CSMS #42566220 – GUIDANCE: Section 301 Tranche 3 – $200B: Twelfth Round of Product Exclusions from China (9903.88.45)

________________________________________ CSMS #42566220 – GUIDANCE: Section 301 Tranche 3 – $200B: Twelfth Round of Product Exclusions from China (9903.88.45) ________________________________________ BACKGROUND On April 24, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) published Federal Register (FR) Notice 85 FR 23122 announcing the decision to grant the twelfth round of certain requested exclusions from the Section 301 duty related to goods from China ($200B Action – Tranche 3). These product exclusions relate to…

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CBP Authorizes Duty Payment Deferral

Written by Susan Kohn Ross Despite statements discounting the possibility, saner heads have prevailed and published late yesterday was an Executive Order issued permitting the Secretary of the Treasury to adjust the deadlines related to payment of duty. Executive Order re Duty Payment Deferral.  On that basis, CBP announced a 90 day postponement of duty payment is possible. First, in CSMS 42423171, CBP made clear the option to postpone duty payment for 90…

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China Tightens Export Requirements for Medical Products

Monday, April 06, 2020 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report China is now enforcing stringent new export requirements on medical products being used to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, exports of the following products require certification from authorized testing laboratories, copies of the manufacturer’s business license, and the manufacturer’s certificate from China’s National Medical Products Administration. – COVID-19 test kits – ventilators – medical protective clothing – medical protective…

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COVID-19 Impacts on Demurrage and Detention

            • Published on April 3, 2020     Carlos Rodriguez International and Domestic Transportation Attorney at Husch Blackwell 12 articles Follow What might not be so obvious in this COVID-19 environment, which we have grown to associate with shortages, is that counterintuitively there are issues beginning to appear dealing with the opposite situation. The Journal of Commerce has reported that “[t]he container shipping industry…

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90-Day Tariff Suspension Sought as Part of COVID-19 Recovery Efforts

Thursday, March 26, 2020 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report Companies are beginning to push for legislation directing U.S. Customs and Border Protection to suspend all import tariffs for 90 days as part of broader efforts now underway to aid the U.S. economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Those interested in participating in this initiative should contact trade consultant Nicole Bivens Collinson at (202) 730-4956. CBP has discretion to delay import duty…

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Effective Tuesday: Second Shift Hours Adjusted at Port Terminals Maritime Industry Announces New Gate Hours at the Ports of Los Angles and Long Beach to Allow COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfectant Protocols

Effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the marine terminal operators in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will be sanitizing terminal equipment between the first and second shifts. Therefore, until further notice, the second shift will start at 7:00 p.m. and end at 4:00 a.m. Should you have any questions, please contact the terminal. You are receiving this email because of your interest in PierPass, the non-profit organization formed…

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CSMS #42080912 – Information on Suspension of Operations at Two Port of Houston Authority (POHA) Shipping Terminals

Please be advised that the Port of Houston Authority (POHA) has suspended operations at Bayport and Barbours Cut Shipping Terminals temporarily due to a COVID-19 issue. CBP will work with POHA to ensure orderly business resumption once a decision is made to reopen the terminals. In the meantime, interested trade community members with specific questions regarding cargo matters may contact the Houston Seaport Cargo Resolution team at (713) 454-8049 or…

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Port of Long Beach / Port of Oakland Updates

Port of Long Beach Terminals Open and Operating; Port Working Closely with Health Agencies to Monitor Crisis March 13, 2020 Updated March 15, 2020, 1:10 p.m. Compliments of Wendy Fung Port of Long Beach marine terminals are open and operating amid the unfolding health crisis, with regular vessel calls and scheduled work shifts continuing at the nation’s second-busiest seaport. Meanwhile, the Port is monitoring developments of the COVID-19 outbreak and…

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COVID-19 Trade Update Call for March 13

Complements of the National Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association of America, Inc. (NCBFAA) U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) hosted a conference call with the Trade this afternoon to discuss the current status of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak and its effect on Cargo and Port Operations. CBP reiterated that the Presidential Proclamation issued on March 11 pertains specifically to travelers and not cargo. The medical community does not view cargo as…

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