Transportation Logistics Challenges
We realize that persistent port and rail ramp congestion, container chassis shortages, and excessive detention and demurrage fees from carriers, as well as upheaval among air cargo service providers, are causing significant harm to your import and export supply chains.
U.S. customs brokers, freight forwarders, and non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs) of all sizes are facing multi-week delays and higher costs of routing shipments [...]
Container Service Delays
C J Clients are no doubt already aware of the significant service delays being experienced all over the world.
This article published by American Shipper magazine cites a recent study by Sea-Intelligence, calling the current situation “the worst global score recorded since…2011.” The article goes on to say that delays are not only becoming more frequent, but also getting longer.
C J’s agents in China have advised us to [...]
GSP Due to Expire on December 31, 2020
The Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), which provides duty-free treatment to goods of designated countries, will expire on December 31, 2020. If not renewed by that date, goods eligible for GSP will be subject to tariffs effective January 1, 2021. GSP has expired several times in the last decade and each time, Congress has made the renewal retroactive. In a letter to Congress dated December 1, 2020, many U.S. importers are urging Congre [...]Read More
U.S.T.R. Grants Two Additional Exclusions Extensions on China 301 Tariffs
9903.88.60 - List 1 Effective with respect to goods entered on or after October 2, 2020, and through December 31, 2020, the USTR has granted another extension to the list.These 9 exclusion extensions were set to expire on October 2, 2020 and are now extended from the additional duties provided for in heading 9903.88.01. 9903.88.61 - List 2 Effective with respect to goods entered on or after October 2, 2020, and through December 31, 2020 [...]Read More
September In Review
September was a busy month for C J, as we joined our community in promoting access to healthy food alongside the American Heart Association and supported Workwell Industries through their fundraiser. We are thankful for our C J team members who devoted time out of their busy week to help unload and organize fresh fruits and vegetables in our arehouse for distribution during the Kentuckiana Heart Walk. We [...]Read More
U.S.T.R. Grants Three Additional Exclusions on China 301 Tariffs
9903.88.57 – Tranche 4
Effective with respect to goods entered on or after September 1, 2020, and through December 31, 2020, the USTR has granted another set of exclusions. The list of 87 exclusions are reflected in 73 specially prepared product descriptions covered by 14 HTS subheadings. These exclusions may be claimed under subheading 9903.88.57.
9903.88.58 and 9903.88.59 - List 1 and List 2 Exclusions On September 17, 20 [...]
Potential China 301 Tariff Refunds on Lists 3 and 4A – Must Act Quickly
A lawsuit filed at the Court of International Trade on September 10 challenged the tariffs covered by List 3 and List 4A. According to the lawsuit, the process by which the USTR implemented these tariffs violated the Administrative Procedures Act. Please read the following related articles published by Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg and Husch Blackwell to find out how you can file your petition. You can contact your own Customs attorney or t [...]Read More
Additional 45-day Compliance Period for Executive Order 13936 – Hong Kong Normalization
As previously reported, CBP issued guidance on the new country of origin marking rules for goods produced in Hong Kong. Originally scheduled for compliance as of September 25th, CBP has issued further guidance granting an additional 45- day compliance period to the Executive Order 13936 through November 9, 2020 to provide importers more time to comply with the Executive Order. CBP has instructed their field offices to not take any enforcement ac [...]Read More
Certain Customs User Fees Increase Effective October 1, 2020
Customs and Border protection has announced, in the Federal Register, that certain User Fees will be increased effective October 1, 2020.
Although some of these increases will affect you directly, you should also be aware of those increases that may affect your costs indirectly, such as fees that may result in transportation increases by your carriers.
Importers should be particularly aware that Minimum and Maximum Merchandise [...]
Imports from Hong Kong required to be labelled Country of Origin China – Potential Section 301 Duties
On August 11, 2020 CBP issued guidance on the new country of origin marking rules for goods produced in Hong Kong. The new country or origin marking rule, based on President Trump’s Executive Order (EO 13936 dated July 14, 2020) on Hong Kong Normalization, will take effect for goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption into the U.S. as of September 25, 2020. By law, this action would apply as of July 29, 2020 – 15 days afte [...]Read More