November 09, 2017
Burma Jade and Ruby Importation Ban Lifted by U.S. CBP
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a final rule in the Federal Register lifting the ban prohibiting the import of jadeite or rubies mined or extracted from Burma. The Executive Order removing the prohibition was posted on October 7, 2016. The final rule was published in the Federal Register on October 30, 2017.
Previously, two legislative actions, supported by Executive Orders, led to the prohibition of imports from Burma into the U.S.: The Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE Act of 2008 and the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act (BFDA) of 2003. As of October 30, CBP is no longer enforcing this import prohibition and is removing the relevant provision, 19 CFR § 12.151 from the CBP regulations.
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