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%…

British Columbia Maritime Strike or Lockout Could Take Place May 5

The British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) has released an update regarding the conciliation process with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Canada and the longshore collective agreement.  BCMEA has been formally notified that the Union has not agreed to an extension of the time period for conciliation.  The 60-day conciliation period expired on April 13,…

Composite Woods Product Imports Face Deadline for U.S. TSCA Certification

Further to previous communication, effective March 22, 2019, U.S. importers of certain types of composite wood products will need to certify that their imported products comply with the formaldehyde emissions standards under the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), Title VI. The TSCA Title VI. Certification requirements will affect three…

U.S. Removes GSP Eligibility for Specific Imports

U.S. importers utilizing the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program should note a Presidential Proclamation has been published removing some products from the program. The list of products being removed is country-specific. That list and the complete proclamation may be found here. The action was taken as a result of the U.S. determining some imports…