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Thailand’s GSP Status Ends on April 25th

On October 25, 2019, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) announced that Thailand’s Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) status would be revoked effective April 25, 2020 (tomorrow). President Trump decided to suspend the GSP duty-free entry status of nearly $1.3 billion worth of goods based on Thailand’s failure to “adequately provide internationally-recognized worker […]

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USTR Issues Additional Product Exclusions for Section 301 List 3 Tariffs

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 20 exclusion requests, and 107 partially excluded subheadings, covering an additional 157 separate requests. The latest round of […]

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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 be eligible, an importer must be able to demonstrate: Full or partial suspension of business […]

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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 the United States without explicit approval by FEMA. The rule covers five types of personal […]

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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 on July 9, 2020. All cargo that has been entered for consumption or withdrawn from […]

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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 1 goods were set to expire on April 18, 2020, this means that the 8 […]

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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 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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USTR Announces Tariff Increases on Certain Section 301 EU Products

On Friday, February 14th, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) revealed additional modifications to the Section 301 tariffs on approximately $7.5 billion worth of European Union (EU) products that originally went into effect on October 18th, 2019. The USTR will publish a notice in the Federal Register advising importers to prepare for the imposition of 25% […]

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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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Airline Cancellations Update – March 25

As you may have heard over the weekend, UK and Ireland have been added to the Coronavirus travel ban.  As a result, shippers should expect several things: More flight cancellations starting this week (March 16) through April. Suspended airline tariff rates by many air carriers in favor of quoting ad-hoc. Virus screening ability at 13 […]

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USTR Releases Second Round of Section 301 List 1 Exclusion Extensions

On Friday, March 13, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that just 11 (eleven) exclusions from the second round of Section 301 tariff exclusions on List 1 goods will be granted extensions. As the exclusions for the second round of List 1 goods were set to expire on March 25, 2020, this […]

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Coronavirus Contingency Plan – Tier 1

Dear Valued Customers, Firstly, our hearts go out to the many victims of the COVID-19 pandemic.   We are quite sure that the global news may worsen in the coming weeks and months and we hope you, your families, and your companies remain safe. Unlike the Hanjin collapse or the Maersk-Damco cyberattack, we did have some […]

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