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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 […]

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 […]