Next Round of Section 301 Tariffs
President Trump’s next round of Section 301 tariffs, up to 25% from the original 10%, is slated for goods entered on or after January 1, 2019. Most of the Chinese suppliers and producers have ramped up production and are scrambling to load their cargo with the hopes that shipments will arrive to the U.S. before the target date. As it stands, the Chinese market for freight space is very tight. Cargo destined for the East Coast has an est [...]
I’ve been told if I change the description of my goods I can lower my duty cost. Is that okay?
It depends. You certainly should not simply change the description of your goods on the invoice from your supplier just to get a lower duty rate. However, if you truly feel the new or ‘changed’ description accurately represents your product, then you certainly have a justified case to make the change. Customs is not interested in having you pay the highest duty rate possible. They are interested, and very serious, that you use the correct HTS [...]Read More
Changes to Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)
Presidential Proclamation 9813 issued on October 30, 2018 has made changes to almost 100 products from over 20 countries. Effective today, November 1, 2018 dozens of products have been removed from eligibility for preferential duty treatment under the GSP – Generalized System of Preferences. The Federal Register outlines all these changes. Cargo Systems Messaging Service (CSMS) message #18-00648 has just been posted advising us of the Harmon [...]Read More