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CBP Publishes Guidelines for
U.S. – Japan Trade Agreement
January 3, 2020

Dear Valued Customer,
 
On December 31, 2019, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued guidance to the trade on the effective date and qualifications for claiming preferential treatment under the U.S. – Japan Trade Agreement. Below are the specific guidelines from CBP, as well as trade resources regarding the agreement.

The U.S.– Japan Trade Agreement (the Agreement) will enter into force on January 1, 2020. This message is to inform the trade community of the requirements for claiming preferential treatment under this new Agreement. In order to receive preferential treatment, a good must be originating and meet all the requirements of the U.S.– Japan Agreement. 

Annex II to the Agreement specifies the rules of origin used to determine if a good qualifies for preferential tariff treatment or “originates” under the Agreement. The product-specific rules (Annex II to the Agreement) specify the level of change of tariff classification that non-originating materials must undergo. General Note 36 will be added to the HTSUS and will include the requirements of the Agreement. The links to the U.S.– Japan Trade Agreement text and related documents are below.


FILING INSTRUCTIONS:
  • From January 1, 2020 through January 13, 2020, importers must pay duties on qualifying goods under the Agreement and request a preferential tariff retroactive claim by filing a post summary correction (PSC) to request the duty refund. The Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) will accept the new special program indicator ‘JP’ as a prefix to the eligible tariff number on January 14, 2020.
  • On or after January 14, 2020, ACE will accept the new special program indicator ‘JP’ as a prefix to the eligible tariff number. Importers claiming preferential treatment under the Agreement must include on the entry, the special program indicator “JP” as a prefix to the eligible tariff number for each qualifying good requesting such preference.
To claim preferential tariff treatment under the U.S.– Japan Trade Agreement, the following requirements must be met:
  1. Country of Origin must be ‘JP’
  2. Country of Export must be ‘JP’
  3. Once programmed in ACE, the Special Program indicator 'JP' must be placed before the eligible tariff number to make the claim. 
  4. Claims for preferential treatment under this Agreement are not exempt from the merchandise processing fee (class code 499 and class code 311).
  5. The tariff-rate quota allocation for beef from Japan is modified as follows:
  • The country specific Japan beef quota (200,000 kg) is eliminated and added to “other countries.” This updates the “other countries or areas” limit to 65,005,000 kg.
  • There is no change to the entry filing process. The ACE quota module will process eligible beef from Japan under the “Other countries or areas” quota.
More details on U.S.– Japan implementing instructions will be provided on CBP.gov.

Questions related to this message can be sent to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) – Office of Trade, Trade Agreements Branch email:
http://fta@cbp.dhs.gov

U.S.– JAPAN Trade Agreement Resources:
Trade Agreement – Full Text
Annex 1: Tariffs and Tariff-Related Provisions of Japan
Annex 2 Tariffs and Tariff-Related Provisions of the U.S.
U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement: Side Letter on Alcoholic Beverages
U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement: Side Letter on Beef
U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement: Side Letter on Rice
U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement: Side Letter on Safeguards
U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement: Side Letter on Skimmed Milk Powder
U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement: Side Letter on Whey

Presidential Proclamation 9974:
Full Text

Federal Register Notice 84 FR 72187:
FRN – 84 FR 72187
 
For additional questions or support, please contact your local EMO Trans office, as EMO Trans has a network of Licensed Customs Brokerage specialists available to assist with accomplishing your compliance goals.


Best regards,

Matthew Kmet
Corporate Customs Compliance Manager
Matthew.Kmet@emotrans.com
678-553-7732
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