President Trump Authorizes 90-Day Deferrals of Certain CBP Duty Payments

On April 18, 2020, President Trump signed an Executive Order authorizing U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to postpone the payment of certain duties, taxes and fees for “importers suffering significant financial hardship because of COVID-19” for 90 days. To

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USTR Begins Preparations Ahead of the Sixth Round of Section 301 Exclusions Expiration Date (List 1)

As you are already aware, the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) partially excluded 110 HTS subheadings from Section 301 List 1 tariffs on July 9, 2019. At this time, this round of exclusions is currently set to expire

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USTR Releases Third Round of Section 301 List 1 Exclusion Extensions

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that just 8 (eight) exclusions from the third round of Section 301 tariff exclusions on List 1 goods will be granted extensions. As the exclusions for the third round of List

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Shipments of Scarce or Threatened Health and Medical Resources Being Detained for Export

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is scheduled to issue a temporary rule in the Federal Register on April 10, 2020 to allocate certain scarce or threatened materials for domestic use, so that these materials may not be exported from

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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

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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

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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

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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,

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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

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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,

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