List 4A Section 301 Tariffs Reduced Under Phase One U.S. – China Trade Agreement

The U.S. and Chinese governments signed an initial (Phase One) trade agreement in Washington, D.C. on January 15, 2020. This overall framework includes a number of individual agreements governing various aspects of trade between the two countries, including technology transfer, intellectual property and financial services. Included within the overall agreement is a commitment to reduce…

USDA to Introduce Electronic Import Requirements Under APHIS Core Program

In late 2019 or early 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is expected to introduce new import procedures which will require the filing of additional data elements or documents electronically through Customs & Border Protection’s (CBP) Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). Once formally introduced, USDA and CBP are expected to provide a minimum six-month Informed…

USTR Announces 32 Exclusions for China Section 301 List 3 Products

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced an additional (5th) set of 32 product exclusions from U.S. Section 301 List 3. The 32 exclusions are product specific based on the applicable description provided. The exclusions are effective September 24, 2018 through August 6, 2020. Post entry refunds may be submitted to recover…

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. Customs Proposes New Power of Attorney Requirements for Customs Brokers

U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) has published potential new requirements for the processing and maintenance of a Power of Attorney (POA) by U.S. customs brokers. The requirements are not in effect yet. They are being proposed by CBP while additional comment from interested parties is gathered. The new requirements are designed to address a…