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CHINA TARIFFS: SIXTH AND SEVENTH SETS OF LIST 4A EXCLUSIONS ANNOUNCED

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) office recently released its sixth and seventh lists of product exclusions to the Section 301 List 4A products currently subject to a 7.5% tariff.

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FRANCE DIGITAL SERVICES TAX: U.S. TO IMPOSE SECTION 301 TARIFFS ON IMPORTS

On Thursday, July 16, 2020, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced in the Federal Register Notice 85, No. 137 FR 43292, that effective January 6, 2021, the United States will impose a 25 percent tariff on $1.3 billion of imports from France. The 21 items affected include cosmetics, soaps and handbags as specified in the notice and at the bottom of this trade alert.

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CHINA TARIFFS: LIST 1 EXCLUSIONS EXPIRED AND EXTENDED

Beginning on December 28, 2019, many of the exclusions related to the China List 1 Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) numbers expired unless the United States Trade Representative (USTR) office chose to extend them.  All exclusions and extensions can be found on the USTR website.

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EXPORT LICENSE EXCEPTIONS FOR HONG KONG REVOKED

On Tuesday, June 30, 2020, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced with immediate effect that it is suspending any license exceptions for export to Hong Kong, reexports to Hong Kong and transfers (in-country) within Hong Kong of items subject to the Export Administrations Regulations (EAR), 15 CFR Parts 730-774 that provide differential treatment than those available to the People’s Republic of China.

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CHINA TARIFFS: FIFTH SET OF LIST 4A EXCLUSIONS ANNOUNCED

On Friday, June 12, 2020, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) office released its fifth list of product exclusions to the Section 301 List 4A products currently subject to a 7.5% tariff in the Federal Register Notice 85 No. 114 FR 35975.

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AMENDMENT TO EAR EXPECTED TO HAVE SIGNIFICANT BUSINESS IMPACT

On April 28, 2020, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published 3 amendments to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) which should have a significant impact on business. The three rules are specific to the export, re-export, or transfer of U.S. jurisdiction goods, software, and technology to Chinese, Russian, and Venezuelan entities including both commercial and military end-users.

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CHANGES AFFECTING YOUR CURRENT NAFTA CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN AND BLANKET NAFTA CERTIFICATES

NAFTA regulations will be replaced by the recently ratified United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) which will enter into force July 1, 2020. View the notification published by Noatum Logistics here along with CBP’s website for implementation guidelines.

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CHINA TARIFFS: LIST 3 EXCLUSIONS RELEASED MAY 28

On Thursday, May 28, 2020, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) office released a new list of product exclusions to the Section 301 List 3 products currently subject to a 25% tariff in the Federal Register Notice 85 No. 103 32094.

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NEW ELECTRONIC VESSEL MANIFEST CONFIDENTIALITY ONLINE APPLICATION LAUNCHES ON MAY 22

On Tuesday, May 19, 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced in CSMS Message 42747527 the deployment of the new Electronic Vessel Manifest Confidentiality online application effective Friday, May 22, 2020. The enhancement will enable ocean carriers, importers, exporters, and consignees to manage their own confidentiality requests electronically on the CBP.gov webpage.

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CHINA TARIFFS: FOURTH SET OF LIST 4A EXCLUSIONS ANNOUNCED

On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) office released its fourth list of product exclusions to the Section 301 List 4A products currently subject to a 7.5% tariff in the Federal Register Notice 85 No. 93 FR 28693.

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