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U.S. Federal Government Shutdown – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Update

To keep the U.S. trade community informed during the Federal Government shutdown, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is holding weekly calls with the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA).

This week CBP made the following announcements to the NCBFAA:

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China Tariffs: March 2, 2019 – New Effective Date for the 25% Tariff on List 3 Products

On Wednesday, December 19, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representatives (USTR) office released a modification to the effective date of the Section 301 tariffs on China goods in the Federal Register Notice (83_FR_65198).

Phase 1 of the Section 301 tariffs, which placed a 10% additional tariff on $200 billion of China goods (List 3), went  into effect September 24, 2018. This recently released modification effects Phase 2 of the implementation, which will increase the additional tariffs on the 5700+ China goods specified in Phase 1 to 25%. The Phase 2 implementation, originally scheduled for January 1, 2019, is now set for March 2, 2019.

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NRF Monthly Import Cargo Volume

Monthly Imports Reach 2 Million Containers for First Time as Retailers Continue Rush to Beat Tariffs

Source: National Retail Federation

Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports have set another new record, reaching 2 million containers in a single month for the first time as retailers continued to bring merchandise into the country ahead of a now-postponed increase in tariffs on goods from China, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

“President Trump has declared a temporary truce in the trade war, but these imports came in before that announcement was made,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “We hope that the temporary stand-down becomes permanent, but in the meantime there has been a rush to bring merchandise in before existing tariffs go up or new ones can be imposed. China’s abuses of trade policy need to be addressed, but tariffs that drive up prices for American families and costs for U.S. businesses are not the answer.”

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NOVEMBER 2018 MANUFACTURING ISM® REPORT

November 2018 Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®

Source: Institute for Supply Management – December 3, 2018

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November, and the overall economy grew for the 115th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®.

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China Tariffs: U.S. Agrees to Freeze Tariffs on List 3 Products

On Saturday, December 1, 2018, the President of the United States agreed to suspend the increase in tariffs scheduled for January 1, 2019. The White House issued a statement, which included the following: “… President Trump has agreed that on January 1, 2019, he will leave the tariffs on $200 billion worth of product at the 10% rate, and not raise it to 25% at this time.”

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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

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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Import Cargo Volume

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

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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