U.S. Drawback Changes Coming into Effect February 2019

2015’s Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (TFTEA) included many changes for U.S. importers; among them were significant changes to U.S. duty drawback regulations and timeframes. Signed into law in 2016, many of TFTEA’s drawback changes are scheduled to come into sole effect as of February 24, 2019, on the three-year anniversary of the Act…

U.S. Announces Initial Section 301 Duty Exclusions for Chinese Products

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) recently announced the first set of product exclusions from Section 301 duties. These exclusions relate to items that were included in the first list (‘List 1’) of products enacted on July 6, 2018. Products in List 1 include many technology imports with a combined value of…

Reminder: U.S. Seafood Imports Require Additional Information in 2019

U.S. seafood importers are reminded that effective December 31st, 2018, shipments of shrimp and abalone must include specific harvest and landing data for customs entry purposes. Importers must also maintain ‘chain of custody’ records for these imports. From December 31, 2018 to March 1, 2019, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries and Customs &…

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…