New Country of Origin Marking Rules for Goods Made in Hong Kong –

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President Trump signed Executive Order 13936 in mid-July changing the country of origin marking rules for goods made in Hong Kong – see below for a copy and paste from the CSMS of the new marking rules:

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Cargo Systems Messaging Service
CSMS #43633412 – GUIDANCE: New Marking Rules for Goods Made in Hong Kong – Executive Order 13936

PURPOSE

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide guidance on the new country of origin marking rules for goods produced in Hong Kong based on the President’s Executive Order (EO) on Hong Kong Normalization (EO 13936, dated July 14, 2020).

SUMMARY

On July 14, 2020, the President signed EO 13936 on Hong Kong Normalization. The EO suspends the application of section 201(a) of the United States-Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992, as amended (22 U.S.C. 5721(a)), to 19 U.S.C. 1304, Marking of imported articles and containers. Appropriate actions must be commenced within 15 days (effective July 29, 2020) of the EO’s issue date.

GUIDANCE

The position set forth in this document is applicable as of July 29, 2020. A transition period will be granted for importers to implement marking consistent with this position for imported goods produced in Hong Kong. Such goods, when entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption into the United States, after September 25, 2020 must be marked to indicate that their origin is “China” for purposes of 19 U.S.C. 1304.

Transition Period

CBP will grant a 45-day transition period, until September 25, 2020, in order to give the trade sufficient time to adjust to the new marking rules. During this period, Personnel from the Ports of Entry and Centers of Excellence and Expertise (Centers) are directed to neither issue marking notices, nor take further enforcement actions on goods produced in Hong Kong for purposes of 19 U.S.C. 1304. Centers should take measures to inform accounts of these new marking rules for Hong Kong set forth in the EO.

RELATED DOCUMENTS:

Country of Origin Marking of Products of Hong Kong (85 FR 48551, August 11, 2020)
The President’s Executive Order on Hong Kong Normalization (85 FR 43413, July 14, 2020)
1997 FR Hong Kong Customs 97-14662 (62 FR 30927, June 5, 1997)

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If you have any questions how the new country of origin marking rules will impact your business, contact David Hsu by phone/text anytime at 832-896-6288 or by email at attorney.dave@yahoo.com.

Counterfeit coolers seized by CBP.

Counterfeit cooler, source: CBP.gov

Earlier this week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspected a rail container at the Portal Port of Entry and found coolers in violation of intellectual property rights. The seized coolers, if genuine would total approximately $151,149.

Author note – not sure which brand these coolers appear to be trying to counterfeit – I see RTIC and YETI both have these types of coolers – but could not find one that was similar.

If you have any questions about importing and/or exporting, contact us for a no fee consultation – David Hsu by phone/text at 832-896-6288 or by email at attorney.dave@yahoo.com.

Pipe seized due to false country of origin markings.

Seized pipe

Image of suspected false “MADE IN CANADA” marking, source: CBP.gov

According to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) media release, CBP officers inspected and seized a commercial truck carrying pipe stenciled with the words “Made In Canada” as the country or origin marking. However, upon further inspection, CBP officers determined the pipe contained other markings indicative of a third country of origin.

As a result, CBP officers seized the 48 pieces of pipe with an invoiced value of $9,677.

If you have any questions about marking or country of origin, give us a call. We also assist companies and importers with determining what is the correct country of origin and whether we can quantify goods as a different country of origin based on substantial transformation. 

We are here to answer all your country of origin questions, call/text David Hsu for immediate assistance at 832-896-6288 or by email at attorney.dave@yahoo.com, dh@gjatradelaw.com.

4 US Companies falsely claimed their goods were “Made in the USA”, $0 in fines paid.

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According to the New York Times – four companies violated Federal Law by engaging in “unfair or deceptive acts” and false claims that their goods were “Made in the USA”.

The companies and violations include –
(1) Hockey puck manufacturer falsely claims their pucks were made in the US.
(2) California mattress maker falsely claimed there mattresses were “designed and assembled in the U.S.A.”
(3) California-based manufacturer of tactical gear and other merchandise falsely claimed their products were Made in the USA or American made.

Despite the false claims, the Federal Trade Commission (F.T.C.) found all four companies violated federal law, but did not punish the firms. No fines were issued and neither company was required to admit wrongdoing or notify customers of their false marketing.

Democrat lawmakers urged the President to get more tough on manufacturers who falsely label goods as made in America. In response, FTC officials indicated the threat of future penalties was an adequate deterrent as companies face a $40,000 penalty per violation if making any further false claims.

If you have any questions whether your goods qualify as “Made in the USA” or are under FTC investigation, contact experienced trade and customs attorney, David Hsu by cell/text: 832.896.6288 or by email at: attorney.dave@yahoo.com / dh@gjatradelaw.com.