Prepare for Increased CBP Fees Effective October 1, 2019

In the Federal Register Notice dated August 2, 2019, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced fee increases adjusted to reflect inflation effective October 1, 2019. These fees will directly affect your Customs entry. For instance, the Merchandise Processing

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Arrival Date to Govern Section 301 List 4A and 4B Tariffs

On August 15th, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that additional 10% tariffs (later raised to 15%) on Section 301 List 4A and 4B Chinese goods would be applied based on the entry date—which is the date the cargo arrives

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USTR Postpones 10% Tariffs on Certain List 4 Chinese Goods Until December 15th – Others Still Subject to Planned September 1st Tariffs

Though supply chain disruptions continue to cripple Hong Kong, it appears that it’s not all bad news for China trade today, following the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) announcement that certain products will not be subject to additional 10% tariffs until

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USTR Releases First Round of List Three Product Exclusions from Section 301 Tariffs

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released the first set of HTS subheadings that are partially excluded from Section 301 List 3 tariffs. The notice contains 10 HTS subheadings partially excluded from 25% tariffs, which cover 15 separate requests.

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Trump Announces 10% Tariffs on List 4 Chinese Goods Beginning September 1st

Today, President Trump announced that the U.S. will begin levying 10% duties on approximately 3,805 HTS subheadings covered in Section 301 List 4, totaling $300 billion in Chinese imports, effective September 1st. Trump’s decision to walk-back his initial postponement of

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USTR Releases First Round of Product Exclusions for Section 301 List Two Tariffs

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released the first set of HTS subheadings that are partially excluded from Section 301 List 2 tariffs. The notice contains 69 HTS subheadings, which cover 292 separate requests. Please note again that

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CBP to Issue Changes to Final Statement Process in Late Summer 2019

Later this summer, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will deploy a change that affects the back-end processing of ACH Debit/Credit transactions.  The impact will be minimal for importers, but still marks an important change in process. Importers not participating in

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USTR Announces Sixth Round of Section 301 List 1 Product Exclusions

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) unofficially released a sixth list of HTS subheadings that are partially excluded from Section 301 List 1 tariffs. The notice contains 110 HTS subheadings partially excluded from 25% tariffs, which cover another 369

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USTR Continues Tariff Investigation on European Union (EU) Imports

Per our previous Shap Flash, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) had announced that it commenced proceedings under Section 301 of the Trade Act into a long-standing dispute concerning subsidies granted to the large civil aviation industry within

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Hopeful G20 Talks Lead to Postponement of Additional Tariffs

The U.S. and China are restarting trade negotiations following an enthusiastic meeting between President Trump and President Xi at the G20 summit this past weekend. Negotiations between China and the U.S. had previously stalled amid China’s failure to adequately address

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