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

ACE and Sanders Brokerage Services

The question has been asked, will Sanders Brokerage Services be ready for the CBP ACE system (Automated Commercial Environment)?  Well the answer is a resounding “yes”.  We started submitting ACE Entry Summary transmissions to CBP for well over 6 months at this time, and just last week we made of first ACE “Cargo Release” submissions. We are moving close to the CBP February 28th 2016 deadline of being able to electronically function within the CBP ACE Environment and we... Read More

GSP – To Be Reinstated July 29 2015 (retroactive refunds applicable)

Note to Importers — GSP (The Generalized Systems of Preference) has been re-enacted back into law and will become effective on July 29th 2015.  Following is a synopsis taken from Customs (CBP) website:  On June 29, 2015, President Obama signed into law a bill (H.R. 1295), that reauthorizes the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) (which expired on July 31, 2013) through Dec. 31, 2017.  Under the new law, duty reductions under the GSP program will begin 30 days after the law is enacted,... Read More

ISF – Importer Security Filing Enforcement Phase Begins

CSMS# 14-000520 – Los Angeles/Long Beach (LA/LB) Seaport ISF Enforcement 09/29/2014 08:36 PM EDT  Ocean Manifest On July 9, 2013, nearly 15 months ago, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) implemented an Importer Security Filing (ISF) Enforcement Strategy to improve ISF compliance. The ISF policy requires that all ISF information on the shipment bound for the U.S. is submitted to CBP 24 hours prior to lading on the vessel at the foreign port. To date, CBP at the Los Angeles/Long Beach... Read More