EPA’s Phasedown of Hydrofluorocarbons: Impact for Foreign Trade Zone Users

EPA’s Phasedown of Hydrofluorocarbons Impact for Foreign Trade Zone Users

Importers who use Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) sites to store regulated hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) may be interested to learn the EPA has clarified that HFCs will be treated the same whether the cargo is entering/exiting an FTZ or if a consumption entry is being filed.[1] The HFC Phasedown went into effect November 2021.

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Topics: Tradewin, Foreign Trade Zone, FTZ

Top Ten CTPAT Minimum Security Criteria

Top Ten CTPAT Minimum Security Criteria

Recently, I had to provide someone with a list of the top ten CTPAT Minimum Security Criteria that I thought were the most critical. This was not an easy exercise. As any importer who is a CTPAT member knows, there are 140 different criteria, and each one is important, especially the required ones.

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Topics: Tradewin, Security, Customs, CTPAT

Tradewin Competes in Korean Customs Competition

Tradewin Competes in Korean Customs Competition

Last May, the National Competition for Customs Valuation and HS Classification was held by CVCI (Customs Valuation & Classification Institute, affiliated organization of Korea Customs Service).

A total of 369 people, including 21 organizations, participated in the HS Classification competition, and 271 people, including 11 organizations, participated in the Customs Valuation competition.

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Topics: Classification, Tradewin, Customs Valuation

Section 301 Update – Expiration Comment Period and Next Steps

Section 301 Update - Expiration Comment Period and Next Steps

On May 3rd, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a notice requesting comments from US domestic industry regarding the extension of Section 301 duties originally imposed in July and August 2018. The request for comments is directed at US domestic industries that have benefited from the Section 301 action, which imposes additional duties on products that are country of origin China.

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Topics: Tradewin, Section 301

Russian Sanctions in the European Union and the United Kingdom

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It has been over two months since the start of the invasion by Russia into Ukraine on the 24th of February 2022. As the tensions began to build before the invasion, the Member States of the European Union and the United Kingdom had been threatening to impose sanctions on Russia in the event that they invade Ukraine. Both the European Union and the United Kingdom were quick to enforce the sanctions once military operations commenced.

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Topics: Tradewin, UK, Russia, EU