US-China Tariff War – Cease Fire!

Courtesy of Our Man in DC – Peter Friedmann & the PCC The U.S. and China announced a “cease fire” in the ongoing trade war.  The quick bottom line: while there is still much uncertainty, at least this delays increasing List 3 duties to 25% next month, and delays perhaps indefinitely implementation of the feared “List 4”, the “everything else list” (everything we import from China that has not yet been hit…

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Tariff Increases Prompting More Companies to Shift Sourcing Out of China

Friday, November 30, 2018 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report One of the ways companies affected by this year’s tariff increases on imports from China can avoid or reduce those duties is by moving production, in whole or in part, to other countries. A number of recent press accounts indicate that use of this option is accelerating, largely to the benefit of smaller economies in Asia. Some production has been…

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CUSTOMERS NOW JOINTLY LIABLE WITH PORT TRUCKING COMPANIES FOR CERTAIN LABOR VIOLATIONS

By Susan Kohn Ross One of the bills signed into law by California Governor Edmund G. Brown from the most recent legislative session aims to hold customers accountable when hiring trucking companies that have a record of Labor Code violations. Under SB 1402, customers who utilize trucking companies to deliver goods from California’s ports may be held jointly and severally liable for certain Labor Code violations committed by those trucking companies. Here is the…

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Top Five Strategies to Avoid or Reduce Section 232 and 301 Duty Increases

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report by Lenny Feldman Despite protests by affected companies and sporadic intergovernmental negotiations, U.S. importers, exporters, and manufacturers continue to be burdened by the additional tariffs the Trump administration imposed earlier this year on hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of imported goods. However, there are a number of proven and legitimate ways to avoid or reduce these duties that have been…

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New Report Claims China Has Not Altered Practices Targeted by Section 301 Tariffs

Monday, November 26, 2018 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative claims in a Nov. 20 report that the Chinese government has not fundamentally altered the unfair, unreasonable, and market-distorting practices that have led to the imposition of additional duties on some $250 billion worth of U.S. imports from China and instead appears to have taken “further unreasonable actions” in recent months. (Click here for…

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PierPass 2.0: What’s New and What’s the Same

OffPeak Program 1.0 2.0 Effective date July 23, 2005 Nov. 19, 2018 subject to the conclusion of applicable Federal Maritime Commission procedures The TMF is applicable 3:00 a.m. to 5:59 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) All shifts; all days Appointments Are required at terminal’s discretion Are required for all import containers Appointments are to be made With the terminal using their own terminal appointment system See http://wcmtoa.org/appointment-systems/ With the terminal…

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Presidential Proclamation 9813 to Take Effect November 1

On October 30, President Trump issued Presidential Proclamation 9813, which implements changes to the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) by removing the eligibility of certain goods for preferential duty treatment and makes changes to Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) classifications. This Proclamation is set to go into effect on November 1. For a full list of the changes and to read the Proclamation in its entirety, please see here.

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USTR Finalizes Tariffs on $200 Billion of Chinese Imports in Response to China’s Unfair Trade Practices

Washington, DC – As part of the United States’ continuing response to China’s theft of American intellectual property and forced transfer of American technology, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today released a list of approximately $200 billion worth of Chinese imports that will be subject to additional tariffs.  In accordance with the direction of President Trump, the additional tariffs will be effective starting September 24, 2018, and…

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PierPass Changes to the OffPeak Program Effective November 19th

Courtesy of PierPass Press Release The above press release was sent out this morning. The PierPass OffPeak program has been operating for more than 13 years. With the upcoming changes to the OffPeak program, the Traffic Mitigation Fee (TMF) will be due on all shifts. This may impact you, your customers and those who have never registered to pay the TMF as it will be required with the changes. PierPass 2.0: What…

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CSMS# 18-000606 – CBP Implementation of H.R. 4813, The Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of 2018

10/12/2018 04:01 PM EDT Automated Broker Interface CBP Implementation of H.R. 4813, The Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of 2018 BACKGROUND On September 13, 2018 the President signed into law the H.R. 4318 Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of 2018 (MTB). The MTB amends the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) to suspend and reduce tariffs on 1,660 products through December 31, 2020. The amendments are pursuant to the new…

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