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China-U.S. Trade Continues to Erode Amid Heated Tariff Flinging

In a statement released by the White House on Monday, September 17, 2018, President Donald Trump announced, “Today, following seven weeks of public notice, hearings, and extensive opportunities for comment, I directed the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to proceed with placing additional tariffs on roughly $200 billion of imports [...]

Information on COBRA User Fee Changes Effective October 1, 2018

Pursuant to the General Notice (83 FRN 37509) published August 1, 2018, various changes to user fees within the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) of 1985 will take effect on October 1, 2018. The FRN may be accessed at the link:https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-01/pdf/2018-16510.pdf The Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) ad valorem rate [...]

2018-09-17T12:22:51+00:00September 17th, 2018|Customs, Import|

Countdown Begins for Canada’s Involvement in U.S.-Mexico Trade Deal

On Monday, August 27th, the United States and Mexico reached a preliminary accord that would modernize the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Known as the U.S. - Mexico Trade Deal, the compromise follows hours after the United States and Canada failed to negotiate a full revision of NAFTA. [...]

2018-09-04T18:21:13+00:00September 4th, 2018|Customs, Export, Import, Shipping News|

The State of 2018 Logistics, a Peek into Peak Season

CLICK HERE FOR YEAR-TO-DATE FREIGHT NEWS THAT MADE HEADLINES    International shippers expecting calm, profitable peak season markets, after toiling consolidation of the steamship line industry last year, are finding the path to consumers is political, congested and, once again, expensive. POLITICS OF TRADE While most hesitate in labeling it [...]

2018-08-29T15:25:17+00:00August 29th, 2018|Customs, Domestic, Freight Market, Import, Uncategorized|

Merchandise Processing Fee Changes Effective October 1, 2018

Pursuant to the General Notice (83 FRN 37509) published August 1, 2018, various changes to user fees within the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) of 1985 will take effect on October 1, 2018. The Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) ad valorem rate of 0.3464% will NOT change. The MPF minimum [...]

2018-08-15T15:58:10+00:00August 15th, 2018|Customs, Import, Shipping News|

Additional Section 232 Tariffs on Steel from Turkey

On August 10, 2018, the United States issued a proclamation increasing ad valorem duties on steel articles from the Republic of Turkey.  Starting at 12:01 AM EST on August 13, 2018, steel articles from Turkey will be subject to an additional duty rate of 50 percent, with respect to goods [...]

2018-08-14T13:49:47+00:00August 14th, 2018|Customs, Import, Industry Spotlight|

Second Wave of Section 301 Tariffs Target $16 Billion Starting August 23rd

Yesterday, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released a finalized second list of tariffs, approximately $16 billion worth of imports from China, that will be subject to an additional 25 percent duty starting August 23, 2018. Originally published on June 15th, the tariffs are part of the U.S. [...]

2018-08-13T20:11:31+00:00August 9th, 2018|Customs, Export, Import, Shipping News|

$200 Billion More in Proposed Tariff, Tensions Escalate

In lieu of returning to the negotiating table, on Tuesday, July 9 2018, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released a proposed list of $200 billionin Chinese imports that could receive an additional 10 percent in an escalating tit-for-tat exchange over unfair trade practices and intellectual property [...]

2018-08-07T13:37:41+00:00July 11th, 2018|Customs, Import, Shipping News|

China-US Trade Tariffs Go Live, Industries Urge Negotiation

It’s official.  At 12:01 AM on July 6, 2018, the United States implemented the first round of additional 25 percent Section 301 tariffs on 818 lines targeting “Made in China 2025” industrial imports to U.S.  China countered almost immediately with its own 25 percent tariffs on 545 lines of U.S. products ranging [...]

2018-08-07T13:38:13+00:00July 8th, 2018|Customs, Import, Shipping News, Uncategorized|

Quarterly Freight Market Overview

Trade & tariffs If you’re a business owner, then chances are you’ve been following as the United States trade agenda sent waves of change across international waters.  After implementing  tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, the Administration also announced the first round of additional 25 percent Section 301 tariffs on [...]

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