On December 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) issued a final rule that would align the time limit of License Exception Temporary Exports, Reexports, and Transfers (In-Country) (“License Exception TMP”), for certain temporary exports to Mexico, with the time limit of Mexico’s IMMEX program—a program used by U.S. and foreign manufacturers to lower production costs by temporarily importing production materials into Mexico. Read More >

Effective Jan. 2017, Multiple Core Trade Processing Capabilities Will Be Deployed in ACE

After delaying the deployment of certain core trade processing capabilities in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced that beginning January 14, 2017 transactions supporting drawback, duty deferral, liquidation, collections, statements, and reconciliation must be filed in and processed through ACE.  Submissions to the Automated Commercial System (ACS), CBP’s legacy system, will no longer be supported.  The Importer Security Filing (ISF) is also transitioning to ACE on January 14.

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ECR Continues with More Changes Affecting Military Aircraft, Gas Turbine Engine Items

As part of the Export Control Reform (ECR) Initiative, on October 15, 2013 certain military aircraft and gas turbine engine items were added to the Commerce Control List (CCL).  At the same time, the U.S. Munitions List (USML) was amended by revising Category VIII (Aircraft and Related Articles) and by creating Category XIX (Gas Turbine Engines and Associated Equipment) to describe items controlled in those categories in positive, objective terms.  Then in 2015, the U.S. Departments of Defense, State, and Commerce reviewed these changes to assess their effectiveness and utility.  The Departments of Commerce and State solicited public comments at that time and issued in February 2016 proposed rules to revise the treatment of military aircraft and gas turbine engine items.  Following an interagency review of the public comments on the proposed rules, on November 21, 2016 the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and State Department issued final rules.  

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BIS Removes Certain Nuclear Nonproliferation Column 2 Controls

On November 25, 2016, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued a final rule amending the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to remove nuclear nonproliferation (NP) Column 2 license requirements from certain pressure tubes, pipes, fittings, pipe valves, pumps, numerically controlled machine tools, oscilloscopes, and transient recorders on the Commerce Control List (CCL).  BIS made these changes to make the controls on these items more consistent with controls imposed by countries participating in the Nuclear Suppliers Group.  While the rule became effective on November 25, 2016, certain “software” that, as a result of the final rule, went from being designated as EAR99 to being controlled on the CCL will continue to be classified and designated as EAR99 through January 31, 2017.

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JLF Participates in Secret Santa Gift Exchange and Donates Toys

This year, the Joiner Law Firm (JLF) Team participated in a Secret Santa gift exchange, purchasing toys that reminded participants of the team member whose name they drew. All toys will be donated to children residing at the Houston Area Women’s Center. The Houston Area Women’s Center works to help individuals affected by domestic and sexual violence build lives free from the effects of violence.

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