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UPDATE: EXTENSION ANNOUNCED FOR SEC. 301, TRANCHE 3, GOODS ON THE WATER

On May 31, 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative announced its intention to publish a Federal Register Notice which will delay the tariff increase applicable to Chinese-origin goods listed on Section 301, Tranche 3. Whereas the tariff for these goods was scheduled to increase from 10% to 25% on June 1, 2019, the USTR has announced […]

PREPARE FOR THE OCTOBER 2019 CUSTOMS HOUSE BROKER LICENSE EXAM ONLINE OR LIVE AT JFK!

New York/New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Assn., PO Box 8217, Red Bank, NJ 07701, and Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP, one of the nation’s leading law firms specializing in Customs law, is offering a courses in preparation for the October 2019 Custom House Broker License Exam. This course also provides an […]

UPCOMING E-COMMERCE SEMINAR – FREE EVENT MAY 22, 2019

On May 22, 2019, GDLSK attorneys Mika McLafferty and Christina Leonard will be offering a free seminar, outlining Customs issues and cost-saving strategies for importing E-Commerce merchandise into the U.S.  The presentation is being co-hosted with accountants at PKF O’Connor Davies, who will be discussing state tax considerations and the First Sale for Export program.  […]

UPDATE: USTR ISSUES PROPOSED LIST 4 EXTENDING SEC. 301 TARIFFS TO “ESSENTIALLY ALL” REMAINING CHINESE IMPORTS

On May 13, 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) issued a proposed List 4 which threatens to impose additional tariffs of up to 25% on “essentially all” Chinese products imported into the U.S. that were not covered by previous section 301 pronouncements. Pharmaceuticals, certain chemicals made into prescription pharmaceuticals, rare earth minerals and critical minerals […]

UPDATE: IN-TRANSIT CHINESE-ORIGIN GOODS MUST BE ENTERED BEFORE JUNE 1 TO AVOID 25% SEC. 301 TARIFF

On May 10, 2019, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (“CBP”) provided updated guidance to the importing community with respect to the recent increase in duty rates for Chinese-origin goods listed on Sec. 301, Tranche 3. CBP specified in CSMS #19-000238 that goods exported before May 10, 2019 must be entered in the U.S. or withdrawn […]

INCREASED DUTY RATE FOR CHINESE-ORIGIN PRODUCTS SUBJECT TO SEC. 301

On May 7, 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative is expected to announce an increase in the additional duty rate applicable to Chinese-origin products listed on Section 301, Tranche 3. Currently those products are subject to an additional duty rate of 10% ad valorem. However, on May 6, 2019, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced that […]

COURT OF APPEALS RULES THAT SANTA SUIT IS NOT FESTIVE

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (in the April 29, 2019 decision in Rubies Costume Company v. United States), considered whether the below “Premier Plush 9 Piece Santa Suit” (consisting of a jacket, pants, gloves, a toy sack, a beard, a wig, a hat, a belt, and shoe covers) fell within the tariff […]

USTR RELEASES LIST OF ADDITIONAL PRODUCTS EXCLUDED FROM CHINA 301 TARIFFS

The U.S. Trade Representative has published a list of additional products excluded from the Section 301 tariffs on Chinese origin products.  Additional duties of 25% ad valorem were applied to these products as of July 6, 2018.  The exclusions are retroactive to July 6, 2018 and will extend for one year after publication of the […]

POSSIBLE RETALIATORY DUTIES ON PRODUCTS FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION

The USTR has published a preliminary list of Harmonized Tariff Schedule (“HTS”) codes on which the USTR may impose future Section 301 duties in connection with products imported from the European Union. The list includes products in the aerospace sector as well as a wide range of consumer goods, including food and beverage products, handbags, […]

NEW EXCEPTIONS MADE FOR CERTAIN GARMENTS OF SPECIFIED NON-ORIGINATING FABRICS UNDER THE U.S.-MOROCCO FREE TRADE AGREEMENT (USMFTA)

The U.S. has announced an agreement with Morocco, effective April 1, 2019, under which the originating status rule for five classes of woven garments has been modified to allow for the use of certain non-originating fabrics (i.e., the specified fabrics for the listed garments may be sourced from outside of Morocco or the U.S.) In […]