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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 […]

The Office of the United States Trade Representative earlier this week published in the Federal Register their notice that effective 12:01 AM ET today, duty rates on the remaining third annex (or list) of HTS numbers moved from the initial 10% to 25%. This 25% figure was first feared late in 2018, prior to the […]

Today, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) officially announced that the Section 301 List 3 Tariffs will be increasing from 10% to 25%, effective May 10, 2019. A corresponding Customs CSMS message #19-00236, was also sent out today. This message lists out the official instructions to the Trade and Customs Brokers on applying the additional […]

The media has been buzzing with a lot of speculation around the next steps for the Section 301 List 3 Tariffs between the USA and China; will they be increased from 10% to 25%? As of yesterday, US Customs Brokers had visibility to changes that US Customs had already made in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule […]

Dear Valued Customers, Please note that based on several reasons, as articulated in the below announcement by ONE Line, both the UP Northlake Rail Ramp and UP Rochelle Rail Ramps will be closing in July 2019.   Any customers impacted by this change will be individually contacted and routing changes will be specifically discussed to understand […]

Last week, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published the second set of product exclusions for the Section 301 tariffs. There are 33 additional exclusions either by HTS, HTS heading, or specific product description. It is important to note that if your products qualify for the exclusions, they are retroactive to the date the tariffs […]

Every March, the shipping community turns its collective view westward to Long Beach for the Journal of Commerce’s annual Trans-Pacific Maritime Conference. This event draws all the major names and players in the industry who gather to hear from economists, carrier executives, reporters, thought leaders and shippers about the issues that are on their plate […]