Category Archives: Trade Alerts

List of Section 301 Duties on Chinese Origin Goods

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

List of Section 301 Duties on Chinese Origin Goods

Under that authority of Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, the US Trade Representative (USTR) released the preliminary list of Chinese origin products that may be subject to additional duties of 25%.

This list is not the final list of provisions that may be subject to a duty increase.

The implementation of these additional duties falls under the authority of Section 301, which can be imposed in order to enforce trade agreements, resolve trade disputes, and open foreign markets to U.S. goods and services.

The proposed list covers approximately 1300 separate tariff lines and will undergo further review in a public notice and comment process, including a hearing.  After completion of this process, USTR will issue a final determination on the products subject to the additional duties.

The schedule for comments released at this time is as follows:

April 23, 2018:  Due date for filing requests to appear and a summary of expected testimony at the public hearing and for filing pre-hearing submissions.

May 11, 2018:  Due date for submission of written comments.

May 15, 2018:  The Section 301 Committee will convene a public hearing in the main hearing room of the U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E. Street SW, Washington DC 20436 beginning at 10:00 a.m.

May 22, 2018:  Due date for submission of post-hearing rebuttal comments.

To read more about Section 301: China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation, click on the link provided:

https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/files/Press/Releases/301FRN.pdf

General System of Preferences (GSP) Renewal

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

General System of Preferences (GSP) Renewal

One of the conditions of the latest spending bill signed by President Trump on Friday, March 23, 2018 included a provision to renew Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) benefits. These benefits will take effect on April 22, 2018 and applied retroactively to December 31, 2017 when the program expired. GSP will be in effect until December 31, 2020.

Customs and Border Protection will notify the trade upon completion of the programming for this renewal of GSP. Because FHK continued to utilize the “A” indicator for all applicable goods, refunds should be automatically refunded, as they have in the past. A report will be provided to our clients of their eligible entries and we encourage you to monitor and track your refunds. The deadline to file refund requests is September 18, 2018, which is 180 days from the time the bill was signed into law.

Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or comments you have regarding GSP renewal.

Implementation of Steel and Aluminum Safeguard Tariffs

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Implementation of Steel and Aluminum Safeguard Tariffs

 

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released programming updates last week to include modifications made as a result of the two Presidential Proclamations enacting Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

The HTS numbers are as follows:

9903.80.01 – STEEL PROD,NOTE 19,EX CA/M            25%

9903.85.01 – ALUMINUM PROD,NOTE 19,EX C/M       10%

These additional safeguard tariffs will be in effect beginning March 23, 2018 and shall apply to imports of steel and aluminum products from all countries except Canada and Mexico.

One presidential proclamation covers aluminum imports as follows: (a) unwrought aluminum (HTS 7601); (b) aluminum bars, rods, and profiles (HTS 7604); (c) aluminum wire (HTS 7605); (d) aluminum plates, sheets, strips, and foil (flat rolled products) (HTS 7606 and 7607); (e) aluminum tubes and pipes and tube and pipe fitting (HTS 7608 and 7609); and (f) aluminum castings and forgings (HTS 7616.99.51.60 and 7616.99.51.70), including any subsequent revisions to these HTS classifications.

The Second proclamation covers steel imports as follows: (i) 7206.10 through 7216.50, (ii) 7216.99 through 7301.10, (iii) 7302.10, (iv) 7302.40 through 7302.90, and (v) 7304.10 through 7306.90, including any subsequent revisions to these HTS classifications.

Presidential Proclamations Imposing Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum Imports

Friday, March 9, 2018

Presidential Proclamations Imposing Tariffs
on Steel and Aluminum Imports

The White House has issued two signed Presidential Proclamations imposing additional tariffs, one a 25% increase on steel and the other a 10% on aluminum, effective March 23, 2018. At this time, the only countries exempt from these tariff increases are Canada and Mexico.

For more information regarding this, please click on the link below:

https://www.drinkerbiddle.com/insights/publications/2018/03/white-house-issues-presidential-proclamations?utm_source=Drinker_communications&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=White-House-Issues-Presidential-Proclamations-Imposing-Section-232-Tariffs-on-Steel-and-Aluminum-Imports

 

President Trump’s Announcement on Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

 

Monday, March 5, 2018

President Trump’s Announcement on 

Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

Two weeks ago an industry notification was sent to alert the trade of the findings of U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross regarding imports of steel and aluminum and his recommendation that tariffs and quotas be imposed upon a broad range of these imports. Since then, due to widely diverse opinions, a flurry of meetings with industry executives of the steel and aluminum industry, members of Congress, and trade advisers, have been held to thrash out the matter.

An announcement was made on March 1 by President Trump that beginning “next week” tariffs of 25 percent for steel and 10 percent for aluminum would be implemented and would be in place for an unlimited time. Major U.S. trading partners in opposition to the announcement, including the EU and Canada, were quickly released, raising the possibility of retaliatory measures.

To learn more, please click on the link below:

https://www.drinkerbiddle.com/insights/publications/2018/03/president-trumps-comments-on-steel-and-aluminum?utm_source=Drinker_communications&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=President-Trumps-Comments-on-Steel-and-Aluminum-Tariffs

US Commerce Reports on Steel and Aluminum Imports

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

US Commerce Reports on Steel and Aluminum Imports

Recommends Various Tariffs and Quotas

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross released his findings that imports of steel and aluminum threaten the national security of the United States. Based on these Commerce reports, Secretary Ross has recommended to the President that he impose tariffs and quotas on a broad range of steel and aluminum imports. If carried through, this will likely have a significant impact on the prices of both imported and domestic steel and aluminum.  For more information and product scope, please click on the link below:

https://www.drinkerbiddle.com/insights/publications/2018/02/commerce-finds-that-steel-and-aluminum-imports?utm_source=Drinker_communications&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Commerce-Finds-That-Steel-and-Aluminum-Imports-Threaten-National-Security

Happy New Year and Year End Thoughts …

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Happy New Year and Year End Thoughts …

On the occasion of this upcoming New Year, we would like to thank you for giving us the opportunity to provide you our services and for your trust in us. We welcome the opportunities that lie ahead that will enable us to demonstrate your continued faith in our service. We would also like to extend our gratitude this holiday season by donating in honor of our valued clients and vendors to the following local organizations that have been carefully selected.

The first is the Lord’s Diner whose mission is to feed the hungry by providing a meal seven days a week, 365 days a year. Their mission is achieved in a spirit of compassion and respect through cooperative efforts with people of all faiths, businesses and organizations in the community by gifts of time, talent and treasure.

The second is Union Rescue whose mission is committed to sharing the gospel and meeting the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of the homeless and poor in our community.

These fine organizations were selected based upon their principles for good governance and ethical practices and represent an organized expression of their dedication to the common good.

As 2017 comes to a close, we at F. H. Kaysing Co. would like to extend to our clients and friends our best wishes for a wonderful Holiday Season and a prosperous New Year!

Jeanie Metzen
President, F. H. Kaysing Company

Notice of Adjustment of the Merchandise Processing Fee in 2018

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Notice of Adjustment of the Merchandise Processing Fee in 2018

The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) for fiscal year 2018 will adjust and increase several user fees. Of particular note is the increase in the Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF).

The adjusted amounts of customs COBRA user fees for Fiscal Year 2018 are based upon a 2.677% rate adjustment.

The  increase in MPF is reflected below:

Minimum – $25.67 up from $25.00
Maximum – $497.99 up from $485.00
Informal – $2.05 up from $2.00

The rate of 0.3464% remains unchanged

The Federal Register notice, published last week indicates the adjusted fees will go into effect January 1, 2018.

Customs and Border Protection Revised Schedule for ACE Post Release Deployment

Wednesday, August 3, 2017

Customs and Border Protection Revised Schedule for ACE Post Release Deployment

The final core trade processing capabilities that were scheduled to be moved to ACE on July 8, 2017 have been rescheduled and will now roll out in three separate phases.  These core processes include Statements, Collections, Reconciliation, Drawback, Duty Deferral, Liquidation, (with the exception of the previously deployed electronic posting of Notices of Liquidation on CBP.gov) and the Automated Surety Interface (ASI).

The current phased deployment schedule is as follows:

  • ACE Deployment G (September 16, 2017) – Non-ABI Entry Summary/Lineless (for CBP only), Duty Deferral, e214 (electronic Foreign Trade Zone admission) and Manufacturer ID Creation.  These capabilities will mostly be behind-the-scenes for CBP with minimal impact on the trade.
  • ACE Deployment G (December 16, 2017) – Statements.  The Statements cutover plan is currently under review and will be provided as soon as possible.
  • ACE Deployment G (February 24, 2018) – Reconciliation, ACE Core Drawback and Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (TFTEA) Drawback, Liquidation and Automated Surety Interface (ASI)

CBP has released guidance on the transition of the capabilities to ACE that addresses high level changes and provides ACE programming resources at:

https://www.cbp.gov/trade/automated