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Retail Imports Slow Down from Peak but Remain Strong Ahead of Tariff Increase

Source: National Retail Federation

Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports have slowed down from their pre-holiday peak but remain at unusually high levels as retailers continue bringing in merchandise before tariffs increase in January, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

“Imports have usually dropped off significantly by this time of year but we’re still seeing numbers that could have set records in the past,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “Part of this is driven by consumer demand in the strong economy but retailers also know that tariffs on the latest round of goods are set to more than double in just a few weeks. If there are shipments that can be moved up, it makes sense to do that before the price goes up.”

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October 2018 Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®

Source: Institute for Supply Management – November 1, 2018

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October, and the overall economy grew for the 114th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®.

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Numerous Goods Removed from GSP Eligibility

On Tuesday, October 30, 2018, a Presidential Proclamation was made that modifies the list of products eligible for duty-free treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP).  These changes impact goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after 12:01 a.m. EDT on November 1, 2018.

The following HTSUS numbers have been removed from GSP eligibility for preferential treatment duty when imported from the countries indicated:

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Transpacific General Rate Increases (GRI) and Peak Season Surcharges (PSS)

The following are the announced levels for upcoming General Rate Increases (GRI) and Peak Season Surcharges (PSS) from carriers.

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With Supply Chains Difficult to Change, Retail Imports Remain Strong after Latest Round of Tariffs

Source: National Retail Federation

Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports are expected to remain at near-record levels this month despite a new round of tariffs that took effect in September, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

“Retailers are continuing to import merchandise in order to meet consumer demand even though tariffs are now in place on roughly half the goods imported from China and the trade war is still escalating,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “Retailers are doing their best to mitigate the impact on their customers, but they are not able to quickly or easily change their sourcing. That means these tariffs will eventually mean higher prices for American consumers.”

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September 2018 Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®

Source: Institute for Supply Management

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September, and the overall economy grew for the 113th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®.

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Transpacific General Rate Increases (GRI) and Peak Season Surcharges (PSS)

The following are the announced levels for upcoming General Rate Increases (GRI) and Peak Season Surcharges (PSS) from carriers.

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Tariff “Wild Card” Threatens Retail Imports

Source: National Retail Federation – September 10, 2018

With retail sales continuing to grow, imports at the nation’s major retail container ports are expected to remain strong this month after setting three new records this summer, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

“More tariffs could come any day, and retailers have been bringing in record amounts of merchandise ahead of that in order to mitigate the impact on their customers,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “Retail sales are growing stronger than expected this year thanks to tax cuts and job creation, but tariffs are the wild card that threaten to throw away a significant portion of those benefits.”

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United States – Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) Update

On September 3, 2018 the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy published the “Agreed Outcomes” from the U.S. – Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) amendment and modifications negotiations.

According to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, “The United States and Korea have strengthened an important economic relationship by agreeing to substantial improvements to KORUS that will help rebalance our trade, reduce our trade deficit, and expand U.S. export opportunities”.  

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August 2018 Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®

Source: Institute for Supply Management

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August, and the overall economy grew for the 112th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®.

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