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Canadian National Rail Strike

Although Canadian National (CN) Rail and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC-CTY) have been in negotiations for the past six months, they failed to reach an agreement by the November 19, 2019, deadline.  Christopher Monette, spokesperson for the Teamsters, advised yesterday that the strike will begin.  The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC-CTY) represents about 3,200 CN employees working as train conductors and railyard coordinators in Canada.  Although CN deployed their qualified managers and engineers to run their train operations, they have determined they do not have enough qualified Canadian managers to maintain safe freight operations during the strike.

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China Tariffs: Extension of List 1 Exclusions Under Consideration

On October 31, 2019, in  Federal Register Notice 84 FR 58427, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) office announced that they are considering a possible extension of particular exclusions granted under the December 2018 Product Exclusion Notice, which are set to expire on December 28, 2019. The USTR is inviting public comments on whether to extend the particular exclusions.

Comments must be submitted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov/, referencing Docket Number USTR-2019-0019. All commenters are encouraged to use the Exclusion Extension Comment Form A, which is provided on the site. If you have Business Confidential (BC) information, you are requested to also complete the Exclusion Extension Comment Form B and submit both Forms A and B via email to 301bcisubmissions@ustr.eop.gov.

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Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Updates

On October 25, 2019, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) office announced GSP Enforcement Actions effecting seven countries as follows:

Thailand: GSP eligibility will be revoked for approximately one-third of Thailand’s GSP trade which totaled $4.4 billion in 2018. This enforcement action, which will take effect April 25, 2020, is being taken because Thailand has not taken steps to provide internationally recognized worker rights in several important areas such as providing protections for freedom of association and collective bargaining. The list of products to be excluded from GSP for Thailand are focused on products for which the United States is a relatively important market for Thailand. A complete list of products to be excluded from GSP for Thailand is available here:  Thailand Excluded GSP Products.

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China Tariffs: Additional List 3 Exclusions Announced

On Monday, October 28, 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 57803.

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USTR Releases China Tariffs List 4a Exclusion Process

On Sunday, October 20, 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) published the procedures  for requesting the exclusion of particular products from the Section 301 List 4a tariffs against China. The procedures will be effective beginning Thursday, October 31, 2019.

Exclusion Information Required by USTR

USTR is seeking specific information, data and the rationale for the requested exclusion. To submit an exclusion request, requesters must first register on the portal at https://exclusions.ustr.gov/s/login/, which will open at noon EDT on October 31, 2019.

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China Tariffs Increase Suspended

On Friday, October 11, 2019, the United States Administration announced a Phase 1 interim deal with China. The Phase 1 deal with China will require China to purchase U.S. agricultural products and set a currency standard for the China renminbi. It will also strengthen protections of U.S. intellectual property rights and provide access to Chinese markets for U.S. financial services firms. The United States will suspend the increase in tariffs from 25% to 30% on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports which was scheduled to take effect on October 15, 2019.

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EU Tariffs: Additional Tariffs on $7.5 Billion of European Union Goods

On Wednesday, October 2, 2019, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) office issued a press release in response to a World Trade Organization (WTO) finding that $7.5 billion in subsidies provided to Airbus by the European Union (EU) have “seriously injured” the United States (U.S.) aerospace industry. As a result of the findings, the U.S. will place WTO-approved tariffs on EU goods.

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China Tariffs: More Exclusions Announced for Lists 1 and 2

On Friday, September 27, 2019, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) office released two notices of product exclusions to the Section 301 List 1 and 2 products currently subject to a 25% tariff as follows:

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China Tariffs: USTR Releases Product Exclusions for Lists 1, 2, and 3

On Tuesday, September 17, 2019, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) office released three notices of product exclusions to the Section 301 List 1-3 products currently subject to a 25% tariff as follows:

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Houston, TX Office Re-opened Today – Friday, September 20

The Noatum Logistics USA Houston office, located at 8575 Volta Dr, Suite 400, Humble, TX, re-opened today, Friday, September 20. The office is operating with a limited staff.

Clients should continue to expect delays due to flooding and power outages in surrounding areas resulting from Tropical Depression Imelda.

For more information, please contact your local Noatum Logistics USA representative.