On July 6th, Section 301 tariffs will apply 25 percent duties to the first list of impacted imports from China, with a second list waiting to be published.  In addition, Section 232 tariffs are levying 25 percent duties on imported steel and 10 percent on aluminum.  Shippers must consider the impact additional taxes will have to the sufficiency coverage of their Customs import bond.

Take a look at the bond limit increase of a company importing $10,000,000 of steel over the course of 12 months:

Product (duty free)0.00
Limit (10% of duties, taxes & fees) *per CBPUp to $50,000 in coverage
Product (duty free) + Section 232 Tariff (25%)$2,500,000
Limit (10% of duties, taxes & fees) *per CBP$300,000


Bond sufficiency is determined over a rolling 12-month period, and while shippers may not need to immediately replace their bond, it’s important to track your coverage needs as trade negotiations continue.  Insufficient coverage may lead to rejection, delays and additional costs.  Bonds showing egregious deficiencies can be immediately canceled by Customs until a sufficient bond can be produced.

If additional duties will play a significant role in upcoming business, consider speaking to your bond provider or Green freight expert to determine the best course of action.

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