PierPASS Fees Will be Increased

The West Coast Marine Terminal Operators Agreement (WCMTOA) has announced a new increase to the Traffic Mitigation Fees (TMF) charged at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Beginning August 1, the new TMF go up from $31.52 to $32.12 for each TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) and up from $63.04 to $64.24 for each FEU (forty-foot equivalent unit) or …

USTR Announces Sixth Set of Tranche 1 Exclusions

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has issued a Federal Register Notice (FRN) to announce additional exclusions to the first list (Tranche 1) of Section 301 duties assessed on China goods. This new set of exclusions does not have any blanket HTS numbers. It lists very specific goods that fall under some HTS numbers. The FRN with …

USTR Publishes Additional List of Proposed HTS Numbers for EU Retaliatory Duties

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has issued a Federal Register Notice (FRN) announcing the proposed list of additional products which would be subject to additional duties for goods made in the European Union (EU). These additional duties are in connection with the enforcement of the World Trade Organization (WTO) decision in favor of the United States …

Proposed Section 301 Tranche 4 Still on Hold

At the start of new negotiations with China, President Trump stated that he would not request the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to start any new Section 301 duties while China and the United States continue their negotiations. Since then there has been no formal announcement from either President Trump or from the USTR, but we do …

Mexican Senate Votes to Ratify USMCA

The Mexican Senate voted to ratify the United States Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on June 19, positioning Mexico to become the first of the three countries to approve the renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The vote was very near to being unanimous with 114 Senators voting to ratify the agreement. The United States House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee …

MSC Suspended from CTPAT After Major Drug Seizure

Last week there was a major seizure of 1.65 tons of cocaine with a street value of $1 billion on the MSC Gayane. As a result, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has placed Mediterranean Shipping Co. (MSC) on temporary suspension from the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT). This suspension means that MSC cannot participate in some of the …

USTR Issues Instructions for Tranche 3 Exclusions

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued a Federal Register Notice (FRN) on June 24th with instructions on how to request exclusions from the China 301 duties for Tranche 3 the 3rd list) of the HTSUS numbers subject to the additional duties. To help manage the submissions the USTR has set up a portal for all requests to …

Additional Tariffs on China List 4 goods ** ON HOLD **

President Trump announced June 29 following a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping that the U.S. will suspend plans to impose additional tariffs of up to 25 percent on so-called List 4 goods from China, which have a current import value of approximately $300 billion. The U.S. and China have been negotiating an agreement aimed at resolving issues such as …