Effective July 6, 2018 over 800 products imported from China will have the additional 25% tariff. As previously reported, these tariffs are being imposed on certain Chinese goods after a Section 301 investigation concluded that China’s policies towards American companies was discriminatory. Initially, the proposed list consisted of approximately 1300 products but has since been separated into two. The first list of 818 products will be affe [...]

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What do I do if CBP sends me a Request for Information or a Notice of Action? The short and best answer is to notify your Customs broker immediately. As importer of record, you must use “reasonable care” when entering goods into the United States. This means you make a good faith effort to ensure all information you provide to CBP and other government agencies is accurate and complete. If CBP believes this is not the case, they may request m [...]

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In March 2018 the President signed the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018,” extending the GSP retroactive to the lapse period during January 1, 2018 through April 21, 2018. CBP has provided guidance as to how the process will work on GSP Goods Subject to Section 232 entered during the lapse period. This message is to further clarify the following: As of March 23, 2018, goods normally eligible for GSP – and are now subject to the [...]

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On Friday, March 23, 2018, the President signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, which includes provisions for extending GSP (Generalized System of Preference) retroactively from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2020. The Act does not become effective until April 22, 2018. Importers will need to continue to pay normal trade relations (Column 1) duty rates and flag GSP-eligible importations with the Special Program Indicator [...]

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In March 2018, President Trump announced that the U.S. will impose tariffs on certain Chinese imports in response to China's policy of coercion towards American companies to transfer their technology and intellectual property to domestic Chinese companies. The U.S. Trade Representative just issued a press release announcing the proposed list of products – approximately 1300 – that will go for further review, public comment and hearing proc [...]

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Citing very challenging circumstances within the US trucking industry and difficulty locating draymen, two steamship lines, Hyundai and CMA/CGM, have announced they will be implementing a door delivery surcharge for all shipments in which they are responsible for container door deliveries. This surcharge of $300 per container, effective March 16, 2018 (CMA/CGM) and April 6, 2018 (Hyundai), is intended to offset the ocean carriers’ costs incurre [...]

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“Have you taken reliable measures to ensure imported goods are not produced wholly or in part with convict labor, forced labor, and/or indentured labor (including forced or indentured child labor)?” This is the basic question CBP asks in their revised version of the Informed Compliance Publication (ICP) – “Reasonable Care” – a revision brought about by the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA). This Act was s [...]

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Transportation costs are rising - faster than we’ve seen it in years. Over the past several months, we’ve seen a steady increase in international trade. The global economy is growing. While the demand for goods is increasing, so are the transportation costs for getting those goods to market. Space availability, supply and demand, new regulations and fuel costs all play key roles. Electronic Logging Devices One of the newest regulations i [...]

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The Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), which provides duty-free treatment to goods of designated countries, will expire on December 31, 2017. Special program indicators (SPI) “A,” “A+,” and “A*” will be affected. GSP has expired several times in the last decade and each time, Congress has made the renewal retroactive. Anticipating a possible renewal, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued the standard procedures for e [...]

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Customs has just published CSMS #17-000609 concerning possible penalties for violations of Wood Packaging Material regulations. To prevent the introduction of timber pests into the environment, Wood Packaging Material (WPM) that is imported to the United States must be treated to kill harmful timber pests. Treated WPM must display a visible, legible, and permanent mark to certify treatment. Customs is increasing its enforcement efforts rega [...]

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