CUSTOMS UPDATE

CUSTOMS UPDATE

BUYING AGENCY AGREEMENTS - LOS ANGELES DISTRICT. The Los Angeles District no longer requires that all Buying Agency Agreements be submitted to U.S. Customs.

All future Buying Agency Agreements should be filed with the importer or broker. When information is needed, Customs officers will contact the appropriate party.SPECIALTY SUGARS FROM JAPAN, YEMEN, SURINAME AND THE NETHERLANDS ANTILLES. The entry of specialty sugars from Japan, Yemen, Suriname and the Netherlands Antilles is prohibited effective Jan. 1, 1988.

This action is the result of the failure of these countries to verify to the president of the United States that they do not import sugar produced in Cuba for re-export to the United States.

For details, contact Customs' Textiles and International Agreements Branch, (202) 535-4134.

NOT LEGALLY MARKED MERCHANDISE. Shipments of trade-sensitive merchandise found to be Not Legally Marked (NLM) will not be released at the time of examination. Upon discovery of such a shipment, the commodity team will notify the broker that the merchandise is being held.

Unless instructed otherwise, an importer may choose to mark the merchandise on his premises. The importer/broker must then submit a request in triplicate for release of the shipment to the importer's premises for marking. Although not required, a copy of CF 7501 or CF 3461 would be helpful. The approval for release will be returned to the broker.

The above does not alter any other current marking regulations. NLM merchandise cannot be disposed of prior to marking waiver or approval by Customs. When the marking is completed (within 30 days) the importer must certify to this effect on the bottom of the CF 4647 and submit the form to the commodity team. In some cases, the importer may be asked to submit a marked sample. In other cases, the shipment will be examined at the importer's premises.