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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Fabrics, Consumer Items Among New China Tariff Exclusions; Retroactive Refunds Available

Thursday, February 20, 2020 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report Additional exclusions from the Section 301 additional 25 percent tariff on List 3 goods from China have been announced by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Affected products include titanium dioxide, rubber sunroof stoppers, stuff sacks, leather mobile device covers, wood flooring, desk accessories, various fabrics, portable outdoor cookers, aluminum shovels, car polishing devices, fuel filters, digital scales, steel…

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Furniture, Flooring, Fabric Among New China Tariff Exclusions; Retroactive Refunds Available

Tuesday, February 04, 2020 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report Additional exclusions from the Section 301 additional 25 percent tariff on List 3 goods from China have been announced by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Affected products include frozen seafood, fertilizer, laundry detergent powder, vinyl flooring, bicycles and bicycle tires, rubber gloves, zippered containers, paper straws, fabric, rugs, automobile mirrors, liquid hand pumps, bath and shower faucets, plugs…

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CHINA – U.S. PHASE 1 DEAL: IS IT ENOUGH?

            Photo credit: iStock.com/Darwel By Susan Kohn Ross China and the U.S. signed the so-called Phase 1 deal on January 15, 2020. Much has been said in the general press and elsewhere about this deal. What does it really accomplish for international traders? First, there is nothing said about the tariffs imposed by either the U.S. or China. White House briefers did say the tariff on…

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New Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum Finished Products: What Can You Do?

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Effective Feb. 8, the U.S. is extending its Section 232 additional tariffs on steel (25 percent) and aluminum products (10 percent) to specific finished products made with steel and aluminum. These include iron or steel nails, tacks, drawing pins, and staples; aluminum stranded wire, cables, and plaited bands; and steel or aluminum bumper stampings for motor vehicles and body stampings for agricultural tractors. Click here for more details.…

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