interest to our members and the trade:

Customs and Border Protection:

Federal Register Notices of Accreditations and Approvals of Commercial Gaugers and Laboratories and a Comment Request, its January 2, 2019 Bulletin, providing additional Accreditations and Approvals of Commercial Gaugers and Laboratories and Copyright, Trademark, and Trade Name Recordations, as well as the latest CSMS notices, including 19-000048 Upcoming Retirement of Certain AM and ESM Reports on Feb. 21, 2019


CPSC Recalls and Safety News Page And Related:

California’s Technical Bulletin 133 – Flammability Test for Seating Furniture Used in Public Occupancies Repealed: TB 133 has been repealed by California’s Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation, effective January 22, 2019. …

US State of Vermont Proposes to Expand CHCC Reporting List: The Vermont DOH has scheduled a hearing [5] for its proposal to amend the ‘Chemicals of High Concern in Children’s Products Rule [6]’. This proposal contains, inter alia, several important changes …

European Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) 2017/745 Update: The new European Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) EU 2017/745 will legally apply from May 26, 2020, and SGS, like all other Notified Bodies, will no longer be authorized to deliver CE certificates under the Medical Devices Directive (MDD).

CPSC and FDA Recalls and Consumer Updates;

FTC’s Comment Request: The FTC intends to ask the Office of Management and Budget to extend for an additional three years the current Paperwork Reduction Act clearance for the information collection requirements in the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule, which will expire on January 31, 2019.


F& W’s Comment Request: The agency is seeking feedback on information collected in FWS Forms 3-177 and 3-177a, as well as on related information collected via ACE. Comments, due April 2, should address the necessity of the requirements, their burden on importers and exporters, and ways to improve the information collection.

OFAC’s  Publication of the names of one or more persons and one aircraft that have been placed on OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List based on OFAC’s determination that one or more applicable legal criteria were satisfied. All property and interests in property subject to U.S. jurisdiction of these persons are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.

FTZ Board current notices;

ITA & ITC Monthly notices of: the Initiation of Administrative Reviews, including ones for which notice was delayed because of the governmental shutdown, Initiation of Five-Year (Sunset) Reviews and Opportunity to Request Administrative Review, as well as general notices of Administrative Reviews, Antidumping or Countervailing Duty Investigations, Orders or Reviews, as well as updates on Determinations, Investigations and Complaints on merchandise such as Plastic Decorative Ribbon from China and Certain Steel Wheels 12 to 16.5 Inches in Diameter from the People’s Republic of China: Postponement of the Preliminary Determination.

California’s latest 60 Day Notices on items such as, but not limited to, a certain Plastic carrying case, combination locks and hanging organizers; and,

Presidential Executive Order regarding Infrastructure Projects and the Effort To Strengthen Buy-American Preferences.

Canada’s latest Antidumping and Consumer Alert & Recall notices.

Members wishing to learn more about any of these items are encouraged to

review details on the Gemini Member Site, or to contact the Gemini team.