The merchandise processing fee ad valorem is being adjusted for inflation and will increase on October 1, 2018. According to CSMS 18-000465, the minimum MPF will increase from $25.67 to $26.22. The maximum MPF will be increase from $497.99 to $508.70. The MPF for informal entries will increase from $2.05 to $2.10. The MPF rate of 0.3464% will not increase at this time. [...]

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As previously reported, tariff sanctions issued for imported Chinese goods go into effect on August 23, 2018. The USTR has released the final list of the second tranche of 279 products, down from 284 as originally reported last month. The Federal Register Notice dated July 11, 2018 contains procedures to request product exclusion from the Section 301 action. In addition, we want to report on the latest development related to the Section 301 [...]

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This week, President Trump directed U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to consider raising the proposed tariffs from 10 percent to 25 percent on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. The 25 percent would apply to the proposed list of items previously announced on July 10. As to the further action proposed under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, yesterday USTR Lighthizer released a statement saying “the increase in t [...]

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