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FedEx Regulatory Updates

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services
New Fee will take Effect May 1, 2009
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife published a final rule on December 9, 2008 increasing inspection fees for wildlife shipments and revised the import/export license and fee requirements. The Final Rule was effective January 8, 2009. Learn more.

EEI (formly SED) Regulation Changes
Find out more about the new regulations that affect Electronic Export Information (EEI) filing published by the Bureau of Census. Learn more

FDA Milk Products from China
Due to findings of melamine and cyanuric acid in milk products from China, FDA is imposing new restrictions on all Milk Products from China. As of Nov. 12, 2008 all these products will be subject to FDA automatic detention without physical examination. Learn more 

100% Duties on Certain European Origin Products
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) recently issued an update to the list of commodities from certain member states of the European Community (EC) that are subject to 100% duty when imported to the U.S. The revisions become effective March 23, 2009. These duties are imposed as part of a trade dispute between the U.S. and the EC regarding hormones used in the growth and production of beef, which dates to 1998. The new items added to the list are mainly meat and cheese products, but include other products such as truffles, chewing gum, some fruits and nuts, and juice. Roquefort cheese will incur 300% duty. Affected products vary by country or country groups. Learn more

Implementation of Revised Lacey Act Provisions, “Plant Declaration” Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently published a revised plan and schedule for implementation of several changes to the Lacey Act. The changes require a new declaration for “wild plants”, trees, and products made from either of those two. The declaration is required for these products since Dec. 15, 2008, although it is voluntary during the first phase of implementation. The revised plan clarifies several important elements of the changes, including the scope of the products that require declaration and the time period of the implementation phases.Learn more

Free Trade Agreement and Duty Preference Program Activity
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently issued several notices regarding revisions and updates to multiple free trade agreements and trade preference programs.Learn more 

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