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January 24, 2014


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! We hope you had a scintillating and marvelous week! This week's top stories include information about our two new tobacco guidance documents, a CBP proposed rule to reduce the administrative burden associated with CBP Form 3229, and a list of the past week's most popular pages at TTB.gov/.

TTB ISSUES TOBACCO PRODUCT GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS

Last week we issued two guidance documents related to tobacco products:

CBP PROPOSAL STREAMLINES USE OF CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN FORM FOR IMPORTS FROM U.S. INSULAR POSSESSIONS

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is accepting comments through March 17 on a proposed rule that it believes will serve to streamline the certification process and modernize the entry process for shipments from U.S. insular possessions.

On January 14, 2014, CBP issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to eliminate the requirement that a customs official at the port of export needs to review and sign CBP Form 3229, Certificate of Origin for U.S. Insular Possessions*. Currently, to receive duty-free treatment on imports from U.S. insular possessions, the importer is required to file CBP Form 3229 with each entry.

The proposed rule could help streamline the certification process of certain goods shipped to the United States or Puerto Rico from a U.S. insular possession, or from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, that may be eligible for duty-free import. This includes, for example, rum and other alcohol shipments from the U.S. Virgin Islands to the United States or Puerto Rico.

*U.S. insular possessions include the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, Wake Island, Midway Islands, and Johnston Atoll. In addition, goods imported from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are entitled to the same tariff treatment as imports from Guam.

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