Thursday, July 20, 2017
The first round of the negotiations between the United States, Canada and Mexico will take place in Washington, D.C. from August 16 – 20, 2017.
The negotiations immediately follows the 90-day consultation period with Congress and the public initiated on May 18, 2017. On that day, Ambassador Lighthizer notified Congress of President Trump's intent to renegotiate NAFTA to get a better deal for America's workers, farmers, businesses and manufacturers.
Ambassador Lighthizer also announced that John Melle, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for the Western Hemisphere, will serve as Chief Negotiator for the NAFTA negotiations. In his role as Chief Negotiator, Melle will be responsible for the day-to-day negotiations at the staff level.
Since joining USTR in 1988, John Melle has held a number of positions covering Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and Central America. As Assistant USTR for the Western Hemisphere, he is responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing the United States’ trade policy for the region.
Fine Denier Polyester Staple Fiber From the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Termination of Less-Than-Fair-Value Investigation
On July 20th, the Department of Commerce published notice that the petitioners have withdrawn their May 31, 2017, petition with respect to Vietnam, and requested that the Department terminate this investigation. The Department is terminating the less-than-fair-value investigation of fine denier PSF with respect to Vietnam.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Seminar: Foreign-Trade Zone Advantages
Wednesday, July 26th, 2017
8:00 – 10:00 AM
Flynn Cruiseport Boston at Black Falcon Terminal Mezzanine Hall, 2nd Floor
1 Black Falcon Avenue
Boston, Mass. 02210
Registration is FREE and will be submitted upon RSVP acceptance. A continental breakfast is included, followed by presentations featuring:
DAVID TRUMBULL - David Trumbull is Principal of Agathon Associates, a Boston-based consulting company engaged in helping companies understand and benefit from U.S. international trade regulations and other regulations. Prior to starting Agathon Associates in 2013, David was Vice President for International Trade at the National Textile Association. He has over 20 years’ experience representing U.S. manufacturers and is licensed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a Customs Broker.
SCOTT TAYLOR - Scott S. Taylor is a partner with Miller & Company P.C., a law firm serving a diverse clientele exclusively in the area of international trade, Customs and foreign-trade zone law. Scott has developed and structured over 350 foreign-trade zone projects including alternative site framework applications, special-purpose subzones, subzone expansions, general-purpose zones, general-purpose zone expansions, boundary modifications and scope determinations.
Proposed Revocation Ruling Letter Relating to the Tariff Classification of An Unfinished Quilted Pillow Shell
Customs has reviewed NY N236267 and has determined the ruling letter to be in error. It is now Customs's position that the unfinished quilted pillow shell is properly classified, by operation of General Rule of Interpretation 1, in heading 6307, HTSUS, specifically in subheading 6307.90.89, HTSUS, which provides for "[o]ther made up articles, including dress patterns: Other: Other: Surgical towels; cotton towels of pile or tufted construction; pillow shells, of cotton; shells for quilts, eiderdowns, comforters and similar articles of cotton." The Rate of duty will be 7%.
The Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System Explanatory Notes ("ENs") constitute the official interpretation of the Harmonized System at the international level. While not legally binding, the ENs provide a commentary on the scope of each heading of the HTS and are thus useful in ascertaining the proper classification of the merchandise.
EN 94.04 states, in pertinent part, the following:
This heading covers:
. . .
(B) Articles of bedding and similar furnishing which are sprung or stuffed or internally fitted with any material (cotton, wool, horsehair, down, synthetic fibers, etc.), or are of cellular rubber or plastics (whether or not covered with woven fabric, plastics, etc.). For example:
(1) Mattresses, including mattresses with a metal frame.
(2) Quilts and bedspreads (including counterpanes, and also quilts for baby-carriages), eiderdowns and duvets (whether of down or any other filling), mattress-protectors (a kind of thin mattress placed between the mattress itself and the mattress support), bolsters, pillows, cushions, pouffes, etc.
(3) Sleeping bags.
. . . This heading also excludes :
(e) Pillow-cases, eiderdown or duvet covers (heading 63.02).
(f) Cushion covers (heading 63.04).
The quilted pillow shell in NY N236267 was not fitted with springs or internally stuffed or fitted with any material, and therefore cannot be considered an article of bedding or similar furnishing classifiable in heading 9404, HTSUS. Therefore, the quilted pillow shell is properly classified in heading 6307, HTSUS, specifically under 6307.90.8945, HTSUS, which provides for “[o]ther made up articles, including dress patterns: Other: Other: Pillow shells, of cotton (369)"
Comments must be received on or before August 18, 2017.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled product and contact Corbeau USA to receive a replacement or refund.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported
Sold At: CJ Pony Parts Inc., Latemodel Restoration, Transamerican Auto Parts and other aftermarket auto parts stores nationwide and online at www.corbeau.com from April 2016 through April 2017 for about $150.
Importer(s): Corbeau USA, LLC., of Bluffdale, Utah
Distributor(s): Corbeau USA, LLC., of Bluffdale, Utah
Manufactured In: China
Units: About 2,000