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Press Release – FAA Proposes $160,500 Civil Penalty Against Woodioso Technology for Alleged HazMat Violations

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S Department of Transportations Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $160,500 civil penalty against Woodioso Technology Limited of Hong Kong for allegedly violating the Hazardous Materials Regulations.

The FAA alleges that on January 3, 2017, Woodioso knowingly offered a shipment of 30 lithium ion batteries to United Parcel Service for shipment by air from Hong Kong to the companys service facility in Louisville, Kentucky.

United Parcel Service employees in Louisville discovered the batteries when the shipment arrived on January 4, 2017.

The FAA alleges Woodioso did not keep the batteries separated to prevent them from contacting each other during shipment. This type of improper packaging can create sparks or generate a dangerous evolution of heat. Improperly packaged lithium ion batteries are considered forbidden materials for air transportation.

The FAA also alleges that the shipments were not accompanied by a shippers declaration of dangerous goods and were not properly classed, described, packaged, marked, labeled or in the proper condition for shipment.

Additionally, the Agency alleges Woodioso failed to ensure that each of its employees received required hazardous materials training, and failed to provide emergency response information with the shipment.

Woodioso did not respond to the enforcement letter the FAA sent to the company in April 2018. Accordingly, the FAA last week issued the company a final notice explaining it has 15 days after receiving the notice to pay the proposed civil penalty, an otherwise agreed upon amount, or request a hearing.

USTR Announces New Tariff Proposals That May Impact Primary and Secondary Batteries Imported from China

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released on July 10th an additional list of Chinese goods that will potentially be subjected to 10% tariffs, including certain primary and secondary cell and battery products listed below.

8506.10.00 Manganese dioxide primary cells and primary batteries
8506.30.10 Mercuric oxide primary cells and primary batteries having an external volume not exceeding 300 cubic cm
8506.30.50 Mercuric oxide primary cells and primary batteries having an external volume exceeding 300 cubic cm
8506.80.00 Primary cells and primary batteries, nesoi
8507.10.00 Lead-acid storage batteries of a kind used for starting piston engines
8507.20.40 Lead-acid storage batteries of a kind used as the primary source of electrical power for electrically powered vehicles of 8703.90
8507.20.80 Lead-acid storage batteries other than of a kind used for starting piston engines or as the primary source of power for electric vehicles
8507.30.40 Nickel-cadmium storage batteries, of a kind used as the primary source of electrical power for electrically powered vehicles of 8703.90
8507.40.40 Nickel-iron storage batteries, of a kind used as the primary source of electrical power for electrically powered vehicles of 8703.90
8507.40.80 Nickel-iron storage batteries, other than of a kind used as the primary source of power for electric vehicles
8507.50.00 Nickel-metal hydride batteries

This latest list follows two prior lists of Chinese products announced by USTR on June 15th.  The first list covers 818 tariff lines (including certain batteries) with a trade value of $34 billion, which were subjected to 25% duties as of July 6th.  USTR’s second list covers 284 tariff lines (including more batteries) with a trade value of $16 billion.  These products may also be subject to 25% duties after a public comment and hearing period, which is currently underway.

Tariffs will not be put in place immediately on this latest list of Chinese products. USTR is requesting comments on the new list first, which are due by August 17th.  USTR will also conduct a hearing on August 20th.