USTR Issues First Round of Section 301 Exclusions

Section 301 Exclusions Won’t be Implemented by CBP Until Government Shutdown Ends “At the conclusion of the government funding hiatus, CBP will issue instructions on entry guidance and implementation,” Customs & Border Protection (CBP) has advised. Once the government shutdown is ended, the updates to ACE on the exclusions will implemented [...]

2019-01-14T14:20:16+00:00January 8th, 2019|Customs, Export, Freight Talk, Import, Shipping News|

Government Shutdown Impact on CBP, OGAs & Trade Agencies

The U.S. federal government has been in a shutdown since 12:01 AM on December 22, 2018, after lawmakers failed to reach a funding deal.  The National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) confirmed “CBP is working with other agencies to have the flow of trade as close to [...]

2019-01-02T21:57:38+00:00January 2nd, 2019|Customs, Import|

11 Impacts of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit On Shippers

Shippers were thrown into more turmoil this past week after British Prime Minister, Theresa May, delayed Brexit debates indefinitely. The latest deal between May and the European Union (EU) has failed to win any political support, forcing shippers to adopt a worst-case scenario in the scheduled upcoming March 29thdeparture. March [...]

2018-12-20T17:11:47+00:00December 20th, 2018|Customs, Export, Industry Spotlight|

USTR Officially Suspends Jan. 1 Section 301 Tariffs until March 2

As reported in United States and China Call 90-Day Tariff Truce, the leaders of the United States and China met on December 1, 2018, and agreed to hold negotiations on a range of issues, including those covered in this Section 301 investigation. The December 1st statement notes that the U.S. President [...]

2018-12-17T19:36:17+00:00December 17th, 2018|Customs, Export, Import, Shipping News, Uncategorized|

Food Industry Braces for FDA Enforcement of FSVP in 2019

The Annual Enforcement, Litigation, and Compliance Conference in Washington D.C., on December 12th, shed new light on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) progress with on-boarding the food industry into the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP).  FSVP is one of seven initiatives under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and [...]

2018-12-14T14:46:16+00:00December 14th, 2018|Customs, Import, Industry Spotlight|

United States and China Call 90-Day Tariff Truce

On Saturday, December 1, 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in Argentina for the G20 Summit to discuss the ongoing battle between the international trading giants. To date, the United States had threatened to implement a final round of 25% tariffs on remaining goods imported [...]

2018-12-03T14:24:05+00:00December 3rd, 2018|Customs, Import, Shipping News|

USTR Releases Section 301 Update Ahead of G20 Summit, Says China Hasn’t Changed

On November 20, 2018, United States Trade Representative released a 53-page report updating information on its Section 301 investigation of China’s acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property and innovation. “We completed this update as part of this Administration’s strengthened monitoring and enforcement effort,” Ambassador Robert Lighthizer said. [...]

2018-11-26T15:02:08+00:00November 26th, 2018|Customs, Import, Industry Spotlight, Shipping News|

Quartz Surface Products from China May Soon Face Over 300% Tariffs & Duties

Published today, November 20, 2018, the Commerce Department made a preliminary affirmative antidumping determination that common quartz surface products from China (A-570-084) is being sold in the U.S. at less than fair value. Commerce found “critical circumstances” for all Chinese companies, and will retroactively suspend liquidation and impose AD duty [...]

2018-11-27T14:08:36+00:00November 20th, 2018|Customs, Import, Industry Spotlight|

Bicycle Imports Targeted in Section 201 Petition, U.S. Industry Seeks Quota & Tariffs

A Section 201 petition filed by Bicycle Corporation of America (BCA) and Detroit Bikes, submitted Thursday, October 18th, seeks a new, global safeguard on all imports (from all countries)of assembled bicycles valued under $400. Under section 201, domestic industries seriously injured or threatened with serious injury by increased imports may [...]

2018-10-26T15:01:48+00:00October 26th, 2018|Customs, Import, Industry Spotlight|

FDA Food Facility Registration Renewal Period Begins

Section 415 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) [21 U.S.C. § 350d] requires food facilities required to register with FDA to renew such registrations during the period beginning on October 1 and ending on December 31 of each even-numbered year. If you have registered your food [...]

2018-10-09T17:59:05+00:00October 9th, 2018|Customs, Import, Industry Spotlight|
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