Latest Tariff News

Posted on December 05, 2019. Category: Logistics PublicationsTrade Publications

On Monday December 2, President Trump advised that his administration is considering tariffs as high as 100% on French goods in retaliation for a new Tax on digital services, greatly impacting U.S technology companies. The office of the U.S. Trade Representative deemed the tax discriminatory against U.S. companies. The estimated value of imported goods impacted could be up to $2.4 Billion U.S. and includes cheese, beauty products, handbags and certain winesTrump also advised new tariffs on steel (25%) and aluminum (10%) from Brazil and Argentina, in retaliation for what he claims is currency devaluation on their part. These tariffs will...

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Logistic Challenges in India

Posted on December 03, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

Due to Trump-era tariffs, many manufacturers are exploring options for their supply chains. India is a low-cost country alternative, however, there are some challenges regarding logistics that need to be reviewed in detail.Ground transportation accounts for 65% of intra-India cargo movement according to the National Highways Authority of India.  The large network of highway and road systems connecting India are of inconsistent quality, dangerous and prone to persistent traffic delays.  The heavy reliance and demands of the ground transportation infrastructure, especially for long hauls, propel costs higher than in other countries.Ocean transport for international freight is dominated...

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Section 301 News: Progress on Trade Talks

Posted on October 14, 2019. Category: Trade Publications

After negotiations last, week the U.S. and China have agreed on the first steps to de-escalate the trade war. The results of this talks are the following:Lists 1, 2, and 3 will not increase to 30% on October 15th, 2019 but will stay at 25%. As of right now, list 4B is still scheduled to go into effect on December 15th, 2019. China has committed to buying $40 to $50 billion worth of U.S. agriculture annually. There was also reported progress on intellectual property, currency manipulation and tech transfer, among other things, but the details have not yet been provided.Latest Tariff Increase Schedule...

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MPF Increase in 2019

Posted on October 10, 2019. Category: Trade Publications

To account for inflation, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) adjusted certain user fees on October 1, 2019. The minimum merchandise processing fee (MPF) will be increased to $26.79 from $25 and the maximum will be raised to $519.76 from $485. MPF is assessed by CPB for most imports into the US on an ad valorem basis, with the percentage being used to calculate MPF remaining at .3464%. MPF will be waived for goods that qualify for certain free trade agreements, such as NAFTA. The MPF for entries under $2,500 will remain at the $2 flat rate.Contributor: Matt Dreckman About Allyn International Allyn International...

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Northeast Passage Benefits

Posted on September 25, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

With the increase of global warming, it is possible to connect European and Asian seaports along the Russian Arctic Coast. This is called “Northeast Passage” or “Nothern searoute."  This route reduces distances by 30% on average and transit times by 40% on average. Consequently, it also reduces the fuel needs and costs. Ice breaking ships are usually needed to transit, but it is significantly less useful due to global warming. Now vessels with reinforced bows are enough. China and North European countries are very interested by this new option. However,...

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A Global HTS Solution

Posted on September 12, 2019. Category: Trade Publications

The World Customs Organization is represented by 183 customs administrations and represents 98% of the world’s trade. When goods are shipped internationally, they must be classified for customs purposes using a Harmonized Tariff Schedule Number (HTS). Each separate product is assigned a classification code and amongst other things, the HTS number is used to determine the applicable duty rates. One of Allyn International’s core competencies is HTS classification, with services offered on a local or global level. Regardless of country of import, Allyn can provide correct HTS number(s) for your products to ensure compliance with applicable...

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Incoterms 2020

Posted on September 11, 2019. Category: Trade Publications

On September 10, 2019 the International Chamber of Commerce launched Incoterms® 2020. Incoterms® rules on the use of domestic and international trade terms and facilite the conduct of global trade.In order to be effective, contracts will have to specify that Incoterms® 2020 are being used. This updated edition of trade terms seeks to provide clarity to companies in several areas:Key Changes for 2020Change in the three-letter name from DAT to DPUIncoterms® 2020 replaces DAT (Delivered at Terminal) with DPU (Delivered at Place Unloaded). This broadens delivery to places other than a terminal. DPU is the only...

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Supply Chain & Its Environmental Impact

Posted on September 11, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

With out a doubt, over the years, supply chain management has become an indispensable part of business. With supply chain management comes the power to boost customer service and reduce operating costs. This then leads to improvement of the financial standing of a company. Since supply chain management is a highly elaborate system used by many different sized companies, it is important to know its effects on a world-wide basis.  There has been an increased awareness of the earth’s sustainability lately, and one of the trending topics is how supply chain management impacts the world’s...

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Congestion Pricing's Future Effect on Infrastructure

Posted on September 11, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

As most in logistics and transportation already know, the nation’s infrastructure is a constant topic of worry for everyone between ground level operations to politicians.  Cities are strapped for cash because the funding for upkeep and upgrades simply hasn’t been allocated or isn’t available.  The federal government drags its feet in favor of designer grievances spurred by populism and what sells in the media. The state and local governments are already overwhelmed and underfunded just to keep the crumbling roads, bridges, tunnels, and decaying of older mass transit systems from reaching critical...

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2019 Asian International Logistics Technology and Transport System Exhibition

Posted on September 11, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

The 2019 Asian International Logistics technology and Transportion System exhibition will be held this year from October 23rd through the 26th in Shanghai, China.This exhibition will have 630 exhibitors to be attended, and it will have around 70,000 square meters of exhibition area.The main exhibits of this exhibition are as below:Mechanical handling equipment Warehousing Technology and Workshop Equipment Packaging and order picking equipment Loading Technology Material handling technology, warehousing technology and logistics systems Traffic engineering Internal Material System and Software technologyIn the mean time, China has incorporated the logistics industry into the 12th Five-Year Plan recently years....

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