Trade Publications

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...

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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...

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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....

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What Every Importer Should Know About TSCA

Posted on June 01, 2018. Category: Trade Publications

What is TSCA?     In 1976, the US Congress passed the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), mandating the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the manufacture and import of chemicals. The goal of this legislation was to protect the American people from “unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment.” The EPA does this through assessing and regulating new chemicals before they enter the commercial market, and by regulating the use and distribution of extant chemicals that are deemed dangerous. Despite its misleading name, TSCA monitors all chemicals, not just those considered toxic or dangerous.    ...

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Shedding Light on FDA LED Regulations

Posted on May 24, 2018. Category: Trade Publications

     With the New Year upon us, new regulations are coming into force. One of these that affect businesses operating across borders is the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) reporting requirements for all products classified under 8541.40.2000 (light-emitting diodes-LEDs). The FDA is requiring the name and physical address of the original manufacturer in order to trace all “electrically-powered product that can emit any form of radiation on the electromagnetic spectrum.”     In companies’ efforts to save energy costs, LEDs are becoming a commonly used source of lighting across industries. The U.S....

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Are Your Charges Dutiable?

Posted on May 11, 2018. Category: Trade Publications

     All importers are required to pay a percentage duty on the value of their imported merchandise, so determining the accurate value is a vital step in the entry process. When most goods come into the United States, an ad valorem (or percentage based) duty is assigned based on the total value of that good. As with any charge, an importer doesn’t want to pay more than what is required. Just like income taxes, there are both additions and subtractions that may be placed on imported goods to adjust the value.     Let&rsquo...

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Brazil Strikes Affect Imports

Posted on May 09, 2018. Category: Trade Publications

Brazilian federal tax auditors will be on strike from May 8, to May 10 and from May 15, to May 17, as they dispute salary bonuses.Customs will be affected at Brazilian ports and airports, which will lead to delays.One way to mitigate delays is to make sure that all documentation (invoices, bills of lading, etc.) are filled out correctly.If you have freight headed to Brazil, or if you would like more information about the customs process please contact us at Allyn InternationalAllyn International is dedicated to providing high quality, customer centric services and solutions for...

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Recordkeeping In A Digital Age

Posted on April 27, 2018. Category: Trade Publications

          Records are an invaluable source of information and are normally regarded as a liquid asset of any organization. Good recordkeeping is equally vital in regards to the maintenance of integrity, transparency, and accountability as “evidence of a transaction,” and also in enhancing organizational operational efficiency, equity, and effectiveness.          The unique characteristics of electronic data, compared to paper, present unprecedented new challenges for records and information management. For example, the sheer volume of electronic communications today, such as email, makes it virtually impossible for individual employees to manage the...

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Duties on Steel and Aluminum

Posted on March 09, 2018. Category: Logistics PublicationsTrade Publications

President Trump signed two Presidential Proclamations yesterday – one on steel imports and one on aluminum imports.  The President is imposing an additional 25% duty on steel, and an additional 10% duty on aluminum, imported from all countries except Canada and Mexico beginning on March 23, 2018.The breakdown is as follows:Steel Dutiesthe 25% additional duty will apply to “steel articles” imported from all countries except Canada and Mexico as of March 23, 2018; “steel articles” are defined by reference to Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) 6-digit subheading, as follows:  “7206.10 through 7216.50, 7216.99 through 7301.10, 7302.10, 7302.40 through 7302.90, and 7304.10 through 7306.90, including any subsequent revisions...

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Why Have a Trade Compliance Team?

Posted on February 22, 2018. Category: Trade Publications

Is your enterprise meeting all of its compliance needs? The great paradox of global trade is that it is integral to growth, but few specialist understand the challenges of operating internationally. Every mid to large size company in business has a strategy in place for meeting their accounting, human resources, and facilities needs and the best among these have developed ways of making these areas value adders. However, compliance with the various laws and regulations that govern global trade is still viewed as an afterthought by many of these same organizations.As global supply chains and the regulatory environment grow...

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