Customs Proposes to Revoke / Modify Sixty-Seven “Costume” Rulings

In a Notice published in the Customs Bulletin of July 2, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) has proposed to revoke or modify sixty-seven rulings (issued from 2004 to 2009) in which a host of costumes had been held to be eligible for duty-free treatment by virtue of their classification within Heading 9505, HTS (covering “Festive, carnival or other entertainment articles, including magic tricks and practical joke articles”).

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Antidumping and countervailing duty petitions filed on Certain Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires from the People's Republic of China


June 3, 2014

Certain Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires from the People's Republic of China

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Prepare for the October 2014 Customs Broker License Exam – Live class in Los Angeles

Los Angeles partner Erik Smithweiss teaches a class in Los Angeles to prepare for the Customs Broker Exam.  Class starts July 21, 2014. 

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2013 GSP Review – Extension of Petition Due Dates

The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has announced that it will extend the deadlines concerning the annual review of the products and countries subject to the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP).  (See our prior notice on initiation of the review. U.S. Trade Representative Initiates 2013 GSP Review – Petition Due Dates.)  The Notice extends to December 20, 2013 the deadline for submission of petitions to waive competitive need limitations (CNLs) under the GSP program, and notifies the public of the availability of import statistics for the first eight months of 2013 relating to CNLs.  (Where imports of a product from a Beneficiary Development Country (BDC) imported under GSP exceed a certain value and/or percentage of imports (the CNL), the statute provides that the President should remove GSP benefits because the imports exceed the CNL.  Interested parties can petition the USTR to recommend the President to issue a CNL waiver.)  The Notice also states, although the USTR will receive CNL waiver petitions through December 20, 2013, the USTR will not take action regarding submitted petitions.  This is because the GSP Program and it statutory authority expired on July 31, 2013.  It is anticipated the review will continue if and when the GSP authority is renewed by Congress.

Interim import statistics for the first eight months of 2013 relating to CNLs are available at on the USTR website at: The list includes the GSP-eligible articles from Beneficiary Development Countries (BDCs) that may be on track to exceed the applicable CNL thresholds and could be subject to removal from the program based on interim eight-month 2013 data.  The USTR expects that full calendar-year 2013 data for individual tariff subheadings will be available in February 2014.

Importers of GSP eligible goods should review these lists to determine whether the GSP eligibility is at risk. If you have any questions, please feel free to 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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