Other Government Agencies

Other Government Agencies

  • Made in the USA labeling for refurbished material

    Question: We are reviewing the requirements for labeling a product as “Made in the USA”.   US Customs addresses waste/recovered products in the definitions under 102.1 but I do not see where the FTC addresses this in the regs under title 16 for made in the USA labeling.  They specifically address recycling oil but do not […]

  • importing saline solution

    Question: We are importing a saline solution placebo composed of .9% sodium chloride, minute amounts of hydrochloric acid and sodium hydroxide in 99.1% water.  This is to mimic the experience of an injectable medicine. We are trying to determine the most appropriate HS Code to use. We considered 2106.90.9998 but figured that this is usually […]

  • FDA release vs Customs Release

    Question: Can anyone explain the difference between Customs Release and FDA Release?  Can a shipment that has been released by US Customs be moved to the final delivery site or to an interim location until FDA Release has been received?  Keep in mind that the goods would be put into a location of the warehouse […]

  • DLA Defense Logistics Agency Registration

    Question: We are trying to register with DLA and keep getting rejected for various errors. Seems time to get expert help.  Any recommendations for experienced help with DLA form DD2345? Answer 1: They have an email ( JCP-ADMIN@DLA.MIL) and a phone # – so as with anything, if you have trouble then you have to contact […]


    Question: Where can I find information and updated forms for PGA/OGA flags including FDA, TSCA, APHIS, etc?  What regulations govern these?  I’m looking to do a deep dive in to ALL PGA/OGA flags. Answer 1: Your Customs Broker should be able to provide you a list of HS Codes and corresponding OGA flags.  Just ask […]

  • Comprehensive Country Sanctions

    Question: Hello, Can someone in the community please provide us a list of countries that are subject to comprehensive sanctions based on U.S. government regulations/instructions?  Thank you. Answer 1: There’s no U.S. “comprehensive sanctions” list per se, but, as commonly understood, that term would apply to: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Crimea, Donetsk People’s Republic, […]

  • list of HTS with PGA flags

    Question: Is there somewhere in ACE or the internet that I can get a list of the HTS that are flagged for PGA (e.g. FDA, EPA, APHIS) etc.?  It seems the broker is privvy to this when performing the entry, but I’m not seeing where in ACE or elsewhere I can have that same information. […]


    QUESTION: Our customs broker recently received a request for additional information on an import shipment of engines under HTS 8407.  We replied back to the broker with the requested additional information.  However, we discovered that the customs broker did not ask for nor file an EPA form 3520-21.  Has anyone had experience with EPA form […]


    OT Fact Sheet: Origin Certification Requirements QUESTION: We are pursuing importing seeds that are embedded on paper strips from the UK. The seed options we are looking at are:          -Wildflower mix or individually: Daisy, Alyssum, Snapdragon, Poppy, Black- Eyed Susan          -Herb mix or individually: Thyme, Parsley, Basil, Chives, Lettuce We would welcome any […]


    QUESTION: My company recently began receiving CPSC (Consumer product) “under review” messages.  We import furniture, but not for children.  I found the list of products CPSC is concerned with however I couldn’t find specific HTS codes that CPSC is monitoring.  2 questions: Has anyone else “all of a sudden” begun receiving these messages for HTS […]

  • Importing decor with pine cones

    QUESTION: Does anyone know if any USDA permits are required to import articles that contain real pine cones as decoration such as a Christmas ornament or wreath? If so, which permit? Are there special treatment requirements listed somewhere? ————————– ANSWER: These would fall under the Lacey/APHIS Act. https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/planthealth/import-information Additional answer: Miscellaneous and Processed Products Import […]


    QUESTION: We are looking to import sashes that contain artificially bred pearls from China.  Is a CITES and/or a FWS import permit needed for this? *********** Answers: FWA covers import of wildlife and their products, which I would think could include pearls. First, check this website: https://fwsepermits.servicenowservices.com/fws?id=fws_kb_article&sys_id=400f70b71b5b58101f45dbdbe54bcb1a and walk through it with someone with detailed knowledge […]