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  Yesterday, the Federal Register notice was finally published, making official the Administration’s intent to move forward with 10% Section 301 duties on now two lists of remaining Chinese exports to the United States valued at an estimated $300 billion dollars.   This process was set in motion on August 1st when President Trump announced […]

We continue to see developments with the Section 301 Tariffs and want to continue to keep you informed of this dynamic situation. Background On August 18, 2017, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) initiated an investigation, under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, into the government of China’s acts, policies, […]

On August 1, 2019, President Trump announced that the U.S. will be imposing additional 10% tariffs on approximately $300 billion dollars of goods that have country of origin of China, effective September 1, 2019. The additional tariffs are being enforced due to China’s failure to hold up to previous agreements to increase purchases of agricultural […]

On July 23rd and 24th, Customs and Border Protection held their annual Trade Symposium in downtown Chicago. This is one of the two premier events that CBP puts on for the trade every year, the other being their CTPAT security conference. With 1,300 people in attendance, the two-day event was offered substantive discussions on key […]

This past weekend, President Trump and President Xi Jinping of China agreed to a temporary cease-fire for the ongoing trade dispute between the US and China. The agreement did not provide any concrete breakthroughs in resolving the fundamental conflict, but it did provide another chance for negotiators to attempt to forge a permanent accord. President Trump […]

Per USTR.gov: FAQs FOR PRODUCT EXCLUSION PROCESS ON ADDITIONAL $200 BILLION TRADE ACTION Docket ID Number: USTR-2019-0005 Exclusions.USTR.gov ______________________________________________________________________________ Q: When can individuals begin submitting exclusion requests for products subject to the $200 billion trade action (List 3)? A: Individuals can begin submitting exclusion requests on June 30, 2019 at 12 p.m. EDT. Q: What […]

Updated: 6/28/2019 Requests for Exclusions from 301 Action Published at 83 FR 40823 (August 16, 2018):  Index of Exclusion Requests and Status Docket ID: USTR-2018-0032 Stages for Review of Exclusion Requests Filed in Accordance with the Procedures To Consider Requests for Exclusion of Particular Products From the Determination of Additional Action Pursuant to Section 301:  […]

On May 17, 2019, the Federal Register 84 FR 22564 was published as a notice of public hearing on the proposed Section 301 List 4. “In accordance with the direction of the President, the U.S. Trade Representative proposes a modification of the action being taken in this Section 301 investigation of the acts, policies, and practices […]

The British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) provided formal notice this afternoon to the ILWU-Canada, advising that they will lockout all Long Shoremen beginning on May 30th, 2019.  This action is in response to the ILWU-Canada’s intent to strike notice. Based on our experience, it is very possible that the Canadian government will force all parties back […]

Today, we have a subsequent update on the Section 301 List 3 Tariff increases. US Customs issued a CSMS message, “CSMS #19-000238.” This message refers to most of the Federal Register notices that have been issued throughout the history of List 3. An important note is that the list of items that were removed from List […]