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May 15, 2019

Compliance Circular May 2019

The Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 1998, which amended the Shipping Act of 1984, went into effect on May 1, 1999. This shipping act combined non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCC) and ocean freight forwarders under one category labeled “ocean transportation intermediary” (OTI). 

May 8, 2019

Tariff Updates: S232, S301 & GSP

S232 – Steel & Aluminum Tariffs (Worldwide Application)

S232 tariffs were ruled constitutional in March of this year by the Court of International Trade. With this ruling, the S232 tariffs are expected to continue into the foreseeable future.

May 6, 2019

TARIFF ALERT: S301 List 3 Tariff Rates Could Increase to 25%

On Sunday, May 5, the Administration announced that List 3 of the S301 tariffs, which are currently at 10% on $200 billion of Chinese imports, will be increasing to 25% effective Friday, May 10, 2019. 

April 9, 2019

International News Bulletin: Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Imposes New Draft Restrictions

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) imposed a draft restriction of 47 feet in mid-March. ACP plans to impose a more severe limit on April 11, 2019. This will directly impact the size and number of TEUs that will be available for loading through the Panama Canal.

April 4, 2019

NMFC Changes Effective April 27, 2019

Supplement 1 from the Commodity Classification Standards Board has been posted. This notice lists various changes to NMFCs and packaging rules that will go into effect on April 27, 2019.

April 4, 2019

UPDATE: EPA, TSCA And Wood Products

The Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act, also known as the TSCA Title VI, was fully implemented as of March 22, 2019 following a nine-year waiting period.

April 2, 2019

Six Seasonal Shipping Facts You Should Know

Now that winter is almost over, demand for seasonal products such as flowers, plants and produce continues to grow. Shippers who transport goods from the Southern United States to the Midwestern and Northeastern United States will want to make sure their seasonal shipping knowledge continues to blossom.

April 2, 2019

S301 List 3 Tariff Rate Increase Postponed “Until Further Notice”

The office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) recently issued a notice, officially “postponing” the tariff rate increase “until further notice.” S301 List 3 tariffs will remain at 10 percent instead of increasing to 25 percent.

April 1, 2019

INTERNATIONAL TRADE UPDATE: Potential Delays At US-Mexico Border

Last week, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan announced that CBP will reassign up to 750 officers from ports of entry along the US-Mexico border. These officers will assist US Border Patrol with processing an increased number of migrant crossings.