USTR Announces Section 301 Exclusion Process for List 4A Products

October 25, 2019

On October 18, the United States Trade Representative announced an exclusion process for products included on China Section 301 List 4A, which covers $300 billion of imports. Imported products on this list are presently subject to an additional 15 percent duty, which went into effect on September 1, 2019.

Importers of products on List 4A may file exclusion requests with the agency beginning October 31, 2019, through January 31, 2020. Once USTR posts a request, there is a 14-day comment period for interested stakeholders to oppose or support, followed by a 7-day rebuttal period for the requestor to respond. USTR will grant approvals and denials on a rolling basis.

If granted, any importer of a product may utilize an exclusion, which would apply retroactively to September 1, 2019, effective date. Importers may use an exclusion going forward, and also may seek duty refunds through U.S. Customs and Border Protection. USTR has set a uniform expiration date of September 1, 2020, for List 4A exclusions, regardless of the date they are granted.

The exclusion process does not cover products on List 4B, which are scheduled to be assessed an additional 15 percent duty effective December 15, 2019. Cabinet officials have suggested the President may forgo increasing tariffs on List 4B products pending the outcome of ongoing negotiations with China to address IP violations, forced technology transfer, and cyber intrusions.

Source: OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE & FEDERAL REGISTER Vol. 84, No. 206 JDSUPRA

Determining the Country of Origin Is Key During the U.S.-China Trade War

October 24, 2019

Both the United States and China have used tariff increases heavily during the trade war between the two countries, which has led to the disruption of the supply chain. Many businesses have moved out of the U.S. and China to third-party countries, such as Vietnam, to manufacture their products there in an attempt to avoid the tariffs on both sides. But what does it take for a product to be considered as “made in Vietnam” as opposed to “made in China” or “made in the USA”? For example, if the raw materials are imported from China but the product is put together in Vietnam, is the product “made in Vietnam”?

The key to answering this question is the determination of the country of origin. Because the U.S. Section 232 measures only specific products “originating in China” and the Chinese State Council Tariff Commission TAC [2018] No. 13 and other additional tariff documents only aim at specific products “originating in the United States,” it is extremely important that we carefully examine the country of origin rules in both countries.

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Source: https://www.mhlnews.com

A Conference on IMO 2020 Impact Shows How Many Questions Remain as New Rule Approaches

October 24, 2019

In a room full of people who will be more deeply affected by the upcoming IMO 2020 rule than just about anybody else in the global economy, the speakers and audience at a Miami conference had few definitive answers on how markets will play out when the new rule goes into effect January 1.

The Argus Fuel Oil conference, produced by commodity data and news publisher Argus Media, theoretically focused on all uses of fuel oil. But there’s only one issue for this crowd – the IMO 2020 rule that will require that marine fuels meet a new sulfur specification globally of 0.5% after being limited to the 3.5% sulfur level found in high sulfur fuel oil (HSFO).

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Source: https://www.freightwaves.com/american-shipper

President Trump Lifts Sanctions on Turkey

October 24, 2019

President Donald Trump on Oct. 23 ordered the lifting of U.S. sanctions against three senior Turkish government officials and two ministries in response to Turkey’s five-day ceasefire along the northern Syrian border.

“As a result of today’s action, all property and interests in property, which had been blocked solely as a result of these designations, are unblocked and all otherwise lawful transactions involving U.S. persons and these entities and individuals are no longer prohibited,” said the U.S. Treasury Department in a statement.

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Source:https://www.freightwaves.com/american-shipper

Update: Norfolk Southern Train Service Between Moberly and Kansas City, Missouri, Remains Suspended

October 23, 2019

Norfolk Southern train service between Moberly and Kansas City, Missouri, remains suspended as a result of the Grand River Bridge outage in Brunswick, Missouri, following structural damage from heavy rains and debris. NS Engineering continues to work around-the-clock on repairs and restoration efforts and has completed all underwater work. We expect repairs to be completed and service restored no later than Wednesday, Nov. 6.

Norfolk Southern has entered into agreements with our interline partners to detour freight traffic over alternative gateways through the duration of the outage. Customers will not need to update any shipping instructions and can see detoured shipments via AccessNS. All intermodal terminals will accept traffic into Kansas City, and the Kansas City terminal is open.

All traffic originating or terminating in the Kansas City area may see up to a 48- to 72-hour delay.

Norfolk Southern appreciates your patience and will continue to provide updates as conditions change.

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Source: http://www.nscorp.com/content/nscorp/en.html

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