Trade Updates from A.N. Deringer

The following are provided courtesy of AIV member A.N. Deringer:


FDA (and Deringer) Provide Guidance for Importing COVID-19-Related Goods, CBP Requests Advance Notice

On March 24, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a statement asserting they were taking actions to help with the supply of COVID-19-related materials, such as personal protective equipment and devices. However, acknowledging the surge of medical supply imports—most legitimate, but some not—U.S. Customs and Border Protection published an Information Notice on April 2nd encouraging importers to provide “advanced notification to CBP when they are expecting shipment of pandemic relief materials.”

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Lacey Act to Be Required on 29 New Tariff Lines, USDA Seeking Comments

On October 1, 2020, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will start enforcing new Lacey Act import requirements on 29 new tariff lines. The additions are part of the sixth phase of Lacey Act declaration enforcement, which initially began in 2009.

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Cargo Transportation Unaffected by Provincial State of Emergency Declarations

Ontario and Quebec closed non-essential services earlier this week, and New Brunswick and Nova Scotia have limited non-essential services and tightened provincial entry points. However, there have been no measures affecting the carriage of goods between the US and Canada or between provinces.

Many provinces have declared a state of emergency or declared the coronavirus a health emergency, but the implications vary by each area.

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Cross-Border Flow of Goods Continues, Despite Shutdown of Non-Essential Businesses in ON/QC

Although non-essential services in Ontario and Quebec are shutting down, there have been no orders prohibiting the shipment of goods between the US and Canada. According to Amy Magnus, National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America President and Deringer’s Director of Compliance and Customs Affairs, “At this time, NCBFAA has not received any notifications from the US government indicating that the flow of goods across the border is interrupted.”

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A.N. Deringer, Inc. is a leading provider of international logistics services including Freight Forwarding, Warehousing & Distribution, Customs Brokerage, Logistics Consulting, Cargo Insurance, and Meat Inspection. Deringer combines over 30 US offices with a global agency network to facilitate the movement of cargo throughout the world