US Trade and Investment Policy Updates
Duty Drawback Software | Import Export Consulting | Processing Filing | Full ServiceWhat is DrawbackContact usIt has been a while since we have discussed recent news regarding U.S. trade and investment policies. Things continue to change rapidly, and it is important to understand what is going on for all importers and exporters. The Presidential Administration has released numerous trade proclamations, executive orders, and has signed major legislation with trade implications within the past couple of months. Below are some of the developments you should keep an eye on. At the end of last month, January 21, 2020, the Presidential Administration issued a new executive order on importer of record criteria. This executive order is intended to implement the administration’s policy to prevent the circumvention of U.S. laws and the avoidance of U.S. duties, taxes and fees in e-commerce transactions. On January 29, 2020 the president signed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) that implemented legislation into law. The USMCA will take effect of the first day of the third month after the last country notifies the others that it has completed all of their domestic procedures for ratification. On January 15, 2020 the United States and China concluded their Phase One Agreement. China has agreed to purchase $200 billion more of U.S. manufactured goods than they did in 2017. The agreement is called the Economic and Trade Agreement Between the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China. On December 13, 2019 the Department of Justice came out with their revised policy regarding voluntary self-disclosures of export control and sanctions violations (VSD Policy). The VSD Policy encourages companies to voluntarily disclose all potentially criminal export control and sanctions violations directly to the Department of Justice. These are only a few of the recent changes that The Administration has made. As an import or export business, it is crucial to stay updated on all of these changes. For more information stay updated on our monthly blog.