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China Tariffs: New List 3 Exclusions Announced

On Monday, January 6, 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 FR 549 .

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China Tariffs: USTR Issues Extension for Specific Product Exclusions

On December 23, 2019, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a Notice of Product Exclusion Extension extending, for one year, 6 of the 31 exclusions originally issued on the first list of Product Exclusions: December 28, 2018.  Only the 6 item exclusions listed below will be extended for one year. The remaining 25 item exclusions have expired.

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CTPAT: Portal Update to Include New Minimum Security Criteria

On Thursday, December 19, 2019, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued an update on the new Minimum Security Criteria (MSC) in CSMS Message 41052241. The message is addressed to CTPAT members and provides important information on the effective date for the MSC, along with how to find the new requirements and when you can update your profile with the new information.

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China Tariffs: December 17 List 3 Exclusions Announced

On Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 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 84 FR 69012

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Revised United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Signed

On December 10, 2019, a revised version of the USMCA was agreed upon and signed by the United States, Mexico and Canada.  The USMCA, which is set to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), was initially agreed upon and signed in 2018.  USMCA updates provisions on agriculture, automobiles, textiles, apparel, rules of origin, communications technology, intellectual property rights, low-value shipments, digital trade, currency and other issues.

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China and United States Reach Phase 1 Deal – List 4B Canceled

On Friday, December 13, 2019, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced a  Phase 1 Trade Agreement  with China.  This enforceable agreement requires structural reforms to China’s economic and trade regime in the areas of intellectual property, technology transfer, agriculture, financial services, and currency and foreign exchange.

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CHINA TARIFFS: LIST 4B STARTS DECEMBER 15, 2019

Reminder:  On December 15, 2019, the China List 4B Tariffs will go into effect at 15%. These tariffs were first posted in the Federal Register Notice 84 FR 43304  dated August 20, 2019.  This list was modified on August 30, 2019, in Federal Register Notice 84 FR 45821 increasing the tariff rate to 15% from 10%. List 4B includes products such as cell phones, laptop computers, video game consoles, certain toys, computer monitors, and certain items of footwear and clothing.

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China Tariffs: Additional List 3 Exclusions Announced

On Friday, November 29, 2019, 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 84 FR 65882.

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Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) 2019 Review and Results

On Wednesday, November 20, 2019, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) office released in Federal Register Notice 84 FR 64180  the results of the annual Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) review with respect to products considered for removal from the list of eligible products for certain beneficiary countries. This review includes the competitive needs limitations (CNLs), including petitions for waivers of CNLs and requests to reinstate/predesignate products previously excluded from GSP eligibility.

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China Tariffs: Additional List 3 Exclusions Announced

On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 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 84 FR 61674.

This notice includes 36 specific product descriptions. Companies are encouraged to refer to the Annex in the notice to determine if any of their products are included in the 36 products specifically identified as exclusions. 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 are consistent with these descriptions, you will be able to claim an exclusion using HTS 9903.88.34. Retroactive refunds of the Section 301 tariffs will not be automatic. Importers must submit a post-summary correction (PSC) for eligible entries made subsequent to September 24, 2018. If entries have already liquidated, importers may follow liquidation protest rules.

For more information, please contact your local Noatum Logistics USA (Formerly MIQ Logistics) representative.