Category Archives: Trade Alerts

PLANNED INCREASE ON TARIFFS FROM LISTS 1, 2, AND 3 HAVE BEEN DELAYED

Monday, September 16, 2019

PLANNED INCREASE ON TARIFFS FROM LISTS 1, 2, AND 3 HAVE BEEN DELAYED

The anticipated increase in tariffs on goods from Lists 1 through 3, originally scheduled to begin October 1 and raising the rates from 25% to 30%, has been pushed back to October 15, 2019.

Trade talks are scheduled to resume in October so we will keep you posted as more information is available

NEW ROUND OF SECTION 301 TARIFFS ON GOODS FROM CHINA EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 1

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

NEW ROUND OF SECTION 301 TARIFFS ON GOODS FROM CHINA EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 1

On August 13, the USTR published an announcement stating that List 4 would be rolled out in two different lists with two different effective dates (click the link above to see the entire list for 4a.)   The goods on List 4a were originally slated for an additional 10% duty rate however the President has since adjusted the duty rates for List 4a to 15%, effective September 1.  A Federal Register notice is expected shortly.

A second trade alert will follow with more information on List 4b.

The announcement further states that USTR intends to conduct an exclusion process for products subject to the additional tariff.

Notice of Adjustment of the Merchandise Processing Fee Effective October 1, 2019

Friday, August 9, 2019

Notice of Adjustment of the Merchandise Processing Fee

The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) for fiscal year 2020 will adjust and increase various user fees. Of particular note is the increase in the Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF).

The increase in MPF is reflected below:

Minimum – $26.79 up from $26.22
Maximum – $519.76 up from $508.70
Informal – $2.14 up from $2.10

The rate of 0.3464% remains unchanged.

The Federal Register Notice published August 2, 2019 states the adjusted amounts of customs COBRA user fees and their corresponding limitations set forth in this notice for Fiscal Year 2020 are required as of October 1, 2019.

INDIA TO LOSE GSP STATUS EFFECTIVE JUNE 5, 2019

June 3, 2019

INDIA TO LOSE GSP STATUS EFFECTIVE JUNE 5, 2019

On May 31, President Trump announced that India would lose its Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) status effective Wednesday, June 5.

Goods from India will no longer qualify for special tariff treatment under GSP and will instead be subject to normal tariff rates.

Further to this announcement, the U.S. will also remove its safeguard measures on Crystalline silicon photovoltaic (CSPV) cells, whether or not partially or fully assembled into other products (including, but not limited to, modules, laminates, panels, and building-integrated materials) (“CSPV products”). This termination also includes large residential washers.

Any merchandise from India subject to the above safeguard measures that is admitted into a US foreign trade zone on or after 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time on June 5, 2019 must be admitted as “privileged foreign status” as defined in 19 CFR 146.41, and will be subject upon entry for consumption to the safeguard measures.

No mention was made regarding merchandise previously admitted into the FTZ in privileged foreign status prior to June 5 and if it retains GSP benefits.

To learn more click here

Please feel free to reach out to FH Kaysing with any questions regarding this or any other compliance matters.

PROPOSED LIST OF GOODS FROM CHINA

May 12, 2019

PROPOSED LIST OF GOODS FROM CHINA

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REQUEST FOR COMMENTS CONCERNING PROPOSED MODIFICATION OF ACTION PURSUANT TO SECTION 301

The General Counsel of the Office of the United States Trade Representative announced yesterday the list of proposed goods to be included in Section 301 additional tariffs.

In particular, in accordance with the direction of the President, the Trade Representative is proposing to modify the action being taken in this investigation by taking further action in the form of an additional ad valorem duty of up to 25 percent on products of China covered in the list of 3,805 full and partial tariff subheadings set out in the Annex to this notice. The proposed product list has an approximate annual trade value of $300 billion. The proposed product list covers essentially all products not currently covered by action in this investigation. The proposed product list excludes pharmaceuticals, certain pharmaceutical inputs, select medical goods, rare earth materials, and critical minerals. Product exclusions granted by the Trade Representative on prior tranches from this investigation will not be affected.

Click here for more information:

https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/enforcement/301Investigations/May_2019_Proposed_Modification.pdf

If you have questions regarding this new development please feel free to contact us at 316.721.8980 or at customerservice@fhkaysing.com

NEW TSCA Certification Requirements for Composite Wood Products

February 22, 2019

NEW TSCA Certification Requirements for Composite Wood Products

Customs and Border Protection will be hosting a webinar on the changes to the EPA TSCA Title VI Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products (81 FR 89674). The webinar is scheduled first on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. and then again on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. We encourage you to register to learn if these changes may impact your shipments. See the CSMS below for more information.

CSMS# 19-000082 – Update: ACE EPA CATAIR – New TSCA Certification Requirements for Composite Wood Products

02/22/2019 09:24 AM EST

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The ACE CATAIR EPA Supplemental Guidelines have been updated to accommodate new TSCA certification requirements for composite wood products set forth in EPA’s TSCA Title VI Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products (81 FR 89674). The changes are on pages 157-159, and address sample message sets, allowable disclaim codes, and the TSCA certification that should be filed for these commodities.

There are approximately 450 additional HTS codes for composite wood products that will be flagged with an EP7 (TSCA certification ‘may be required’ to be filed) code. This flagging will begin in the Certification (CERT) environment no earlier than February 22, 2019. The flagging will begin in Production (PROD) starting March 22, 2019.

For further information and to ask questions, please attend the following webinars:

TSCA Title VI Import Certification Webinar

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 2:00-3:00

Registration https://teregistration.cbp.gov/index.asp?w=150

TSCA Title VI Import Certification Webinar

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 2:00-3:00 pm

Registration https://teregistration.cbp.gov/index.asp?w=151

IMPORTERS RECEIVE A TEMPORARY REPRIEVE – ADDITIONAL SECTION 301 DUTIES WILL NOT INCREASE ON JANUARY 1, 2019…

Monday, December 3, 2018

IMPORTERS RECEIVE A TEMPORARY REPRIEVE – ADDITIONAL SECTION 301 DUTIES WILL NOT INCREASE ON JANUARY 1, 2019

Yesterday the US announced that the planned increase of the “List 3” goods from China beginning the first of the year would be placed on hold for ninety days. This delay will provide an opportunity to continue pending negotiations with China.

On September 24, 2018 “List 3” tariff codes, covering roughly $200 billion of Chinese origin products, became subject to additional “Section 301” duties in the amount of 10% with a provision that on January 1, 2019, the 10% duty rate would be increased to 25%, to match Lists 1 and 2, implemented earlier this year.

If you have questions regarding this new development please feel free to contact us at 316.721.8980 or at customerservice@fhkaysing.com

ATTENTION IMPORTERS – UPDATED INFORMATION

Thursday, November 29, 2018

ATTENTION IMPORTERS: Please be advised that CBP has notified the trade that the date for the server migration that was scheduled for this Saturday, December 2 has been postponed until January.   FHK will notify you once the date and time are rescheduled.

CSMS# 18-000705 – UPDATE: TRADE/PGA ACTION REQD: MQ Trade Gateway Migration -ACE PROD-Jan. 2019

11/29/2018 02:50 PM EST

This is an UPDATE that the MQ Trade External Gateway Migration in the PRODUCTION environment is scheduled for January 2019. During this time, CBP will migrate the MQ Gateway off of the mainframe. The following applications will be impacted: ACE, AES and ACS.