Import

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|

CBP Issues Vessel Diversion Procedures for Hurricane Florence

PER CBP CSMS# 18-000526 VESSEL DIVERSION PROCEDURE FOR HURRICANE FLORENCE A hurricane warning is in effect for the Carolinas, Virginia and Maryland.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) ports of entry (POE) within these areas may receive requests for vessel diversions as a result of pending weather conditions.  In anticipation that vessels [...]

2018-09-12T18:03:22+00:00September 12th, 2018|Import, Shipping News|

150 U.S. Trade Groups Plead Against China Tariffs

One hundred and fifty United States trade and consumer groups petitioned U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, before the close of public comment on Thursday, September 6th, against the implementation of yet another round of Section 301 duties on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports. “U.S. manufacturers, service [...]

2018-09-07T20:17:04+00:00September 7th, 2018|Export, Import, Industry Spotlight, Shipping News|

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|

2020 IMO Fuel Sulphur Regulation: What Shippers Need to Know

Back in October 2016, at the 70th session of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC), the IMO announced the enforcement of a new regulation that would place a sulphur cap on fuel oil emissions known to damage wildlife, cause acid rain and respiratory ailments.  Under the [...]

2018-08-15T19:53:45+00:00August 15th, 2018|Export, Freight Market, Import, Shipping News|

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|
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