Governmental Notices and Information for January 26 through February 1, 2019

Trump concedes to temporarily end shutdown — without wall funding, so government agencies are once again sharing information.  Among the information and notices, the following may be of interest to our members and the trade:

Legislation: Trump Won’t Give China More Time To Avoid Tariff Spike by Alex Lawson – Law360, Trump Extends ‘Buy American’ Push In New Executive Order By Daniel Wilson – Law360, Lawmakers Revive Bid To Curtail Trump’s Tariff Powers  by Alex Lawson – Law360;   the bill — spearheaded by Toomey and Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., in the Senate and Reps. Ron Kind, D-Wis., and Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., in the House of Representatives — would position Congress as a backstop by giving lawmakers 60 days to approve any tariffs proposed under Section 232;

CBP’s recently posted Bulletin advising of a Comment Request regarding the Application for Withdrawal of Bonded Stores for Fishing Vessels and Certificate of Use and latest messages, including CSMS 19-000024 TRADE/PGA Action Required: MQ Trade Gateway Migration -ACE Production- Feb 9 @2200-0200ET;


CONSUMER PRODUCTS:  Updated ISO Standard for Lighters such as Cigarette Lighters, Cigar Lighters and Pipe LightersISO 9994:2018 – Lighters — Safety specifications

CPSC and FDA Recalls and Consumer Updates;

F& W The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species has proposed Amendments of Appendices I and II of the Convention, which will consider changes to restrictions on trade in, among other Flora, rosewood, at its next Conference of the Parties;


FTZ Board current notices;


OFAC publication of the names of persons who are no longer subject to the prohibitions imposed pursuant to Executive Order 13661 of March 14, 2014, Blocking Property of Additional Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine, and Executive Order 13662 of March 20, 2014, Blocking Property of Additional Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine;

ITA & ITC 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 Certain Plastic Decorative Ribbon from the People’s Republic of China and Polyester Textured Yarn from India and the People’s Republic of China;

USTR this week provided Congress with a six-page outline, Changes to Existing Law Required to Bring the United States Into Compliance With Obligations Under the Agreement between the United States of America, the United Mexican States and Canada (USMCA). One of the changes listed address the necessary steps for importers to be able to create certificates of origin under the USMCA;

California’s latest 60 Day Notices on items such as, but not limited to, a certain 6 Pockets Large Clear Purse/Handbag, Backpacks with Vinyl Components and eyepillows; 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.