Olga Lyakhovetskaya

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Coronavirus Causes Major Delays Out of China

As confirmed cases of China’s coronavirus continue to climb, over 24,000 cases and 494 worldwide deaths, international transportation providers have begun limiting services in coordination with travel restrictions.  Chinese authorities began placing dozens of Chinese cities on lockdown and have announced a two-day extension to the Lunar New Year holiday, [...]

2020-02-05T21:14:28+00:00February 5th, 2020|Industry Spotlight, Shipping News|

More Section 232 Tariffs for Finished Products of Steel & Aluminum, Effective Feb. 8

On January 24, 2020, the White House issued a proclamation announcing additional 25 and 10 percent tariffs on certain products of steel and aluminum, effective February 8, 2020. All imports of derivative aluminum articles specified in Annex I to this proclamation shall be subject to an additional 10 percent ad [...]

2020-01-28T20:47:49+00:00January 28th, 2020|Customs, Import|

Judge Rules Against ABC Test On California’s AB5 For Trucking

As first reported in November, California’s Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) legislation sought to limit California-based companies in the number of workers they can classify as independent contractors versus employees. But according to the latest ruling from state courts, the validity of AB5 and how truckers are classified cannot be implemented.  [...]

2020-01-17T20:57:27+00:00January 17th, 2020|Domestic, Industry Spotlight|

China-U.S. Trade Deal: Details for International Shippers

On Wednesday, January 15, 2020, United States President, Donald Trump, and Chinese Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China, Liu He, took significant steps towards de-escalating the nearly two-year trade war by signing a Phase One trade agreement. The long-awaited trade deal is comprehensive and covers everything from agricultural [...]

2020-01-17T15:58:05+00:00January 17th, 2020|Customs, Export, Import, Industry Spotlight|

Section 301: Exclusions, Extensions, and Expirations

On December 31, 2019, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued the final set of Section 301 product exclusions for the 2019 calendar.  The exclusions, reflected in 2 ten-digit HTSUS subheadings and 66 specially prepared product descriptions, covering 81 separate exclusion requests. LIST 3 ($200 BILLION): EXCLUSIONS GRANTED [...]

2020-01-03T14:23:34+00:00January 3rd, 2020|Customs, Import, Industry Spotlight|

USTR Issues More Exclusions for Section 301 Lists 1 & List 3 on Products from China

On Tuesday, December 17, 2019, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued another set of Section 301 exclusions for List 3 ($200 million) and explanatory clarification for List 1 ($34 billion) regarding products from China. LIST 3 ($200 MILLION) New exclusions are reflected in 9 ten-digit HTSUS subheadings [...]

2019-12-18T20:52:05+00:00December 18th, 2019|Customs & Compliance, Import, Industry Spotlight|

U.S.-China Reach Trade Deal, Phase One Announced

On Friday, December 13, 2019, after almost a year of tense negotiations and escalating trade penalties, the United States and China have finally announced progress with Phase One of a new ‘historic and enforceable agreement.' The United States first imposed tariffs on imports from China based on the findings of [...]

2019-12-13T21:00:27+00:00December 13th, 2019|Export, Import, Industry Spotlight|

White House Signs Off on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)

After over a year of negotiation and changes, United States has signed off on the final version of a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico that will replace the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Nicknamed “NAFTA 2.0,” the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) includes some key differences from its [...]

2019-12-11T19:46:50+00:00December 11th, 2019|Customs, Industry Spotlight|

Section 232 Steel and Aluminum Tariff Exemptions End for Brazil and Argentina

In a Twitter post on December 2, 2019, the United States President, Donald Trump, announced intentions to remove tariff exemptions “effective immediately” on steel and aluminum granted to Brazil and Argentina last year. Citing Brazil and Argentina’s massive devaluation of their currencies which enabled China to increase purchases of agricultural [...]

2019-12-04T22:53:45+00:00December 4th, 2019|Customs, Import, Industry Spotlight|
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