Trade Updates from A.N. Deringer

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

CBP, FDA, & FEMA Provide Guidance Regarding Import/Export of COVID-19 Related Goods

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published a Federal Register notice on April 21, 2020, defining exemptions to the temporary rule allowing FEMA to reallocate certain PPE and COVID-19 related goods intended for export. Additionally, CBP published CSMS 42448725 providing additional instructions regarding the import of personal protective equipment (PPE) and certain other devices relating to COVID-19.

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CBP Publishes FAQ Regarding 90-Day Duty, Taxes, & Fees Deferment

On April 19, 2020, US Customs and Border Protection announced a 90-day deferment on the duties, taxes, and fees due on certain entries for importers experiencing a significant hardship attributable to COVID-19. The deferment included restrictions on the types of entries that qualify, and CBP defined “significant hardship” and payment instructions in CSMS 42423171 and CSMS 42421561. On April 21, 2020, CBP issued additional clarification and guidance via Frequently Asked Questions published on their website.


USTR Extends Certain List 1 Section 301 Exclusions

On April 10, 2020, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) extended certain exclusions from List 1 of the Section 301 tariffs on imported Chinese goods. The exclusions were set to expire on April 18, 2020, but have been extended through April 18, 2021.

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Interim Implementation Instructions for USMCA Published

CBP has published interim implementation instructions for the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The document provides “guidance with respect to preferential tariff claims under the USMCA.” Furthermore, the outlined procedures in the document “are in place pending the issuance of the applicable regulations.” For additional information on USMCA, please contact Deringer’s Compliance Department.


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.