Category: Customs Compliance

In response to the U.S. imposition of additional tariff increases on May 10, 2019, China’s Ministry of Finance announced that they will increase tariffs on about $60 billion of U.S. goods on June 1, 2019. List 1 encompasses 2,493 line items which will be assessed duties at 25%. There are 3 other lists that have...

Just when you thought you were up to date with the surge of news about the additional tariffs, there is more. Last week, the President announced the assessment of tariffs on all products from Mexico beginning on June 10, 2019.  In the statement from the White House, it was noted that to address the emergency...

Effective at 12:01 this morning, the United States has increased the tariffs assessed on $200 Billion worth of Chinese goods. These items were identified last September 2018 and originally were assessed at a 10% rate. However, as of today, importers will now be required to pay 25%.  The products subject to this increase are identified...

Import classifications are the cornerstone of every shipment. Without a correct classification, you cannot determine duties or tariffs. With trade compliance professionals wearing so many hats, classification is often an afterthought – just a number quickly slapped on the paperwork to get it off the dock. The result?  Inconsistent and potentially incorrect classifications. Here are...

If you’ve spent any time in trade compliance, you’ve probably come across the term “reasonable care.”  But what, exactly, does that mean?  The ambiguous nature of this phrase has caused many different interpretations over the years.  Let’s review some practical ways to apply this principle to your global trade compliance program. The idea of “reasonable...

In addition to federal workers impacted by the current government shutdown, companies who rely on the federal government to support their import/export compliance are also feeling the impact. We thought it might be helpful to provide the status of the various government agencies involved with assisting importers and exporters during this shutdown. Please Note: This...

NOTE: This blog is an update to our previous posts from June 18 and April 9. The United States Trade Representative released a statement yesterday that they had finalized tariffs on a list of an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese imports. These tariffs are being assessed in response to China’s unfair trade practices, including...

Late one Friday afternoon while speaking with a client who was about to leave on vacation, I heard the following question: “Do you know what a CF-28 Request for Information means?” Like many small- to medium-sized businesses struggling to understand the finer points of customs compliance, this client ran up against what is likely to be...

NOTE: This blog is an update to our previous post from April 9: Trump’s Tariff War: What’s going on? On Friday, June 15, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) finalized a first-round of additional tariffs on specific Chinese goods. These new tariffs announced Friday are in addition to the tariffs implemented by the U.S. earlier...

Just like cooler temperatures and falling leaves are the harbingers of autumn, so too are the notifications that will soon be arriving from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that your company has been selected for a Focused Assessment. What can you do to prepare for one of these assessments? How can you ensure that...