Date: Mar 06, 2012
U.S. Customs has published new information about the treatment of product residues returning to the United States in shipping containers, such as chemicals in containers not cleaned abroad. Customs now requires that imported residues comply with all existing import requirements. This issue arose from a 2009 Customs ruling that held residues in returning "instruments of international transportation" must be treated as imported goods. Customs has just issued new FAQs on how it will enforce its 2009 ruling. The FAQs discuss the following key points:
We expect companies that ship chemicals and similar substances will begin allocating Customs responsibilities through contracts with foreign customers and carriers to clarify in advance who must satisfy these new obligations. Incorporating standard charges to clean all containers overseas before their return may be the simplest option.
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