Trade Publications

Tariff Hikes Postponed Indefinitely

Posted on March 05, 2019. Category: Trade Publications

Per the Federal Register Volume 84, Number 43 (Tuesday, March 5, 2019), the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has postponed the date of which duty rates will increase to 25% for items covered by section 301 list 3.The rate will remain at 10% until further notice.This postponement comes in advance of a speculated late March 2019 summit between Presidents Trump and Xi.  Hopefully, this summit will lead to the end of the tariff war between the US and China, but there are still major hurdles involving items such as:  intellectual property, technology transfer, currency and other issues.If you would like additional information on... Read More

ISF-5 Enforcement Begins March 15, 2019

Posted on February 22, 2019. Category: Trade Publications

Liquidated damage claims for ISF-5 violations were to be enforced by CBP starting on January 21, 2019. However, due to the government shutdown and accompanying funding lapse, the implementation was delayed.CBP outlines the enforcement in Cargo System Message CSMS #19-000063. Stating that:CBP is ending its delayed enforcement period for ISF-5 violations and will begin issuing liquidated damages claims for violations of the ISF-5 requirements on March 15, 2019. Please ensure that you are in compliance before that time.ISF-5 is mainly for Freight Remaining Onboard (FROB), as well as Immediate Export (IE) and Transportation and Exportation (TE) Bonds.For an ISF-5 filing... Read More

Postponement of ISF-5 Enforcement

Posted on February 14, 2019. Category: Trade Publications

Liquidated damage claims for ISF-5 violations were to be enforced by CBP starting on January 21, 2019. However, due to the government shutdown and accompanying funding lapse, this has been postponed until at least March 1, 2019.CBP outlines this postponement in Cargo System Message CSMS #19-000011.ISF-5 is mainly for Freight Remaining Onboard (FROB), as well as Immediate Export (IE) and Transportation and Exportation (TE) Bonds.For an ISF-5 filing to be correct and timely, the following 5 fields must be filed prior to vessel load:Booking Party Foreign Port of Unlading Place of Delivery Ship to Party Commodity HTSUS NumberAllyn will keep... Read More

The Importance of Paying Attention to Export Control

Posted on December 11, 2018. Category: Trade Publications

In March of 2018 Konstantin Chekhovskoi was arrested at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago on his way home to Russia and sentenced to 18 months in federal prison. In his checked baggage were more than $100,000 in ammunition, parts, and accessories designed for assault rifles. Mr. Chekhovskoi had not received the appropriate clearance and export licenses to take these items out of the United States.Konstantin may have had some intentions of questionable legality for his exported products, but plenty of law-abiding citizens can find themselves facing similar penalties if they are not aware of the export regulations of the... Read More


Posted on December 10, 2018. Category: Trade Publications

The "British exit from the European Union" is the ongoing withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU) following a referendum that was held on June 23, 2016. The vote was close with 52% of the population voting to leave and 48% voting to stay. In order for the UK to leave the EU, the UK had to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty which gives the two sides two years to agree the terms of the split. This process has been started by UK’s Prime Minister Theresa May on May 29, 2017, meaning that the UK is scheduled to... Read More

The Fate of NAFTA: Threats and Reality

Posted on August 29, 2018. Category: Trade Publications

On Monday August 27th, 2018 the Trump administration announced that it had reached a “preliminary agreement in principle” with Mexico. Hailed as the US- Mexico Trade Agreement, the preliminary deal promotes streamlining certification and verification of rules of origin requirements, particularly in the automotive sector.  Per the United States Trade representative the agreement “will provide greater incentives to source goods and materials in the United States and North America.” Interestingly, the agreement also requires that 40-45 percent of auto content be made by workers earning at least $16 an hour. On the day of the announcement... Read More

The Breakdown – Section 232 and Sections 301

Posted on August 28, 2018. Category: Trade Publications

Section 232: What is it?In 1962, Congress passed a piece of legislation called the Trade Expansion Act which was generally intended to do just that, expand trade.  It gave President Kennedy the authority to cut or eliminate tariffs on many goods. The purpose of this act, like all others, is to benefit the people and buried within it were clauses to do just that. Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to conduct comprehensive investigations to determine the effects of imports on the national security of the United States. What does it mean... Read More

Bottom Line Costs with Shipping to and from China

Posted on August 20, 2018. Category: Logistics PublicationsTrade Publications

“Made in China,” seeing this printed on a variety of goods brings up a variety of thoughts from about moving USA products overseas, varying quality of goods, reduced costs on electronics and clothing, etc.For decades, the USA has been intricately intertwined with the mega trading partner that is the People’s Republic of China.  Recent administration initiatives, along with lower shipping container demands, have brought lower costs and smaller profit margins.  Data gathered from a Freightos report shows that the China-U.S. ocean rates have been hitting noticeable lows from the start... Read More

Corpses, Telecom and Space Junk: Exceptions to HTS Classification

Posted on July 16, 2018. Category: Trade Publications

Unless someone has experience in the trade compliance world, they would be hard pressed to find a similarity between the items listed above. However, to someone familiar with Title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations, these articles go together like a well-matched set of luggage. These items, along with a few others, are among those that are not subject to the tariff schedule of the United States.The Tariff of the United States is a comprehensive listing of every type of item and its corresponding HTS code and duty rate. In general, all items that are imported into the U... Read More

Stay at the Front Lines of the Trade War

Posted on June 07, 2018. Category: Trade Publications

On March 8, 2018 the president issued proclamations 9704 and 9705 under section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. These orders provided for 25% additional import duties for specified steel products and 10% additional import duty on specified Aluminum products from all countries including Mexico and Canada. On May 31, the United States lifted the exemption from products of Mexico and Canada origin prompting another escalation in what may are calling the “Trade War.”In response to these measures, Canada intends to enact trade-restrictive countermeasures on 128 U.S origin items inducing steel, aluminum, and other products from the U.S, totaling up to C$16.6 billion.... Read More

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