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  • News, Customs
    Trump Issues 3rd List of Tariffs on China
    On July 10, 2018, the USTR published a 3rd list of products from China that are to be assessed tariffs. This group of products will be assessed tariffs at a rate of 10%. Note that this is different from the 25% rate to be assessed on list 1 and list ...
  • News, Customs
    How to Apply for an Exclusion from Trump's Section 301 Tariffs on Chinese Products
      The USTR announced on Friday, July 6, 2018 the process for applying for exclusions from Trump's first Section 301 Tariffs on products from China. The actual procedures for applying for the exclusion wer...
  • News, Customs
    Trump Moves Ahead with Tariffs on China
    President Trump has gone ahead and ordered the imposition of 25% duties on various products that are made in China. List #1  President Trump originally made his announcement of his intent to impose duties back on May 29, 2018. The original list...
  • News, Customs
    GSP Set to Expire on December 31, 2017
    The Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) is set to expire on December 31, 2017. Importers who have enjoyed lower duty or duty free status for products under GSP need to prepare themselves. This is not the first time that Congress has failed to...
  • Customs
    What is a Customs bond?
    Upon importation of merchandise, an importer assumes certain responsibilities to the U.S. Customs: making the goods available for inspection; labeling and packaging requirements; making records of transactions available for inspection; paying estimat...
  • Shipping 101, Customs
    Keep your shipment data private!
    Every shipping vessel that enters and leaves the United States is required to submit shipping records that document its cargo. This information filed to Customs is called “Automated Manifest System”. Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, most of ...