First Section 301 Tariff Exclusions for China List 2 Goods; Retroactive Refunds Available

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report The first products excluded from the Section 301 additional 25 percent tariff on List 2 goods from China have been announced by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. These exclusions cover 69 specially prepared product descriptions that reflect 292 exclusion requests. The exclusions will be retroactive to Aug. 23, 2018, and remain in place until approximately July 31, 2020.…

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More Tariffs a Possibility Amid Uncertain Prospects for China Trade Deal

Thursday, July 18, 2019 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report The Trump administration’s willingness to strike a trade deal with China is being seen by some observers as increasingly tied to how doing so may affect the president’s chances of winning the 2020 presidential election. An agreement that secures suitably strong terms for the U.S. could aid Trump’s re-election bid, but if that cannot be accomplished Trump could follow through…

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More Imports from EU Targeted for Potential Tariffs Up to 100 Percent

Wednesday, July 03, 2019 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report Nearly a hundred additional products with a trade value of about $4 billion have been added to a list of goods imported from the European Union that could be subject to additional tariffs in a long-running dispute over aircraft subsidies. Importers of these goods should consider taking proactive measures to mitigate the impact of any potential tariff increase, such as…

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CSMS # – GUIDANCE: Sixth Round of Products Excluded from Section 301 Duties (Tranche 1)

BACKGROUND: On July 9, 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) published Federal Register (FR) Notice 84 FR 32821 announcing the decision to grant the sixth round of certain exclusion requests from the 25 percent duty assessed under the Section 301 investigation related to goods from China (Tranche 1).  The product exclusions announced in this notice will apply as of the July 6, 2018 effective date and will extend for one…

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More China List 1 Goods Excluded from Section 301 Tariffs; Retroactive Refunds Available

Tuesday, July 09, 2019 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report More than 100 additional goods have been excluded from the additional 25 percent duty imposed on some $34 billion worth of imports from China (List 1 goods). These exclusions cover 110 specially prepared product descriptions that reflect 362 separate exclusion requests. The exclusions will be retroactive to July 6, 2018, and remain in place until July 9, 2020. They must…

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Shipments from Third Countries Seeing More Scrutiny Amid Efforts to Avoid China Tariffs

Tuesday, July 02, 2019 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report Shifting manufacturing operations to change a product’s country of origin is a longstanding and legitimate way to mitigate tariffs on goods imported into the U.S. While many U.S. companies are properly using this method to reduce their exposure to the 25 percent additional tariff the U.S. has imposed on hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of goods from China, others…

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June Newsletter: US/China G20 meeting results, 301 portal, CBP serious about CTPAT and more.

Following a meeting of Presidents Trump and Xi, it will take time for the details of their hour-long discussion Saturday to be fully flushed out. What it appears was agreed to on Saturday in Osaka was that President Trump will hold off on the proposed last round of tariffs on the remaining $300 billion in imports not already covered by one of the previous lists. There will also be a softening of the restrictions on companies doing business…

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Additional Tariffs on China List 4 Goods on Hold; List 3 Exclusion Requests Being Accepted

Monday, July 01, 2019 President Trump announced June 29 following a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping that the U.S. will suspend plans to impose additional tariffs of up to 25 percent on so-called List 4 goods from China, which have a current import value of approximately $300 billion. The U.S. and China have been negotiating an agreement aimed at resolving issues such as forced technology transfer, intellectual property rights,…

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In the News: China Tariffs, Duty Mitigation, Court Case on Steel Tariffs

Friday, June 28, 2019 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report China lowering tariffs on imports from U.S. competitors “China has increased tariffs on US exports to an average 20.7 percent. But also striking for American farmers, companies, and workers is that China has reduced tariffs on competing products imported from everyone else to an average of only 6.7 percent. As recently as early 2018, firms in both the United States and…

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The Art of the Trade Deal 2.0 – Update on Top Strategies to Avoid or Reduce Section 232 and 301 Duty Increases

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report by Lenny Feldman U.S. importers, exporters, and manufacturers are continuing to look for ways to mitigate the impact of the 25 percent additional tariffs the U.S. has levied on hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of imported goods, including steel and aluminum from most global sources and thousands of products from China, as well as the retaliatory tariffs U.S. trading partners…

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