NEWS FLASH: USTR List 1 China Tariffs, Harmonized Tariff Schedule Boot Camp, and World Trade Week Event

Compliments of: Pisani & Roll LLP info@worldtradelawyers.com.   USTR PUBLISHES ADDITIONAL LIST OF PRODUCTS EXCLUDED FROM 25% LIST 1 CHINA TARIFFS Today, the USTR released a second set of exclusions for products covered by the original “List 1” Section 301 tariffs on Chinese products.  Previously, in December 2018, the USTR published a list of products that would be excluded from List 1.  Today’s publication represents a second tranche of exclusions…

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Tariffs Up to 100 Percent Possible on $11 Billion in Imports from EU

Thursday, April 11, 2019 The Trump administration is threatening to impose tariffs of up to 100 percent on goods imported from the European Union as early as this summer in a long-running dispute over aircraft subsidies. A preliminary list of goods that could be affected covers every major product group and there is a May 28 deadline for comments on this list. Importers of affected goods should accelerate efforts to mitigate the…

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Tariff Hike on $11 Billion in Imports from EU Could Come This Summer

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report Hundreds of goods imported from the European Union are on a preliminary list of products that could be subject to additional tariffs as early as this summer in a long-running dispute over aircraft subsidies. Importers of goods on this list should consider taking proactive measures to mitigate the impact of any potential tariff increase, such as working to have their…

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China Tariff Exclusion Reviews Accelerate as Denials Continue to Outpace Approvals

Monday, April 08, 2019 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report The Trump administration has denied hundreds more requests for exclusions from the additional tariffs it has imposed on imports from China but has approved additional requests as well, according to information made available by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Most such requests are still under consideration but USTR is making progress in conducting its reviews. Importers should be…

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In the News: Border Shutdown, Customs Bonds, Canada Tariffs, China, India Retaliation

Thursday, April 04, 2019 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report White House looks to minimize economic impact of Trump’s border shutdown threat “As Trump has escalated his threats to close the border in recent days, top aides have launched a two-pronged strategy in preparation for a decision. One approach has been to study ways to minimize the economic impact of shutting the border with the United States’ second-largest trading partner,…

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Duty-Free Import Changes May be Sought in Annual GSP Reviews

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report Importers, foreign governments, and others have until April 18 to request changes to the lists of products and countries eligible for duty-free treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has launched its annual review of GSP and is accepting petitions seeking to add, preserve, or remove GSP benefits. USTR will announce which petitions…

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Expect Trade Delays at U.S.-Mexico Border, CBP Commissioner Says

Importers should expect “a slowdown in the processing of trade” along the U.S.-Mexico border for an indeterminate period of time as resources are shifted to deal with a “dramatic increase in illegal crossings” by migrants, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said March 27. McAleenan said up to 750 CBP officers from ports of entry along the border will soon be reassigned to assist the U.S. Border Patrol…

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Information Items: HTS Numbers for Composite Goods, TSCA Title VI/Formaldehyde Rule HTS Codes and World Trade Week Event

TSCA Title VI/Formaldehyde Rule HTS Codes EPA has posted a list of HTS codes to help The Trade Community identify TSCA Section 13 Import Certification for Title VI commodities. https://www.epa.gov/formaldehyde https://www.epa.gov/formaldehyde/harmonized-tariff-schedule-codes-may-require-toxic-substances-control-act-tsca-section Remember the importer is responsible for knowing if they need to file the TSCA import certification, –whether or not it has been flagged in ACE. If you have any questions please contact the TSCA Hotline at tsca-hotline@epa.gov

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Stricter GSP Enforcement Highlights Need for Attention to Compliance

Thursday, March 28, 2019 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report The Trump administration has taken a more active approach to enforcement of the Generalized System of Preferences, which provides duty-free treatment for imports of thousands of products. This shift presents both challenges and opportunities for companies utilizing this program. (Click here to register for ST&R’s upcoming webinar on GSP enforcement and recent developments.) Eligibility Since 1974 GSP has eliminated tariffs on…

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Steel and Aluminum Tariffs Upheld as Court Affirms Constitutionality of Section 232

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report The Court of International Trade has rejected a constitutional challenge to the Section 232 tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum products. This decision (a) highlights the importance for importers of affected goods to use the existing process for seeking exclusions from these tariffs, which to date has yielded a high percentage of approvals, and (b) could increase the likelihood…

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