Canada Waives Duties on Expanded List of Medical and Non-Medical PPE Imports

As a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency, there is an increase in the importation of disinfectants, sanitizers and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as protective masks, hand sanitizer, and medical gowns into Canada. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has enacted emergency measures to facilitate and expedite access to licensing and registration requirements for…

U.S. Announces Increase in Importer Cotton Fee as of December 16, 2019

Effective December 16, 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will increase the fee paid by U.S. importers of cotton and cotton-containing products under the Cotton Research and Promotion Order.  The current rate of $0.011905 per kilogram will increase to $0.012222 per kilogram; an increase of $0.000317 per kilogram or 2.7%. The…

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,…