TRADE-RELATED NEWS IN A FLASH
This Week:
General Regulatory Information
✓ State Department Amends Regs to Reflect Terminated Arms Embargoes, Other Changes
The U.S. Department of State issued an interim final rule amending the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to, among several other things, reflect that applications for licenses to export or temporarily import ITAR-controlled defense articles and defense services to or from Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam will now be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  Changes also include the designation of Tunisia as a major non-NATA ally and updates to defense trade policy regarding Eritrea, Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  (9/29)
✓ Global Entry Available at Nine More Airports
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that Global Entry, a voluntary program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States, will be available at nine additional designated Global Entry airports, including Hobby Airport in Houston, Texas.
✓ U.S. International Trade Deficit Increases in Aug. 2016
The U.S. Census Bureau announced that the nation’s international trade deficit in goods and services increased to $40.7 billion in August, up from $39.5 billion in July 2016.  As exports increased, imports increased more, climbing from $225.9 billion in July to $228.6 billion in August.
✓ OFAC’s SDN Updates
The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) updated the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (SDN List) with Zimbabwe Removals, a Zimbabwe Update, and Kingpin Act Updates.
ACE and Automated Systems
✓ CBP Releases More Information on Post-Release Capabilities in ACE
CBP released additional information concerning Statements and Reconciliation, two of the post-release capabilities that are now tentatively set to be deployed in ACE in January 2017.  Several corresponding changes will be made to each of these processes.  For example, Reconciliation processing will be expanded from 13 processing ports to all ports nationwide and Statements will be generated in two to three business days instead of the current one day issuance in ACS.  (For more information regarding the changes, please click here.)
✓ CBP to Deactivate 25 Port Codes
CBP announced that it will be deactivating 25 port codes associated with facilities that are no longer active.  After this week, the trade community will no longer be able to use these port codes.  (For a complete list of the 25 port codes, please click here.)
✓ Sept. Issue of ACE Monthly Trade Update Released
CBP announced the issuance of the Sept. 2016 ACE Monthly Trade Update, which includes information on the updated ACE transition timeline, ACE mandatory use dates, PGA pilots, updated ACE documentation, recently recorded webinars, and more.
✓ ACE AESDirect Scheduled Outage
The Census Bureau announced that an ACE AESDirect outage is scheduled from Saturday, October 8 beginning at 10 p.m. (EST) to Sunday, October 9 at 4 a.m.  Shipments submitted during that time must comply with the AES Downtime Policy.
New AD/CVD Orders
✓ New AD Order Issued for Certain Steel Products
The International Trade Administration announced that the Commerce Department is issuing antidumping duty (AD) orders on certain hot-rolled steel flat products from Australia, Brazil, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, the Republic of Turkey, and the United Kingdom.  The Department also issued countervailing duty (CVD) orders on certain hot-rolled steel flat products from Brazil and the Republic of Korea.
Enforcement Actions
✓ Houston-Based Company to Pay $12K for Alleged Antiboycott Violations
The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced that Westlake Vinyls Company LP, based in Houston, Texas, agreed to pay $12,000 to settle charges that, during the period Oct. 2010 and July 2012, it furnished information about business relationships with boycotted countries or blacklisted persons and failed to report on three separate occasions the receipt of a request to engage in a restrictive trade practice or foreign boycott against a country friendly to the U.S.
✓ Lebanese Company to Pay $450K to Settle Export Violations
BIS announced that Technoline, of Beirut, Lebanon, agreed to pay $450,000 to settle charges that it violated the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by causing, aiding, and/or abetting exports or reexports to Syria of items subject to the EAR without the required license from BIS.
✓ Florida Man Denied Export Privileges Following Export-Related Conviction
BIS announced that it has denied the export privileges of Russell Henderson Marshall, of Palm Beach Country, Florida, for a period of ten years following Marshall’s conviction for violating U.S. export control laws (and a BIS denial order) by attempting to send three temperature transmitters used on F-16 fighter jets and a saddle part for the J-69 engine used on 737 military trainer aircraft to Thailand and Pakistan, respectively.
✓ Dubai Company Agrees to Pay $238K to Settle Alleged Antiboycott Violations
BIS announced that Coty Middle East FZCO (UAE) (“CME”), a foreign affiliate of Coty Inc., a domestic concern, agreed to pay $238,000 for seventy alleged antiboycott violations.  According to BIS, between 2009 and 2013, CME furnished information about business relationships with boycotted countries or blacklisted persons to comply with, further, or support an unsanctioned foreign boycott, in violation of the EAR.
Events & Opportunities (U.S. Government)
✓ BIS Posts Meeting Dates, Information for Technical Advisory Committees
BIS published information concerning upcoming meetings of the Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee, Materials Processing Equipment Technical Advisory Committee, Emerging Technology and Research Advisory Committee, and the Sensors and Instrumentation Technical Advisory Committee.  (Please click on the respective hyperlinks for more information.)
This is your Trade-Related News for the week of Oct. 3-7, 2016.
Have a good weekend!
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