Instructions for Importers of Personal Protective Equipment & Medical Devices

As the demand for medical products, such as ventilators and protective equipment, continues to increase, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued guidance for importers seeking to help fill the need but have hit regulatory barriers when arriving to U.S. ports. The Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) are instructions [...]

2020-03-30T20:50:48+00:00March 30th, 2020|Customs, Import, Industry Spotlight|

USTR Issues Section 301 Additional Exclusions for Medical Products

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released additional exclusions for medical products targeted under Section 301 tariffs on goods from China. “Throughout the exclusion process, USTR assessed medical necessity in granting exclusions, consistent with its published criteria. In addition, the U.S. Trade Representative, in consultation with the Department [...]

2020-03-27T16:40:02+00:00March 27th, 2020|Customs, Import, Industry Spotlight|

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|

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|

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|

USTR Section 301 Investigations Target Digital Services Tax

On Monday, December 2, 2019 the Office of United States Trade Representative released findings from a Section 301 investigation against France’s Digital Services Tax (DST) for discrimination against U.S. companies, inconsistency with prevailing principles of international tax policy, and creating unusual burdens for affected U.S. companies. In a Federal Register [...]

2019-12-04T16:11:08+00:00December 4th, 2019|Customs, Export, Import, Industry Spotlight|

Overview of Section 301 Tariffs on European Airplanes, Wines, Foods and Other Goods

As reported on October 9th, 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative published a Notice of Determination and Action in the Federal Register regarding Section 301 Trade Remedy:  Enforcement of U.S. WTO Rights in Large Civil Aircraft Dispute. The U.S. Representative's intent is to impose additional duties on EU (European Union) member [...]

2019-11-04T20:19:56+00:00November 4th, 2019|Customs, Import, Industry Spotlight|
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