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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Seagirt Re-opens Following Brief Labor Dispute

We have been informed that the Seagirt gate at the Port of Baltimore re-opened at 2:15 PM today, January 24th, after a brief closure earlier as a result of an ongoing labor dispute. Seagirt has advised that they will be

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Union Pacific Rail Congestion and Backlogs at Many U.S. Ports

We have been informed that Union Pacific (UP) rail ramps at Chicago (UP – Global 4) and Memphis (UP – Marion) are experiencing severe chassis shortages, leading to massive delays for truckers awaiting loads and unexpected costs for importers. This

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California Publishes First Port Drayage Provider Delinquency List

As a follow up to California Senate Bill 1402, which became enforceable as of January 1, 2019, the California Division of Labor Standards and Enforcement has published the first list of port drayage providers with outstanding, unsatisfied court judgments, tax

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