Category: U.S. Customs

The World Trade Organization (“WTO”) ruled on September 30th that the U.S. was free to impose $7.5 B in tariffs on European goods being imported into the U.S. The increased tariffs could begin as early as October 18th. The ruling is the result of fifteen years of litigation related to original allegations by the U.S....

During all the activities (sanctions, tariffs, designated entities, etc.) of the past two months there was an updating of guidelines by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that may have been overlooked. In July, CBP updated its Forfeiture Remission Guidelines for Export Control Violations.   Considering the fact that the last update was published in 2004, changes...

In a previous blog, we discussed the concept of “reasonable care” as it applies to your trade compliance program.  The focus was how export and import programs dovetail with many other areas of compliance, such as policies and procedures, valuation, Free Trade Agreements, and more.  Today, I’d like to switch gears and talk about how...

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...

Last Friday, the United States Trade Representative published a Federal Register requesting comments concerning additional tariffs of up to 25% on additional products of China that have an annual trade value of $300 billion. In addition to requesting comments from the public concerning the increase in tariffs, the USTR published the proposed list of these...

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...