Congestion Pricing in NYC

A bill was passed that will make NYC the first city in the country to implement congestion pricing. The plan is set to go into effect in 2020 and it will cover what is known as Manhattan’s Central Business District (CBD) – the area below 60th Street. The plan will be used to reduce traffic… Read more »

More Exclusions for Section 301

On March 25th The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced a 2nd round of exclusions in the Federal Register. The exclusions announced will be retroactive as of July 6, 2018 and will extend for one year after the publication of the notice. The exclusions are specific HTS numbers in Chapters 84, 85, and… Read more »

India & Turkey Removed from GSP

The Trump administration is finishing up meetings with India and Turkey that will ultimately end with both countries being removed from GSP. The Generalized System of Preference (GSP) is a program that allows least developed countries to send some of their products to the United States duty free. Turkey will be removed from the program… Read more »

Section 301 Tariff Increase Postponed

President Trump announced yesterday there has been significant progress in his talks with China regarding trade.  The positive talks have led the President to delay the increase of duty rates to 25% that was expected to take effect on March 2, 2019.  The news boosted both Chinese and US Stock markets.  I wish I could provide… Read more »

GSP Modified

On October 30th President Trump signed Proclamation 9813 which modified the list of products eligible for duty-free treatment under the Generalized System of Preference.  The changes are effective for goods entered for consumption on or after 12:01am eastern daylight time on November 1, 2018.  The update will change the GSP status from A to A* for around 92… Read more »

FDA Food Facility Registration

REMINDER: Beginning October 1, 2018 thru the end of the year “even numbered” food facilities are required to renew their FDA Food Facility registration.  Failure to register may limit the importers ability to enter food products into the United States.  You are also required to update any changes in your registration.  You can visit FDA… Read more »

L.A. / Long Beach Port Strike

Yesterday drivers and warehouse workers from NFI Indsutries and XPO Logisitcs went on strike.  They are protesting their classification as independent contractors.  We can not be sure how many of the total 1380 employees went on strike however the protest comes after a failed attempt by the Teamsters to unionize the workers.  The majority of… Read more »

Section 301, List 3 Published

Here we go again, List 3 has been finalized and it covers 5,745 HTS codes that affect many different industries. Effective September 24th items on List 3 will have a 10% additional duty. Starting January 1, 2019, the additional duty will increase to 25%.  The major issue has been that this list hit closer to home for… Read more »

ILA Master Contract Extended

The ILA Locals have unanimously approved a new six-year master contract. This means peace at the East & Gulf Coast ports thru September 30th, 2024. The agreement is really an extension of the current contract which negates the need for a new contract. The deal is similar to the labor deal agreed to on the West… Read more »

MPF Increase

On October 1, 2018 Customs & Border Protection will increase the minimum and maximum formal entry fee to $26.22 and $508.70 respectively.  The informal fee for electronically submitted entries will increase to $2.10 and if submitted manually it will increase to $6.29.  The assessed rate will stay 0.3464 percent, there is only a change to… Read more »