Tariff Increases Expected to Reduce GDP, Report Says

Friday, February 01, 2019 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report Tariff increases and other trade barriers imposed in 2018 by the Trump administration could lower real U.S. gross domestic product by 0.1 percent through 2029, according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office. According to the report, new tariffs were imposed on 12 percent of U.S. imports in 2018, including washing machines, solar panels, and steel and aluminum…

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China Challenge to U.S. Tariff Increase to be Heard by WTO

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report The World Trade Organization has established a dispute settlement panel to hear a complaint by China that U.S. tariff increases on its products are in violation of WTO rules. However, the WTO’s ability to render a final judgment is unclear given the dwindling number of Appellate Body judges. The Trump administration has imposed tariff increases of 10 to 25 percent…

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More China Tariff Exclusion Requests Denied Than Approved to Date

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report The Trump administration has received nearly 13,000 requests for exclusions from the additional tariffs it has imposed on imports from China, according to information made available by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Some have been granted and more have been denied but most are still at various stages of review. Following a Section 301 determination that China’s acts,…

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CSMS# 19-000020 – Sect. 201, 232, and 301 Reports Now Available in ACE to Importers and Brokers

01/29/2019 12:07 PM EST ACE Portal Accounts CBP has made available the following reports to importer and broker ACE account holders. These reports can be accessed in the ACE Reports Entry Summary workspace. Please see the names and brief descriptions of each report below. • TR-001 Section 232 Aluminum: This report provides data on entries subject to Section 232 duties for aluminum. • TR-002 Section 232 Steel: This report provides…

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Severe Congestion at Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

21 JAN 2019 Dear Valued Customer, Due to unprecedented pre-Lunar New Year inbound volumes, Los Angeles and Long Beach ports are experiencing extreme congestion. The volume increase is creating a vicious cycle encompassing: 1. Port delays The congestion and added vessel calls are creating labor shortage at the West Coast terminals. Vessels generally have to wait two to three shifts after arrival before labor is available for operations, with work…

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Opposition to Greater Tariff Authority for President Expands

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has opposed a bill the White House is reportedly drafting that would expand the president’s ability to increase import tariffs in response to foreign trade barriers. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, has rejected the idea as well. According to a letter from the Chamber to members of the House of Representatives, the draft…

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Trade Processing Continues but Other CBP Functions Curtailed as Shutdown Continues

Friday, January 11, 2019 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report U.S. Customs and Border Protection is prioritizing the movement of cargo during the ongoing federal government shutdown but a number of its other trade-related functions have been put on hold. The following information on the current status of these services has been provided by CBP officials and members of the trade community. (Click here to register for ST&R’s Jan. 15 webinar on…

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CSMS# 18-000757 – Section 301 Product Exclusions – Announced on 12/28

12/31/2018 12:14 PM EST Automated Broker Interface Notice of Product Exclusions: China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation (Section 301) BACKGROUND: On December 28, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative published Federal Register Notice 83 FR 67463 announcing the decision to grant certain exclusion requests from the 25% duty assessed on goods of China with an annual trade value of approximately $34 billion (Tranche 1),…

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CSMS# 18-000758 – Advance Electronic Data Required for Postal Shipments

12/31/2018 01:13 PM EST Automated Broker Interface U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is notifying air and ocean carriers that transport international mail destined to the United States that beginning January 1, 2019, Advance Electronic Data (AED) will be required for 100 percent of all postal shipments into the United States originating from the People’s Republic of China. This notice also applies to Special Administrative Regions of the People’s Republic…

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First Batch of Section 301 Product Exclusions Announced

Friday, December 28, 2018 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has announced the first batch of products that will be excluded from the additional 25 percent duty imposed under Section 301 on some $34 billion worth of imports from China. These product exclusions will be retroactive to July 6, 2018, and remain in place for one year after the date of publication in…

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