Update on customs reauthorization bill

Update on customs reauthorization bill

The House and Senate passed separate versions of customs reauthorization legislation, and these differences need to be resolved and passed by both houses of Congress before the bill can be sent to the president. Yesterday, the House Ways and Means Committee announced the names of House conferees for H.R. 644, the “Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act.”

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Provisions pending in the customs reauthorization legislation (H.R. 644) include: 

  • A mandate directing CBP and ICE to “establish educational seminars to improve CBP classification and appraisal of imported articles, trade enforcement, and facilitation of international trade; and develop biennially a joint strategic plan for improving trade enforcement and trade facilitation”—which some believe means a greater focus on misclassification 
  • A provision to establish a “Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee”
  • A measure codifying the CBP program of “centers of excellence and expertise” (CEE)
  • A requirement for assignment of importer of record numbers
  • Enforcement measures for intellectual property rights
  • A rule for CBP to investigate all antidumping duty / countervailing duty evasion claims
  • An online import monitoring tool, to allow public access to data on the volume and value of imported goods 
  • A change to the rule for low-value imports, increasing the amount to $800 from $200
  • Changes to a variety of rules relating to customs duties on warranty repairs of retuned U.S. goods, duty exemption on residue of bulk cargo, drawbacks on eligible imports that are destroyed or exported, country-of-origin markings on certain castings
  • Extension of merchandise processing fee (MPF) on goods under the United States-Korea free trade agreement extended through 2025

Customs provision in highway bill

The House today passed, 359-65, the conference agreement for H.R. 22, the “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act”—a bill to extend authorization for spending from the highway trust fund and other related funds through September 30, 2020. Action on the conference agreement by the Senate is pending.  One provision in this legislation would provide for an annual adjustment of certain customs users fees for inflation using a consumer price index calculation (the first adjustment to occur April 1, 2016).

 

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

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

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

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