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…

Brazilian Customs Strike Resumes

The Brazilian customs strike, which began in November of 2017, resumed on Monday, August 6th 2018 due to failure from the Government to fulfill the agreed upon terms. The strike had been suspended after the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Rodrigo Maia, pledged to work with the President of the Republic, Michel Temer, for…

U.S. Customs Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) Increasing October 1, 2018

Customs & Border Protection (CBP) has announced an upcoming change to the minimum and maximum amounts in cases where Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) is assessed on goods entering the United States. MPF is a user fee assessed and collected by CBP on applicable import transactions. MPF will continue to be assessed at a rate of…

Take control of your Customs finances

Advisory Alert An important aspect of the Accounts Receivable Ledger (ARL) program, implemented by the CBSA in January 2016, is that it provides importers with greater visibility to their accounts with the CBSA.  Previously, Daily Notices (DNs) and Statements of Account (SOA) – historically known “K84” Importer/Broker Account Statements – were predominantly issued by the…

U.S. Customs Issues Wood Packaging Materials Reminder and Updates Penalties

U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) recently issued a reminder and updated guidance concerning the importation of wood packaging materials. Since September 2005, non-exempt wood packaging material (WPM) imported into the United States must have been treated at approved facilities at places of origin to kill harmful timber pests that may be present. The WPM…