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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Friday’s deadline for increasing tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports from 10% to 25% has been postponed by President Trump. Citing substantial progress in the ongoing trade talks with China, the president has delayed the increase in tariffs, and no new deadline has been set. [...]

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CBP is now accepting entries of products that have been excluded from Section 301 additional tariffs on imports from China that were subject to a 25% additional tariff. The exclusions granted to date are for certain products on List 1 only and are retroactive to July 6, 2018 through December 28, 2019. On December 28, 2018, U.S. Trade Representative published a Federal Register notice of those List 1 Chinese products that are excluded fr [...]

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As previously reported, the 25% China retaliatory tariff slated for January 1, 2019 has been postponed until March 1, 2019. The U.S. Trade Representative has published their official notification in the Federal Register.  CBP has sent out the latest update to the 2019 Harmonized Tariff Schedule to allow for the 90 day extension of Chinese goods that would have been subject to the additional 25% tariff. Unless an [...]

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The National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) published the following news article. We want to share it with you so that you are aware of the situation and to make clear the timeline for the 90-day extension announced by the White House on December 1. Until the U.S. Trade Representative publishes the official notice in the Federal Register, we will be unable to pre-clear goods arriving in 2019. We will contin [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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