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USTR publishes proposed action and China reacts with it’s own list

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

Achina us trades announced, the U.S. Trade Representative (Trade Representative; USTR) has determined that the acts, policies, and practices of the Government of China related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation covered in the investigation are unreasonable or discriminatory and burden or restrict U.S. commerce. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is seeking public comment and will hold a public hearing regarding a proposed determination on appropriate action in response to these acts, policies, and practices. The Trade Representative proposes an additional duty of 25 percent on a list of products from China. The list of products, defined by 8-digit subheadings of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), is set out in the Annex to this Notice.

The official 301FRN notice is:  OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Docket No. USTR-2018-0005 Notice of Determination and Request for Public Comment Concerning Proposed Determination of Action Pursuant to Section 301: China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation.  Read the notice here.

Attorneys Susan Kohn Ross and Kevin Rosenbaum from MSK, published a blog article today which gives a complete overview of the situation.  Read here.  As they also say, “Stay tuned for more developments”.

New ACE reporting to support reconciliation in ACE

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

hdr_abi-recon-moduleAs you know, CBP delivered ACE Deployment G, Release 4, on Saturday, February 24th, as promised.  One of the critical pieces of this deployment was moving reconciliation entries into ACE, along with drawback, liquidation and other functionality.  Read our prior blog  on this deployment.

Now, CBP has made long-awaited ACE REPORT ENHANCEMENTS relating to recon.   On March 17th, 2018, CBP has deployed two new universes and nine new standard reports in ACE, to further support the transition of reconciliation into ACE.  These enhancements are meant to provide the trade with all necessary information for reconciliation filing.  Read CSMS #18-000229 - ACE Deployment G Reports Deployment – March 17, 2018 here.

For example, ACE ES-501 is a report showing all open entries flagged for recon.  ES-502 provides bond information.

In fact, on April 14, 2018, the Authorized Data Extracts will be retired, and effective this date, all reports capabilities will reside in ACE Reports.

For more information, please review the ACE Deployment G Reports Information Notice for Trade.

CustomsNow is an ACE-certified software vendor and compliance consulting company, whose clients are brokers, importers, exporters, forwarders, and more.  We have an excellent reconciliation solution, which allows filers to upload underlying entry data from any/all various original filers to a single recon.  Contact us to learn more.

U.S. Department of Commerce Announces Steel and Aluminum Tariff Exclusion Process

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

steelMarch 18, 2018 U.S. Department of Commerce Announcement

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced its procedures for excluding products from the recently announced tariffs on steel and aluminum product imports. As directed by President Trump, the Department will publish the procedures in the Federal Register and will start accepting exclusion requests from U.S. industry on Monday, March 19, 2018, at 8:45 AM.

Click HERE to see the Federal Register notice.

“These procedures will allow the Administration to further hone these tariffs to ensure they protect our national security while also minimizing undue impact on downstream American industries,” said Secretary Ross. “Starting tomorrow, domestic industry will be able to apply for exclusions through a fair and transparent process run through Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security.”

Secretary Ross, in consultation with other Administration officials, will evaluate exclusion requests, taking into account national security considerations. In that evaluation, the Secretary will consider whether a product is produced in the United States of a satisfactory quality or in a sufficient and reasonably available amount. A single response to each exclusion request will be posted on regulations.gov.

Only individuals or organizations using steel or aluminum articles identified in Presidential Proclamations 9704 and 9705 and engaged in business activities in the United States may submit exclusion requests. Exclusion requests will be posted for a 30-day comment period on regulations.gov.

Separate exclusion requests must be submitted for each unique steel or aluminum product import. For an exclusion request to be considered, the requester must provide a full factual description of the specific product, its properties, and its quantity.

Any individual or organization in the United States may file objections to steel or aluminum exclusion requests, but the Commerce Department will only consider information directly related to the submitted exclusion request that is the subject of the objection. Organizations submitting an objection filing on an exclusion request should provide specific information on the product that their company can provide that is comparable to the steel or aluminum product that is the subject of the exclusion request.

Organizations filing an objection should also provide factual information on the production capabilities at steel or aluminum manufacturing facilities that they operate in the United States; the availability and delivery time of the products that they manufacture relative to the specific steel or aluminum product that is subject to an exclusion request; and discussion on the suitability of its product for the application or applications identified by the exclusion requestor.

Both the exclusion requests and objection filings will be available for public viewing on regulations.gov. Processing of exclusion requests normally will not exceed 90 days, including adjudication of objections submitted on exclusion requests.

The forms for submitting steel and aluminum exclusion requests, and objections to specific exclusion requests, will be available on regulations.gov on March 19, 2018, at 8:45 AM. The steel docket number is BIS-2018-0006 and the aluminum docket number is BIS-2018-0002.

Copies of the forms and additional information on the exclusion process will be available at https://www.bis.doc.gov/index.php/232-steel and https://www.bis.doc.gov/index.php/232-aluminum on March 19, 2018, at 8:45 AM.

For questions concerning the exclusion process, contact steel232@bis.doc.gov or 202-482-5642 for steel-related queries and aluminum232@bis.doc.gov or 202-482-4757 for aluminum-related queries.

*NOTE:  Click HERE to read CBP’s CSMS #18-000219 – Harmonized System Update 1803 created on March 13, 2018, which included the modifications made as a result of the two Presidential Proclamations enacting Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

ITC Rules on Chinese Subsidized Plywood on ADD/CVD

Friday, December 8th, 2017

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Tariffs Raised By 200 Percent On Some Imports

After failing to get tariffs in place for Chinese plywood twice before, the newest ruling by the International Trade Commission (ITC) is that the domestic industry is materially injured, or threatened with material injury, by reason of these dumped and subsidized imports.

Read the full article here by The Woodworking Network, dated December 1, 2017.

Visit ITC’s website here to see the current and completed anti-dumping or countervailing (ADD/CVD) investigations.

Using CustomsNow’s ITM solution, filers can maintain all part or  SKU entry data fields, including ADD/CVD duty information.  By sharing this detailed part file information with the broker or using internally when self-filing, a high level of compliance with off CBP regulations, including ADD/CVD, can be achieved.

Looming Government Shut Down on December 8 is Uncertain

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

What is actually shut down during a government shut down?

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Congress is debating a government shut down on Dec 8, but there is talk of it being pushed back to December 22.

While anything linked to national security will not be included in the shut down (such as military, law enforcement, postal services and executive branch employees) national parks, museums and processing of passports and visas may be delayed.

Read more…

Over $1 Billion Sold by Shopify Merchants During Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

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According to a November 28th, 2017 Business Wire news article, Shopify merchants report 1 Billion in sales in 2017.

“This $1 billion milestone emphatically stakes a flag in the ground for entrepreneurs and small business owners all around the world”, said Tobi Lutke, Founder and CEO, Shopify.  ”Their global impact was felt through each and every sale to a customer who chose to buy from our unique merchants, and we’re fiercely proud of helping them be successful during a period historically dominated by big box retailers.”

500,000 merchants in 175 countries sold over $1 billion (USD) in gross merchandise volume (GMV) during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend. Interestingly, mobile sales outpaced desktop sales for the third year by more than 10%, with apparel, accessories, and hardware leading the way.

Tesla Reveals Groundbreaking Self-Driving Electric Semi Trucks

Monday, November 27th, 2017

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In an evening meeting on November 16, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced a smack-down to gasoline powered cars and trucks by announcing the prototype of their self-driving truck. This innovative design by the company that pioneered electric cars promises more efficiency, less cost to operate and no exhaust.

Read more about the future of self-driving cars and trucks here.

NCBFAA Seeking Input from Members on Most Recent ACE Downtime

Friday, November 17th, 2017

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The ACE outage on November 14th causes concern over current CBP downtime procedures. For a time system errors were preventing users from logging into the ACE Portal screens as well as issues with Trade electronic EDI message processing.
See the original reports CMS#17-000709  CMS#17-000710, CMS#17-000711

At 22:05 on November 14 it was reported that systems were up and functional, and this update was posted. 

NCBFAA seeks input from members on any issues related to the downtime and encourages you to report any examples of lack of uniformity between ports during downtime. Please email NCBFA’s Executive Vice President Megan Montgomery at mmontgomery@ncbfaa.org with any feedback or suggestions for ways in which NCBFAA can minimize disruptions to your business should future ACE outages occur.

ICPA Conference Registration Opens- Grab your Wingman and get to San Diego

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

 

ICPA Target on Compliance

The ICPA serves the needs of international trade compliance professionals, and Customs Now is proud to be a member.  The upcoming annual conference is the must-attend event for all import and export professionals, and this year it’s right in our backyard! Come and network and attend seminars surrounding international trade in sunny San Diego March 11-14 2018.

Conference cost includes admission to sessions, meals during the event, and conference materials. CCS and CES points are available for attendance. See you there!

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NAFTA Shakeup Could Impact US Auto Industry

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

Customs Now NaftaPresident Trumps proposed changes include requiring that vehicles have 85% NAFTA-sourced parts is under discussion, but talks are going slow. Mexico and Canada are the naysayers that are so far are unwilling to yield, but talks are expected to last into 2018. As it stands now, autos can transport without tariffs as long as they are made with 62.5% content from the three NAFTA nations. If the Trump administration has their way the proposed changes could signify the return of the U.S as a powerhouse in the car manufacturing industry and will bring in a new influx of jobs. Read more at the American Journal of Transportation