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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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4th Typhoon Hits East China in less than 30 Days

Typhoon Rumbia, the eighteenth typhoon of the year, and fourth to affect East China in less than 30 days is forecasted to make landfall between August 16 and 17, local China time. Approximately 50,000 people have been evacuated from China’s Zhejiang Province ahead of the storm. Typhoon Rumbia, like the previous three typhoons in recent weeks, will impact the ocean ports of Shanghai and Ningbo, airports at Shanghai-Pudong and Shanghai-Hongqiao, as well as others in the region. As with previous storms, airports and ocean terminals will close until the storm passes. This will affect the sailing and flight schedules and lead to possible delays.

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FDA Renewal Period Approaching

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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Customs User Fees and Limitations Increasing

On August 1, 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a Federal Register Notice announcing that CBP is adjusting certain customs user fees, pursuant to the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) for Fiscal Year 2019 in accordance with the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act as implemented by CBP regulations.

The adjusted amounts will be effective October 1, 2018.

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China Tariffs: Second List Finalized, Becomes Effective August 23

On August 7, 2018, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released the second list (List 2 – Final) of approximately $16 billion worth of imports from China that will be subject to a 25 percent additional tariff as part of the U.S. response to China’s unfair trade practices related to the forced transfer of American technology and intellectual property. This second list of additional tariffs under Section 301 follows the first list of tariffs on approximately $34 billion of imports from China, which went into effect on July 6, 2018.

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East Bound Transpacific Ocean Update: Ocean Carriers Reduce Capacity Before Peak Season

Over the last several weeks, the ocean carrier alliances have announced a number of changes to their Asia to U.S.A. ocean services. Changes such as removing entire service strings, implementing void sailing programs, and combining service strings (which effectively removes one or more service loops), are now being implemented. These changes suggest that the carriers are seeking solutions to deal with rising bunker costs, ongoing supply overcapacity in the Asia to U.S.A. trade, concerns over the U.S.A. / China trade tensions, and the ultimate effect on future demand in the market.

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USTR Proposes Additional Import Tariffs on Products from China

On Tuesday, July 10, 2018, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released the proposed list of Chinese products that could be subject to an additional 10 percent tariff, a proposed modification to the earlier actions taken in the U.S. Section 301 investigation of the acts, policies, and practices of the Government of China related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation.

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USTR Releases China Tariff Exclusion Process

On Friday, July 6, 2018, the effective date of the new U.S. Section 301 tariffs, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published the procedure on how companies can request exclusion from the tariffs on specific products from China.

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Carriers Announce Emergency Bunker Surcharges – Effective July 1, 2018

Ocean carriers worldwide have announced Emergency Bunker Surcharges (EBS), citing significant increases in bunker prices since the beginning of the year. Bunker refers to the fuel that powers the vessels and represents a significant portion of the carriers’ cost. To offset their increased bunker costs, carriers will apply the following surcharges to all cargo shipping to and from North America, effective July 1, 2018:

LCL20′ DV40′ DV / HC45′ DV
$3 USD W/M $60 USD $120 USD $120 USD

MIQ Logistics will continue to monitor the market to mitigate the surcharges and ensure our customers receive the most competitive rates and consistent quality service.

For further information, please contact your local MIQ Logistics representative.