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Delayed effective date of rules concerning vehicle and chemical imports

Delayed effective date of rules on certain imports

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Treasury Department today jointly issued items for publication in the Federal Register that delay the effective date of final rules relating to imports of certain vehicles and engines and chemicals in bulk form or as part of mixtures and articles containing a chemical or mixture.

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The final rules were released in late December 2016, and were to be effective January 26, 2017. Today’s releases delay the effective date of application of the final rules by 60 days from January 20, 2017.

Vehicles

On December 27, 2016, a final rule was published announcing amendments to CBP regulations relating to the importation into the United States of certain vehicles and engines under the Clean Air Act (CAA) in order to harmonize the documentation requirements applicable to different classes of vehicles and engines that are subject to the CAA’s emission standards. That document further amended the regulations to permit importers to file the required U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Declaration Forms with CBP electronically, and amended non-substantive provisions to update regulatory citations and delete obsolete provisions. The changes were to be effective January 26, 2017. Today’s notice [PDF 172 KB] announces that the effective date is delayed for 60 days from January 20, 2017.

Chemicals

On December 27, 2016, a final rule was published announcing amendments to CBP regulations regarding the requirement to file a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) certification when importing into the customs territory of the United States chemicals in bulk form or as part of mixtures and articles containing a chemical or mixture. That document amended the regulations to establish an electronic option for importers to file the required U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) TSCA certifications, to clarify and add certain definitions, and to eliminate the paper-based blanket certification process. The changes announced were to be effective January 26, 2017. Today’s notice [PDF 167 KB] announces that the effective date is delayed for 60 days from January 20, 2017.

 

For more information, contact a professional with KPMG’s Trade & Customs practice:

Douglas Zuvich | +1 (312) 665-1022 | dzuvich@kpmg.com

Andrew Siciliano | +1 (631) 425-6057 | asiciliano@kpmg.com

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