Change – In Reporting Consignee EIN / IRS tax numbers March 16 2019

There is a very important change coming to the information that a U.S. Customs broker must report when adding a new “consignee” EIN (employer identification number) commonly referred to as an I.R.S. tax number. Effective March 16th will demand that U.S. Customs Brokers now report 3 additional data fields when adding a record into CBP ACE operating system.  The new fields required will include: Company Email Address Company Phone Number Business Address Type (options follow) Residence Corporate... Read More

Fabricated Structural Steel – ADD & CVD Canada, Mexico & China

Following is a posting published today by CBP via the U.S. Trade Representatives: On February 25, 2019, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) initiated its less-than-fair-value and countervailing duty investigations on ?Certain Fabricated Structural Steel from Canada, Mexico, and the People?s Republic of China (China)? (Initiation Notices). These investigations have been assigned the following case numbers: A-122-864 and C-122-865 (Canada); A-201-850 and C-201-851 (Mexico); and A-570-102... Read More

China Concern!!!

Regulating through the Twitterverse, President Trump announced that there had been significant progress made during trade negotiations with China and as such has delayed or pushed back the date for implementation of the 25% additional Section 301 tariff’s, as previously reported on this website.  As such the March 2nd 2019 date for 25% duty on certain items from China has been delayed.  We will attempt to update our posting as time goes bay.    Read More

Sept 24th Effective Date – Next China Tariff at 10% (Jan 1 2019 to be 25%)

USTR Finalizes Tariffs on $200 Billion of Chinese Imports in Response to China’s Unfair Trade Practices Washington, DC – As part of the United States’ continuing response to China’s theft of American intellectual property and forced transfer of American technology, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today released a list of approximately $200 billion worth of Chinese imports that will be subject to additional tariffs.  In accordance with the direction of President... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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. ... Read More

ACE E-Manifest Disconnect

At this time our office would like to post a few facts about an ongoing issue associated with the ACE E-Manifest transmissions and their frequent failure to link or connect to a brokers import entry.  If you haven’t noticed, you’re lucky as this has been an ongoing problem for four or five months now, and has become more prevalent following the full deployment of ‘core’ ACE at the end of August 2016. On October 11th, Steve Sanders was in Washington, DC meeting with the U.S.... Read More

ACE – FDA Interface Mandatory

On June 15th, 2016 CBP’s, new computer system (ACE) and the “new” FDA interface went live!  We’ll be honest with you – many problems have emerged within the governments systems resulting in excessively slow responses, dropped importer FURLS records and a greater volume of data fields to be completed for a FDA importers entry – causing great time frames for entry data input.  FDA on a number of occasions have had to post messages to Customs message system advising... Read More

Lacey Act – Mandatory in ACE

CBP has fully implemented the Lacey Act for entry processing on June 15th, 2016.  In the months Importers and foreign exporters, now must provide proper Lacy Act importation documents for their Lacey Act regulated products.  Lacy Act documentation can be found on our RESOURCES tab, under TOOLS, and FORMS DIRECTORY.   Or copy this link and paste it into your browser URL address line:    Read More