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Safe Partner Trophy Presented to MIQ Logistics Peru Team

MIQ Logistics, Inc., S.R.L. was recently presented the Safe Partner trophy by Mineração Taboca S.A. in recognition of their outstanding commitment to safety on the Minsur – San Rafael B2 Project throughout 2018. MIQ Logistics is providing an “end-to-end” logistics solution for this major project, including multi-modal transportation and management of the on-site project warehouse.

The Minsur – San Rafael B2 project, designed to extend the life of the San Rafael tin mine in the Puno Region of southern Peru, represents an investment of approximately US$200 million. San Rafael is the leading tin-producing mine in South America, and the third in the world. The mine is located in the eastern mountain range of the Andes, at 4,500 meters above sea level. The mine has been operated by Minsur S.A. since 1977, and today produces 12% of the world’s tin.

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China Tariffs: USTR Releases Second Set of Exclusions

On Wednesday, March 20, 2019, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) office released a second Notice of Product Exclusions to the Section 301 List 1 products currently subject to a 25% tariff.

The scope of each exclusion is governed by the 10-digit level Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) numbers and the descriptions identified in the notice. It is important to note that these exclusions are available for any product that meets the description in the official notice, regardless of whether the importer filed an exclusion request. If you import products that fall under these descriptions, you will be able to claim an exclusion using HTS number 9903.88.06.

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Retail Imports Drop to Annual Low with Retailers Between Seasons and Tariff Hike on Hold

Source: National Retail Federation March 8, 2019

With the retail industry in its annual lull between seasons and plans for a tariff increase on hold, imports at the nation’s major retail container ports are expected to drop to their lowest level in almost a year this month, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

“Now that the holiday season is over and summer has yet to crank up, this is the quiet time of year for retail supply chains,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “Retailers are also taking a break from the rush to bring merchandise in ahead of tariff hikes now that the increase that was scheduled for March has been delayed. We are hoping that the delay is permanent and, better yet, that tariffs of the past year will be removed entirely. But either way, imports will start to build up again soon as retailers prepare for the summer.”

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Transit Disruptions Continue Due to India – Pakistan Conflict

International transportation continues to be impacted by the India – Pakistan conflict. The MIQ India team has shared the following Information:

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United States to Terminate GSP Designation for India and Turkey

In a press release dated March 4, 2019, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced “the United States intends to terminate India’s and Turkey’s designation as beneficiary developing countries under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program because they no longer comply with the statutory eligibility criteria.”

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February 2019 Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®

Source: Institute for Supply Management – March 1, 2019

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in February, and the overall economy grew for the 118th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®.

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Transit Delays Due to India-Pakistan Conflict

Transportation is being impacted by the current India-Pakistan conflict. Our MIQ India team advised that a short-term impact to business and freight capacity is likely, especially in Delhi. The MIQ India team has shared the following Information:

  • India is on high alert.
  • Pakistan air space is blocked for most flights. International flights to and from Delhi are being re-routed, adding almost 3 hours of flying time to certain parts of Europe and almost 2 hours for Dubai and the Middle East.
  • The reductions in air capacity could result in additional re-routings, potential backlogs of cargo, increased need for fuel for longer routes, and possible increases in air rates.

MIQ will continue to monitor any service delays and/or routing changes that can impact transit times. We will provide updates as they are available.

For more information, please contact your local MIQ Logistics representative.

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China Tariffs: Section 301 List 3 Increase Postponed

On February 24, 2019, the President of the United States announced that the increase in tariffs from 10% to 25% on $200 billion worth of Section 301 List 3 imports from China scheduled for March 2, 2019, is being postponed. The tariffs will remain at 10% for the foreseeable future as no new deadline for increasing the duties has been announced.

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Section 301 List 1 Exclusions Being Accepted

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is now accepting entries for products that were excluded from the United States Trade Representative (USTR) Section 301 List 1 Tariffs on certain products imported from China. The exclusions granted thus far, which only apply to List 1 products subject to a 25 percent tariff, are retroactive to July 6, 2018, and will be effective until December 28, 2019.

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Section 232 Automobiles and Auto Parts Report Submitted to President

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) finalized their Section 232 investigation into automotive imports and presented their findings to the President of the United States on February 17, 2019. The president now has 90 days to decide whether to act upon any of the recommendations.

In May 2018, the DOC self-initiated the investigation under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 to determine whether imports of automobiles and automotive parts threaten to impair U.S. national security. If the DOC makes an affirmative determination and the president concurs, he has the authority to adjust imports, including the use of tariffs and quotas. Any action to be taken would be imposed within 15 days of the president’s decision.

The final report has not yet been released to the public. If the process is the same as the Section 232 investigation on steel and aluminum, the report would be released within the next few weeks.

For more information please contact your local MIQ Logistics representative.