Reminder: List 3 U.S. Section 301 Tariffs to Increase to 25% January 1st, 2019

U.S. importers should note Section 301 tariffs (duties) for List 3 products from China are scheduled to increase to 25%, from the current 10% rate, beginning January 1st, 2019. These duties are assessed in addition to any other applicable duties or taxes. To minimize the impact of these duties, importers should proactively assess the upcoming…

U.S. Section 321 Truck Imports Require ACE eManifest Transmission Next Year

Importers and truck carriers utilizing Section 321 release privileges into the United States should note a significant new requirement beginning next year. On or after January 1st, 2019, Section 321 imports entering the U.S. will be required to be included and detailed in the truck carrier’s Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) eManifest transmission sent prior to…

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…

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…

FDA Food Facility Registration Begins October 1st, 2018

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) facility registration period begins October 1, 2018 through to December 31st, 2018. Section 415 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) [21 U.S.C. § 350d] requires food facilities required to register with FDA to renew such registrations during the period beginning on October 1 and…

U.S. Miscellaneous Trade Bill Temporarily Reduces Duty for Some Imports

On September 13, 2018, Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) of 2018 was signed into the law by the President. Included in the bill are temporary duty reductions for certain products imported into the U.S. between October 13th, 2018 and December 31st, 2020. This type of trade bill is used for products that are designated ‘non-controversial’ or…