CBP, German Customs Team Up for Big Seizure

Wed Jan 8 2014

CBP, German Customs Team Up for Big Seizure

(Monday, August 12, 2013)
New York U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced today that 20,000 Zolpidem pills, a schedule IV controlled substance, have been seized thanks to a collaborative enforcement effort with the German Customs Investigations Bureau Zollkriminalamt.

Timely information from Zollkriminalamt and excellent targeting and coordination efforts by CBPs Pharmaceuticals Center of Excellence and Expertise resulted in this significant interception, keeping these harmful pills off of our streets, said Robert E. Perez, Director of Field Operations in New York. We thank our partners in German Customs for their ongoing collaboration.

"We are very happy that the joint collaboration between CBP and the Zollkriminalamt was successful, said Dr. Ulrike Berg-Haas, German Customs liaison. The Zollkriminalamt intends to pursue this excellent cooperation against growing global threats. We look forward to our continued work together and are confident, that this will not be the last joint operation."

The seizure occurred at the San Francisco International Mail Facility. Acting on information provided by the Zollkriminalamt, CBPs Pharmaceutical CEE targeted several shipments, and CBP officers at the International Mail Facility intercepted numerous parcels originating in India that had transited Germany. Upon closer examination of the suspect parcels, CBP personnel discovered that the 10 parcels contained a total of 20,000 Zolpidem pills, a Schedule IV controlled substance, and seized the pills.

This enforcement action follows another collaborative enforcement effort in March between CBP and French Customs Fake Medicine Observatory when CBP personnel seized 400 Carisoprodol pills, another schedule IV controlled substance. ( CBP and French Customs Officials Seize Controlled Substance )

As these seizures illustrate, CBP collaborates with its international partners to intercept merchandise that infringes on registered trademarks, is made of substandard materials, or contains prohibited substances that may represent a threat to public safety.

The Pharmaceutical, Health and Chemicals CEE is one of 10 virtual centers that provide one-stop processing to lower the trades cost of business, provide greater consistency and predictability and enhance CBP enforcement efforts. The Centers represent CBPs expanded focus on Trade in the 21st Century, transforming customs procedures to align with modern business. The CEEs will also serve as resources to the broader trade community and to CBPs U.S. government partners.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Changes to the 2014 Harmonized Tariff Schedule on the U.S.

Tue Jan 7 2014

Title: Harmonized System Update 1401 - Changes to the 2014 Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the US

Harmonized System Update (HSU) 1401 was created on January 6, 2014 and contains 1,411 ABI records and 236 harmonized tariff records.

Modifications include PGA (PARTICIPATING GOVERNMENT AGENCY) indicators that are subject to the PGA message set that will apply to the PGA pilot participants. The PGA data for the update transactions are stored on the record identifier VL (OUTPUT) records. The PGA data for the query transactions are stored on the record identifier WL (OUTPUT) records.

Adjustments required by the verification of the 2014 Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) are also included.

No EDI Responses

Tue Jan 7 2014

CBP will be deploying an emergency fix to resolve the issue reported in CSMS 14-000012- "Issue with Improperly Rejected ACE Entry Summaries". Starting at 5:00pm EST to approximately 5:15 EST, filers will not receive EDI responses. All EDI messages will be queued during this time, and processed as soon as the fix is deployed.

Filers should then retransmit any ACE Entry Summaries that were impacted by the issue reported CSMS 14-000012.

Incorrect Steel License Numbers Beign Used

Tue Feb 18 2014

CSMS# 14-000102 - Incorrect Steel License Numbers Being Used

SUBJECT: Incorrect Steel License Numbers Being Used

During the government shutdown in October 2013, the U.S. Department of Commerce temporarily stopped issuing entry specific steel license numbers on imports of steel mill products, and permitted importers to use two non-entry specific steel license numbers on entry summaries. Those two temporary steel license numbers were only valid for use from October 1 16, 2013 and not beyond.

It has come to our attention that some Customs brokers and importers are incorrectly continuing to use the temporary steel license numbers on entry summaries for imports of steel mill products. This practice must cease immediately.

Brokers and/or Importers need to obtain a steel license for each entry from the Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (DOC/ITA) under the Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis System (SIMA). Information is available at on obtaining steel licenses. Also consult 19 CFR 360 for the applicable regulatory requirements.

If you have any questions regarding the requirement for steel license numbers, please contact the DOC/ITA steel licensing hotline at 202- 482-2105 or
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