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CHINA – 301 Tariff Increase – 25% Effective July 6 2018

By now all of you have heard of President Trump’s Federal Register Notification adding an additional 25% duty to certain goods (tariff listing is over 800 commodities) being imported into the USA which are made in China.  This additional duty rate will become effective for all goods imported into the USA on or after July 6th, 2018.  Keep in mind that this 25% duty increase appears to be “in addition” to the already imposed most favored nation duty status – so the 25% is in addition to any already existing duty rate applicable. There is little more that we comment on at this time, but we feel it is imperative that we embed the 301 tariff listing and the 301 Federal Register notice. 301 Tariff List – China 301FRN    Read More

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Steel – Aluminum Update – April 30 218

Posted May 1 2018 9:07 a.m. UPDATE: Additional Duty on Imports of Steel and Aluminum Articles under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 2018-05477 aluminum s. korea BACKGROUND: On March 8, 2018, the President issued Proclamations 9704 and 9705 on Adjusting Imports of Steel and Aluminum into the United States, under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1862), providing for additional import duties for steel mill and aluminum articles, effective March 23, 2018. See the Federal Register, 83 FR 11619 and 83 FR 11625, March 15, 2018. On March 22, 2018, the President issued Proclamations on Adjusting Imports of Steel and Aluminum into the United States. See the Federal Register, 83 FR 13355 and 83 FR 13361, March 28, 2018. On April 30, 2018, the President issued Proclamations on Adjusting Imports of Steel and Aluminum into the United States. These duty requirements are effective with respect to goods entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time on March 23, 2018. COMMODITY: Steel mill and aluminum articles, as specified in the Presidential Proclamations. COUNTRIES COVERED BY SECTION 232 IMPORT DUTIES: Please note that the Section 232 measures are based on the country of origin, not the country of export. Steel: May 1, 2018 through May 31, 2018: All countries of origin except Canada, Mexico, Australia, Argentina, South Korea, Brazil... Read More

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Steel – Quote from President Trump

Now, Therefore, I, Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 301 of title 3, United States Code, section 604 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended, and section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended, do hereby proclaim as follows: (1)  For the purposes of this proclamation, “steel articles” are defined at the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) 6‑digit level as:  7206.10 through 7216.50, 7216.99 through 7301.10, 7302.10, 7302.40 through 7302.90, and 7304.10 through 7306.90, including any subsequent revisions to these HTS classifications. (2)  In order to establish increases in the duty rate on imports of steel articles, subchapter III of chapter 99 of the HTSUS is modified as provided in the Annex to this proclamation.  Except as otherwise provided in this proclamation, or in notices published pursuant to clause 3 of this proclamation, all steel articles imports specified in the Annex shall be subject to an additional 25 percent ad valorem rate of duty with respect to goods entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time on March 23, 2018.  This rate of duty, which is in addition to any other duties, fees, exactions, and charges applicable to such imported steel articles, shall apply to imports of steel articles from all countries except Canada and Mexico. (3)  The Secretary,... Read More

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Section 232 Tariffs – Steel & Aluminum (eff: Mar 23 2018)

It is becoming obvious that President Trump will prevail with is additional duties on basic Steel and Aluminum Products.  Certainly, an important aspect of this situation is the additional duty cost to importers, but also importers need to keep in mind the impact that these additional duties will have on the importers ability to maintain their U.S. Customs annual continuous bond.  Surety companies will most like require indemnity agreements and financial statements from steel and aluminum importers.  Importer continuous bond premiums will most likely increase accordingly. Following is a snapshot of an article published by Crowell Moring in their International Trade Law commentary.  Please read the following information and it’s proposed list of commodities within the scope of the Section 232 Tariff increases: ———————————————————————————————————————— The president’s decision last week to impose a 25 percent global tariff on certain steel imports, and a 10 percent global tariff on certain aluminum imports, includes the following products: Aluminum products within the scope of the global tariffs: Primary unwrought aluminum, not alloyed – 7601.10 Primary unwrought aluminum, alloyed – 7601.20 Semi-finished aluminum bars, rods, and... Read More

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CBP to increase Merchandise Processing Fee / Jan 1 2018

Customs Fees to Adjust on January 1, 2018 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced in a recent Federal Register notice that the Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) will be adjusted and increased to account for inflation effective January 1, 2018. The new minimum MPF will be $25.67 and the new maximum MPF will be $497.99. The rate for calculating MPF (0.3464) remains unchanged. The MPF for informal entries will increase to $2.05. To review the notice and other scheduled fee increases, please see the Federal Register notice: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/11/01/2017-23876/cobra-fees-to-be-adjusted-for-inflation-in-fiscal-year-2018-cbp-dec-17-17 This information is being brought to you by legal counsel for the Northern Border Customs Brokers Association: Gunfeld | Desiderio | Lebowitz | Silverman & Klastadt LLP  Read More

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U.S. Thanksgiving – Thursday Nov 23rd 2017

Thursday November 23rd, 2017 will be the U.S. Holiday “Thanksgiving Day” and our office will be mostly closed.  It would be greatly appreciated if clients and carriers could provide us import entry documents before end of business Wednesday November 22nd.  Office personnel will come in to the Office from time to time on Thursday November 23rd to prepare carrier import entries, but aside from that there will be no or limited services available. Our office will return to normal operations on Friday November 24th, 2017. Thank you for your understanding.  Read More

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Security

Welcome – Security

Security at Sanders Brokerage: Welcome, and we hope you enjoy the staff and services of Sanders Brokerage Services.  Hopefully by now you know a bit about the background and heritage of Sanders Brokerage Services.  We take security personally and hold our government’s security programs with high regard.  We have been a proud C-TPAT (Customs Trade […]

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USDA

Wood Packing Material

THE U.S.D.A., SAY, Make sure your wood packing material has been properly heat or methyl bromide treated!   U.S.D.A. is refusing shipments that contain pallets and wood packing material that is not properly marked are treated with ISPM 15 or IPPC logos.  Make sure your shipment is admissible and become familiar with the information on the […]

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FDA

FDA – FSVC Food Safety Verification Program

Starting May 27 2017 the FDA Will being implementing the FDA’s Food Supplier Verification Program (FSVP).  The central point in this risk based program requires that the ultimate purchaser in the USA to whom the FDA have identified as the importer or the person in the USA purchasing or buying the goods supply to the […]

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CBP

Steel – Aluminum Update – April 30 218

Posted May 1 2018 9:07 a.m. UPDATE: Additional Duty on Imports of Steel and Aluminum Articles under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 2018-05477 aluminum s. korea BACKGROUND: On March 8, 2018, the President issued Proclamations 9704 and 9705 on Adjusting Imports of Steel and Aluminum into the United States, under Section […]