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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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BNSF Train Derailments and Wildfires Cause Delays at Los Angeles / Long Beach for IPI Routings

On November 08, 2018, a second BNSF train derailed on the San Bernardino subdivision between Prado Dam and Esperanza, CA, impacting BNSF main line tracks. The first main track was opened on November 08, 2018, at 7:20 a.m. CST, and the second main track was opened on November 08, 2018, at 12:30 p.m. CST.

The derailments added to the congestion the market has already been experiencing due to increased volumes. BNSF implemented the following restrictions as part of the recovery effort:

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PierPass 2.0 Changes Effective November 19: What You Need to Know

On Monday, October 15, members of the West Coast MTO Agreement (WCMTOA) announced the revised Off-Peak program for providing extended gate hours at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach (PierPass 2.0) is expected to start Nov. 19, subject to the conclusion of applicable Federal Maritime Commission procedures. The current congestion-pricing model, including a Traffic Mitigation Fee (TMF) charged on daytime moves, will be replaced with an appointment-based system that uses a single flat fee on both daytime and nighttime container moves. (Source: www.pierpass.org/)

The following is what you need to know about the changes effective November 19:

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REMINDER: 2018 Biennial FDA Renewal Period Starts Monday October 1st

The next FDA Renewal period begins October 1, 2018. All domestic and foreign food and medical device facilities, along with the companies that source from them, are required to renew their registration during the period from October 1, 2018, through December 31, 2018.

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China Tariffs: List 3 Finalized – Effective Date: September 24, 2018

On September 17, 2018, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released the third list (List 3 Final) of approximately $200 billion worth of imports from China that will be subject to additional tariffs. This recent action is part of the Section 301 U.S. response to China’s unfair trade practices related to the forced transfer of American technology and intellectual property.

Unlike previous Section 301 actions, this third list of additional tariffs will be implemented in two phases, with effective dates of September 24, 2018, and January 1, 2019. This third list follows the first list of tariffs on approximately $34 billion of imports from China which went into effect on July 6, 2018, and the second list of approximately $16 billion of imports from China which went into effect on August 23, 2018.

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Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of 2018 Signed into Law

On September 13, 2018, H.R. 4318: Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of 2018 (MTB) was signed into law. This bill suspends or reduces through December 31, 2020, import duties on approximately 1700 products generally not made in the United States. Most of the products listed were recommended by the International Trade Commission (ITC) pursuant to a process established in the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016. The products covered include specified chemicals, as well as other items such as certain agricultural products, textiles, fabrics, apparel, bags, gloves, footwear, and some equipment and machinery.

For additional information, contact your local MIQ Logistics representative.


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USEC Prepares for Category 4 Hurricane Florence

The ports along the U.S. East Coast (USEC) are currently operating but have begun to prepare for Hurricane Florence’s arrival over the next 48-72 hours. Florence is forecasted to be a dangerous major hurricane making landfall near the southeast U.S. east coast by late Wednesday or early Thursday. The storm winds had increased to 130mph as of late yesterday.

Ocean carriers advise they are in contact with the U.S. Coast Guard, ports, terminals, and the rail and trucking industry to ensure they have the latest updates. The carriers are recommending customers with high value reefer and other import cargo to pick it up from your local port as soon as possible, due to the risk of flooding and port closures in the days ahead.

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Steel and Aluminum Quota Exclusions Now Allowed

On August 29, 2018, the President of the United States signed a proclamation allowing for targeted relief from quotas on steel from Argentina, Brazil, and South Korea and aluminum from Argentina, imposed under Section 232. Importers can apply for product exclusions based on insufficient quantity or quality available from U.S. steel or aluminum producers.

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Preliminary Trade Deal Between the U.S.A. and Mexico Announced

In a conference call this morning the United States White House announced that it had reached a preliminary trade deal with Mexico. The new agreement would be called the “United States – Mexico Trade Agreement”.

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U.S. Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)

MIQ Logistics is a proud member of the U.S. Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program. C-TPAT is joint government-business initiative directed at companies who participate in international trade and transportation.

C-TPAT is one of the many layers of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) multi-layered cargo enforcement strategy. Through C-TPAT, CBP works with the trade community to strengthen international supply chains and improve United States border security.

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