Thursday, June 13, 2024

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Rulings and Legal Decisions Update

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • CBP conducted over 800 domestic and international outreach events – including trainings, conferences, public meetings, capacity building, and more – with U.S. manufacturers, importers, and members of the international customs community to increase awareness and mitigate risks in trade.
  • In FY 2023, CBP partnered with 16 domestic and international academic and private industry entities, to provide technical guidance on the compliant importation of biological materials and highlight our layered agriculture safeguarding continuum. » CBP processed over $5 trillion in combined imports/exports. » The volume of entries CBP processed declined from 39.1 million in FY 2022 to 36.7 million; however, the value of imports processed was nearly the same, at $3.33 trillion compared to $3.35 trillion in FY 2022.
  • The agency processed more than 36.6 million imported cargo containers at U.S. ports of entry and collected approximately $92.3 billion in duties, taxes, and other fees on behalf of the U.S. government in FY 2023, a 17.46% decrease from FY 2022.
  • CBP issued more than 6,400 rulings and decisions that provide the trade community with guidance regarding the application of customs laws and regulations in order to facilitate trade compliance.
  • CBP completed 435 audits and collected $114.5 million as a result of the audit work.
  • CBP facilitated over 785 million transactions in Section 321 Data Pilot and Entry Type 86 Test. These technology pilots seek to collaborate with industry partners to mitigate risk and expedite clearance of low value e-commerce shipments.
  • Approximately $3 billion in time and cost savings to CBP and the trade community were associated with Entry Type 86 electronic clearances. Since their inception, both pilots have resulted in an approximately 90% reduction in holds in participating online platforms. Publication number: 3737-0624
  • The U.S. processed over 1 billion de minimis shipments, those valued at $800 or less, worth over $50 billion through postal, express, and non-express facilities.

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De Minimis Webinar: Back to Basics

U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Trade is hosting a webinar on Thursday, June 20, 2024, at 3:00 p.m. ET titled De minimis: Back to Basics. The webinar will provide an overview of the basic filing requirements and data quality for the importation of de minimis shipments.

REGISTER HERE

After the live event, this and other previously recorded webinars will be available for replay at Trade Outreach Webinars

Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee

On June 10, 2024, U.S. Customs and Border Protection published in the Federal Register (89 FR 48906) Committee management; notice of open Federal advisory committee meeting.

The Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) will hold its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, June 26, 2024, in Long Beach, CA. The meeting will be open for the public to attend in person or via webinar. The in-person capacity is limited to 50 persons for public attendees.

The COAC will hear from the current subcommittees on the topics listed below:

1. The Intelligent Enforcement Subcommittee will provide updates on the work completed and topics discussed in its working groups as well as present proposed recommendations for the COAC's consideration. The Antidumping/Countervailing Duty (AD/CVD) Working Group will provide updates regarding its work and discussions on importer compliance with AD/CVD requirements. The Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Process Modernization Working Group anticipates providing proposed recommendations for the committee's consideration regarding the Trade Seminars Mailbox and enhancements to the CBP Petitions Portal specific to IPR enforcement. The Forced Labor Working Group (FLWG) will provide updates regarding its updated Statement of Work that aims to enhance focus on technology best practices, stakeholder training and guidance, increased transparency on the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) applicability reviews, and enforcement of cotton imports under the UFLPA. Additionally, the FLWG will continue to monitor progress of the implementation of prior recommendations made by the COAC.

2. The Next Generation Facilitation Subcommittee will provide updates on all its existing working groups. The Broker Modernization Working Group (BMWG) plans to present proposed recommendations which aim to improve the end user experience and re-envision the Customs Broker Licensing Exam (CBLE). The Modernized Entry Processes Working Group (MEPWG) will report on the work done in the area of Cyber Incident Guidance for Brokers. The remaining working groups, the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) 2.0 Working Group, the Passenger Air Operations Working Group, and the Customs Interagency Industry Working Group (CIIWG), were not active this past quarter but will provide a report on topics that each working group will focus on in the coming quarter.

3. The Secure Trade Lanes Subcommittee will provide updates on its seven active working groups: the Centers Working Group, the Cross- Border Recognition Working Group, the De Minimis Working Group, the Export Modernization Working Group, the FTZ/Warehouse Working Group, the Pipeline Working Group, and the Trade Partnership and Engagement Working Group. The Centers Working Group has continued to have robust discussions around the interactions between the Centers of Excellence and Expertise (Centers) and the trade community, including opportunities for improved communications and for providing the trade community with a better understanding of the Centers' internal organization. The Cross-Border Recognition Working Group has continued to discuss best practices at ports of entry on the southern border that facilitate legitimate trade. The De Minimis Working Group has continued discussions on the revised timeframe for submitting Type 86 entries and on potential compliance measurements for de minimis shipments that CBP can communicate to the trade community. The Export Modernization Working Group has continued its work on the Electronic Export Manifest Pilot Program. The Export Modernization Working Group is specifically focused on the effects of progressive filing by the shipper to continuously update export information on successive dates, rather than on a specific date. The Drawback Task Force under the Export Modernization Working Group has continued discussions around recommendations from last quarter, conducting an analysis of program statistics and examining areas to maximize resources. The FTZ/Warehouse Working Group continues to review previous recommendations along with 19 CFR part 146 and anticipates presenting proposed recommendations at the June public meeting. The Pipeline Working Group has continued discussing the most appropriate commodities and potential users of Distributed Ledger Technology to engage once the pilot for tracking pipeline-borne goods deploys. The Trade Partnership and Engagement Working Group has continued its work on the elements of the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) security program and the validation process.

Physical Training Gear Jacket Contract Awarded

June 10, 2024, Blind Industries and Services of Maryland,*** Baltimore, Maryland, has been awarded a maximum $7,814,400 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for physical training gear jackets. This is a one-year base contract with four one-year option periods. Location of performance is North Carolina, with a June 9, 2025, ordering period end date. Using military services are Air Force and Space Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2025 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-24-D-B018). ***Mandatory source

Thursday, June 6, 2024

Undershirt Contract Awarded

June 6, 2024, Peckham Vocational Industries Inc.,** Lansing, Michigan, has been awarded a maximum $14,111,500 modification (P00006) exercising the second one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-22-D-N163) with four one-year option periods for silkweight undershirts. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. The ordering period end date is June 9, 2025. Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2025 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

** Mandatory source

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

CBP Reports on Intellectual Property Rights Violation Seizures

On June 4, 2024, U.S. Customs and Border Protection released IPR Annual Seizure Statistics

CBP Continues to Intercept Counterfeit Designer Clothing, Shoes, Purses and Watches at the Rochester, N.Y. Port of Entry

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Rochester Port of Entry seized various designer items throughout the month of May for bearing counterfeit trademarks.

CBP officers inspected several shipments that contained multiple pieces of “designer” clothing, shoes, handbags, and watches. One high-end watch discovered had a value of approximately $1.2 million dollars. After a thorough examination of the merchandise, all the items were determined to be inauthentic and were seized for bearing counterfeit trademarks. Had these items been genuine, the total Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) value of the shipments would have a be approximately $1.6 million dollars.

More information and photos HERE

New Customs Ruling Relating to the Classification of "Festive Articles'

In New York Ruling (NY) N325599, dated April 27, 2022, CBP classified an inflatable Olaf snowman with a sprig of holly leaves and red berries on its scarf in heading 6307, HTSUS, specifically in subheading 6307.90.98, HTSUS, which provides for “Other made up articles, including dress patterns: Other: Other: Other.” CBP has reviewed NY N325599 and has determined the ruling letter to be in error. It is now CBP’s position that an inflatable Olaf snowman with a sprig of holly leaves and red berries on its scarf is properly classified, in heading 9505, HTSUS, specifically in subheading 9505.10.25, HTSUS, which provides for “Festive, carnival or other entertainment articles, including magic tricks and practical joke articles; parts and accessories thereof: Articles for Christmas festivities and parts and accessories thereof: Christmas Ornaments: Other.

Read more in CUSTOMS BULLETIN AND DECISIONS, VOL. 58, NO. 20, MAY 22, 2024

Renewal of the United States Manufacturing Council

On June 4, 2024, the U.S. Department of Commerce published in the Federal Register (89 FR 47898) notice that 0n March 22, 2024, the charter of the United States Manufacturing Council (Council) was renewed for a two-year period, ending March 22, 2026. The Council is a Federal advisory committee under the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

Friday, May 31, 2024

Reinstatement of the Collection of Information, 301 Exclusion Requests

On May 31, 2024, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative published in the Federal Register (89 FR 47198) Agency Information Collection Activities; Request for Comments -— Reinstatement of the Collection of Information, 301 Exclusion Requests.

SUMMARY: The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is submitting a request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to reinstate an information collection request (ICR) entitled 301 Exclusion Requests for three years under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and its implementing regulations.

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Men's and Women's Coat Contract Awarded

May 30, 2024, Gil Sewing Corp.,* Chicago, Illinois, has been awarded a maximum $17,594,131 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for men’s and women’s green coats. This was a competitive acquisition with four responses received. This is a five-year contract with no option periods. The ordering period end date is May 29, 2029. Using military service is Marine Corps. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2029 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-24-D-0054).

*Small Business

Coat and Trouser Contract Awarded

May 28, 2024, M M Manufacturing LLC,** Lajas, Puerto Rico, has been awarded a maximum $25,778,400 modification (P00008) exercising the first one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-23-D-0048) with four one-year option periods for various types of coats and trousers. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. The ordering period end date is May 30, 2025. Using military service is Navy. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2025 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

**Small business in historically underutilized business zones

Personal Protective Equipment Garment Contract Awarded

Tennessee Apparel Corp., Tullahoma, Tennessee, was awarded a $9,389,900 modification (P00018) to contract W911QY-22-F-0025 for personal protective equipment garments. Work will be performed in Tullahoma, Tennessee, with an estimated completion date of March 9, 2029. Fiscal 2024 procurement, defense-wide funds in the amount of $9,389,900 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Notice of Extension of Certain Exclusions: China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation

On May 30, 2024, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative published in the 89 FR 46948)

Cold Weather Glove System Contract Awarded

May 29, 2024, Heartland Manufacturing Inc.,* Brentwood, New York (W911QY-24-D-0006); and Atlantic Diving Supply Inc.,* Virginia Beach, Virginia (W911QY-24-D-0005), will compete for each order of the $39,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the Cold Weather Glove System. Bids were solicited via the internet with 13 received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of May 29, 2029. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

*Small Business

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Army Uniform Fitness Pants Contract Awarded

May 24, 2024, National Industries for the Blind,*** Alexandria, Virginia, has been awarded a maximum $8,642,500 modification (P00010) exercising the third one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-21-D-B112) with four one-year option periods for physical fitness uniform pants. This is an indefinite-delivery contract. Locations of performance are North Carolina and Tennessee, with a June 9, 2025, ordering period end date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2025 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

***Mandatory source

Army and Air Force Coat Contract Awarded

May 24, 2024, Aurora Industries LLC,** Orocovis, Puerto Rico, has been awarded a maximum $17,044,200 modification (P00031) exercising the fourth one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-20-D-1283) with four one-year option periods for various types of coats. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. The ordering period end date is May 24, 2025. Using military services are Army and Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2025 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. <->**Small-disadvantaged business

Blue Jumper Contract Awarded

May 20.2024, Bernard Cap LLC,* Hialeah, Florida, has been awarded a maximum $8,960,500 modification (P00005) exercising the second one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-22-D-5043) with four one-year option periods for men's and women's blue jumpers. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. The ordering period end date is May 23, 2025. Using military service is Navy. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2025 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

*Small Business

Request for Comments on Proposed Modifications and Machinery Exclusion Process in Four-Year Review of Actions Taken in the Section 301 Investigation

On May 28, 2024, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative published in the Federal Register (89 FR 46252) Request for Comments on Proposed Modifications and Machinery Exclusion Process in Four-Year Review of Actions Taken in the Section 301 Investigation

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Public Hearing Concerning the Annual Review of Country Eligibility for Benefits Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act

On May 14, 2024, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative published in the Federal Register (89 FR 42052) Request for Comments and Notice of Public Hearing Concerning the Annual Review of Country Eligibility for Benefits Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act for Calendar Year 2025.

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Army Sewn Product Contract Awarded

May 14, 2024, Mississippi Industries for the Blind,** Jackson, Mississippi, has been awarded a maximum $12,381,525 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for barracks bags. This is a three-year contract with no option periods. The ordering period end date is May 13, 2027. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2027 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-24-D-B016).

**Mandatory Source

Smith Introduces Legislation Renewing Key Trade Program to Reduce Input Costs for American Industry

On May 14, 2024, Ways and Means Committee Trade Subcommittee Chair Adrian Smith (R-NE) introduced the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Reform Act with support from 19 Republican colleagues including 17 fellow Ways and Means Committee members.

Chairman Smith released the following statement:

"Renewing the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill is essential to reducing barriers for American manufacturing and agriculture, supporting jobs, private sector growth, and our overall economic competitiveness, while upholding Congress’ constitutional authority over trade," said Chairman Smith. "While the Biden administration continues to place new hurdles in the path of American manufacturers, Congress must renew this historically bipartisan legislation which passed unanimously out the Ways and Means Committee in 2016. Fighting for American workers and industry demands we do everything we can to make U.S.-manufactured goods more competitive in both domestic and international markets. This legislation will deliver input cost relief to American producers, in turn benefiting consumers worldwide. I thank my colleagues for their support."

The cosponsors include: Reps. Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Mike Kelly (R-PA), David Schweikert (R-AZ), Darin LaHood (R-IL), Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), Jodey Arrington (R-TX), Drew Ferguson (R-GA), Ron Estes (R-KS), Lloyd Smucker (R-PA), Kevin Hern (R-OK), Carol Miller (R-WV), David Kustoff (R-TN), Michelle Fischbach (R-MN), Blake Moore (R-UT), Michelle Steel (R-CA), Beth Van Duyne (R-TX), Randy Feenstra (R-IA), and Mike Carey (R-OH), House Maj. Whip Tom Emmer (R-MN), and Ralph Norman (R-SC).

The legislation is supported by numerous stakeholder groups, including the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the American Chemistry Council (ACC), and CropLife America (CLA).

“For more than three years, manufacturers—particularly small and medium-sized manufacturers—have been paying millions of dollars in higher prices for critical inputs due to the expiration of the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill. The MTB Reform Act is a significant step forward for manufacturers, which are losing more than $1.3 million every day on products not available in the U.S.—more than $1.5 billion overall.

“Restoring the MTB would strengthen manufacturing here at home, giving our sector the ability to source raw materials and components that can’t be produced domestically at scale or at competitive prices.

“Historically, the MTB has always had bipartisan support, and we thank House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee Chairman Adrian Smith for his leadership and efforts to introduce MTB legislation. We urge the House to act quickly so that we can get one step closer to getting this critical legislation to President Biden’s desk," said NAM Managing Vice President of Policy Chris Netram.

“The “Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) Reform Act” is one of the most important pieces of trade legislation in several years. House consideration and passage of this MTB would not only significantly benefit U.S. domestic chemical manufacturing by reducing domestic production costs, but benefit nearly every economic sector in the country. The American Chemistry Council applauds House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee Chairman Adrian Smith (R-NE) for taking this important step towards MTB consideration and passage which demonstrates real leadership in advancing a trade agenda that benefits consumers and all downstream users of chemical products,” said Chris Jahn, President and CEO of the ACC.

“CropLife America (CLA) is appreciative of Representative Smith’s leadership in this first step to re-establish an MTB process that is fully retroactive which allows for investments to support research and development of the important innovations and technology farmers need to grow the world’s food, fiber and fuel, and other pesticide professionals need to keep our communities safe from pests and disease,” said Alexandra Dunn, President and CEO of CLA. “We continue to work with other stakeholders to support the passage of a fully retroactive MTB that will benefit our members, U.S. farmers, and consumers.”

The MTB Reform Act would:

  • Approve duty-free treatment of products recommended under the 2019 application process created by the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act through December 31, 2025, in order to support domestic manufacturers who participated in that process in a good faith manner.
  • Provide retroactive duty relief on those items, back to January 1, 2021.
  • Make technical changes to align exemptions with the most recent revision of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule.
  • Align MTB exclusions with our trade policy toward China, excluding products subject to Section 301 tariffs while allowing American manufacturers to continue accessing parts which had Section 301 exclusions as of December 31, 2020.
  • Reauthorize the ITC-based process for future Miscellaneous Tariff Bills, creating new opportunities for American manufacturers to apply for domestically unavailable inputs in 2025 and 2028.

FTC Sends Refunds to Consumers Harmed by False Made in USA Claims by Cycra

The Federal Trade Commission is sending more than $180,000 in refunds to consumers who were harmed by false Made in USA claims by the motocross and ATV parts maker Cycra.

Read the FTC press release HERE

Children’s Nightgowns Recalled Due to Burn Hazard and Violation of Federal Flammability Standards; Sold Exclusively on Amazon.com; Imported by Zegoo Home

This recall involves Zegoo-branded 100% cotton children’s nightgowns sold in light pink, pink, and blue. The nightgowns are short-sleeved, and have a double-lace layer at the collar with a small ribbon bow. A side-seam label lists the size, “100% Cotton,” and “MADE IN CHINA.”

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled nightgowns away from children, stop using them, and contact Zegoo Home to receive a full refund. Consumers should destroy the garments by cutting them in half and disposing of them in accordance with local and state recycling laws, and send an image of the destroyed or disposed-of garment to zegoohome@126.com. Zegoo Home is contacting all known purchasers directly.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Sold Exclusively At: Online at Amazon.com from April 2018 through January 2024 for between $13 and $17.

Importer(s): Zegoo Home, of China

Manufactured In: China

Recall number: 24-230

More information and photos HERE

Children’s Robes Recall Expansion Announced Due to Burn Hazard and Violation of Federal Flammability Standards; Imported by SIORO; Sold Exclusively on Amazon.com; Additional Units Added

This recall involves SIORO-branded 100% cotton, terry cloth children’s robes. They are long-sleeved with a hood, two front pockets, and a matching belt. The robes were sold in the following additional colors: Rose Pink, Light Pink, Pure White, Falcon Gray and Green Mist, with Light Blue, Navy, Peacock Blue, Gray Blue and Plum colors in the original recall. Sizes sold include 4-5T, 6-7 Years, and 8-10 Years. On the front of the neck label is a flamingo, “100% Cotton”, and “Made in China”. On the back of the neck label are washing instructions.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled robes away from children, stop using them, and contact SIORO for a full refund. Consumers should destroy the garments by cutting them in half, and send a photo of the destroyed garment to amazonus@sioro.com. Upon receipt of the photo, SIORO will refund consumers the purchase price. Afterwards, consumers should dispose of the destroyed garments in accordance with local and state recycling laws.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Sold Exclusively At: Online at Amazon.com from November 2021 through July 2023 for between $20 and $27.

Importer(s): SIORO, of China

Manufactured In: China

Recall number: 24-233

More information and photos HERE

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Skims Body Recalls SKIMS Children’s Pajama Sets Due to Burn Hazard; Violation of Federal Regulations for Children’s Sleepwear; Sold Exclusively by Skims Body

This recall involves SKIMS fleece children’s pajama sets. The two-piece, button-up pajamas have long sleeves and wide-legged pants. They were sold in blue and black, multi-colored, green and black (cypress), and burgundy and black (wine) plaid patterns, and in sizes 2T, 3T, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 10. “SKIMS”, the size, and “Made in Philippines” are printed on the neck label. The side seam label lists the size, fiber content, washing instructions, “Made in Philippines”, and “RN158973”.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled pajamas away from children, stop using them, and contact SKIMS for a full refund. Consumers will be asked to destroy the garment by cutting the top and bottom in half, and upload a photo of the destroyed garments to: https://www.recallrtr.com/pajamasets. Upon receipt of the photo, consumers will be issued a full refund of the purchase price, plus a credit toward a future SKIMS purchase. SKIMS will contact all known purchasers directly.

ncidents/Injuries: None reported.

Sold Exclusively At: Online at skims.com and in-store at the SKIMS store in Austin, Texas, from November 2023 through January 2024 for about $54.

Importer(s): Skims Body Inc., of Los Angeles, California

Manufactured In: Philippines

Recall number: 24-216

More information and photos HERE

Designation of Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctanesulfonic Acid (PFOS) as CERCLA Hazardous Substances

On May8, 2024, the Environmental Protection Agency published in the Federal Register (89 FR 39124 Designation of Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctanesulfonic Acid (PFOS) as CERCLA Hazardous Substances.

The notice includes a long list of North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) codes identifies entities that may be directly or indirectly affected by this action. It is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather a guide to help readers determine whether this action applies to them. The list begins at page 39133.

Thursday, May 2, 2024

Sole Source Contract Awarded for Wool Fabric

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), Human Systems Division, AFLCMC/WNUK, intends to award a contract on a sole source basis to Burlington Industries LLC for 80,000 yards of Dark Navy Suiting Fabric comprised of a unique blend of polyester, wool, elastane, and stretch for the design and development of service uniforms.

More information HERE>

Uniform Dress Coat Contract Awarded

May, 2, 2024, Gil Sewing Corp.,* Chicago, Illinois, has been awarded a maximum $15,773,400 modification (P00012) exercising the third one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-21-D-1467) with four one-year option periods for men’s uniform dress coats. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. The ordering period end date is May 6, 2025. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2025 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

*Small Business

Determination Under the Textile and Apparel Commercial Availability Provision of the Dominican RepublicCentral America-United States Free Trade Agreement (‘‘CAFTA–DR’’)

On April 25, 2024, the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements published in the Federal Register (89 FR 31737)

On March 14, 2024, CITA received a Commercial Availability Request (``Request'') from Lacoste for certain double-knit jacquard fabric. On March 18, in accordance with CITA's Procedures, CITA notified interested parties of the Request, which was posted on the dedicated website for CAFTA-DR Commercial Availability proceedings. In its notification, CITA advised that any Response with an Offer to Supply (``Response'') must be submitted by March 28, and any Rebuttal to a Response (``Rebuttal'') must be submitted by April 3, in accordance with sections 6 and 7 of CITA's Procedures.

No interested entity submitted a Response to the Request advising CITA of its objection to the Request with an offer to supply the subject product. Certain Double-Knit Jacquard Fabric

Request for Public Comment on a Commercial Availability Request Under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement

On April 24, 2024, the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements published in the Federal Register (89 FR 31145) Request for Public Comment on a Commercial Availability Request Under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement

SUMMARY: On February 20, 2024, the Government of the United States received a request from the Government of Canada to initiate consultations under Article 6.4.1 of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Canada is requesting that the United States and Mexico with Canada, collectively consider changing the rules of origin for certain end-use fabrics used in the production of fire hose based on the lack of commercial availability for certain high-tenacity polyester yarns in the territories of the Parties. The yarns are described as high-tenacity polyester yarn, single or multiple, multifilament, untwisted, untextured, and measuring more than 920 decitex, used in the production of fire hose, with or without lining, armor or accessories of other materials. The President of the United States may proclaim a modification to the USMCA rules of origin for textile and apparel products if the United States reaches an agreement with Canada and Mexico on a modification under Article 6.4.3 of the USMCA to address issues of availability of supply of fibers, yarns, or fabrics in the territories of the Parties. The President authorized, in Presidential Proclamation 10053 (July 1, 2020), the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements to review requests for modifications to a rule of origin for textile and apparel goods based on a change in the availability of the textile or apparel good in the territory of the Parties, and to make a recommendation as to whether a requested modification is warranted. CITA hereby solicits public comments on this request to modify the USMCA rules of origin, particularly regarding whether certain high-tenacity polyester yarns used in the production of fire hose can be supplied by the U.S. domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner.

DATES: Comments must be submitted by May 24, 2024.

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Williams-Sonoma Will Pay Record $3.17 Million Civil Penalty for Violating FTC Made in USA Order

Company violated 2020 order by advertising multiple foreign-made products as "Made in USA."

Home products company Williams-Sonoma will be required to pay a record civil penalty of $3.175 million for violating a 2020 Federal Trade Commission order requiring the retailer to tell the truth about whether the products it sells are Made in USA.

Read more HERE

Sant and Abel Recalls Children’s Pajamas Due to Burn Hazard; Violation of Federal Regulations for Children’s Sleepwear

This recall involves two styles of Sant and Abel children’s 100% cotton long pajama sets. They were sold in sizes 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-10. The neck label lists “Sant and Abel”, the size, and the fabric content. The side seam label lists the fabric content, washing instructions, and “MADE IN CHINA” and “MADE IN INDIA”. The long Henley and pant sets came in nine prints including Kids' Sky Blue Stripe, Peony Stripe, Red Stripe and Navy Stripe PJ Sets; Kids' Daisy, Horse, Candy Cane, Christmas and Wreath PJ Sets. The two-piece shirt and pant sets came in thirteen prints including Kids' Leaf Pink, Green and Blue PJ Sets; Kids' Gingham Pink, Blue and Green PJ Set; Kids' Palm Tree Pink, Blue and Green PJ Sets; Kids' Houndstooth PJ Set; Boys' & Girls' White Cambric PJ Sets; and the Girls' Billie Neon PJ Set.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled pajamas away from children, stop using them, and contact Sant and Abel for a full refund. Consumers should destroy the garments by cutting them in half and disposing of them in accordance with local and state recycling laws. Consumers should send the recalling firm a photo of the destroyed garment at returns@santandabel.com to receive a refund. Sant and Abel is contacting all known purchasers directly.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Sold At: Online at santandabel.com, neimanmarcus.com, maisonette.com, SAKS.com and Flip.com from January 2021 through February 2024 for about $59.

Importer(s): Sant and Abel, of Los Angeles, California

Manufactured In: China and India

Recall number: 24-207

More information and photos HERE.

Running Suit Jacket Contract Awarded

April 29, 2024, SND Manufacturing, Dallas, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $8,806,876 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for running suit jackets. This was a competitive acquisition with five responses received. This is a one-year base contract with four one-year option periods. The ordering period end date is April 28, 2025. Using military services are Navy and Marine Corps. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2025 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-24-D-0052).

Dress Trouser Contract Awarded

April 26, 2024, Fechheimer Brothers Co., Cincinnati, Ohio, has been awarded a maximum $9,418,500 modification (P00012) exercising the third one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-21-D-1468) with four one-year option periods for men's uniform dress trousers. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Location of performance is Illinois, with a May 4, 2025, ordering period end date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2025 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Silk Weight Drawers Contract Awarded

April 26, 2024, Peckham Vocational Industries Inc.,** Lansing, Michigan, has been awarded a maximum $12,033,000 modification (P00005) exercising the second one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-22-D-N162) with four one-year option periods for silk weight drawers. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. The ordering period end date is April 28, 2025. Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2025 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

**Mandatory source

Aramid Fibrous Rope Contract Awarded

April 25, 2024, Phillystran Inc., Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania, has been awarded a maximum $25,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for aramid fibrous ropes. This was a competitive acquisition with one response received. This is a one-year base contract with four one-year option periods. The ordering period end date is April 24, 2025. Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2025 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE8EG-24-D-0006).

Dress Oxford Shoe Contract Awarded

April 25, 2024, Belleville Shoe Manufacturing Co.,* Belleville, Illinois, has been awarded a maximum $16,912,795 fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for men’s and women’s dress oxford shoes. This was a competitive acquisition with three responses received. This is a three-year contract with no option periods. The ordering period end date is April 24, 2027. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2027 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-24-D-0039).

*Small Business

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

USTR Announces Katherine White as Chief Textiles and Apparel Negotiator

April 22, 2024, the Office of the U.S. Trade Reprentative announced that Katherine White will serve as USTR’s Chief Textiles and Apparel Negotiator. Ms. White joins USTR from the House Ways and Means Committee in the United States Congress where she served as International Trade Policy Advisor. In this capacity, she advised Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA) and Democratic Members of the Committee on trade policy matters, shaped U.S. trade laws, and participated in the negotiation, implementation, and enforcement of U.S. trade agreements, including the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). She has worked closely with the textile and apparel industry during the development of trade legislation.

Monday, April 22, 2024

Frequently Asked Questions - Guidance on Marking of Goods of Hong Kong – Executive Order 13936

Every article of foreign origin or its container imported into the Customs territory of the United States shall be marked in a conspicuous place and in such manner as to indicate to the ultimate purchaser in the United States the English name of the country of origin of the article (19 U.S.C. §1304 and 19 CFR 134.11).

Imported goods that are produced in Hong Kong that are entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption into the United States after the transition period must be marked to indicate that their origin is “China” for purposes of 19 U.S.C. § 1304.

Goods that are not marked properly after the transition period may be brought into a Foreign Trade Zone to be properly marked under a permit to manipulate issued by the Port Director.

Similarly, goods which are improperly or falsely marked may be brought into an FTZ under a permit to manipulate to correct or remove such marking so as to comply with the laws and regulations (19 CFR 134.13(b)).

The change in marking requirements does not affect country of origin determinations for purposes of assessing ordinary duties under Chapters 1-97 of the HTSUS or temporary or additional duties under Chapter 99 of the HTSUS. Therefore, goods that are products of Hong Kong should continue to report International Organization for Standardization (ISO) country code “HK” as the country of origin when required.

RRead more HERE.

Initiation of Section 301 Investigation: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Targeting the Maritime, Logistics, and Shipbuilding Sectors for Dominance

On April 22, 20214, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative published in the Federal Register (89 FR 29424 Initiation of Section 301 Investigation: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Targeting the Maritime, Logistics, and Shipbuilding Sectors for Dominance.

On March 12, 2024, five labor unions filed a Section 301 petition regarding the acts, policies, and practices of China to dominate the maritime, logistics, and shipbuilding sector. The petition was filed pursuant to section 302(a)(1) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (Trade Act) (19 U.S.C. 2412(a)(1)), requesting action pursuant to Section 301(b) (19 U.S.C. 2411(b)).

The five petitioners are the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union, AFL-CIO CLC (USW), the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers, AFL-CIO/CLC (IBB), the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), and the Maritime Trades Department of the AFL-CIO (MTD).

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Polyester Textured Yarn from India was not Sold in the United States at Less than Normal Value in 2022

On April 18, 2024, the International Trade Administration published in the Federal Register (89 FR 27713 Polyester Textured Yarn From India: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2022.

The U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that polyester textured yarn (yarn) from India was not sold in the United States at less than normal value (NV) during the period of review (POR) January 1, 2022, through December 31, 2022.

Production Authority Not Approved; Foreign-Trade Zone 38; Teijin Carbon Fibers, Inc.

On April 17, 20245, the Foreign-Trade Zone Board published in the Federal Register (89 FR 27413) Production Authority Not Approved; Foreign-Trade Zone 38; Teijin Carbon Fibers, Inc.; (Carbon Fiber); Greenwood, South Carolina.

The Board adopted the findings and recommendations of the examiner's report, and found that the requirements of the FTZ Act and the Board's regulations have not been satisfied.

Therefore, the Board did not approve the application, as amended, requesting to remove the restriction requiring that all foreign status 24,000 tow PAN fiber admitted for production activity be re-exported (entry for U.S. consumption was not authorized) within FTZ 38 at the facility of Teijin Carbon Fibers, Inc., located in Greenwood, South Carolina, as described in the application and Federal Register notice.

Men's Uniform Dress Coat Contract Awarded

April 19, 2024, Fechheimer Brothers Co., Cincinnati, Ohio, has been awarded a maximum $16,355,700 modification (P00012) exercising the third one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-21-D-1466) with four one-year option periods for men's uniform dress coats. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Location of performance is Illinois, with an April 26, 2025, ordering period end date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2025 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Maternity Blouse and Trouser Contract Awarded

April 18, 2024, American Apparel Inc.,* Selma, Alabama, has been awarded a maximum $14,060,405 modification (P00009) exercising the first one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-23-D-0047) with four one-year option periods for maternity blouses and trousers. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. The ordering period end date is April 24, 2025. Using military service is Marine Corps. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2025 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

*Small Business

Trouser Contract Awarded

April 18, 2024, Pentaq Manufacturing Corp.,** Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico, has been awarded a maximum $22,278,375 modification (P00031) exercising the fourth one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-20-D-1258) with four one-year option periods for various types of trousers. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. The ordering period end date is April 20, 2025. Using military services are Army and Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2025 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Awarded April 16, 2024)

**Small business in historically underutilized business zones

Men’s Short Sleeve Khaki Shirt Contract Awarded

April 18, 2024, Bernard Cap LLC,* Hialeah, Florida, has been awarded a maximum $35,147,686 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for men’s short sleeve khaki shirts. This was a competitive acquisition with eleven responses received. This is a five-year contract with no option periods. The ordering period end date is April 15, 2029. Using military service is Navy. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2029 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-24-D-0048). (Awarded April 16, 2024)

*Small Business

Rhode Island Company Wins Air Force and Army Beret Contract

April 17, 2024, Hyman Brickle & Son Inc.,* Woonsocket, Rhode Island, has been awarded a maximum $12,487,118 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for men’s berets. This was a competitive acquisition with three responses received. This is a four-year contract with no option periods. The ordering period end date is April 16, 2028. Using military services are Air Force and Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2028 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-24-D-0050).

Monday, April 15, 2024

Fine Denier Polyester Staple Fiber From the People’s Republic of China, India, the Republic of Korea, and Taiwan: Continuation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Orders

On April 11, 2024, the International Trade Administration published in the Federal Register (89 FR 25563) [A–570–060, A–533–875, A–580–893, A–583–860, C–570–061, C–533–876] Fine Denier Polyester Staple Fiber From the People’s Republic of China, India, the Republic of Korea, and Taiwan: Continuation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Orders

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Fischer Sports Recalls Junior Ski Boots Due to Fall Hazard

This recall involves RC4 50, RC4 60, and RC4 65 Junior Ski Boots in sizes 21.5 to 27.5. The RC4 50 and RC4 60 were sold in Rhino Grey and Snow colors. The RC4 65 was sold in yellow. “Fischer” is printed on the lower shell on each boot, and the specific model and name is printed on the outside of the upper cuff, between the two top buckles. The size of the boot is stamped on the sole.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled RC4 Junior Ski Boots and contact Fischer Sports for instructions on how to receive a refund, a free replacement, or a free repair.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received one report of an incident of the ski boot cuff rotated. No injuries have been reported.

Sold At: Ski gear stores nationwide and online at https://www.fischersports.com/us_en/ and other websites from October 2022 through February 2024 for between $200 and $275.

Manufacturer(s): Fischer Sports US, of Auburn, New Hampshire

Importer(s): Fischer Sports US, of Auburn, New Hampshire

Manufactured In: Romania

Recall number: 24-191

More information and photos HERE.

Touchat Area Rugs Recalled Due to Fire Hazard; Violation of Federal Flammability Regulations; Sold Exclusively on Amazon.com by Touchat

This recall involves Touchat Large Fuzzy Area Rugs. The rectangular rugs are gray and measure 8 feet x 10 feet. “100% Polyester” and “Made in China” are printed on a label on the underside of the product.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled rugs immediately and contact Touchat for a full refund. Consumers will be asked to destroy the product by cutting it in half, and to provide proof of destruction by sending a photo of the cut product to jurysun@outlook.com to receive a full refund. Touchat is contacting all known purchasers directly.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Sold At: Amazon.com from October 2023 through November 2023 for between $80 and $113.

Retailer: Jian De Shi Jia Jin Chu Kou You Xian Gong Si DBA Touchat, of China

Manufactured In: China

Recall number: 24-195

More information and photos HERE.

Red Land Cotton Recalls Quilts and Shams Due to Laceration Hazard

This recall involves Red Land Cotton quilts and quilted shams. The Classic quilts come in white, natural, ticking stripe, blue, or gray, in all sizes: twin, full/queen, and king/California king sizes. The Classic quilted euro shams come in white, natural and ticking stripe. King and Standard shams are white, natural, blue, gray and ticking stripe. Baby quilts come in white, natural and charcoal ticking print.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled quilts and quilt shams and visit www.redlandcotton.com/pages/voluntary-quilt-recall for instructions on how to participate in the recall. Red Land Cotton will be offering a replacement product (of the same value) or a refund in the form of a store credit or a refund check. Consumers will be asked to provide proof of purchase, in the way of photos of the recalled products, a purchase receipt, or other form of payment documentation. Red Land Cotton is notifying all known consumers who purchased the recalled products.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received three reports of consumers being jabbed by a sharp metal needle from the product, including one breaking the skin on a consumer’s hand.

Sold At: Red Land Cotton store and online at redlandcotton.com and amazon.com from May 2023 through February 2024 for between $75 and $310.

Manufacturer(s): Red Land Cotton, Moulton, Alabama

Manufactured In: United States

Recall number: 24-193

More information and photos HERE.

Trouser Contract Awarded

April 12, 2024, American Polymers LLC,** doing business as AMPO USA, Vernon, California, has been awarded a maximum $30,750,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for trousers. This was a competitive acquisition with four responses received. This is a five-year contract with no option periods. Location of performance is New Jersey, with an April 11, 2029, ordering period end date. Using military service is Navy. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2029 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-24-D-0049).

Ballistic Combat Shirt Contract

April 11, 2024, Bethel Industries Inc.,* Jersey City, New Jersey (W91CRB-24-D-0006); Puerto Rico Industries for the Blind Corp., Mayaguez, Puerto Rico (W91CRB-24-D-0007); Point Blank Enterprises Inc., Pompano Beach, Florida (W91CRB-24-D-0008); Bluewater Defense Inc.,* Corozal, Puerto Rico (W91CRB-24-D-0009); and Slate Solutions LLC,* Sunrise, Florida (W91CRB-24-D-0010), will compete for each order of the $628,415,825 hybrid (cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price) contract for the Ballistic Combat Shirt. Bids were solicited via the internet with 14 received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of April 9, 2033. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

*Small Business

Monday, April 8, 2024

Men's Dress Trouser Contract Awarded

April 5, 2024, Bernard Cap LLC,* Hialeah, Florida, has been awarded a maximum $8,070,516 modification (P00005) exercising the second one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-22-D-1544) with four one-year option periods for men’s dress trousers. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. The ordering period end date is April 11, 2025. Using military service is Navy. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2025 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

*Small Business

Flight Deck Safety Boot Contract Awarded

April 5, 2024, Belleville Shoe Manufacturing Co.,* Belleville, Illinois, has been awarded a maximum $10,334,376 modification (P00008) exercising the second one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-22-D-1541) with two one-year option periods for general purpose and flight deck safety boots. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Locations of performance are Missouri and Arkansas, with an April 6, 2025, ordering period end date. Using military service is Navy. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2025 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

*Small Business

Friday, April 5, 2024

AD/CVD Fine Denier Polyester Staple Fiber From China, India, South Korea, and Taiwan

On April 5, 2024, the U.S. International Trade Commmission published in the Federal Register (89 FR 24033) [Investigation Nos. 701–TA–579–580 and 731–TA–1369–1372 (Review)] Fine Denier Polyester Staple Fiber From China, India, South Korea, and Taiwan. On the basis of the record developed in the subject five-year reviews, the United States International Trade Commission ("Commission") determines, pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930 ("the Act"), that revocation of the countervailing duty orders on fine denier polyester staple fiber ("fine denier PSF") from China and India and the antidumping duty orders on fine denier PSF from China, India, South Korea, and Taiwan would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury to an industry in the United States within a reasonably foreseeable time.

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Hot Weather Boot Contract Awarded

April 4, 2024, McRae Industries,* Mt. Gilead, North Carolina, has been awarded a maximum $31,444,644 fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for hot weather boots. This was a competitive acquisition with two responses received. This is a four-year contract with no option periods. The ordering period end date is March 27, 2028. Using military service is Marine Corps. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2028 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-24-D-0044).

*Small Business

Lovey & Grink Recalls Children’s Pajamas Due to Burn Hazard; Violation of Federal Flammability Regulations for Children’s Sleepwear

This recall involves four types of children’s sleepwear garments: girl’s two-piece pajama sets, girl’s nightgowns, boy’s two-piece pajama sets, and unisex two-piece pajama sets. They were sold in the following prints: Sushi, S’mores, Heart Pops, Rainbow Sky, Popcorn, Puppy Love, Race Car, Sports, Beach Day, Summer Treats, Pasta, Cherry Berry, Love Potion, With the Band, Recycle, Halloween, Birthday Treats, Build-a-Block, Blue Gummy Bears, Gingerbread, Helicopters, Hanukkah Penguins, Rainbow Hearts and Vacation Vibes. The pajama sets were sold in sizes 12 Months to 9/10. The size, “Made In Indonesia”, “RN64664”, “48% Cotton/47% Modal/5% Spandex”, and washing instructions are printed on the neck label. No side seam label is found on the product.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled pajamas away from children, stop using them, and contact Lovey & Grink for a full refund. Consumers who purchased the product will be asked to destroy the garments by cutting them in half and disposing of them in accordance with local and state recycling laws. Consumers must send a photo of the destroyed garment to recall@loveyandgrink.com. Upon receipt of the photo, consumers will be issued a full refund of the purchase price.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Sold At: Five Loaves Two Fish (Coronado, California), Sassy Pants (Stockton, California), Wards Terrilee (Closter, N.J.), Little Luna (New York), Groove (Westport, Connecticut), Bean 2 Tween (Southampton, N.Y.), Reform Kids (Cresskill, N.J,), Stella Mara (Englewood, N.J.), State of Kid (Miami, Florida), and Blue Jean Baby (Woodbury, N.Y.) and online at loveyandgrink.com, Saks.com, Bloomingdales.com and Maisonette.com from September 2022 through January 2024 for between $38 and $44.

Importer(s): Koala Tree Enterprises, DBA Lovey & Grink, of Los Angeles, California

Manufactured In: Indonesia

Recall number: 24-183

More information and photos HERE.

Mohawk FTZ Application Denided

On April 1, 2024, the Foreign-Trade Zone Board published in the Federal Register (89 FR 22372) Production Activity Not Authorized; Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) 26; Mohawk Carpet Distribution, LLC; (Machine-Made Woven and Tufted Rugs of Polypropylene); Calhoun and Sugar Valley, Georgia

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Too Good to Be True as CBP Seizes Multiple Counterfeit Products Valued at Over $100,000

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Rochester Port of Entry seized a variety of designer items for bearing counterfeit trademarks.

Over the past month and a half, CBP officers at the port of Rochester inspected several shipments that contained multiple “designer” handbags, wallets, clothing, and shoes, amongst other items. After a thorough examination of the merchandise, all the items were determined to be inauthentic and were seized for bearing counterfeit trademarks. Had these items been genuine, the total Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) value would have been approximately $105,202 dollars.

More information HERE.

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Federal Prison Industries Win Extreme Cold/Wet Weather Jacket Contract

March 26, 2024, Federal Prison Industries,** doing business as UNICOR, Washington, D.C., has been awarded a maximum $16,513,875 modification (P00002) exercising the first one‐year option period of a one‐year base contract (SPE1C1‐23‐D‐0017) with three one‐year option periods for extreme cold/wet weather jackets. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Location of performance is Kentucky, with a March 27, 2025, ordering period end date. Using military services are Army and Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2025 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

**Mandatory Source

Extreme Cold/Wet Weather Jacket Contract Awarded

March 26, 2024, Valley Apparel LLC,* Knoxville, Tennessee, has been awarded a maximum $17,121,825 modification (P00003) exercising the first one‐year option period of a one‐year base contract (SPE1C1‐23‐D‐0016) with three one‐year option periods for extreme cold/wet weather jackets. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. The ordering period end date is March 27, 2025. Using military services are Army and Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2025 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

*Small Business

Air Force and Army Beret Contact Awarded to Rhode Island Company

March 25, 2024, Hyman Brickle & Son Inc.,* Woonsocket, Rhode Island, has been awarded a maximum $12,487,118 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for men’s berets. This was a competitive acquisition with three responses received. This is a four-year contract with no option periods. The ordering period end date is March 24, 2028. Using military services are Air Force and Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2028 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-24-D-0041).

*Small Business

Navy Footwear Contract Awarded

March 22, 2024, McRae Industries Inc.,* Mt. Gilead, North Carolina, has been awarded a maximum $14,615,478 modification (P00006) exercising the second one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-22-D-1532) with two one-year option periods for general purpose and flight deck safety boots. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. The ordering period end date is March 22, 2025. Using military service is Navy. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2025 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. *Small Business

Friday, March 22, 2024

Navy and Air Coast Apparel Contract Awarded

March 21, 2024, BestWork Industries for the Blind Inc.,** Cherry Hill, New Jersey, has been awarded a maximum $14,188,032 modification (P00010) exercising the second one‐year option period of a one‐year base contract (SPE1C1‐22‐D‐B124) with two one‐year option periods for fleece liners. This is a firm‐fixed‐price, indefinite‐delivery/indefinite‐quantity contract. The ordering period end date is March 23, 2025. Using customers are Navy and Coast Guard. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2025 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

**Mandatory Source

Army Jacket Contract Awarded

March 21, 2024, Blind Industries and Services of Maryland,** Baltimore, Maryland, has been awarded a maximum $16,881,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for physical fitness uniform jackets. This is a one-year base contract with two one-year option periods. Locations of performance are North Carolina and Virginia, with a March 20, 2025, ordering period end date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2025 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-24-D-B014).

**Mandatory Source

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Court Ruling on "Parts" versus "Inputs"

In March 20, 2024, Customs Bulletin Vol. 58, No. 11 ( beginning on page 6) the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit case RKW KLERKS INC., Plaintiff-Appellant v. UNITED STATES, DefendantAppellee is reported.

BACKGROUND: RKW imports two types of net wrap, marketed as “Top Net” and “Rondotex” (collectively, Netwraps). The Netwraps are synthetic fabrics used to wrap round bales of harvested crops released from baling machines such that the bales maintain their compressed structure and are easier to transport. The Netwraps are made up of highdensity polyethylene (HDPE) film layers that have been knit on a Raschel machine and wrapped around a cardboard core.

At issue in this case is the proper classification of the Netwraps in the HTSUS. Customs classified the Netwraps under HTSUS Chapter 60 under subheading 6005.39.00 as “warp knit fabric,” dutiable at the rate of 10% ad valorem.

After Customs’s initial classification, RKW filed a protest, which was deemed denied. RKW then appealed to the CIT, filing a motion for summary judgment. The government filed a cross-motion for summary judgment. In its motion, RKW contended that the Netwraps should instead be classified under Chapter 84, subheading 8433.90.50 as “parts” of harvesting machinery or alternatively subheading 8436.99.00 as “parts” of other agricultural machinery

The Court concluded the the Netwraps are a disposable input and not a part of round baling machines.

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Short Supply Request: Polyester/Cotton/Nylon Double Face Jacquard Knitted Fabric&

SPECIFICATIONS: Certain Double-Knit Jacquard Fabric

HTS: 6006.33

Fabric Type: Polyester/Cotton/Nylon Double Face Jacquard Knitted Fabric

Fiber Content: 55% to 65% Polyester / 30% to 40% Cotton / 3% to 6% Nylon

Yarn Size:

  • Face: 100% Polyester Filament yarn 100 to 200 Denier
  • Tie: 100% Nylon 10 to 40 Denier
  • Back: 100% Cotton 20/1 to 34/1

Fabric Weight:

  • Metric: 200-340 GM2
  • English: 5.8-10.03 ounces per square yard

Weave Type: Double Knit Jacquard

Fabric Width:

  • Metric: 152-195 cm
  • English: 59.8-76.8 inches

Finish: Yarn Dye of Various Color

Remarks: The yarn size designations describe a range of yarn specifications for yarn before knitting, dyeing and finishing of the fabric. They are intended as specifications to be followed by the mills in sourcing yarn used to produce the fabric. Dyeing, finishing, and knitting can alter the characteristic of the yarn as it appears in the finished fabric. This specification therefore includes yarns appearing in the finished fabric as finer or coarser than the designated yarn sizes provided that the variation occurs after processing of the greige yarn and production of the fabric. The specifications for the fabric apply to the fabric itself prior to cutting and sewing of the finished garment. Such processing may alter the measurements.

Thursday, March 14, 2024

FTC Announces Tentative Agenda for March 21 Open Commission Meeting

Today, Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina M. Khan announced that an open meeting of the Commission will be held virtually on Thursday, March 21, 2024. The open meeting will commence at 11am ET and will begin with time for members of the public to address the Commission.

The following items will be on the tentative agenda for the March 21 Commission meeting:

Business Before the Commission:

Presentation on the Telemarketing Sales Rule Amendments:

Staff of the Division of Marketing Practices will give a presentation on the Commission’s finalization of an amendment to the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR), prohibiting misrepresentations in business-to-business telemarketing calls and requiring more robust record-keeping, and the Commission’s decision to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking seeking to amend the TSR to apply its protections to inbound telemarketing calls selling technology support services. 

Supply Chain Report:

The Commission will discuss a report on the causes behind supply chain disruptions. The report will summarize FTC staff findings concerning how supply chain disruptions are affecting consumer goods suppliers and retailers, with a focus on whether disruptions disproportionately affect smaller retailers and other areas of competitive interest. The report stems from orders the FTC issued in late 2021 to nine large retailers, wholesalers, and consumer good suppliers.

At the start of the meeting, Chair Khan will offer brief remarks and will then invite members of the public to share feedback on the Commission’s work generally and bring relevant matters to the Commission’s attention. Members of the public must sign up for an opportunity to address the Commission virtually at the March 21 event.

Each commenter will be given two minutes to share their comments. Those who cannot participate during the event may submit written comments or a link to a prerecorded video through a webform. Speaker registration and comment submission will be available through Tuesday, March 19, 2023 at 8 pm ET.

A link to the event will be available on the day of the event, shortly before the meeting starts via FTC.gov. The event will be recorded, and the webcast and any related comments will be available on the Commission’s website after the meeting. The Commission retains discretion to make public comments available following the event on ftc.gov.

Fine Denier Polyester Staple Fiber; Institution of Investigation, Scheduling of Public Hearings, and Determination That the Investigation Is Extraordinarily Complicated

On March 13, 2024, the International Trade Commission published in the Federal Register (89 FR 18435) Notice of institution of investigation and scheduling of publichearings.

Federal Prison Industries Awarded Jacket Contract

March 13, 2024, Federal Prison Industries,** doing business as UNICOR, Washington, D.C., has been awarded a maximum $14,025,000 modification (P00003) exercising the first one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-23-D-0037) with two one-year option periods for physical fitness uniform jackets. This is an indefinite-delivery contract. Location of performance is Illinois, with a March 26, 2025, ordering period end date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2025 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

**Mandatory source

Trouser Contract Awarded

March 12, 2024, Bethel Industries Inc.,* Jersey City, New Jersey, has been awarded a maximum $8,040,600 modification (P00010) exercising the second one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-22-D-1559) with three one-year option periods for trousers. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Locations of performance are Kentucky and Mississippi, with a March 11, 2025, ordering period end date. Using military services are Army and Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2025 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

*Small Business

Army and Air Force Trouser Contract Awarded

March 12, 2024, M&M Manufacturing LLC,* Lajas, Puerto Rico, has been awarded a maximum $8,446,500 modification (P00011) exercising the second one‐year option period of a one‐year base contract (SPE1C1‐22‐D‐1519) with three one‐year option periods for trousers. This is a firm‐fixed‐price, indefinite‐delivery/indefinite‐quantity contract. The ordering period end date is March 11, 2025. Using military services are Army and Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2025 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

*Small Business

Friday, March 8, 2024

Clothing Wholesaler Executive Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison for Customs Fraud Scheme to Avoid Paying Millions of Dollars in Duties

A Paramount-based clothing wholesale company executive was sentenced today to 48 months in federal prison for undervaluing imported garments in a scheme to avoid paying millions of dollars in customs duties.

Mohamed Daoud Ghacham, 40, of Bell, was sentenced by United States District Judge Maame Ewusi-Mensah Frimpong, who also ordered him to pay $6,390,781 in restitution.

Ghacham pleaded guilty in December 2022 to one count of conspiracy to pass false and fraudulent papers through a customhouse.

Ghacham’s company, Ghacham Inc., which does business under the “Platini” brand name, imported clothing from China and submitted fraudulent invoices to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that undervalued the shipments, allowing the company to avoid paying the full amounts of tariffs owed on the imports.

Read more HERE.

Thursday, March 7, 2024

TJX Recalls Children’s Brown Stretch Twill Pants Sets Due to Choking Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Marshalls

This recall involves Tommy Bahama brand brown stretch twill children’s pants with rib cuffs and with a drawstring that were sold as part of a set with either a blue or green butter fleece crewneck top with an embroidered winking smiley face by the left shoulder. The pants were sold in sizes 18M to 5T. The sewn-in label on the pants is printed with “Suzhou Megatex Import And Export” and the style number CP08513. Only the pants in the set are included in this recall.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled pants away from children and cut off the faux drawstrings to eliminate the hazard. Consumers can also contact TJX for instructions on how to destroy the pants and obtain a full refund. Consumers can also return the pants to any Marshalls store for a full refund.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Sold At: Marshalls stores nationwide from December 2023 through February 2024 for $13 (set with green top) and $15 (set with blue top).

Importer: The TJX Companies Inc., of Framingham, Massachusetts

Manufactured In: China

Recall number: 24-152

More information and photos HERE.

Request for Comments on Promoting Supply Chain Resilience

On March 7, 2024, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative published in the Federal Register (89 FR 16608) Request for Comments on Promoting Supply Chain Resilience.

USTR invites comments to inform the development of trade and investment policy initiatives that promote supply chain resilience.

Commenters should submit information related to one or more of the following questions:

1. How can U.S. trade and investment policy, in conjunction with relevant domestic incentive measures, better support growth and investment in domestic manufacturing and services?

2. What existing or new tools could help ensure that growth in domestic manufacturing and services does not undergo the same offshoring that we have experienced over the past few decades?

3. How can U.S. trade and investment policy promote a virtuous cycle and ``race to the top'' through stronger coordination and alignment on labor and environmental protections within trusted networks among regional and like-minded trading partners and allies?

4. What are examples of trade and investment policy tools that potentially could be deployed in the following sectors to enhance supply chain resilience? In these sectors, what features of the current policy landscape are working well, or less well, to advance resilience?

  • Aerospace and aerospace components.
  • Agriculture, forestry, and fisheries.
  • Automobiles and automotive parts.
  • Call centers, business processing operations, and related services.
  • Critical minerals, including for electric vehicle and large-scale energy storage batteries, and related recycling.
  • Metals.
  • Pharmaceutical and medical goods.
  • Semiconductors, microelectronics, and inputs thereto.
  • Renewable energy generation, transmission, and storage, including solar and wind technology and inputs thereto.
  • Textiles, such as yarns, fabrics, apparel, and other finished goods.

5. What additional sectors may need dedicated trade and investment policy approaches to advance supply chain resilience? What should such approaches entail? With respect to those sectors, what features of the current policy landscape are working well, or less well, to advance resilience?

6. Across sectors, how does access to capital equipment, manufacturing equipment, and technology support supply chain resilience for U.S. producers, and is there a role for trade and investment policy?

7. How can the development of technical standards and regulations support supply chain resilience?

8. There is concern that preferential rules of origin in free trade agreements can operate as a ``backdoor'' benefiting goods and/or firms from countries that are not party to the agreements and are not bound by labor and environmental commitments. What actions could be taken to mitigate these risks and maximize production in the parties? What policies could support strong rules of origin and adherence to rules of origin?

9. What factors are driving supply chain and sourcing decisions, and how does trade and investment policy impact them? How do companies factor geopolitical risk into their global and domestic manufacturing and sourcing decisions? How do companies take into account traceability and transparency considerations in supply chain and sourcing decisions?

10. To what extent is supply chain resilience shaping capital allocation decisions among industry and investors?

11. How can supply chain resilience be measured, including the costs of insufficient resilience, and the impacts of trade and investment policy on resilience? What are appropriate quantitative or qualitative data to consider?

12. How can U.S. trade and investment policy support supply chains that are inclusive of small disadvantaged businesses and underserved businesses, including minority-owned and women-owned businesses, veteran-owned businesses, service-disabled veteran owned small businesses, and HUBZone businesses,

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Men's and Women's Dress Oxford Shoe Contract Awarded

March 6, 2024, Capps Shoe Co. LLC,* Gretna, Virginia, has been awarded a maximum $22,357,715 fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for men's and women's dress oxford shoes. This was a competitive acquisition with three responses received. This is a three-year contract with no option periods. Location of performance is Michigan, with a March 6, 2027, ordering period end date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2027 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-24-D-0037).

*Small Business

Marine Blouse and Trouser Contract Awarded

March 5, 2024, Pentaq Manufacturing Corp.,** Sabana, Puerto Rico, has been awarded a maximum $14,281,650 modification (P00012) exercising the first one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-23-D-0035) with four one-year option periods for blouses and trousers. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. The ordering period end date is March 9, 2025. Using military service is Marine Corps. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2025 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-23-D-0035).

**Small business in historically underutilized business zones

Lightweight Jacket Contract Awarded

March 5, 2024, Bernard Cap LLC,* Hialeah, Florida, has been awarded a maximum $43,907,294 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for men’s, woman’s and General Officer lightweight jackets. This was a competitive acquisition with five responses received. This is a five-year contract with no option periods. The ordering period end date is March 4, 2029. Using military service is Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2029 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-24-D-0035).

*Small Business

Air Force and Marine Shoe Contract Awarded

February 29, 2024, Capps Shoe Co. LLC,* Gretna, Virginia, has been awarded a maximum $9,851,474 fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for women's poromeric dress shoes. This was a competitive acquisition with one response received. This is a two-year contract with no option periods. The ordering period end date is Feb. 27, 2026. Using military services are Air Force and Marine Corps. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2026 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-24-D-0034).

*Small Business

Friday, March 1, 2024

Vanilla Underground Minecraft TNT Children’s Pajamas Recalled Due to Burn Hazard and Violation of Federal Flammability Regulations; Imported by Premier P

The “Minecraft All Over Creeper TNT” garment is a hooded one-piece pajama with a soft, raised fabric printed with green Creepers and TNTs from the Minecraft video game. There are bright green cuffs on the wrists and ankles, a bright green zipper that extends from the neck to the waist, and a hood. On the front of the neck label is the word “Minecraft” and on the back of the label is “2023 Mojang AB. TM Microsoft Corporation”. On the front of the side-seam label is Vanilla Underground’s logo, “Vanilla Underground”, “vanillaunderground.com” and Vanilla Underground’s address. The back of the side-seam label lists the washing instructions, “Made in China”, “100% Polyester” and “Keep away from fire”.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled pajamas away from children, stop using them and contact Vanilla Underground for a full refund. Consumers should destroy the garments by cutting them in half and disposing of them in accordance with local and state recycling laws. Consumers should send a photo of the destroyed garment to customercare@vanillaunderground.com. Upon receipt of the photo, consumers will be issued a full refund of the purchase price.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Sold At: Online on amazon.com and vanillaunderground.com from October 2022 through January 2024 for between $42 and $44.

Importer(s): Premier P. LTD, of United Kingdom

Manufactured In: China

Recall number: 24-133

More information and photos HERE

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Oso & Me Recalls Children’s Pajama Sets Due to Burn Hazard; Violation of the Federal Flammability Regulations for Children’s Sleepwear

This recall involves Oso & Me’s 100% cotton children’s long sleeve, two-piece pajama sets. The “Animal Party” style pajama sets are light blue with dark blue velvet piping, and have a print of lions, zebras, flamingos, monkeys, and bears. The recalled pajama sets were sold in sizes 3Y, 4Y, 5Y, 6Y, 7Y and 8Y and come with a reusable cotton gift bag with matching fabric. “Oso & Me” and the size are printed on the neck label and waist band label. “RN15567”, “Made in Sri Lanka”, and the care instructions appear on the side seam.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the children’s pajamas immediately and contact Oso & Me for a full refund. Consumers who purchased the product will be asked to destroy the garment by cutting the top and bottom in half, and sending the recalling firm a photo of the destroyed garment to ProductRecall@osoandme.com. Upon receipt of the photo, consumers will be issued a full refund of the purchase price.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Sold At: Stores nationwide and online at Oso & Me, The Little, Mud Pie, Marigold Modern, Nellie George, Pitt Street Kids, Swaddle AL, and Bea Colette from January 2020 through November 2023 for about $98. Products were also gifted to influencers and friends of the brand directly by Oso & Me.

Importer(s): Oso Children LLC, of San Francisco, California

Manufactured In: Sri Lanka

Recall number: 24-135

More information and photos HERE.

Children’s Pajamas Recalled Due to Burn Hazard and Violation of Federal Flammability Standards; Sold Exclusively by Liverpool Football Club

This recall involves 17 styles of Liverpool Football Club-branded children’s pajamas (four sleepsuits and 13 pajama sets). The pajama sets were sold in sizes 9-12 Months, 12-18 Months, 18-24 Months, 3-4 Years, 5-6 Years, 7-8 Years, 9-10 Years, and 11-12 Years. The size and “L.F.C.” are printed on the red neck label. “L.F.C.”, the product code, “Made in China”, the fiber content, and the washing instructions are printed on a sewn-in, side-seam label. 

Product NameProduct CodeColorFabric content 
LFC Baby 2 Pack Sleep SuitA21RV01Navy/Gray; Red/Gray/White 100% Cotton
LFC Junior Short PJ SetA21PF13

Top: Gray/Red/Navy Blue/White;

Bottom: Red/Navy Blue

Top: 92% Cotton, 8% Polyester;

Bottom: 100% Cotton

LFC Junior Red Long PJ SetA21PF14

Top: Red/White;

Bottom: Red/White/Yellow

100% Cotton
LFC Junior Gray Long PJ SetA21PF16

Top: Gray/Pink/Red;

Bottom: Gray/Pink

98% Cotton, 2% Polyester
LFC Junior Striped Short PJ SetA21PF17

Top: Red/Gray/Blue/White;

Bottom: Gray/Red

98% Cotton, 2% Polyester
LFC Junior Short PJ SetA22PF15Gray/Red

Top: 95% Cotton, 5% Viscose;

Bottom: 100% Cotton

LFC Junior Red/Gray Long PJ SetA22PF16

Top: Gray/Red;

Bottom: Red/White

Top: 92% Cotton, 8% Polyester;

Bottom: 100% Cotton

LFC Junior Heart Long PJ SetA22PF19

Top: Red/White; 

Bottom: Gray/Red

Top: 100% Cotton;

Bottom: 98% Cotton, 2% Polyester

LFC 2 Pack Red & Gray Baby Sleep SuitsA22RV02Red/White100% Cotton
LFC 23/24 Home Baby PJ SetS23MN08Red/White100% Cotton
LFC 23/24 Home Baby Sleep SuitS23MN09Red/White100% Cotton
LFC 23/24 Away SleepsuitS23MN15Green/White/Black100% Cotton
LFC 23/24 Home Junior PJ SetS23TM04Red/White100% Cotton
LFC Juniors Short Pajama Set Charcoal RedA23TM33

Top: Red/Gray/White;

Bottom: Red/White

Top: 65% Polyester, 35% Cotton;

Bottom: 100% Cotton

LFC Juniors Long Pajama Set Charcoal RedA23TM15

Top: Gray/Red

Bottom: Gray/White

Top: 65% Polyester, 35% Cotton;

Bottom: 100% Cotton

LFC Juniors Long Pajama Set Charcoal RedA23TM16

Top: Gray/Red

Pants: Gray/White

Top: 65% Polyester, 35% Cotton;

Bottom: 100% Cotton

LFC Blippi Long Pajamas A23BL13

Red/Orange/Blue/Yellow/

Black/White

100% Cotton
Remedy:

Consumers should immediately take the recalled pajamas away from children, stop using them and contact Liverpool Football Club for a full refund. Consumers should destroy the garments by cutting them in half and disposing of them in accordance with local and state recycling laws. Consumers should send the recalling firm a photo of the destroyed garment using https://store.liverpoolfc.com/us-product-recall. Upon receipt of the photo, consumers will be issued a full refund of the purchase price.

Incidents/Injuries:

None reported

Sold At:
Exclusively on https://store.liverpoolfc.com from January 2022 through November 2023 for between $10 and $34.
Importer(s):

Liverpool Football Club, of United Kingdom (UK)

Manufactured In:
China, India, and Bangladesh
Recall number:
24-138

More information and photos HERE

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee

On February 16, 2024, U.S. Customs and Border Protection published in the Fedeeral Register (89 FR 12358) Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee.

SUMMARY: The Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) will hold its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, in Charleston, SC. The meeting will be open for the public to attend in person or via webinar. The in-person capacity is limited to 75 persons for public attendees.

The COAC will hear from the current subcommittees on the topics listed below:

1. The Intelligent Enforcement Subcommittee will provide updates on the work completed and topics discussed in its working groups. The Antidumping/Countervailing Duty (AD/CVD) Working Group will provide updates regarding its work and discussions on importer compliance with AD/CVD requirements. For this quarter, CBP continued to work on revisions to the Statement of Work (SOW) for the Forced Labor Working Group. During the next quarter, the Forced Labor Working Group will begin meeting and having discussions under the revised SOW. The SOW may include objectives to enhance focus on technology best practices, stakeholder training and guidance, transparency, and monitoring progress of the implementation of prior recommendations made by COAC. The Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Process Modernization Working Group will report on the continuation of the development of enhancements in communications between CBP, rights holders, and the trade community regarding enforcement actions. The Bond Working Group was placed on hiatus effective December 13, 2023, and does not anticipate providing an update.

2. The Next Generation Facilitation Subcommittee will provide updates on all its existing working groups, to include a new working group, and the transfer of an existing working group to this subcommittee. The Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) 2.0 Working Group had the chance to review the remaining business case scenarios for the Concept of Operations Document. The Customs Interagency Industry Working Group (CII) continues to work on identifying data redundancies to improve efficiencies for the government and the trade. A new working group, the Modernized Entry Processes Working Group (MEPWG), launched following the start of the 17th Term. The Broker Modernization Working Group (BMWG) has been transferred from the Rapid Response Subcommittee to this subcommittee. Finally, the Passenger Air Operations (PAO) Working Group continues to discuss with the Trusted Worker Program (eBadge) CBP Security Seal automated processing, automation of forms, and global entry/trusted traveler programs, and will provide an update on those discussions.

3. The Rapid Response Subcommittee had one active working group this quarter, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Chapter 7 Working Group. The working group met twice during this quarter. The group will discuss their determination that the goals of the Statement of Work have been met and that the group will go on hiatus starting February 1, 2024. The Broker Modernization Working Group (BMWG) is still an active working group but has been transferred from the Rapid Response Subcommittee to the Next Generation Facilitation Subcommittee.

4. The Secure Trade Lanes Subcommittee will provide updates on all seven of its active working groups: the Export Modernization Working Group, the In-Bond Working Group, the Trade Partnership and Engagement Working Group, the Pipeline Working Group, the Cross-Border Recognition Working Group, the De Minimis Working Group, and the Centers Working Group. The Export Modernization Working Group has continued its work on the Electronic Export Manifest Pilot Program and is specifically focused on the effects of progressive filing by the shipper to continuously update export information on successive dates rather than on a specific date. The In-Bond Working Group has continued its focus on the implementation of prior recommendations made by COAC. The Trade Partnership and Engagement Working Group has continued its work on the elements of the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) security program and the validation process. The Pipeline Working Group has continued discussing the most appropriate ``next step'' commodities and potential users of Distributed Ledger Technology to engage once the pilot for tracking pipeline-borne goods deploys. The Cross-Border Recognition Working Group began to meet again to develop tasks specific to its Statement of Work. The De Minimis Working Group has continued its work on strengthening the supply chain and mitigating risks in the low-value package environment. The Centers Working Group, new to this subcommittee, has begun work towards the goals of its Statement of Work.

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Cold Weather Wind Jacket Contract Awarded

February 22, 2024, Blind Industries & Services of Maryland,** Baltimore, Maryland, has been awarded a maximum $9,606,000 modification (P00008) exercising the third one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-21-D-B107) with four one-year option periods for cold weather wind jackets. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. The ordering period end date is Feb. 23, 2025. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2025 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

**Mandatory source.

Innerspring Mattress Contract Awarded

February 20, 2024, National Industries for the Blind,** Alexandria, Virginia, has been awarded a maximum $46,578,579 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for innerspring mattresses. This is a two-year contract with no option periods. Location of performance is North Carolina, with a Feb. 19, 2026, ordering period end date. Using military service is Navy. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2026 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-24-D-B009).

**Mandatory source.

Trade Subcommittee Chairman Adrian Smith Addresses Renewal of MTB

On February 20, 2024, Rep. Adrian Smith Chairman of the Trade Subcommittee of the House Way and Means Committee, delivering a presentation at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln highlighting challenges and opportunities in international trade as the Clayton Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance.

See the video HERE. Remarks about GSP and MTB begin at 19:00 and pick up again at 42:12

USTR Releases Annual Report on China's WTO Compliance

On February 23, 2024, the Office of the United States Trade Representative released its 2023 Report to Congress on China’s WTO Compliance, which details the Biden-Harris Administration’s assessment of the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) membership in the World Trade Organization.

“China remains the biggest challenge to the international trading system established by the World Trade Organization. It has been 22 years since China acceded to the WTO, and China still embraces a state-directed, non-market approach to the economy and trade, which runs counter to the norms and principles embodied by the WTO,” said Ambassador Katherine Tai. “Even more problematic, China’s approach targets industries for global market domination by Chinese companies using an array of constantly evolving non-market policies and practices. This report details the breadth and scale of China’s non-market policies and practices and the serious harm that they cause to workers, businesses, and industries in the United States and around the world. It is a stark reminder that the members of the international trading system must continue to work together to defend our shared interests against these many harmful policies and practices, particularly in sectors targeted by China’s industrial plans.”

The 2023 Report to Congress on China’s WTO Compliance is the 21st report prepared pursuant to section 421 of the U.S.-China Relations Act of 2000 (P.L. 106-286), 22 U.S.C. § 6951 (the Act), which requires the United States Trade Representative to report annually to Congress on compliance by the People’s Republic of China with commitments made in connection with its accession to the World Trade Organization, including both multilateral commitments and any bilateral commitments made to the United States. The report covers calendar year 2023. It also incorporates the findings of the Overseas Compliance Program, as required by section 413(b)(2) of the Act, 22 U.S.C. § 6943(b)(2).

The full report can be found her.