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CBP RULES THAT CERTAIN MOLDED PLASTIC HANGERS ARE REUSEABLE / ELIGIBLE FOR LOW DUTY HANGER TARIFF PROVISION

In a ruling published in the Customs Bulletin of August 17, 2016, CBP held that certain hangers made of plastic with an integral plastic top hook met the “clearly suitable for repetitive use” standard, such that they may be classified separately from their accompanying garments at the hanger rate of duty of 3% (under HTS 3923.90.00), rather than as ordinary apparel packing at the significantly higher garment rates of duty.

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Customs Enforcement Programs on the Horizon

A number of importers have received compliance letters from Customs. These letters identify a number of Customs Informed Compliance Publications, and remind importers of their obligation to exercise reasonable care in preparing and filing their customs entries.

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Increased Enforcement in Area of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties Expected

Earlier this week, the Government Accounting Office issued a report entitled “Antidumping and Countervailing Duties: CBP Action Needed to Reduce Duty Processing Errors and Mitigate Nonpayment Risk."

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Changes to ISF Enforcement

On June 17, 2016, Customs announced that for shipments that are on the water on or before June 30, 2016, CBP ports will no longer be required to send requests for liquidated damages claims to Headquarters for review, and the “three-strikes” approach to liquidated damages claims against importers’ bonds will also end.  There is no change to cargo holds for ISF non-compliance.  Ports have the authority to both hold cargo and initiate liquidated damages claims.

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CBP Expected to Publish New Regulations on ADD/CVD Evasion

Pursuant to the newly-enacted Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (the “Act”), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) is expected to publish regulations later this month detailing new procedures for CBP investigations into allegations of antidumping and countervailing duty evasion.

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