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Increase in List Three

China Sanctions Suspended


On December 1st, the United States

announced that there will be no increase in

the third set of Section 301 Chinese tariffs.


The increase was scheduled to take effect on

January 1st, but instead negotiations pertaining to "structural changes with respect to forced technology transfer, intellectual property protection, non-tariff barriers, cyber intrusion, and cyber theft, services,

and agriculture," will take place.


On February  24th, President Trump

 announced that since progress had been

made  in negotiations,for the time being the

10% tariffs would not be increased to 25%.




US Mexico Canada Trade Agreement


An agreement has been reached between

the United States, Mexico, and Canada which,

if enacted, will replace the present North

American Free Trade Agreement.


The agreement must be ratified and approved by the legislative bodies of all the participating countries.




China Section 301 Sanctions


The Trump administration has announced that

effective September 24th, an additional $200

billion worth of Chinese goods will be subject

to an additional 10% duty, bringing the total

worth of goods subject to additional tariffs to $250 billion in value.


The administration has also threatened

to increase the 10% to 25% at the end of the

year if China has no "responded to

meaningful negotiations."


Should China retaliate, $267 of additional

goods will be added to a new list.





Effective August 23rd, an additional $16 billion

worth of Chinese goods became subject to

the 25% additional tariffs.




On Friday, June 15th, the US Administration announced and published the list of products

from China that subject to additional

25% tariffs, effective July 6, 2018.



Steel and Aluminum Tariff Legislation


On March 8th, President Trump signed proclamations imposing a 25% duty on certain steel products and a 10% tariff on certain aluminum articles.  These duties are in addition to the present rate of duty for the specified articles, and will be applicable to merchandise entered for consumption on or after March 23, 2018.


Effective June 1, 2018, exclusions for  Canada, Mexico, and the EU expired.  As a result, the

only countries exempt are Argentina, Brazil, and

South Korea.  Australia is exempt from the 10% aluminum duties; further clarification regarding Australia's steel status should be issued soon.


The steel rate applies to

the following HTS Provisions:


7206.10 through 7216.50, 7216.99 through

7301.10, 7302.10, 7302.40 through 7302.90,

and 7304.10 through 7306.90


The steel proclamation

can be accessed here



The aluminum rate applies to

the following HTS Provisions:


(a) unwrought aluminum (HTS 7601);

(b) aluminum bars, rods, and profiles (HTS 7604);

(c) aluminum wire (HTS 7605);

(d) aluminum plate, sheet, strip, and foil (flat

rolled products) (HTS 7606 and 7607);

(e) aluminum tubes and pipes and tube and

pipe fitting (HTS 7608 and 7609); and

(f) aluminum castings and forgings (HTS 7616.99.51.60 and 7616.99.51.70),


The aluminum proclamation

can be accessed here



United States Withdraws from Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership Agreement


On Monday, January 23rd, President Trump signed

an executive order withdrawing the United States

from the Trans Pacific Trade Partnership Agreement.


The agreement reached in October of

2016 between Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile,

Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand,

Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam

had lost support, although it was viewed as a

priority in competing with China.


Trump has also indicated that he will

pursue the overhaul of NAFTA.




Hanjin Shipping Files

for Bankruptcy Protection


On August 31, 2016, Hanjin Shipping, South Korea's largest shipping line, filed for bankruptcy protection.


The South Korean court will decide whether Hanjin

will be liquidated or allowed to restructure.




Lumber Liquidators Reaches

Settlement with Department of Justice


Lumber Liquidators has plead guilty to violations

of the Lacey Act on importations of lumber from Eastern Russia.  They will pay $7.8 million in fines

to the Lacey Fund, as well as $1.2 million in Community Service payments and $969

thousand in forfeited proceeds.







Court Dismisses Importer Suit

Against Examination Damages


An importer's lawsuit against a Customs

approved examination station for damaging their merchandise in the course of an examination was dismissed on August 31st.


The court found that without having documented the condition of the container at point of origin, there

was no proof that the goods were delivered to the container examination station intact.






FDA to Require Additional Info From Importers Affected by Tianjin Port Explosion



The Food and Drug Administration will require extra documentation from importers of food, drugs and medical devices that have passed through the port

of Tianjin, China due to a recent industrial accident

that resulted in the release of toxic chemicals


 Entry and shipping documents such as bills of lading,

air waybills and commercial invoices must be submitted to FDA for any entries of human and animal food products, human and animal drug products, and

medical devices that are indicated as having

originated from, stored in, or transited through the industrial center Binhai New Area in Tianjin, China.





CBP Relaxes Drawback Documentation Requirements



CBP will no longer require an original signature or

certified export invoice as proof for drawback claims.

The change became effective on Aug. 7.







GSP Renewed


As part of the appropriations bill signed

on Friday, March 23rd, 2018, the

Generalized System of Preferences has

been renewed until December 31, 2020.


Claims made under GSP will be retroactively

applied back to January 1, 2018.


FFSVP for Food Importers


 The FDA Foreign Supplier Verification Programs

(FSVP) for importers of food willl become effective

on May 30th, 2017.  Importers will be required to

verify that food imported into the United States has

been produced in a manner that meets US standards.


Importers  are required to develop,

maintain, and follow an FSVP for each product

imported, as well as for their suppliers.  To

determine whether you and/or your supplier are

subject to FSVP, please utilize this FSVP Link


Additional information can be found on the

FDA website and through this FDA link






Effective July 1, 2016, an amendment to SOLAS

(Safety of Life at Sea) now requires shippers to

verify the weight of their shipments in order to load

their cargo on board vessels for export.


There are two acceptable methods for determining the verified gross mass (VGM) which is equal to the weight of the cargo (including packing) and the container tare weight.


1)  Weigh the entire container after loading at a

certified weight station and deduct the weight

of the truck tractor and chassis.


2) Weigh all of the cargo (including packing) and

add the tare weight of the container.


Your forwarder will provide the VGM to the carrier.

If the shipment is less than a full container the

consolidator will report the VGM to the carrier.


Failure to provide the required information will result

in the container not being loaded on the vessel or

denied access to the terminal.


Please call our office if you have any questions.






The Lacey Act



In 2008 President Bush signed the Farm Bill which

contained a provision amending the Lacey Act, a conservation law designed to protect plants and wildlife.  The amendment requires importers of plant and plant products to file import declarations that include genus

and species of the plant(s) used, the value and quantity

of the importation, and the country from which the plant

was harvested.   If the merchandise your company

sells is made from wood or plants, it will be subject

to the import declaration requirement


Beginning May 1, 2009, certain commodities were

subject to the reporting requirements of the Lacey Act.

If you import merchandise of plant origin, please

contact us for further information.


Online information is available here.








The Consumer Product Safety Commission Act of 2008



The Consumer Product Safety Commission Improvement

Act of 2008 makes significant changes to the current regulations and imposes many additional compliance requirements for companies that sell consumer products. Special emphasis is placed on children’s products, toys,

and products with paint containing lead, phthalates, etc.


Impacted companies should obtain further information regarding the scope of this legislation and the deadlines

for compliance. For a summary of the major points

affecting importers as well as an interactive listing of products, please click here.


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