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USMCA Replaces NAFTA on July 1, FAQs for Business

Starting July 1, 2020, the United States, Canada, and Mexico will no longer be partners in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  Instead, the three neighboring countries will begin implementation of a new program incepted back in 2018, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) [...]

2020-06-19T18:21:58+00:00June 19th, 2020|Customs, Export, Import, Industry Spotlight|

U.S. Removes Hong Kong’s Special Status, Trade Implications for Imports and Exports

On May 29, 2020, the United States President, Donald Trump, announced a significant change to international trade policy in response to China’s controversial new security law.  The U.S. believes China’s recent actions to be a “plain violation of Beijing’s treaty obligations with the United Kingdom in the Declaration of 1984 [...]

May 25, New List 3 Section 301 Tariff Exclusions

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has released a new group of exclusions covering List 3 products from China that went into effect September 24, 2018.  Importers may now request applicable refunds through August 7, 2020. The exclusions are reflected in seventeen 10-digit HTSUS subheadings, which respond to [...]

2020-05-26T18:32:16+00:00May 26th, 2020|Customs, Import, Industry Spotlight|

APHIS Releases New Import Regulations for Genetically Engineered Organisms

On May 18, 2020, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), announced  a change to import regulations for genetically engineered (GE) organisms.  Shippers will now have the choice to complete a regulatory status review (RSR) before being imported to determine [...]

2020-05-19T19:32:31+00:00May 19th, 2020|Customs, Import, Industry Spotlight|

Mattress Imports Under Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Investigation

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has officially initiated both antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations to determine if mattresses imported from the following countries are being sold below fair market value or receiving unfair domestic subsidies: Cambodia Indonesia Malaysia Serbia Thailand Turkey Vietnam China Under the antidumping investigation, [...]

2020-05-13T14:49:02+00:00May 13th, 2020|Customs, Import, Industry Spotlight|

How To Integrate 3 Key Systems For Effective Supply Chain Control

While no two supply chains are ever the same, most leadership teams have found they are trying to accomplish one common goal: to bring together numbers complex systems and relationships into usable information that improves their customer experience. A standard supply chain begins with production, which for most is done [...]

2020-05-11T16:59:36+00:00May 11th, 2020|Industry Spotlight|

Lacey Act to Cover 29 Additional Subheadings, October 1

In a Federal Register Notice on March 31, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced the extension of the Lacey Act import declaration to 29 additional new tariff lines, starting October 1, 2020. When the Lacey Act was passed in 1900, it became the first federal law protecting [...]

2020-04-06T18:06:55+00:00April 6th, 2020|Customs, Import, Industry Spotlight|

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|

Port of Miami Closes Due to Low Volume, Resumes Operations Next Week

The Port of Miami Terminal Operative Co. (POMTOC) announced on its website that two of its terminals will be temporarily closed due to low import volumes from blanks sailings. POMTOC is comprised of three cargo terminals: Seaboard Marine - 305-863-4444 South Florida Container Terminal - 305-347-3800 Port Of Miami Terminal Operating Company - 305-533-8100 CLOSURES SFCT [...]

2020-03-20T14:05:53+00:00March 20th, 2020|Industry Spotlight, Shipping News|
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