Extended May Day Likely to Disrupt Supply Chains

Chinese officials announced changes to the May Day Holiday weekend in an act to stimulate China’s economy amidst disappointing first quarter data. Observance of the holiday will now take place between May 1-4, 2019. Despite the shift from one to

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USTR Releases Additional Section 301 List 1 Product Exclusions

On March 20, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released an additional list of partially or fully excluded Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) subheadings in regard to Section 301 List 1 tariffs. The 33 newly excluded HTS subheadings supplement

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Take Note! Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) Compliance Period to Terminate on April 1, 2019

On December 31, 2018, the National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) added Abalone and Shrimp to the list of SIMP commodities that require additional information when importing. To assist importers with the transition, they permitted a compliance period that would allow

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Importers of Composite Wood Products: Here Are Some Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions!

As previously reported in January’s Shap Talk, the EPA published the Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products final rule on December 12, 2016.   Below are some FAQs to ensure you are fully aware of these new requirements: What does

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President Trump Announces End of GSP for India, Turkey

On Monday, March 4th, 2019, President Trump announced that India and Turkey’s Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) status would be revoked. The decision threatens the GSP duty-free entry status of nearly $5.6 billion Indian goods. In a letter addressed to

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Additional Section 301 List 3 Tariffs Postponed Amidst ‘Strengthening’ U.S. – China Relations

On Sunday, February 24th, President Trump announced the postponement of increased duties on Section 301 List 3 tariffs as a result of positive and successful talks between China and the U.S. in regard to trade relations. Tariffs on Section 301

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Changes to Amazon Costs in 2019

Calling all FBA Sellers! We know you are busy and sometimes important news from Amazon gets lost in the mail…or your dashboard…or on the forums (sometimes carrier pigeons get lost!). In case you missed the news, Shapiro wanted to make

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Section 301 List 1 Chinese Tariff Exclusions Granted for 22 HTS Subheadings

On December 21st, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) posted a preliminary copy of a report that named 22 Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) subheadings that will be granted either complete or partial exclusion from Section 301 List 1 tariffs.

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CBP and the Pending Government Shutdown

We are all bracing to see if the Federal Government will shut down as scheduled on midnight on Saturday, December 22nd. In the event it does, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has measures in place to ensure appropriate work

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CBP Issues Lower Excise Tax Rate on 14-16% ABV Wines

CBP announced an amendment to current tax rates per the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act of 2017 (CBMA). Importers can now take advantage of the adjustment on shipments containing wines with more than 14%, but less than 16%

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