Allyn Publications

The Growth of Maritime Trade

September 28, 2023.
Trade Publications

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) forecasts that after declining by 0.4% in 2018, the volume of global seaborne trade will increase by 2.4% in 2023. Although this is lower than the long-term growth rate of about 7% over the previous three decades, containerized trade is predicted to climb by 1.2% in 2023 and... Read More

Unlocking Import Success: Navigating the Harmonized Tariff System 〈HTS〉 for US Goods

September 21, 2023.
Logistics Publications, Trade Publications

The classification of an item using the Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) is a crucial step for importing goods into the US. The HTS determines various aspects of the import process, such as: The applicable duty rates and exemptions for different products. The antidumping and countervailing duties (ADD/CVD) that may... Read More

Lost & Found: Unclaimed Property Insights & Opportunities

September 20, 2023.
Tax Publications

What is Unclaimed Property? Unclaimed Property is money or tangible assets that belong to you but are viewed as “abandoned” because there’s been no activity or contact with you for one year or more. Every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U... Read More

October 2023 Merchandise Processing Fee Update

September 19, 2023.

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will be adjusting certain user fees on October 1, 2023. The minimum merchandise processing fee (MPF) will be increased to $31.67 from $29.66 and the maximum will be raised to $614.35 from $575.35. MPF is assessed by CPB for most imports into the US on an ad valorem basis, with... Read More

Forced Labor from the Xinjiang Province of China, U.S. Customs’ Response, and the Effects on Importers

September 18, 2023.

Currently, forced labor in China is a heated topic of discussion, review, and high visibility, especially as it concerns imports into the United States of America. The most recent focus on forced labor in China centralizes around textiles produced in the Xinjiang province of China, an autonomous region in the... Read More

Section 301 China Tariff Exclusions Extended

September 15, 2023.
Logistics Publications, Trade Publications

Earlier this month, on September 6, 2023, the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) announced to the world that it will be extending 352 reinstated exclusions and 77 COVID-19 related exclusions to duties imposed on goods from China pursuant to Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974.  The USTR imposed Section 301... Read More

What is CARM?

September 11, 2023.
Logistics Publications, Trade Publications

At a quick glance, this project signifies a transformative journey spanning multiple years. It’s a relentless dedication to enhancing and streamlining trade processes, all while championing the twin pillars of efficiency and unwavering adherence to regulations. It’s a reflection of the commitment to making a resounding... Read More

Complete Guide to Sales Tax Holiday Dates Across the US

July 25, 2023.
Tax Publications

A sales tax holiday is a temporary period during which certain goods or services are exempt from sales taxes. It is a policy measure implemented by some governments to encourage consumer spending and boost the economy. During a sales tax holiday, specific items are eligible for tax exemption. These items... Read More

Continuing Your Trade Compliance Education

July 19, 2023.
Logistics Publications, Trade Publications

As of June 22, 2023 Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published their final ruling on requiring continuing education for all individual licensed customs brokers. CBP will now require 36 continuing education credits to be completed during the three years of a triennial period. Brokers must show completion of 36 continuing education credits at the... Read More

Understanding the OSRA Act of 2022

July 14, 2023.
Logistics Publications, Trade Publications

Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022 (Public Law No: 117-146) was passed by US Congress and put into law by USA President Joe Biden in June of last year. This act may help many different parties and could help alleviate some of the stress and issues occurring with ocean freight shipments.... Read More

The Art of Customer Service

July 07, 2023.
Logistics Publications, Tax Publications, Trade Publications

In today’s business world, whether it is electronic or face to face it is vital to provide outstanding customer service. Customer service can be defined as the practice of providing customers with the support to enrich their satisfaction with the company and its products and services. It is... Read More

Amazon Implements AI to Identify Damaged Goods

July 05, 2023.
Logistics Publications, Trade Publications

Amazon has begun exploring options to automate their fulfillment process as they have had difficulty finding reliable workers and are looking for ways to have Artificial Intelligence take over some of the heavy lifting done in their warehouses and increase productivity. Over the last few months, Amazon has started to... Read More

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