Sanctions Designations:

  • U.S. Designates Numerous Individuals and Entities: On September 15, 2022, the U.S. added a number of individuals and entities to the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (“SDN”) List.  The sanctions target Russia’s financial system, including the heads of Russia’s state-run card payment system (NSPK), central securities depository, stock exchange’s clearing

In ruling N327712 (Sept. 2, 2022), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) discusses the country of origin of an electronic vaping device.  The device under review, identified as the Vuse Alto Power Unit, is an electronic vaping device comprised of the following components:

  • Metal enclosure containing a printed circuit board assembly (PCBA);
  • Rechargeable battery;
  • Battery plugs;

In ruling N327192 (Aug. 17, 2022), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) discussed the tariff classification of semiprecious stones from China.  The item under review was referred to as the “National Geographic 2 lbs. Premium Polished Gemstone Set.”  The stones came tumbled and polished, and could be used by collectors, placed in aquariums, used in crafts

In ruling N326984 (August 2, 2022), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) discussed the tariff classification of torrefied wood pellets from Vietnam. The pellets under consideration consist of agglomerated, powdered wood by-products – which include sawdust, sawmill waste, wood manufacturing waste, and tree waste. The powdered wood is agglomerated under heat and pressure. The pelletized material

Russia Sanctions: This week the United Kingdom updated the listings for several sanctioned persons by making 17 amendments to designated individuals and 10 amendments to designated entities.  The amendments included revisions to dates of birth, addresses, and descriptions.

General Licenses: On August 5, 2022, the United Kingdom issued general license (“GL”) INT/2022/2055384.  The

In ruling N327063 (August 3, 2022), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) discussed the country of origin of mallets. The imported mallets are identified as 12-ounce and 24-ounce Hickory 2-sided Soft Face Mallets. The mallets consist of a forged, carbon steel head and an injection-molded handle. The mallets also come with replaceable plastic caps that are

In a report from April 2022, Washington, DC based-firm Horizon Advisory investigated the Xinjiang aluminum sector and reported how – alongside the textile, apparel, agriculture, and solar energy sectors in the region – this sector is at high-risk of forced labor exposure. The report found that the eight major aluminum companies operating in Xinjiang –

In ruling N326933 (July 27, 2022), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) discussed the tariff classification of a “2-in-1 Tot Swimmer” flotation device from China. The item comes in two different styles and functions as a swim training system to grow with children as they become more comfortable in the water. The flotation device consists of