Interim China Deal Possible as Beijing Suspends More Tariffs

Monday, September 16, 2019 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report President Trump said Sept. 12 that he would be willing to consider an interim trade agreement with China, which could open the door for progress at bilateral talks scheduled for October. The president’s comments came as China announced that it plans to add pork and soybeans to a list of U.S. goods recently exempted from its retaliatory tariffs. “I see…

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China Announces Tariff Exclusions for U.S. Goods, U.S. Responds with Delay of Tariff Increase

Friday, September 13, 2019 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report China announced this week the first exclusions from its additional 25 percent tariff on imports of U.S. goods. President Trump then delayed from Oct. 1 to Oct. 15 an increase from 25 to 30 percent in the Section 301 additional tariff on $250 billion worth of goods imported from China. China Tariff Exclusions. The China tariff exclusions for the following…

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Determining Origin for Section 301 Tariffs Poses Challenges

Thursday, September 05, 2019 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report There continue to be conflicting reports in the press about the correct test to apply to determine country of origin for purposes of the Section 301 tariffs the U.S. is currently imposing on imports from China. Importers should be aware that while the COO claims made by their vendors may be correct under the source country’s rules, they may be…

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Tariff Reduction Bill Procedures Changed as Oct. 15 Opening Date Nears

Thursday, August 22, 2019 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report The International Trade Commission is amending its rules on the submission and consideration of petitions for duty suspensions and reductions under the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016, which reformed the miscellaneous trade bill process. The ITC states that these changes principally (1) require petitions and comments to include certain additional information, (2) clarify and provide additional instructions with respect…

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Sept. 20 Deadline for Comments on Tariff Increase for Chinese Goods

Friday, August 30, 2019 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report Importers and others have until Sept. 20 to submit comments on the proposed increase from 25 percent to 30 percent of the additional tariff being imposed on $250 billion worth of imports from China. This increase is scheduled to take effect Oct. 1 for the following products. – 818 tariff subheadings with an approximate annual trade value of $34 billion…

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Ken Hamanaka Co Newsletter: August, 2019

The announcement last week by President Trump and USTR Lighthizer of increases to the four lists of HTS numbers for China Section 301 duties is set for publishing in the Federal Register. You can click the button below for the text published on the USTR’s website. Remember that the most important things are that lists 1, 2 and 3 increase to 30% from 25% effective October 1st and lists 4A and 4B which were slated…

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No Grace Period for Tariff Increase on Imports from China

Thursday, August 29, 2019 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report The Trump administration has indicated that another tariff increase on imports from China will be imposed with no flexibility for goods already in transit to the U.S. The administration previously announced plans to impose a Section 301 additional tariff of 10 percent on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods in two stages, effective Sept. 1 (List 4A goods) and Dec.…

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TARIFF TURMOIL GETS HOTTER!

August 27, 2019               Photo by Tom Fisk on Pexels.com By Susan Kohn Ross As has been widely reported, on Friday, first President Trump announced and then USTR Lighthizer confirmed the 301 tariffs on goods out of China will increase. Specifically, the tariffs on the goods on Lists 1, 2 and 3 will rise from 25% to 30% starting October 1, 2019, while the tariffs on…

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China Tariff Exclusion Request Denials Increase Amid Limited Approvals

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report Over the last month the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has denied hundreds more requests for exclusions from the Section 301 additional tariffs on imports from China. USTR is continuing to review outstanding exclusion requests for List 1 and List 2 goods, imports of which are collectively worth about $50 billion, and has set a Sept. 30 deadline for…

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President Trump announces increases to Section 301 duties from China.

President Trump announces increases to Section 301 duties from China. This afternoon, the President announced an increase in the amount of Section 301 duties that importers will need to pay on goods exported from China beginning as soon as September 1st. China, in response to the planned US 10% duty on List 4A (effective September 1st) and List 4B (effective December 15th), this morning put additional duties on nearly $75…

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