U.S. – China Talks End after Three Days

Two Days Turned into Three Days Keith Bradsher of The New York Times states, “Three days of trade negotiations between midlevel American and Chinese officials ended in Beijing on Wednesday afternoon with progress in identifying and narrowing the two sides’ differences but little sense of when they might reach a deal.”  The original mid-level talks […]

KORUS Free Trade Agreement Update

A revised KORUS Free Trade Agreement Goes into Force on January 1, 2019 KORUS, the free trade agreement between South Korea and United States of America, has been revised and in full effect on January 1, 2019 after the two countries began talks on amendments a year ago. According to The Pulse News, “The official […]

GRI Announcement February 1, 2019

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 February 1, 2019.  Based on this information, please be aware that forwarders are required by the FMC to announce possible rate increases 30 days in advance.  Please […]

FDA Food Facility Re-registration

Food facilities required to register with the Food and Drug Administration must renew their registrations between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31. If you are an importer of food, check with your foreign suppliers or manufacturers to confirm they have re-registered with FDA.  If suppliers and manufactures have not, import shipments will be held at port […]

GRI Announcement January 15, 2019

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 January 15, 2019.  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 January 1, 2019

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 January 1, 2019.  Based on this information, please be aware that forwarders are required by the FMC to announce possible rate increases 30 days in advance.  Please […]

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 […]