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Trade Wars?

New Tariffs Suspended While China Trade Negotiations Continue

During an appearance on Fox News Sunday on May 20, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that around $150 billion worth of proposed tariffs on Chinese goods pursuant to Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 are on hold as the two countries continue trade negotiations to reduce their deficit.

 “We’re putting the trade war on hold, so right now we have agreed to put the tariffs on hold while we try to execute the framework. … We have an agreement with China that they’re going to substantially agree to it.”

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Iran Sanctions to be Re-Imposed

On May 8, 2018, the President announced his decision to cease the United States’ participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and to begin re-imposing the U.S. nuclear-related sanctions that were lifted to effectuate the JCPOA sanctions relief, following a wind-down period.

Departments and Agencies will begin the process of implementing 90-day and 180-day wind-down periods for activities involving Iran that were consistent with the U.S. sanctions relief specified in the JCPOA. At the end of the 90-day and 180-day wind-down periods, the applicable sanctions will come back into full effect.

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Renewal of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) and GSP Refund Process

On Friday, March 23, 2018, the President signed into law H.R. 1625 (Public Law 115-141), the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018,” which in addition to providing full-year federal appropriations through September 30, 2018, extended GSP with retroactivity, for goods entered or withdrawn from a warehouse for consumption from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2020. The new law, effective April 22, 2018, also provided for the retroactive refund of all duties (without interest) to the importer of record (IOR) on GSP-eligible goods entered during the January 1, 2018 through April 21, 2018 lapse period.

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Canadian Pacific Railway Limited – Strike Averted

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (CP) announced that a new labor agreement was reached with both the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference – Train & Engine (TCRC) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), averting the potential work stoppage scheduled for 12:01am EDT April 21. CP’s embargoes for shipments routing to and from CP Canadian locations were canceled and CP immediately executed a safe and structured start-up of its train operations in Canada. The CP Customer Service Team is available to answer questions.

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Shanghai Port Delays Continue

The Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration has again implemented traffic control measures over the Yangtze River waterway from April 21 through April 23 due to restricted visibility of less than 500 meters. Shanghai arrivals and departures, and sailing schedules will be impacted for the next six days, resulting in a compounding effect on sailing schedules from main ports in China.

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Canadian Pacific Railway Limited – Strike Notice

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (CP) announced that the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference – Train & Engine (TCRC) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) have delivered a 72-hour notice of their respective plans to strike on April 21, 2018 at 12:01am EDT. The two unions represent over 3,300 engineers, conductors, signal and communication workers.

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Shanghai and Ningbo Port Delays

Dense fog has hampered vessel and port operations for Shanghai and Ningbo ports during the past three weeks, resulting in lengthy vessel delays, significant port congestion, outbound vessels unable to depart, and inbound vessels unable to dock. Operations have been further impacted by the implementation of Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration traffic control measures on the Yangtze River waterway. Average vessel delays of three to four days, up to a week, have been experienced.

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Update on Import Tariffs on Products from China

The latest United States Trade Representative (USTR) proposed application of an additional 25% duty covering more than 1300 import tariff classifications including: medicaments; pumps and valves; machinery for the oil and gas, agriculture, food, beverage, and apparel industries; motors; generators; trucks; bulldozers; railway cars; automobiles; helicopters; airplanes; boats; and consumer products such as dishwashers, microwaves, TVs, and VCRs. The list of products, defined by 8-digit subheadings of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), is set out in the Annex to the Federal Register Notice (click here).

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Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Releases List of Targeted Tariff Products From China

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has proposed another $50B worth of 25% tariffs on China imports, to which China has responded with 25% tariffs on another 106 American products.

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GSP Renewed By Omnibus Spending Bill

On Friday March 23rd, President Trump signed the omnibus spending bill which included language for Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) renewal.  GSP will be reinstated on April 23rd (30 days after enactment) and valid through December 31st, 2020.  GSP will also apply retroactively to entries from January 1st through the reinstatement date.

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