New CPSC Requirements for Self-Balancing Scooters (Hover Boards)

In a recently published letter to “Manufacturers, Importers, and Retailers of Self-Balancing Scooters,” the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) urged the trade to make certain that self-balancing scooters (hover boards) comply with currently applicable voluntary safety standards, including all referenced standards and requirements contained in UL 2272 – Outline on Investigation for Electrical Systems for Self-Balancing Scooters.   In addition, the CPSC indicated that all lithium ion battery products must comply with test requirements under UN/DOT 38.3 Transport of Dangerous Goods for Lithium Metal and Lithium Ion Batteries.

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CPSC Receives Petition Requesting Amendments to the Standard for the Flammability of Clothing Textiles

In a Federal Register notice dated April 8, 2015, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is seeking comments concerning a petition it received requesting changes to the clothing textile flammability standard.

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In a notice published in the Customs Bulletin of December 24th, CBP has proposed to limit the circumstances under which reduced duty treatment can be claimed under HTS 9822.05.10.

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Important Reminder: Permit User Fee and Triennial Status Report

On December 22, CBP posted a Federal Register Notice reminding the brokerage community that the Customs Brokers User Fee Payment for 2015 is due by February 27, 2015. The fee ($138.00 for each local permit and national permit) is to be paid annually in each broker district where the broker was issued a permit to do business.

Additionally, every licensed broker (individual, corporation, partnership, and association) is required to file with CBP a Status Report every three years. The next report is due February 1, 2015. A fee ($100.00 for each license) must accompany the status report and the report must be addressed to the director of the port through which the license was delivered to the licensee.  CBP will consider reports received during the month of February to be filed timely. No form or particular format is required.  However, CBP has posted a format on its website. For a copy, please or copy and paste the following link to the address bar of your internet browser.

We recommend that you should assure you receive and retain a filing receipt or proof of delivery/receipt of your Status Report and payment. The report and payment can also be filed via PAY.GOV at  If using PAY.GOV print and/or save a copy of your Status Report and the filing confirmation and any confirmation emails you receive.  Remember it is every individual license holder’s responsibility to assure the status report is filed timely. A failure to timely file the status report could result in revocation of your license.

If you have any questions please contact David M. Murphy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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