A weekly roundup of news reports, government announcements, and other information about current and emerging developments in international trade and customs compliance.
CBP Deploys Warehouse 5-Year End Date Extension Functionality to ACE
Last weekend, CBP deployed the Warehouse Five-year End Date Extension enhancement to the Automated Commercial Environment. This enhancement will enable CBP users (with prior approval), to extend the time period for warehouse withdrawals against a summary entry (types 21 and 22). Users will now be able to view updated end dates for warehouse summaries in ACE Reports that will be updated and available by Feb. 4, 2021.
Government Seeking Public Comment on Possible Trade Agreement with Indonesia
Earlier this month, the Trudeau government announced it was seeking the views of the public and interested stakeholders to help define its priorities in relation to a possible comprehensive economic partnership agreement between Canada and Indonesia. A Canada Gazette notice regarding the consultations provides background information on this initiative and lists areas in which the government is looking for input. In 2019, Canada’s two-way trade with Indonesia totaled nearly $4 billion, almost evenly split between imports and exports.
U.S. Ends Organic Foods Recognition Agreement with India
The Department of Agriculture has announced that it is ending a recognition agreement that has allowed certifiers accredited by India’s Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority to provide USDA organic certification in India. USDA states that this decision starts the following transition period that will allow Indian organic operations certified by APEDA-accredited certifiers to apply for direct certification to USDA organic standards by USDA-accredited certifiers.
Ash Species From United States Now Prohibited
Due to the upcoming rollback of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s domestic emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) quarantine regulations, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has advised it will be prohibiting the movement of Ash species (Fraxinus spp.) for propagation and ornamental use from the U.S. effective January 14th, 2021. CFIA’s Automated Import Reference System has been updated accordingly and will soon be revising directive D-03-8.
UAE Reaches Last-Minute Section 232 Quota Deal
One of former President Trump’s final proclamations—issued less than two hours before leaving office—announced that the United Arab Emirates, after having agreed to cap its exports to the U.S., would be exempted from his administration’s 25% tariffs on aluminum imports that were imposed in 2018. The exact quota amount has yet to be published, but is expected to “remain close to historical levels without meaningful increases.” Shipments from the UAE were roughly 11.5% of total U.S. aluminum imports last year through November and about 14% in 2019. In 2019, that accounted for about 10.7% of total U.S. aluminum demand, according to the CRU research group.
APHIS Core Message Set Begins January 25
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service reminds importers that starting January 25, 2021, an APHIS Core Message Set in the Automated Commercial Environment when they file entry for APHIS-regulated plants, plant products, animal products, or live dog imports. To help companies get started with the new requirement, USDA has posted a page with FAQs together with a series of webinars about the APHIS Core message set.
Small Businesses in UK Struggling with Post-Brexit Trade Rules
The Wall Street Journal reports that Britain’s first weeks of doing business outside of the European Union have been mixed, as goods from large companies have mainly cleared the nation’s ports without interruption but many small businesses have struggled with the new post-Brexit rules. U.K. companies that move goods to the EU via trucks that cross the channel on ships or through the Channel Tunnel say they are experiencing extra costs and big delays—and worry this represents a permanent obstacle for their exports to continental Europe.