U.S. and Japan Reach Trade Deal, Starting Jan. 1

On September 25, 2019 the United States and Japan reached an agreement which allowed for tariff reductions on agricultural, industrial and digital goods into both nations. The agreement will go into effect on January 1, 2020 with an additional round of reductions to be announced by April 1, 2020. Under [...]

2019-10-03T19:22:57+00:00October 3rd, 2019|Customs, Export, Import, Industry Spotlight|

USTR Announces Two New Additional Sets of Section 301 Exclusions, OCT 2

Scheduled for publication on October 2, 2019, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued two new sets of product exclusions for the first and second tranches of Section 301 tariffs on goods from China.  The notices detail clarifications for annex descriptions and advise filing procedure for brokers. The [...]

2019-10-01T18:29:19+00:00October 1st, 2019|Customs, Import, Industry Spotlight|

USTR Announces Additional Section 301 Exclusions, Importers Urged to Apply for Retroactive Refunds

The Office of the United States Trade Representative published a notice of additional product exclusions and technical amendments for Section 301 tariffs on Chinese imports. The notice covers 437 specific product exclusions (1,170 filed requests), clarifies the application of double tariffs for sets, and creates a unified beginning and expiration for [...]

2019-10-01T14:26:56+00:00September 19th, 2019|Customs, Import, Industry Spotlight|

FMC Seeks Industry Comment for a Proposed Interpretive Rule on Demurrage and Detention

After years of consideration, on September 13, 2019, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a Federal Register Notice “seeking public comment on its interpretation of the Shipping Act prohibition against failing to establish, observe, and enforce just and reasonable regulations and practices relating to or connected with receiving, handling, storing, [...]

2019-09-15T23:23:08+00:00September 15th, 2019|Domestic, Export, Import, Industry Spotlight, Shipping News|

15 Day Delay for Oct. 1 Section 301 Tariff Increase on Chinese Imports

On Wednesday, September 11, in a “gesture of good will,” United States President Donald Trump announced a 15-day postponement to the Section 301 tariff escalation, originally scheduled for October 1st, that will increase tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports from 25% to 30 percent.  The Chinese government reciprocated, [...]

2019-09-12T13:41:00+00:00September 12th, 2019|Customs, Export, Import, Industry Spotlight|

FSVP Compliance Alert: FDA Issues First Warning Letter

Showing that they have moved beyond the “educate while you regulate” stage of implementation, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued the first official Warning Letter for failure to comply with FSVP regulations to a tahini food importer after a multi-state Salmonella Concord breakout. While the importer did conduct a [...]

2019-09-06T14:05:38+00:00September 6th, 2019|Customs, Import|

Section 301 Tariff Increases, Summary & Deadlines

On the Sunday eve before Labor Day, as American families gathered to celebrate the social and economic achievements of the U.S. labor movement, increased trade tariffs went into effect targeting imports from China in an ongoing effort by the U.S. government to pressure a trade deal and eliminate unfavorable trade [...]

2019-09-04T02:45:48+00:00September 4th, 2019|Customs, Export, Freight Market, Import, Industry Spotlight|

U.S. – China Trade Dispute Escalates, Additional 5% Increase Announced

In response to China’s announcement last week to levy tariffs on $75 billion of U.S. imports, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced an additional retaliatory tariff increase of 5% to the $550 billion worth of Chinese imports already facing Section 301 action. 25% increase to 30% [...]

2019-08-26T14:18:35+00:00August 26th, 2019|Customs, Import, Industry Spotlight|

CBP Announces COBRA User Fees Inflation Increases, Effective Oct. 1

Pursuant to the Federal Register General Notice 84 FR 37902, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is adjusting certain customs user fees and corresponding limitations established by the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) for Fiscal Year 2020 in accordance with the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) as [...]

2019-08-16T13:39:55+00:00August 16th, 2019|Customs, Import, Shipping News|
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