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3rd Stage China will begin on 9/24/2018

Please see the attached full list of HTS numbers with additional duty increase. List #1 Additional 25% Duties effective of 7/6/18 List #2 Additional 25% Duties effective of 8/23/18 List #3 Additional 10% Duties effective of 9/24/18 Sec-301-HTS-List
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New Tariffs on China “On Hold” after progress in Trade Talks

The Trump administration is “putting the trade war on hold” after the two sides agreed on a framework for progress on trade issues during talks held May 17-18 in Washington, D.C., according to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. Specifically, the White House will suspend plans to levy an additional 25 percent tariff on $50 billion worth of imports from China in response to a Section 301 investigation concluding that Beijing is coercing U.S. companies into transferring their technology...

GSP will renew on April 22, 2018

GSP will renew on April 22, 2018 through 2020. CBP will begin to process automatic refunds for products that claimed GSP during the lapse since it got expired on 12/31/17 shortly after April 22. Duties will be refunded without interest and go to the importer of record. For the products that did NOT claim GSP during the lapse must request refunds to CBP. According to CBP's website, these refund requests (post-imporation GSP claims) can be submitted as letters, Post Summary Corrections (PSC)...
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US Exempts Allies from Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

Trump administration added exemptions to a big group of trading partners, at least for now. It will include European Union, along with Argentina, Australia, Brazil and South Korea. Canada and Mexico were earlier left off the list of countries subject to the tariffs. The new tariffs is expected to be effected tomorrow (3/23/2018) as proposed. Please see the below link for a detailed...

Trump Imposes Duties on Imports of Steel & Aluminum

  President Donald Trump declared Thursday that next week he will sign a measure to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports to "protect national security." Trump said the measure will levy additional duties of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum imports. Those tariffs, he said, will remain for "a long period of time." Trump's statement implies he will impose these tariffs on imported steel and aluminum products from ALL countries, but it was not immediately clear if...

Canada Seeks Input on Potential FTA with China

Following the launch of exploratory discussions with Beijing on Sept. 22, 2016, the Canadian government is now seeking input from businesses, civil society organizations, labor unions, academia, individual Canadians, indigenous groups, and provincial and territorial governments on a potential free trade agreement with China. Please see the below link for more...
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Requirements for Subheading 9801.00.10 – U.S. and Foreign Goods Returned

  SUBJECT:Requirements for Subheading 9801.00.10 – U.S. and Foreign Goods Returned On April 25, 2016, a change to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) Chapter 98 – U.S. goods returned – went into effect.  Specifically, section 904(b) of the Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act of 2015, “Modification of Provisions Relating to Returned Property,” amended HTSUS subheading 9801.00.10 to read as follows:   Products of the United States when...

CBP Guide for Hanjin containers

CBP Guide for Hanjin containers Dear our valued customers,   CBP has set forth the actions to be taken in the following scenarios involving imported cargo being transported by Hanjin Shipping. Our major concern was an issue with vessels already arrived to the port but resting at anchor in the sea. We now are confirmed that the carriers must continue to provide advance notification to local CBP ports of the pending arrival (CF3171) so that the importers don’t have to pay...

Pick-up Hanjin Containers at TTI and APM

Dear our valued customers,   It has been notified that there is a way to pick up Hanjin containers at Total Terminals International (TTI) and APM Terminals now. Please follow the below instruction to proceed with pick-up at TTI. Go to Sign up for your account if you don’t already have an account Click on contact us Send an e-mail with container, trucker name and request for tariff posting After the terminal updates the tariff (they will send you a...
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Customer Service Advisory – Hanjin Receivership Crisis [9/1/2016]

Dear our valued customers,   It has been reported that Hanjin Shipping has filed for bankruptcy protection for receivership on August 31, 2016. Due to the uncertainty of how long this situation will last, VIP Customs Service will hold your entries on shipments with Hanjin master bill of lading (HJSC) until we get a written confirmation to proceed. Once we get an official report from the terminals that there’s no hold for Hanjin containers, we will go back to our normal...
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