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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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US Rail Strike Update: November 30, 2022

The New York Times has reported that on Tuesday, Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress have vowed to intervene to prevent a US rail strike. President Biden went as far as pushing Congress to impose the latest negotiated deal for the four unions rejecting the current offer; eight of the 12 unions representing 115,000 rail workers […]

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USTR Extends Section 301 Tariff Exclusions for Certain Medical Products until February 28, 2023

Today, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that it will extend Section 301 tariff exclusions on medical products used to treat COVID-19 for an additional 90 days. The 81 exclusions were originally set to expire on November 30, 2022; however, the exclusions will now apply to products meeting the specified criteria until […]

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USTR Requests Public Comments on Continuation of Section 301 Tariffs

As you may already be aware, in May 2022, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) began an initial review to determine whether Section 301 tariffs should continue to be imposed on products from China—the four year anniversary of the enactment of the duties. Last month, after receiving more than 400 requests for continuation […]

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TTB Publishes Temporary Regulations for CBMA Tax Benefits Effective January 1, 2023

The Craft Beverage Modernization Act (CBMA) provisions of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) provide for reduced rates or tax credits for certain quantities of beer, wine, and distilled spirits produced in or imported into the US. A recent change in the law transferred responsibility for administering the CBMA tax benefits for imported alcohol from Customs […]

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US Prepares for Possible Rail Strikes Amid Ongoing Negotiations

Shapiro has received multiple reports that US rail workers from two of the biggest labor unions are preparing to strike once the cooling off period expires this Friday, September 16—which may cause significant delays and disruptions for US supply chains. Although Biden issued an Executive Order in July to establish the Presidential Emergency Board (PEB), […]

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USTR Announces Continuation of Section 301 Tariffs for List 1 and 2 Products

On Friday, September 2, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that Section 301 tariffs would continue for List 1 and 2 products from China. The decision follows a May announcement from the USTR that informed companies that have benefited from Section 301 tariffs of the possible termination of the duties; it also […]

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UK Ports Expect Significant Delays Ahead of Worker Strikes

Shapiro has received multiple reports that workers at two of the busiest container ports in the United Kingdom (UK)—Felixstowe and Liverpool—have voted to strike as a result of ongoing wage disputes, which will likely cause delays and disruptions for UK supply chains. Beginning Sunday, August 21st, approximately 1,900 workers at the Port of Felixstowe will […]

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Ongoing Trucker Protests Disrupt Port Operations in Oakland

After four straight days of dray trucker protests in Oakland, the port estimates that 12-16 vessels are at anchor waiting for a berth. The long line of vessels will only grow over the weekend. The truckers, mostly independent owner-operators, are furious over the speed of implementation and lack of clarity within California’s AB5 labor legislation. Cleverly, […]

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LA/LB Truckers Plan Work Stoppage to Protest AB5

Shapiro has received multiple reports that a group of truckers responsible for moving containers in and out of the marine terminals at the Los Angeles and Long Beach (LA/LB) ports is participating in a work stoppage today (Wednesday, July 13) in protest of a controversial California state law, AB5. Owner operators are protesting outside the […]

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