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


The 2016 Biennial Registration Renewal Period begins Saturday, October 1, 2018 and ends on Saturday, December 31, 2018 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, 2018, you must renew your registration before... 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

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

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

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