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EU Imposes Additional Tariffs on $4 Billion Worth of US Exports

Yesterday, the European Union (EU) announced that it will raise tariffs on $4 billion worth of goods imported from the US in response to the on-going dispute over aircraft subsidies. Beginning November 10th, the EU will impose additional 15% tariffs on large aircrafts, as well as 25% tariffs on an assortment of other goods – […]

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Trump Issues Presidential Proclamation Modifying GSP Eligibility

On October 30, 2020, Trump signed a Presidential Proclamation announcing changes to Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) eligibility for preferential treatment based on the US Trade Representative’s (USTR) 2020 GSP Program review findings. The decisions include: Revoked Benefits – Certain products imported from Thailand under GSP preferential treatment (approximate one-sixth of Thailand’s GSP trade) will […]

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Trump Issues Presidential Proclamation Updating 232 Tariffs on Canadian Aluminum

On October 27, 2020, President Trump issued a Proclamation on Adjusting Imports of Aluminum into the United States, reinstating Canada’s exclusion from additional 10% duties under Section 232 on certain non-alloyed unwrought aluminum articles. As a result, HTS number 9903.85.21 is no longer required for imports of non-alloyed unwrought aluminum articles that are the product […]

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USTR Extends Certain Tariff Exclusions for List 1 and 2 Products, Leaves Others to Expire on October 2

On September 30, 2020, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued two sets of exclusion extensions for List 1 and 2 products that are currently set to expire on October 2. The first notice granted extensions to 9 product exclusions from List 1. Click here to view the full list of List 1 products – […]

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USTR Announces Another Round of Section 301 Exclusions for List 1 and 2 Products

On September 30th, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced its latest round of product exclusions from Section 301 Chinese tariffs. Similar to the last set of exclusions, the USTR notice features 2 separate sets of exclusions, each containing the specially prepared HTS subheadings partially excluded from Section 301 List 1 and 2 […]

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USTR Launches Public Comment Period on First Round of Section 301 Exclusions Extension

The office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) will publish an official notice in the Federal Register later this week asking the public to submit comments on whether the first set of Section 301 List 1 exclusions, currently set to expire on December 28th, should extend an additional year. Each comment will be individually evaluated […]

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Importers: Be Prepared for Port/Storage Issues

Due to the overwhelming congestion in the ports, truckers are struggling to get containers out with the free time allotted. Carriers are not cooperating; we are not seeing free time extended.  Some of the issues we are experiencing include: Truckers are unable to return empty containers to the terminals where they were picked up, thus […]

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CMA CGM Group Currently Dealing with a Cyber-Attack

Earlier this morning, CMA CGM announced that external access to all IT applications was unavailable as they deal with a cyber-attack. Here’s what we know: At 8:10 AM EST, CMA CGM confirmed that the service interruption was the result of what they believe to be a cyber-attack impacting peripheral servers. We have been told that […]

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USTR Announces U.S. – Japan Trade Agreement

On September 25th, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that the U.S. and Japan reached an agreement that will reduce agricultural and industrial tariffs. This agreement also includes a set of provisions that address digital trade barriers between the two countries. U.S. officials have agreed to eliminate or reduce tariffs on 42 HTS codes of […]

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USTR Issues Additional Section 301 Exclusions for Certain List 1, 2, and 3 Products

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released three additional sets of product exclusions from Section 301 Chinese tariffs. The USTR notice features 3 separate announcements, each containing the specially prepared HTS subheadings partially excluded from Section 301 List 1, 2, and 3 tariffs. The List 1 notice contains 310 HTS subheadings partially excluded from […]

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USTR Extends Certain Tariff Exclusions for List 1 and 2 Products, Leaves Others to Expire on September 20

On September 17, 2020, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued two sets of exclusion extensions for List 1 and 2 products that are currently set to expire on September 20. The first notice granted extensions to 62 out of the 310 product exclusions from List 1. Click here to view the full list of […]

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Prepare for Increased CBP Fees Effective October 1, 2020

Per our August Shap Talk article, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) previously announced fee increases adjusted to reflect inflation effective October 1, 2020. These fees will directly affect your Customs entry. For example, the Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) limitation for formal entries (class code 499) will increase from $26.79 to $27.23 and the maximum […]

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Increase in US Imports from China Causing Chassis Issues in LA/LB and NY/NJ Terminals

US imports from Asia in August increased 34 percent from June, driven by a high demand for e-commerce fulfillment and personal protective equipment (PPE). Last month alone, imports from China were up 32 percent. The combination of import fluctuations and blank sailings has had an uneven impact on supply chains at US ports and inland […]

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USTR Revokes 10% Tariffs on Certain Aluminum Imports from Canada

On September 15, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) announced it will revoke the 10% tariff on imports of non-alloyed, unwrought aluminum products from Canada that originally went into effect on August 16. The decision to rescind Section 232 duties was made in light of an expected 50% decline in average monthly US […]

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New Lawsuit Challenges Legality of List 3 and 4 Tariffs; Importers Must File Independent Cases to Protect Potential Refunds

A new lawsuit has been filed in the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) targeting the legality of List 3 and List 4 tariffs on Chinese goods pursuant to Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. Specifically, the lawsuit alleges that List 3 and List 4 tariffs were imposed untimely and were created to […]

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Trump Postpones List 1, 2 and 3 Tariff Increase Until October 15th

On September 11th, President Trump announced that the U.S. will postpone the planned tariff rate increase from 25% to 30% on Section 301 List 1, 2 and 3 Chinese products, originally scheduled to take effect October 1st, until October 15th. Trump’s ‘goodwill gesture’, in honor of the People’s Republic of China’s 70th anniversary on October […]

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Don’t Miss the Boat – Section 301 List 3 Exclusion Process Ends September 30th

Per our previous Shap Flashes, on Sunday, June 30th, 2019, the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced the implementation of an electronic portal to aid in the process of filing Section 301 List 3 tariff exclusions. While the portal has been active for a couple months now, please note that all Section 301 […]

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Public Comments Due September 14: Commerce Proposes Broad Changes to AD/CVD Regulations

Scope rulings and anti-circumvention inquiries are two areas targeted for significant changes in the proposed Department of Commerce (DOC) regulations. In one critical change, an affirmative scope or anti-circumvention inquiry decision would apply retroactively to all unliquidated entries. The implementation would revert to the original date for suspension of liquidation under the AD/CVD order, usually […]

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Surge in Imports Causing Equipment to be in Short Supply

With a 19% surge in imports from China to US and a 19% fall in exports to China in June-July, we are experiencing a situation that is growing with no sign of immediate relief. As a result of the early summer surges, an alarming trend in equipment shortages that started in August is expected to […]

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USTR Seeks Comments on Proposed October 1st Increase in Section 301 Tariffs

On September 3rd, the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released an official notice seeking public comments on Section 301 List 1, 2 and 3 tariff rate increases (from 25% to 30%) scheduled to take effect October 1st. The USTR has asked for public comments to include: Details as to whether the tariff increases […]

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