WASHINGTON, D.C.–The departments of Homeland Security and the Treasury have recently issued their semiannual regulatory agendas, which list the following regulations affecting international trade that could be issued within the next year as well as rulemaking proceedings that have been in process for some time and are not as likely to see further progress in the near term, noted a Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report.
Among upcoming regulations, U.S. CBP has issued a final rule allowing U.S. Customs and Border Protection to disclose to an intellectual property right holder information appearing on merchandise or its retail packaging that may comprise information otherwise protected by the Trade Secrets Act for the purpose of assisting CBP in determining whether the merchandise bears a counterfeit mark (February)
It has issued separate proposed rules from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau to update procedures for imports and exports of distilled spirits, wine, beer and tobacco products and implement the International Trade Data System all-electronic environment (April (imports) and May (exports))
CBP has made an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking on establishing a continuing education requirement for licensed customs brokers (June)
Another CBP proposed rule would make various changes to increase the accuracy and reliability of the advance information submitted under the importer security filing rule (October)
With an August deadline, the CBP has a proposed rule to implement the Air Cargo Advance Screening pilot as a regulatory program.
It has issued a final rule setting forth due process procedures for CBP to follow before suspending or revoking assigned entry filer codes, immediate delivery privileges or remote location filing privileges (August)
It has issued a final rule to enhance CBP’s ability to regulate and track in-bond merchandise and ensure that it is properly entered or exported (November) and a CBP rule finalizing the interim ISF regulations.
A CBP proposed rule would give effect to certain liberalized changes to the NAFTA preference rules of origin that have been agreed to by the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
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