U.S. and China Confirm an Initial Trade Agreement Has Been Reached

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has announced that U.S. and China have reached an initial or ‘Phase One’ agreement on trade. Many agreement details, including an implementation timeline, are yet to be confirmed. The Phase One agreement will also require formal signing by both parties. Subject to confirmation, U.S. government and…

Canada & USA – Transpacific Eastbound GRI Update

Please be advised that the previously announced December 15, 2019 General Rate Increase (GRI) applicable on the Asia & Indian Sub-Continent to Canada & USA trade lanes, has been postponed to January 1, 2020. GRI effective January 1, 2020: USD 20.00 per cbm or 500 kg USD 900 per 20′ container USD 1000 per 40′…

USDA to Introduce Electronic Import Requirements Under APHIS Core Program

In late 2019 or early 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is expected to introduce new import procedures which will require the filing of additional data elements or documents electronically through Customs & Border Protection’s (CBP) Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). Once formally introduced, USDA and CBP are expected to provide a minimum six-month Informed…

Canada & USA – Transpacific Eastbound GRI Update

Please be advised that the December 1, 2019, General Rate Increase (GRI), applicable on the Asia & Indian Sub-Continent (ISC) to Canada & USA trade lanes, and announced at levels of USD 1000 per 40′ container, will be implemented at mitigated levels. Updated rates taking the above measure into account will be published as soon…