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Carriers Rerouting Ships Away from Red and Arabian Seas

Groups like the Iran-backed Houthi movement continue to escalate attacks near the Suez Canal, recently firing two missiles at the USS Mason. This is rumored to have occurred after the USS Mason helped free a hijacked cargo ship in the Gulf of Aden. Due to these attacks, several carriers have announced they are rerouting cargo […]

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Trade Community Issues Joint Statement Ahead of Potential U.S. Government Shutdown

The trade community is bracing for impact should the U.S. government shut down on October 1st. This week, the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) issued a joint statement on behalf of 40 other trade associations petitioning that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and other Partner Government Agencies (PGAs) strategically collaborate […]

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USTR Extends Existing China 301 Exclusions until December 31, 2023 

The Office of U.S. Trade Representative, USTR, previously announced that multiple Section 301 tariff exclusions would remain in effect until September. Yesterday the USTR announced that they will extend existing China 301 tariff exclusions until December 31st, 2023. There are two main sets of exclusions: one set of 77 COVID-related exclusions and another set of […]

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COBRA Fees to be Adjusted for Inflation in Fiscal Year 2024

In accordance with 19 CFR 24.22, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) must annually determine whether the fees and limitations must be adjusted to reflect inflation. For Fiscal Year 2024, CBP is making the following changes to user fees established by the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA). These fees are effective October 1, 2024. […]

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Update on the ILWU Strikes in Canada (July 20th)

After resuming strikes in British Columbia yesterday, ILWU workers are once again back at work today (July 20th) after a ruling from the Canada Industrial Relations Board ordered dockworkers back for failing to provide a 72-hour strike notice. The ILWU is expected to resume its strike on Saturday, July 22nd. Shapiro will continue to monitor […]

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The ILWU Strikes in British Columbia Resume!

Last week, Canada’s Minister of Labour, Seamus O’Regan, and Minister of Transport, Omar Alghabra, issued a joint statement advising that the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) had accepted a joint deal with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). However, the leadership of the ILWU has now suggested that their members vote the recommended terms down. The leadership cited […]

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Canadian West Coast Port Strikes End with Tentative 4-Year-Deal

Dock workers at ports along the Pacific Coast of Canada have accepted a tentative wage deal on Thursday, July 13th to end strikes at the country’s busiest ports. This news comes after The British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) released a statement about the agreement earlier today.   The strike primarily affected the Port of Vancouver […]

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Vancouver/Prince Rupert ILWU Strike Action to Begin July 1st

The Canadian International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) has given notice for a strike to commence at 8am on July 1, 2023. Negotiations between ownership, the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA), and the ILWU are being moderated by Canada’s Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), but it remains unclear if any early progress has […]

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PMA and ILWU Officials Reach Tentative West Coast Agreement

Last night, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) revealed they had finally reached a tentative contract agreement after 13 long months of tumultuous and turbulent negotiations. According to the announcement, both sides have informally agreed to a six-year contract that covers all 29 West Coast ports. Although the […]

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Several West Coast Ports Closed Due to ILWU Negotiations

Several West Coast ports were closed without notice on Friday, June 2 in response to ongoing wage disputes between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA). Additionally, Total Terminals International (TTI) has cancelled all gates today (Monday, June 5). At this time, this is a fluid situation, and it […]

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Operational Delays Expected at Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach

An insufficient number of International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 13 crane operators and top handler drivers reported for work at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach as of 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST) on Thursday, April 6, 2023. Any ILWU workers that did report for their shift as scheduled were […]

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TTB’s CBMA Importer Claims System Is Now Available

Nothing like waiting until the last minute…! Importers seeking refunds based on Craft Beverage Modernization Act (CBMA) tax benefits assigned to them by foreign producers may now access the CBMA Importer Claims System; the portal is available on myTTB. Importers may file claims for refunds based on entries made during the first calendar quarter of 2023.  […]

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New Requirements for Section 232 Aluminum Smelt and Cast Reporting Delayed Until May 10, 2023

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that the new requirements for reporting the countries of smelt and cast for imports of aluminum and aluminum derivative products have been delayed by 30 days. The requirements were originally scheduled to go into effect on April 10, 2023, but will instead go into effect on May 10, […]

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CIT Issues Final Decision on Section 301 Goods from China

The Court of International Trade (CIT) released an initial ruling in 2022 that indicated that the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) did in fact have the authority to impose Section 301 tariffs on Chinese goods. After careful deliberation, the CIT has determined that these duties placed on Chinese goods were appropriately implemented and supported. Some of […]

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FDA Ramps Up Enforcement Efforts for 2023 Registration Renewals

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has started to actively enforce its requirements for facilities to have a valid Food Facility Registration (FFR) and for facilities to provide a valid Unique Facility Finder (UFI)—also known as a DUNS number—when renewing their registration. Enforcement of these requirements officially commenced on January 1, 2023; however, the […]

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USTR (Again!) Extends Certain Section 301 Tariff Exclusions Until May 15, 2023

With consideration to the production capacity of the United States, and the country’s continuing efforts to combat COVID, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced that it would extend Section 301 tariff exclusions on 81 medical products used to treat COVID-19 until May 15, 2023.  These exclusions were formerly scheduled to expire on February 28, […]

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Importers Should Prepare for New ACE/UFLPA Requirements, Effective March 18th

As you are aware, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently posted updated information about the upcoming Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) Region Alert—which is a new ACE enhancement scheduled to go live on March 18, 2023. The UFLPA Region Alert will add new validations to ACE in specific applications, which means: What does an importer […]

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USTR Requests Comments on Continuation of COVID Exclusions from Section 301 Tariffs

As you may already be aware, in November 2022, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) announced that it would extend Section 301 tariff exclusions on medical products used to treat COVID-19 for an additional 90 days. With the exclusions set to expire on February 28th, the USTR announced they are seeking public comments […]

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USTR Extends Certain Section 301 Tariff Exclusions Until September 2023

Today, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that it will extend Section 301 tariff exclusions on 352 products from China for an additional nine-months. The exclusions were previously set to expire on December 31, 2022. The exclusions from Section 301 tariffs include: The extensions announced in this notice will apply as of […]

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Biden Signs Legislation to Prevent Massive US Rail Strike

Today, President Joe Biden signed legislation—originally approved in Congress earlier this week—to prevent a massive rail strike from devastating the US economy. The bill passed in the House (290-137) on Wednesday (November 30); and was approved by the Senate (80-15) on Thursday. Biden had been urging lawmakers to pass the bill after railway workers announced […]

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