New Shanghai COVID-19 Restrictions Will Severely Impact Domestic Trucking Services and Transpacific Ocean Freight Activities

New Shanghai COVID-19 related restrictions have resulted in severe truck shortages, causing further stress on Transpacific ocean freight.    Given the extraordinary circumstances leading up to the Chinese Lunar New Year, where capacity and equipment constraints have been met by increasing port congestion and the cancellation of many vessel services – there is now a severe shortage of local…

Les États-Unis et la Chine confirment avoir conclu un accord commercial initial

Le Bureau du représentant américain au commerce (USTR) a annoncé que les États-Unis et la Chine sont parvenus à un accord commercial initial ou de « phase un ». De nombreux détails de l’accord, y compris le calendrier de mise en œuvre, doivent encore être confirmés. L’accord de phase un nécessitera également la signature officielle des deux…

U.S. Announces 5% Increase to Chinese Section 301 Tariffs

On August 23rd, 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) confirmed the U.S. Administration’s intent to increase Section 301 tariffs (duties) on Chinese origin products by 5%. Administration statements indicated the increase would apply to both Chinese products presently under existing Section 301 tariffs and those announced for future implementation. Such an action would increase existing…

Exclusion Process for U.S. Section 301 – List 2 Published

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) recently published guidelines for importers and other parties seeking an exclusion from U.S. Section 301 duties that began August 23, 2018 (List 2) covering specific products of Chinese origin. The deadline for submitting an exclusion request for products on List 2 is December 18, 2018. Any responses…