Category Archives: Trade Alerts

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:

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:

Happy New Year and Year End Thoughts …


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 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:

FCC Final Decision Regarding the FCC 740 Form

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

FCC Final Decision Regarding the FCC 740 Form

The Federal Communications Commission released their final decision regarding the requirements for most radiofrequency devices that are imported, marketed, or operated within the U.S.

Among other streamlining decisions, the Commission eliminated the requirement to file the FCC Form 740.  For more information, please click on the following link.




Friday, June 30, 2017


The following is a letter Maersk sent to the customers updating them of their recent cyber attack.

Dear Customer 

Once again thank you for all your patience and understanding of the situation. We remain committed to do whatever we can to protect and deliver your cargo. 

 We are seeing great progress in the restoration of our infrastructure, to better serve you.

 We are open for business and are accepting bookings both via INTTRA, online forms accessible on and through EDI.  EDI bookings you made since Tuesday are stored safely and all will be batch confirmed early next week. All channels that have been open are confirmed safe for you to use. Once again all bookings made before the incident on the 27th of June 08:00 are secured and the data is saved in our systems. For those bookings that were confirmed, equipment will be released as normal and you do not need to create duplicate bookings. 

 Our vessels remain fully operational and cargo in transit is being handled close to normal. 

 Around the world we seek to serve our customers best possible and therefore we are building contingencies where this is required, as well as focus on continuously getting back to normal business. 

Almost all ports are operational and running close to normal. We are pleased to share that since yesterday, we have been able to reestablish business in: 

  • Algeciras
  • Tangier
  • Callao Lima
  • Mumbai
  • Itajai
  • Buenos Aires

We are still working on expanding our services in the following ports: 

  • Pier 400 Los Angeles. We are pleased to be able to deliver imports again from the terminal. We are also able to receive and deliver empties. Our priority is now to open up to receive exports. In the meantime, we have diverted TP2 MSC Laurence to TTI to ensure easiest cargo delivery. We hope to share good news and a full plan on this soon. 
  • Port Elizabeth New Jersey. Also delivering imports, and both receiving and delivering empties. Focus is again on being able to receive and gate in exports.    
  • Maasvlakte II Rotterdam. We are still working on a solution to reopen Maasvlakte II. Our top priority remains your cargo and we are therefore diverting services other terminals in and around Rotterdam, to best serve you. These facilities have already restored systems and are able to gate cargo in and out. Despite these difficulties, in Rotterdam and as everywhere, we will do whatever it takes to move your cargo to its final destination as fast as possible. 

You can keep yourself updated on progress via as well as continuous postings on social media. The site and social media are confirmed safe to use. 

For more details on your specific cargo please contact your customer service representative. Many countries have already had their phone systems restored, however we appreciate your flexibility in how to contact us wherever this has not been the case yet. 

Many thanks for your business 

The Maersk Team

FHK will do our best to keep you updated on how this will affect the movement of your cargo and appreciate your patience and understanding.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017


Please be advised that customers of Maersk received the following letter to keep them updated on the current situation.

Dear Customer 

Following on from our communications yesterday (27th June 2017) regarding the impact of the global cyber attack, Petya, on A.P. Møller-Maersk group, we can confirm that some of our IT and communications infrastructure have been impacted and we have proactively shut down as a security measure.

For now this means the following:

All immediate vessel operations will continue as planned, making the majority of planned port calls.

 Access to most ports is not impacted, however some APM Terminals are affected and gates are closed 

Cargo in transit will be offloaded as planned.  Import Cargo will be released to credit customers

At the present time we are unfortunately unable to serve new quotes or accept future bookings. However we do greatly appreciate your patience and look forward to carrying your cargo as soon as it is practically possible 

 Unfortunately due to the impact on our IT and communications systems we are limited in our ability to communicate with you. We will continue to email you when appropriate and will be updating our Social Media channels regularly.

We apologize once again for any inconvenience this may cause your business and we are working hard to resume normal operations as soon as possible.

The Maersk Team


FHK will do our best to keep you updated on how this will affect the movement of your cargo.  We appreciate your patience and understanding.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017


CBP is rescheduling the last primary deployment of core trade processing capabilities in ACE which had been scheduled for July 8, 2017.  This deployment includes liquidation (with the exception of the previously deployed electronic posting of the Notices of Liquidation on, reconciliation, drawback, duty deferral, collections and the Automated Surety Interface (ASI).

CBP has been conducting ongoing, rigorous testing to ensure these capabilities will operate successfully.  Latest efforts have revealed areas specific to collections that are in need of further testing before these capabilities can be deployed.  Consequently, CBP is postponing the July 8, 2017 deployment and will communicate further information as soon as possible.

The rescheduled deployment date will be published in a Federal Register Notice at least 30 days in advance of the actual deployment/mandatory transition.