President Trump threatens more China Tariff’s on Friday

It was reported in the Washington Post today, from comments President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he intends on increasing tariff’s on goods made in China – come this Friday.  Comments indicated that the Chinese made goods that previously took on 10% Section 301 duties would be increased to 25%, and that if things don’t go well in the trade meetings taking place this week that the U.S. would levy a new 25% fee on “ALL” remaining Chinese Imports, “shortly”.   Chinese... Read More

Continuous Bond Insufficiency – Due to SECTION 232/301 TARIFFS

If you receive a formal notice from U.S. Customs (CBP) advising you of a situation that your existing bond is insufficient it is absolutely imperative that you contact our office immediately!  What must happen is that your existing Customs bond must be terminated and replaced with a new continuous bond for new greater amount.  Please remember that it takes 2 – 3 weeks for CBP to accept a bond “TERMINATION AND REPLACEMENT”.  So should you fail to provide timely remedy to the situation... Read More

US Canada New Trade Agreement – at a glance

Commissioner Outlines U.S.–Canada Trade Relations, Priorities Release Date: October 3, 2018 CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan highlighted the Department of Homeland Security’s northern border strategy Monday to members of the Canadian/American Border Trade Alliance in Washington, D.C. The alliance is an association of businesses, private and public sector organizations, and individuals involved in cross-border trade, border crossing, transportation, and tourism. CBP Commissioner Kevin... Read More

301 Presidential Proclamation Expanded to include Annex C effective Aug 23, 2018

Today, the Trump Administration expanded Presidential Proclamation 301 by imposing 25% duties on all of the items listed in ANNEX “C”.  So effective for anything, imported on or after Aug 23, 2018 that is listed on the Annex C document, those goods will now require the secondary tariff number of 9903.80.02 making them dutiable at 25% of the appraised import value.  This 25% duty rate is in addition to any column 1 (general) duty rate already existing or published in the U.S. Harmonized... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More


November 2nd 2017 the Commerce Department announced its affirmative final determinations in the ADD (Antidumping duty) and CVD (Countervailing duty) investigations of imports of softwood lumber from Canada.  In the publications it indicates that the next steps will most likely occur on December 18th, 2017 when International Trade Commission (ITC) will make it’s final determination.  In general the “all other” Antidumping duty rate is 6.58% of the value, and the “all other”... Read More

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Pacific Highway Construction – Complete

CBP has completed the reconstruction of the truck crossing at the port of Blaine, Washington.  Three (3) lanes are currently open and all appears to be flowing well.  Our hats go off to our friends at U.S. Customs during the reconstruction phase, they did a wonderful job notifying the public of the process and doing what they could to mitigate delays. If you want to monitor port of entry delay times you can still make reference to CBP’s Border Wait Times page.    Read More

FDA Biennial Registration Notice

The 2016 Biennial Registration Renewal Period begins Saturday, October 1, 2016 and ends on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 11:59 PM. Section 415 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) [21 U.S.C. § 350d] requires food facilities required to register with FDA to renew such registrations during the period beginning on October 1 and ending on December 31 of each even-numbered year. If you register your food facility before October 1, 2016, you must renew your registration before... Read More