Daily Archives: February 5, 2020

UK Updates Rules of Origin Guidance for Brexit Transition Period

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On February 4, 2020, the United Kingdom (UK) updated its guidance regarding rules of origin for the Brexit transition period.  The Withdrawal Agreement with the European Union (EU) allows the UK to be covered by EU-third country trade agreements during the transition period.

UK and EU content will also continue to count towards the rules of origin for EU trade agreements.  The EU has issued Note Verbale on the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and European Atomic Energy Community which includes notification to the international community that the UK will be considered part of the EU for international agreements during the transition period.

At the end of the transition period, the EU trade agreements will no longer apply to the UK.

The updated guidance can be found here:


Note Verbale on the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and European Atomic Energy Community can be found here:


APHIS Announces ACE Implementation Timeline

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On February 3, 2020, in Federal Register Notice (FRN) 85 FR 5928, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced the implementation of its core message set for the electronic submission of required data elements in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).  The data elements will be required for tariff classifications flagged in ACE.  APHIS intends to use the collected data to make policy decisions and to improve risk analysis and response to changing pest and disease conditions.

The full ACE implementation of the core data set requirements is scheduled for August 3, 2020.  Comments on the implementation timeline until March 4, 2020.  After that date, another FRN will be published with the confirmed implementation date.

More information, including the comment submission process, can be found in FRN 85 FR 5928:


China Extends Deadline for Duty & Tax Payments

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On February 3, 2020, the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC) announced the extension of duty/tax payments due during the extended Chinese Lunar New Year holidays.

According to the official announcement, the payment date for duty and taxes due after February 3, 2020, has been postponed until 15 days after the enterprise returns to work.  Additionally, Customs fines incurred because of the delayed reporting of declarations submitted after February 3, 2020 will be waived until the date the enterprise resumes work.

The GACC announcement, No. 18, 2020, in Chinese, can be found here: