Governmental Notices and Information for January 12 through 18, 2019

Due to the lapse in Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2019, many federal offices are closed or not updating their websites. Nonetheless, private sources assist us in accessing the following information / notices, which may be of interest to our members and the trade:


Customs and Border Protection:

New Statistical Breakouts for Infant Footwear, Organic Flour are being implemented, despite the ongoing partial federal government shutdown and the resulting lack of any official version published by the International Trade Commission, such as the:

New statistical breakout 1101.00.0050 added for Organic flour;

New statistical breakout 2912.29.6010 added for “other” aldehydes that are odoriferous or flavoring compounds;

Subheading 4802.56.7040 for certain uncoated paper is split into statistical suffixes 4802.56.7050

for writing and cover paper, and 4802.56.7090 for “other” such paper; and

New subheading 6402.91.4063 is added for infant footwear covering the ankle with outer soles and uppers of rubber or plastics. The “other” category, 6402.91.4061, is renumbered 6402.91.4067.

CBP’s Importer Identity Form / Form 5106 Deployment to Be Delayed.

CBP will also further delay enforcement of in-bond requirements.

CBP to issue a CSMS message about the Jan. 23 sugar quota opening with “specific information that is particular to the shutdown.”


Consumer Product Safety Commission And Related:

EU Proposes to Restrict Formaldehyde in Certain Toys
The EU is proposing to restrict formaldehyde in specific toy materials under Appendix C to the Toy Safety Directive. The restrictions could become effective at the end of 2020.
Canada Publishes Guideline for Trace Amounts of Asbestos in Consumer Products

Canada has published guidance to assist the consumer products industry to comply with asbestos in consumer products regulations. The guideline provides information on ‘trace amounts of asbestos’ and suitable analytical methods. …

China Implements Revised Product Standard – FZ/T 81010-2018 <Trench Coats>

China has issued a revised version of its national standard for trench coats–FZ/T 81010-2018. The revised standard has become effective on September 1, 2018.

China New Product Standard – FZ/T 44004-2018 <Silk Bedding>
China has implemented its first product standard for silk bedding on September 1, 2018.


California’s latest 60 Day Notices on items such as, but not limited to, certain hooded towels, folio cases, gel ink pens and foam roller sets, deck scrubs; and,

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.