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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE #3

As the coronavirus outbreak persists, our thoughts are with our customers, colleagues and their families across the world.  On February 4, 2020, the WHO (World Health Organization) officials advised that the coronavirus outbreak is not a pandemic and added that they are hopeful the transmission of the virus can be contained.  Additional regions have extended the Chinese New Year holiday through February 9. 

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CHINA TARIFFS: ADDITIONAL LIST 3 EXCLUSIONS ANNOUNCED

On Wednesday, February 5, 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 6674.

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CHINA TARIFFS: GUIDANCE FOR SECTION 301 LIST 4A REDUCTION

On February 4, 2020, United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a bulletin providing guidance related to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) Federal Register Notice 85 FR 3741 issued on January 20, 2020, which decreased the China List 4A tariff to 7.5% from 15%.

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Coronavirus Update #2

As of Thursday, January 30, 2020, several additional steps have been taken in an effort to contain the coronavirus. As previously mentioned, the China Government announced this week that Chinese New Year public holidays will be extended through February 2, 2020, with Shanghai, Ningbo, Hangzhou and Suzhou extended through February 9.  As of this morning, the following cities and/or provinces will also remain closed through February 9:  Chongqing, Jiangsu Province, Guangdong Province, Fujian Province.

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Section 232 Expanded to Include Derivative Steel and Aluminum Goods

On Friday, January 24, 2020, a presidential proclamation on derivative steel and aluminum was issued which extends the additional 25% tariff on steel and the additional 10% tariff on aluminum products to include derivative products that have seen a surge in imports.

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Coronavirus Update

On Monday, January 27, 2020, the China Government announced that the Chinese New Year (CNY) public holiday will be extended through February 2, 2020, (Shanghai, Ningbo, Hangzhou and Suzhou through February 9) as part of their efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak.  Ocean carriers have advised that the ports are operational, but to expect delays and changes to schedules.  The following updates were received from ocean carriers on January 28.

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China Tariffs: Section 301 List 4A Reduction

On January 22, 2020, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) office announced in Federal Register Notice 85 FR 3741 that the China List 4A tariff will be reduced to 7.5% from 15% effective February 14, 2020.

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United States and China Sign Phase One Agreement

On Wednesday, January 15, 2020, the United States and China signed a phase one trade agreement which will open Chinese markets and increase sales of U.S. goods and services to China.  The largest portion of the agreement focuses on Chinese purchases. 

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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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