TTB Announces 90 Day Postponement on Excise Tax Payments

On March 31, 2020, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) announced that they would be postponing tax payments owed to the bureau by 90 days. The extension covers any payments owed from March 1, 2020 through July 1, 2020. At this time, it is unclear how, or if, this announcement will affect […]

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CBP No Longer Accepting Duty Deferral Requests

Understanding the challenges importers were facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, on March 20, 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued Cargo Systems Messaging Service (CSMS) message 42097586, requesting case by case need for additional days for payment of estimated duties, taxes and fees. Today, CBP has notified the trade community that they […]

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USTR Announces Additional Exclusions for Medical Products

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued a new set of medical product exclusions from Section 301 List 4a Chinese tariffs. The List 4A notice contains 5 HTS subheadings completely excluded from List 4a tariffs and 7 partially excluded subheadings, which cover 36 separate exclusion requests. The exclusions will retroactively apply to all […]

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India in Lockdown

The government of India has taken drastic action for the containment of Covid19. As of midnight, they have instituted a countrywide lockdown for 21 days. Please note the details below: Total nationwide lockdown effective March 24th at midnight through April 14th, all states included. All non-essential factories and services are closed, and employees are working from […]

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Seagirt Marine Terminal at Port of Baltimore Modifies Schedule

Due to a shortage of container volume, Seagirt Marine Terminal at the Port of Baltimore will be closed next Monday, March 30 and Tuesday, March 31. In addition to the closures, Seagirt announced that gate hours will be 6:00 AM to 4:45 PM from Wednesday, April 1 through Friday, April 3. Many U.S. terminals have […]

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USTR Issues Additional List 3 Exclusions, Seeks Comments on Medical Products

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued a new set of product exclusions from Section 301 List 3 Chinese tariffs. The List 3 notice contains 1 HTS subheading completely excluded from 25% tariffs, which covers 1 exclusion request, and 176 partially excluded subheadings, covering an additional 202 separate requests. The latest round of […]

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CBP Announces Duty Deferrals Due to COVID-19 Disruptions

Due to the severity of Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that they will approve, on a case-by-case basis, additional days for payment of estimated duties, taxes and fees due to this emergency.  They have asked that requests be directed to the Office of Trade, Trade Policy and Programs at […]

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COVID19 Supply “Pain” News | A Condensed Update for American Shippers

March 20, 2020 These certainly are challenging times for all of us. During this unprecedented pandemic, we have compiled a condensed update of supply chain conditions. The below is the status of events effective March 20, 2020. U.S. Domestic Trucking Conditions Driver supply remains solid with truckers hungry for work after Chinese New Year Driver […]

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Bayport and Barbours Cut Terminals at Port of Houston to Resume Operations

After an investigation into a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the Port of Houston, we have confirmed that the Bayport and Barbours Cut Terminals will reopen tonight, Thursday, March 19, 2020, effective 7:00 PM. Terminal, gate and vessel operations are scheduled to be fully operational effective tomorrow, Friday, March 20, at 7:00 AM. Despite the brief […]

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Bayport and Barbours Cut Terminals at Port of Houston Suspend Operations

Due to a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the Port of Houston, the Bayport and Barbours Cut Terminals announced that they are suspending operations temporarily. Port officials have yet to release additional information regarding the closures. However, customers with shipments routed through Port Houston may experience service disruptions and delays in the coming days as […]

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