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Aphis Core Message Set effective March 15

The USDA Aphis Core Message Set requirements go into effect on Monday, March 15. The program includes more data elements that must be transmitted at the time of entry in order to obtain a release from the USDA on certain Aphis eligible products. Animal products, feed and veterinary products, plant and agricultural products, and used farm equipment are included in the scope of the program. Importers may be asked to provide more information on some products in order for a Customs entry to be completed.

The new regulations will allow for the electronic transmission of permits and phytosanitary certificates if imported from a participating country. Further information on this program can be found on the USDA here, while information on electronic permits is on the USDA site here.

COVID relief related exclusions have been granted an extension

The list of exclusion extensions given to 99 COVID relief related products has been granted another extension. The exclusions, originally scheduled to expire on March 31, 2021, will remain in place for six more months expiring on Sept. 30, 2021. In making the announcement the USTR stated that it would be inappropriate to allow the exclusions to expire at this time.

The USTR made no comment on the other two 301 exclusion sets scheduled to expire in March and April. The expectation is that those exclusions will not be extended.

Suspension of the Section 301 tariffs for the EU and UK

Further to the recent announcement of the four month suspension of the additional tariffs in the Boeing/Airbus subsidy dispute. The effective date of the tariff suspensions was the same as the date of the announcement, March 4, 2021. This covers the additional duties imposed on goods from select EU countries and the UK, as well as products exported from the US to those countries. The tariffs imposed by the US primarily impacted aircraft products and a wide range of agricultural products.

The parties will use the suspension to work on a permanent settlement for the dispute and a framework for addressing challenges from new competitors in the aircraft sector, such as China. Note that the retaliatory duties imposed on US imports into the EU in response to the Section 232 action on steel and aluminum remain in place.


Sam McClure, LCB

Director of Compliance & Customs Services


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CVI Exclusion Guide 2020

CVI has a free, complete guide to EVERYTHING you need to know for tariff rounds and exclusions, including:

  • HTS Code
  • Publish Dates
  • Exclusion provision number per set list and round
  • Effective & Extended Expiration Dates

The CVI Exclusion Guide 2020 provides you with a link to original USTR exclusion announcements with a breakdown of each excluded product.

Please let us know if you have any questions. We will be regularly updating this document via our website. Check it out here!


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Meet one of CVI’s Customs Brokerage & Compliance experts, Sam McClure:

Sam serves as Director, Compliance and Customs Services for CVI. He serves as CVI’s corporate compliance officer and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of our Customs related services, including growth.

Sam started his career in 1977 with Waters Shipping Company in Charlotte, NC. He began as a document runner, soon becoming a leader in operations and customer service for the branch. Sam, along with Linda Masten, founded Central Carolina Shipping Inc. in 1983 as an independent Customs Brokerage firm where he served as Vice President for 26 years. Sam and Linda grew Central Carolina into a successful and highly respected member of the Carolinas trade community. When Charlotte opened their local chapter of the IFFCBA Sam was part of the organizing group and he headed the Customs committee for several years. Sam obtained his Customs Brokers License in 1984 and remained with Central Carolina until the company was acquired by CVI in 2009.

At CVI, Sam has held several positions in both the operations and sales departments. As an expert in U.S. Customs regulations, Sam is often called upon on to provide guidance to importers on Customs compliance issues. He makes regular presentations on matters related to importation and broader regulatory compliance.

– Sam McClure, LCB, Director of Compliance & Customs Services, CVI
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