U.S. and Japan Reach Partial Trade Agreement

The United States and Japan announced a trade agreement between the countries covering specific agricultural and industrial products. The new agreement will eliminate or reduce tariffs (duties) and is expected to be effective January 1, 2020. Japan has agreed to allow 90 percent of U.S. food and agricultural products duty free or preferential tariff access…

U.S. Announces Extension of China Section 301 List 3 Entry Deadline

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced it will extend the entry deadline for Chinese Section 301 List 3 imports. They were previously required to enter the U.S. prior to June 1, 2019. To maintain the existing 10% Section 301 tariff rate, the new entry deadline announced by the USTR is June 15,…

Safeguard Surtax to remain for Heavy Plate and Stainless Steel Wire

The CBSA has announced that tariff rate quotas will remain in place for imports of certain heavy plate and stainless steel wire. Global Affairs Canada will be accepting applications for quota allocation for these products between May 10 and May 24, 2019. Applications must be submitted by email. A link to Customs Notice 19-08 with…

U.S. President Announces Increase in Section 301 Tariffs on Chinese Imports

May 6, 2019 A reminder that on April 17, 2019, U.S. President Trump announced, via social media, his intent to increase Section 301 tariffs on Chinese imports currently being assessed 10% Section 301 duties. The new tariff rate would be 25%. Subject to clarification from the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), this immediate increase to 25%…