Overview

With the increasing globalization of the toy industry, TIA closely monitors trade and other global regulatory and legislative issues arising outside the U.S. Specific country and regional matters of interest to the toy industry are tracked; TIA staff also leverages relationships with ICTI (the International Council of Toy Industries), TIE (Toy Industries of Europe) and other TIA peer organizations (such as AMIJU in Mexico and the Canadian Toy Association, etc.) to be further engaged in toy-related issues in North and South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and other regions.

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*Anyone with questions regarding these international trade topics should contact Rebecca Mond, TIA director of federal government affairs (202.459.0352). 
10+2 Importer Security Filing

The Importer Security Filing (ISF) commonly referred to by the trade as “10+2” is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulation that requires importers and vessel common carriers to provide trade data to CBP in advance of the shipments arriving into the U.S. by vessel (ocean cargo). 

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Automated Commercial Environment (ACE)

The Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) is the commercial trade processing system used by the U.S. to automate border processing, enhance border security and foster our Nation’s economic security through lawful international trade and travel.

As of October 1, 2012, CBP has successfully transitioned both sea and rail manifests to the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE.)  ACE now operates as the only CBP-approved electronic data system.

ACE’s e-Manifest: Sea and Rail began its pilot phase in August 2011, and in November 2011 CBP began accepting e-manifests from trade users in the ACE system. For further information on ACE, please refer to the status report accessible below. 

View current status report 


Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP)

The Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 required 50% screening of air cargo, at the piece level, by February 2009 and 100% by August 2010. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) created this voluntary program which is a partnership between industry and government. Domestic facilities that seek approval as CCS facilities are subject to rigorous security regulations by the TSA. 

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C-TPAT (Customs and Trade Partnership against Terrorism)

C-TPAT is a voluntary initiative between government and industry with the goal of strengthening and improving the overall international supply chain and bolster U.S. border security.  C-TPAT participants must ensure the integrity of their security practices and communicate and verify the security guidelines of their business partners within the supply chain.  In return, the companies benefit from “fast lane” border crossings and other important incentives. Companies of all sizes can benefit from C-TPAT membership. 

View C-TPAT Worksheet 


Dodd-Frank Act Conflict Minerals Reporting Requirements

On August 22, 2012, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted a rule mandated by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (2010) that requires publicly traded companies to disclose their use of conflict minerals originating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or an adjoining country, in order to stop rebel groups from illegally using profits from the minerals to fund their activities. Section1502 of the Act is a disclosure provision that requires companies to determine whether their products contain conflict minerals (tantalum, tin, gold or tungsten) and report their findings to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on an annual basis.

View Dodd-Frank Reporting Requirements 

 


FDA's New Import Trade Auxiliary Communications System (ITACS)

On March 14, 2012, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) opened to the public its new Import Trade Auxiliary Communications System (ITACS).  ITACS is an Internet-based information system which, initially, allows importers and their representatives to check the status of import entries subject to FDA clearance, electronically submit documentation relating to such entries, and provide shipment availability information to the FDA for goods that have been targeted for examination.

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Importer Self-Assessment (ISA) Program

As of October 5, 2012, importers who have successfully undergone a Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) Focused Assessment (“FA”) within the last 12 months audit are eligible for automatic transition into the ISA program without further CBP review provided they are a U.S. or Canadian importer, are a C-TPAT member, agree to develop a risk-based self-testing plan, and otherwise comply with ISA program requirements. 

The opportunity for automatic transition into the ISA program is also available for those U.S. importers that, within the last 12 months, have successfully completed a Compliance Improvement Plan (“CIP”) following an FA, and have been deemed to pose an acceptable risk after CBP follow-up.  Such importers will also not be required to undergo an ISA application review meeting, but will remain required to otherwise comply with the program requirements, as outlined below, one of which is membership in C-TPAT.

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Intellectual Property Rights

In recent years, counterfeiting, piracy and other intellectual property rights (IPR) violations have grown in magnitude and complexity, costing businesses billions of dollars in lost revenue and often posing health and safety risks to consumers.  Companies may take steps to protect their IPR by recording, and renewing, trademarks, copyrights and trade names with CBP.


Lacey Act Amendment

The Lacey Act is the world’s first ban on trade in illegal wood. In 2008 Congress passed a farm bill, which included an amendment to the 100 year old Lacey Act to address illegal logging. The Act:

  1. Prohibits all trade in plant and plant products that are illegally sourced from any U.S. state or foreign country.
  2. Requires importers to declare the country of origin of harvest and species name of all plants contained in their products.
  3. Establishes penalties for violation of the Act, including forfeiture of goods and vessels, fines and jail time.

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Manifest Confidentiality

Simply put, there is a regulation (19CFR 103.31) which requires Importers to file certain trade information with CBP; many of these same data elements are also now required as part of the ISF “10+2” requirements.  It has come to TIA’s attention that certain publications and Internet based operations are selling this trade information.  Section 19 CFR 103.31 allows an Importer to keep its manifest information confidential; confidentiality must be formally requested in writing and renewed every two years. 


MERCOSUR (Mercado Común del Sur – Common Market of the South) Tariffs

On December 7th, the Common Market Committee of the Mercosur nations of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela voted against a proposal from Brazil to permanently increase the duty on toys for all Mercosur countries to 35%, up from the common rate of 20%. The Committee voted to extend until December 31, 2014 a current ruling that allows individual Mercosur members to increase their duties up to 35% if they choose. On November 7th, Argentina announced that it was increasing duties on toys to 35%.

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Simplified Entry/Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS)

CBP’s recently initiated Simplified Entry pilot program allows importers to file, prior to arrival, a simplified entry consisting of 12 required data elements and 3 optional data elements, instead of the typically-required 27 elements that are usually filed post-takeoff. The program is available only within the air cargo environment, but CBP plans to institute similar programs in the ocean and rail environments. 

Currently, there are a limited number of participants and ports in the pilot program.  The initial participating ports were Indianapolis, Chicago and Atlanta.  In August 2012, the program was expanded to four West Coast ports (Seattle, San Francisco, Oakland and Los Angeles,) and in September 2012, six additional ports (Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, Miami, Newark, JFK and Boston) will be added to the program.  While the program is only in its initial phases, by August 2012, more than 11,800 Simplified Entries had been filed for more than 400 importers of record.

Background information regarding Simplified Entry/Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS)


Statistical Provisions for Toy Tariffs

In 2010, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) requested that the 484(f) Committee, which is responsible for annotating the eight-digit subheadings in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) with statistical suffixes, add numerous statistical breakouts to the tariff in order to facilitate the CPSC’s tracking of imported goods subject to certain product safety requirements administered by that agency. 

In 2012, changes were made to the statistical breakouts in Chapter 95 -- Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof under heading 9503.  The number of statistical provisions has been reduced from seven to five, and the wording has been changed.

View Chapter 95 in Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (2013)

Background information regarding Statistical Provisions for Toys 


Resources

Trade Resources

International Trade Administration

  • Trade.gov – All-encompassing trade site covering trade barriers, tariffs, policy, exports, compliance, enforcement, etc.
  • Tradeology – The official ITA blog.
  • International Trade Update – Monthly publication featuring trade news highlights.
  • Export.gov – Complete guide to exporting that utilizes resources from across the U.S. Government to assist American businesses in planning their international sales strategies and succeed in the global marketplace.
  • @TradeGov – Follow the ITA on Twitter for a steady stream of updates.

United States Trade Representative

  • USTR.gov – Covers trade agreements, hearings, updates on trade negotiations, the current administration’s approach to trade policy, etc. Features trade spotlight blog.
  • @USTradeRep – Follow USTR on Twitter for a steady stream of updates.

United States Customs & Border Protection

  • CBP.gov – Provides border advisories, updates on product seizures, information on trusted trade / mutual recognition programs, etc.
  • Frontline magazine – Published quarterly; discusses CBP’s efforts in every area, from trade enforcement to cyber-security.
  • @CustomsBorder – Follow CBP on Twitter for a steady stream of updates.

World Trade Online

  • Insidetrade.com – Provides specific information and analysis of EU/US FTA negotiations and progress, as well as Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and World Trade Organization (WTO) news including hearings, notifications, actions, etc.

World Trade Organization

  • WTO.org –  Provides news on Technical Barriers to Trade and current WTO disputes, as well as official WTO council and committee documents, trade statistics, etc.
  • @WTO – Follow WTO on Twitter for a  steady stream of updates.

STR Trade Report

  • STRtrade.com – Delivers short and up-to-date write-ups of trade policy and regulations, negotiations and agreements; includes descriptions of the affects that outside factors have on these issues. Outlines all developments that affect importing / exporting.

 


Contact Us

Rebecca Mond
Director of Federal Government Affairs
Toy Industry Association   
1200 G Street NW, Suite 250
Washington DC 20004
rmond@toyassociation.org
Phone: (202) 459-0352