USMCA will be Signed in Buenos Aires

G-20 Summit on November 30 According to Politico.com, Mexico’s Secretary of Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo, said, “The U.S., Mexico and Canada will sign the revamped NAFTA deal on Nov. 30 on the sidelines of the G-20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, even if U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum remain in place — but he expressed […]

Commerce sets Final Duty Rates in Aluminum Case from China

Final Duty Rates Announced On November 7, 2018, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the affirmative final determinations in the first antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) trade cases the Federal government has initiated since 1985. These investigations, concerning Chinese imports of common alloy aluminum sheet, were initiated by the Enforcement and Compliance division […]

Trump signs Proclamation 9813 with GSP Modifications

GSP Duty Free Treatment Modified on Certain Items On October 30, 2018, President Trump issued Presidential Proclamation 9813.  The proclamation will implement changes to the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP).  The modifications will go into effect with respect to articles entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after 12:01 am eastern […]

GRI Announcement December 15, 2018

U.S. Import General Rate Increase for Full Container and Less than Container Freight Carriers have announced a General Rate Increase (GRI) for cargo from Asia to The United States effective December 15, 2018.  Based on this information, please be aware that forwarders are required by the FMC to announce possible rate increases 30 days in advance.  Please […]

GRI Announcement December 1, 2018

U.S. Import General Rate Increase for Full Container and Less than Container Freight Carriers have announced a General Rate Increase (GRI) for cargo from Asia to The United States effective December 1, 2018.  Based on this information, please be aware that forwarders are required by the FMC to announce possible rate increases 30 days in advance.  Please […]

Section 301 China Imports

Let’s debrief the Section 301 situation.  List 1, effective July 6, 2018 places an additional duty rate of 25% on $34 billion worth of goods from China.  List 2, effective August 23, 2018 places an additional duty rate of 25% on $16 billion worth of goods from China.  List 3, effective September 24, 2018 places an additional 10% […]

Trump signs MTB Act to decrease tariffs, China Imports still benefit

MTB Act Creates Decreased Tariffs!    On September 13, 2018, President Trump signed into law: H.R. 4318, the “Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of 2018,” which provides for duty suspensions and reductions for certain products entered into consumption on October 13, 2018 through December 31, 2020. The Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) reduces or completely eliminates duty […]

HTSUS Chapter 44 Changes; Subject to Section 301 Tariffs

Information Derived from U.S. Customs Cargo Systems Messaging Service 9/28/2018 Background On August 18, 2017, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) initiated an investigation under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 into the government of China’s acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation. On June […]

Teamsters and Warehouse Worker Strike

Port of LA-Long Beach Truck drivers and warehouse workers at the Port of Los Angeles-Long Beach are gearing up to launch their 16th strike in 5 years, starting on Monday, October 1, 2018.  The employees will be picketing at company facilities, marine terminals, rail yards, warehouses and distribution centers and even customers’ retail outlets throughout […]

GRI Announcement November 15, 2018

U.S. Import General Rate Increase for Full Container and Less than Container Freight Carriers have announced a General Rate Increase (GRI) for cargo from Asia to The United States effective November 15, 2018.  Based on this information, please be aware that forwarders are required by the FMC to announce possible rate increases 30 days in advance.  Please […]