After meeting with Chinese President Xi at the G-20 leaders’ summit in Japan, President Trump made the decision to put off any new tariffs on imports of Chinese products.  On Saturday June 29, 2019, he tweeted that he “had a great meeting with President Xi of China yesterday, far better than expected.  I agreed not to increase the already existing Tariffs that we charge China while we continue to negotiate…” The U.S. wi [...]

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As previously reported, a Press Release was issue on March 4th indicating termination of GSP privileges for India and Turkey was set to expire in 90 days. Goods entered or withdrawn from Turkey and India on or after June 5th will no longer be eligible for GSP.

As stated in the Presidential Proclamation: “Any merchandise from India or Turkey subject to the safeguard measures implemented by Proclamation 9693 and Proclama [...]

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With the rise of E-commerce there has been a corresponding rise in the importation of counterfeit goods into the United States. Regulatory government agencies, including Customs and Border Protection (CBP), are discussing ways to enhance enforcement in this area.

The original General Accounting Office (GAO) report discusses the rise of imports of counterfeit goods and the need to increase enforcement efforts to halt this incre [...]

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On Thursday May 30, President Trump announced he would impose a tariff, starting at 5% going up to 25% incrementally, on all goods from Mexico. This punitive measure is taken as a step to stop illegal immigration to the U.S.

On Twitter, Trump wrote: “On June 10th, the United States will impose a 5% tariff on all goods coming into our Country from Mexico, until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Coun [...]

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One more announcement came out of the office of the U.S. Trade Representative which outlines the proposed modifications of yet another list of approximately $300 billion in Chinese goods. The proposed modification is posted at the USTR web page and includes an annex of the list of proposed products to be affected. This announcement comes on the tail end of the last round of tariff increases, from an additional 10% to 25%, as we previously rep [...]

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On May 9, 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative announced an increase in the Section 301 Tranche 3 duties for products of Chinese origin. Details are contained in the Notice published in the Federal Register. Today, May 10, 2019 a CSMS message was issued outlining 3 key points regarding how duty rates are to be assessed. We have outlined those 3 points from the CSMS message below: For subject goods entered for consumpti [...]

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Over this past weekend, President Trump has threatened/tweeted to increase the tariff from 10% to 25% on $200 billion worth of goods imported from China (List 3 goods) effective May 10, 2019. In addition, President Trump has threatened to add an additional 25% tariff on all goods from China not already subject to higher tariffs under the Section 301 process.

As previously reported, the 25% China retaliatory tariff slated for January 1, [...]

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The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has announced that it is initiating an investigation to determine that the European Union (EU) and certain EU member States have denied U.S. rights according to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement. The USTR proposes action in the form of additional duties, some up to 100% on approximately $21 billion worth of products from the EU on preliminary list of 317 tariff subheadings. The Section 301 Com [...]

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In 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) adopted regulations and policies regarding formaldehyde emissions standards for composite wood products. The final rule – TSCA Title VI - became effective on May 22, 2017 and specifically affects 1) Hardwood Plywood 2) Medium-Density Fiberboard (MDF) and 3) Particleboard. The regulations also apply to component parts and finished goods containing composite wood products – furniture, f [...]

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On March 4, at the direction of the President, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced that the US will be terminating GSP (Generalized System of Preference) duty free eligibility for goods imported from India and Turkey because they no longer comply with the eligibility criteria. By statute, these changes cannot take effect until at least 60 days from the date of the notification to Congress and the governments of India and Turkey [...]

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