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17-0216 Thursday “The Daily Bugle”

17-0216 Thursday “The Daily Bugle”

Thursday, 16 February 2017

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  1. DHS/CBP Posts Quarterly IRS Interest Rates Used in Calculating Interest on Overdue Accounts and Refunds on Customs Duties 
  1. Ex/Im Items Scheduled for Publication in Future Federal Register Editions
  2. Commerce/BIS: (No new postings.) 
  3. DHS/CBP Enhances Accuracy of the Release Date for ACE Cargo Release 
  4. State/DDTC: (No new postings.)
  1. J. Anderson: “The Searchable CCL® for Feb. 2017” 
  1. IT System: Modernization Webinar – Industry Meeting on DECCS Release #2, 23 Feb 
  1. Daniel Perrone Joins Raytheon Company  
  1. Bartlett’s Unfamiliar Quotations 
  2. Are Your Copies of Regulations Up to Date? Latest Changes: ATF (15 Jan 2016), Customs (27 Jan 2017), DOD/NISPOM (18 May 2016), EAR (1 Feb 2017), FACR/OFAC (10 Feb 2017), FTR (15 May 2015), HTSUS (10 Feb 2017), ITAR (11 Jan 2017) 

EXIMEX/IM ITEMS FROM TODAY’S FEDERAL REGISTER

EXIM_a1
1. DHS/CBP Posts Quarterly IRS Interest Rates Used in Calculating Interest on Overdue Accounts and Refunds on Customs Duties 
 
 

 
82 FR 10913-10914: Quarterly IRS Interest Rates Used in Calculating Interest on Overdue Accounts and Refunds on Customs Duties
* AGENCY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security.
* ACTION: General notice.
* SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the quarterly Internal Revenue Service interest rates used to calculate interest on overdue accounts (underpayments) and refunds (overpayments) of customs duties will remain the same from the previous quarter. For the calendar quarter beginning January 1, 2017, the interest rates for overpayments will be 3 percent for corporations and 4 percent for non-corporations, and the interest rate for underpayments will be 4 percent for both corporations and non-corporations. This notice is published for the convenience of the importing public and U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel.
* DATES: Effective Date: January 1, 2017.
* FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kara N. Welty, Revenue Division, Collection and Refunds Branch, 6650 Telecom Drive, Suite #100, Indianapolis, Indiana 46278; telephone (317) 614-4614.
* SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: …
   In Revenue Ruling 2016-28, the IRS determined the rates of interest for the calendar quarter beginning January 1, 2017, and ending on March 31, 2017. The interest rate paid to the Treasury for underpayments will be the Federal short-term rate (1%) plus three percentage points (3%) for a total of four percent (4%) for both corporations and non-corporations. For corporate overpayments, the rate is the Federal short-term rate (1%) plus two percentage points (2%) for a total of three percent (3%). For overpayments made by non-corporations, the rate is the Federal short-term rate (1%) plus three percentage points (3%) for a total of four percent (4%). These interest rates are subject to change for the calendar quarter beginning April 1, 2017, and ending June 30, 2017.
   For the convenience of the importing public and U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel the following list of IRS interest rates used, covering the period from before July of 1974 to date, to calculate interest on overdue accounts and refunds of customs duties, is published in summary format. …
 
   Dated: February 13, 2017.
Kevin K. McAleenan, Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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OGS
OTHER GOVERNMENT SOURCES

OGS_a12. Ex/Im Items Scheduled for Publication in Future Federal Register Editions

(Source: Federal Register)
 
* State; NOTICES; Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery [Publication Date: 17 February 2017.]

* Treasury; Foreign Assets Control Office; NOTICES; Blocking or Unblocking of Persons and Properties [Publication Date: 17 February 2017.]

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OGS_a23. Commerce/BIS: (No new postings.)

(Source:
Commerce/BIS)

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OGS_a34. DHS/CBP Enhances Accuracy of the Release Date for ACE Cargo Release

(Source: CSMS# 17-000083, 16 Feb 2017.)
 
On February 16, 2017, Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) will deploy updates to ACE Cargo Release that will enhance the accuracy of the release date. Effective February 16, ACE Cargo Release will use the estimated date of arrival as the release date for an entry. Once the cargo is arrived at its designated Port of Entry, ACE Cargo Release will update the release date to the actual date of arrival. This actual arrival date/release date will then become the start date for the ten-day window for Entry Summary filing.
 
Please note, this update does not require any ACE programming changes for the trade community. If issues arise related to incorrect release date behavior, please report these issues to your assigned CBP ABI Client Representative for support.
 
In addition to this change, over the next month CBP anticipates deploying additional updates to ACE Cargo Release to resolve other issues affecting the trade community, and we will continue to send updates via CSMS.
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OGS_a45. State/DDTC: (No new postings.)

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COMMCOMMENTARY

COMM_a16. J. Anderson: “The Searchable CCL® for Feb. 2017”
(Source: Author)

* Author: John Anderson,
john@avantinternational.com 

The Searchable CCL® for Feb. 2017 is here!
 
A new and updated version of The Searchable CCL is now available for download.
 
Features:
  – Easy searching of the entire Commerce Control List without having to open a separate file for each category
  – A more legible format than the e-CFR
  – Includes the alphabetical index to the CCL
  – Includes EAR Part 772 “Definitions of Terms”

This new version is up to date as of February 1, 2017 and includes all the changes to Category 5, Part 2 from September 20, 2016 as well as the recent final rule regarding spacecraft and related items.

Download
here.
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TEEX/IM TRAINING EVENTS & CONFERENCES

TE_a17. IT System: Modernization Webinar – Industry Meeting on DECCS Release #2, 23 Feb

* What: This webinar provides an overview of DECCS release #2, as well as a question and answer session
* When: Thursday, 23 February 2017 from 11:30am – 12:30pm (Eastern)
* Where: Your computer
* Sponsor: Dept. of State/DDTC
* Register: Not necessary, to join the webinar, go to https://irmedip.adobeconnect.com/chatwsme/. If you are unable to join the webinar session but would like to join via the conference line:
 
  – Domestic Participants Toll Free Number: 877-336-1829; Access Code: 730 7668
  – Overseas Participants International Number: 636 651 0002; Access Code: 730 7668

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MSEX/IM MOVERS & SHAKERS

MS_a18. Daniel Perrone Joins Raytheon Company 

(Source: Don McCammon, Global Trade Deployment Lead, Raytheon Company)
 
Daniel Perrone, formerly of United Technologies – Pratt & Whitney Canada joins Raytheon’s Office of Global Trade, in Rosslyn, VA as the Director of Licensing.  He can be reached at 703-284-4459 or Daniel.T.Perrone@raytheon.com 

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ENEDITOR’S NOTES

(Source: Editor)

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G. M. Trevelyan (George Macaulay Trevelyan, 16 Feb 1876 – 21 Jul 1962, was a British historian and academic.)

  – “The best job goes to the person who can get it done without passing the buck or coming back with excuses.”

 

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Henry Adams (Henry Brooks Adams (February 16, 1838 – March 27, 1918) was an American historian and member of the Adams political family, being descended from two U.S. Presidents. He was best known for his
History of the United States During the Administrations of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, a 9-volume work, praised for its literary style.)

  – “A friend in power is a friend lost.”  

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. Are Your Copies of Regulations Up to Date?
(Source: Editor)

The official versions of the following regulations are published annually in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.), but are updated as amended in the Federal Register.  Changes to applicable regulations are listed below.
 
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ATF ARMS IMPORT REGULATIONS
: 27 CFR Part 447-Importation of Arms, Ammunition, and Implements of War
  – Last Amendment: 15 Jan 2016: 81 FR 2657-2723: Machineguns, Destructive Devices and Certain Other Firearms; Background Checks for Responsible Persons of a Trust or Legal Entity With Respect To Making or Transferring a Firearm 
 
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CUSTOMS REGULATIONS
: 19 CFR, Ch. 1, Pts. 0-199
  – Last Amendment: 27 Jan 2017: 82 FR 8589-8590: Delay of Effective Date for Importations of Certain Vehicles and Engines Subject to Federal Antipollution Emission Standards; and 82 FR 8590: Delay of Effective Date for Toxic Substance Control Act Chemical Substance Import Certification Process Revisions 

* DOD NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL SECURITY PROGRAM OPERATING MANUAL (NISPOM): DoD 5220.22-M
  – Last Amendment: 18 May 2016: Change 2: Implement an insider threat program; reporting requirements for Cleared Defense Contractors; alignment with Federal standards for classified information systems; incorporated and canceled Supp. 1 to the NISPOM  (Summary here.)

* EXPORT ADMINISTRATION REGULATIONS (EAR): 15 CFR Subtit. B, Ch. VII, Pts. 730-774 
  – Last Amendment: 1 Feb 2017: 82 FR 8893-8894: Commerce Control List: Removal of Certain Nuclear Nonproliferation (NP) Column 2 Controls

  
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FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL REGULATIONS (OFAC FACR)
: 31 CFR, Parts 500-599, Embargoes, Sanctions, Executive Orders
  – Last Amendment: 10 Feb 2017: 82 FR 10434-10440: Inflation Adjustment of Civil Monetary Penalties.  
 
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FOREIGN TRADE REGULATIONS (FTR)
: 15 CFR Part 30
  – Last Amendment: 15 May 2015; 80 FR 27853-27854: Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR): Reinstatement of Exemptions Related to Temporary Exports, Carnets, and Shipments Under a Temporary Import Bond 
  – HTS codes that are not valid for AES are available
here.
  – The latest edition (9 Mar 2016) of Bartlett’s Annotated FTR (“BAFTR”), by James E. Bartlett III, is available for downloading in Word format. The BAFTR contains all FTR amendments, FTR Letters and Notices, a large Index, and footnotes containing case annotations, practice tips, and Census/AES guidance.  Subscribers receive revised copies every time the FTR is amended. The BAFTR is available by annual subscription from the Full Circle Compliance website.  BITAR subscribers are entitled to a 25% discount on subscriptions to the BAFTR.
 
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HARMONIZED TARIFF SCHEDULE OF THE UNITED STATES (HTS, HTSA or HTSUSA)

, 1 Jan 2017: 19 USC 1202 Annex. (“HTS” and “HTSA” are often seen as abbreviations for the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States Annotated, shortened versions of “HTSUSA”.)
  – Last Amendment: 10 Feb 2017: Harmonized System Update 1701, containing 1,295 ABI records and 293 harmonized tariff records.   

  – HTS codes for AES are available
here
.
  – HTS codes that are not valid for AES are available
here.
 
INTERNATIONAL TRAFFIC IN ARMS REGULATIONS (ITAR): 22 C.F.R. Ch. I, Subch. M, Pts. 120-130.
  – Latest Amendment: 11 Jan 2017: 82 FR 3168-3170: 2017 Civil Monetary Penalties Inflationary Adjustment
 – The only available fully updated copy (latest edition 24 Jan 2017) of the ITAR with all amendments is contained in Bartlett’s Annotated ITAR (“BITAR”), by James E. Bartlett III.  The BITAR contains all ITAR amendments to date, plus a large Index, over 750 footnotes containing case annotations, practice tips, DDTC guidance, and explanations of errors in the official ITAR text.  Subscribers receive updated copies of the BITAR in Word by email, usually revised within 24 hours after every ITAR amendment.  The BITAR is available by annual subscription from the Full Circle Compliance
website
.  BAFTR subscribers receive a 25% discount on subscriptions to the BITAR, please
contact us
to receive your discount code.  

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EPEDITORIAL POLICY

* The Ex/Im Daily Update is a publication of FCC Advisory B.V., edited by James E. Bartlett III and Alexander Bosch, and emailed every business day to approximately 8,000 subscribers to inform readers of changes to defense and high-tech trade laws and regulations. We check the following sources daily: Federal Register, Congressional Record, Commerce/AES, Commerce/BIS, DHS/CBP, DOJ/ATF, DoD/DSS, DoD/DTSA, State/DDTC, Treasury/OFAC, White House, and similar websites of Australia, Canada, U.K., and other countries and international organizations.  Due to space limitations, we do not post Arms Sales notifications, Denied Party listings, or Customs AD/CVD items.

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