United States and China Agree to 90 Day Moratorium on New Trade Tariffs

The U.S. and China have agreed to a 90-day suspension regarding the implementation of new import tariffs while they work on a negotiated settlement. Existing tariffs already enacted by either country will remain in effect, but new tariffs will be delayed subject to ongoing negotiations between the two countries aimed at resolving their trade disputes….

Reminder: List 3 U.S. Section 301 Tariffs to Increase to 25% January 1st, 2019

U.S. importers should note Section 301 tariffs (duties) for List 3 products from China are scheduled to increase to 25%, from the current 10% rate, beginning January 1st, 2019. These duties are assessed in addition to any other applicable duties or taxes. To minimize the impact of these duties, importers should proactively assess the upcoming…

Transpacific Eastbound Update

Source: JoC “China trade tariffs drove an early start to the ocean trans-Pacific peak season, but with the latest tranche of China trade tariffs increasing to 25 percent on Jan. 1, demand remains high. The pending tariffs generated a front-loading of holiday season merchandise in late summer and early autumn. Now, the specter of 25…

U.S. Customs Rulings Clarify Country of Origin for Section 301 Tariff Purposes

Faced with Section 301 duties (tariffs) on certain imports from China along with Section 232 duties on many steel and aluminum products, U.S. importers are considering possible options to compliantly reduce the payment of these duties – especially with ‘List 3’ Section 301 duties scheduled to increase to 25% on January 1st, 2019. In the…

Upcoming China Holiday Schedule

As a reminder please note that government and business establishments located in mainland China will be closed for the Mid-Autumn Festival from September 22-24, and the National Holiday from October 1-7. Major ocean freight carriers have advised that capacity on Transpacific Eastbound vessels has been very tight in recent weeks and that in the run…