By Jennifer Diaz|2021-07-22T09:11:38-04:00July 21, 2021|Canada, China, China Trade War, Countries, COVID-19, Cuba, Customs Expert, Enforcement, Export, Forced Labor, Import, International Business, International Law, International Trade, IRAN, Mexico, Seizures, Special 301, Supply Chain, Trade Policy, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), Uncategorized, USMCA|0 Comments
On June 26, July 17, and August 11, 2020, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) requested the public to submit comments regarding potential product exclusion extensions for items subject to Section 301 Tariffs. This comment period specifically applied to products that were included on List 4.
When the list was announced on August 20, 2019, it imposed a 10 percent ad valorem on 3,805 full and partial subheadings of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), with an annual trade value of approximately $300 billion. Then, on August 30, 2019, USTR increased the rate of the additional duty announced in the August 20 notice from 10 to 15 percent. Finally, on January 22, 2020, USTR determined to reduce the rate from 15 to 7.5 percent. […]
Forced Labor is the third most lucrative illicit trade, behind only drugs and weapons, and has an annual trade value of roughly $150 Billion. Right now, over 40 million people around the world are victims of some type of forced labor, including modern slavery, human trafficking, etc.
Thankfully, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has been working to curb this inhumane practice.
From September 8-11, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) held its first virtual trade week. Over the course of the event, CBP held an action-packed series of webinars on the following topics:
- United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA)
- Forced Labor
- Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT)
- 21st Century Customs Framework (21CCF)
In the midst of this global pandemic and the vast challenges that (we are all navigating) the trade community faces, by us coming together in this way collective commitment to continue our persistent and ongoing dialogue about the most pressing issue facing. CBP believes that improving and delivering effective transparency is an essential element to enhancing trust, and trust is essential to strengthening partnerships and getting things done for your business to thrive and trade community to succeed.
Below are summaries of each of the sessions. Have questions on them? Contact DTL at email@example.com.
Diaz Trade Law’s President, Jennifer Diaz and Associate Attorney, Denise Calle are enthusiastic to announce that another one of their articles, “USMCA Import Considerations for Practitioners,” was published by Bloomberg Law! Below is the article reproduced with permission for your reading pleasure. We’d love to hear your feedback!
You can read the article here, by clicking USMCA Import Considerations for Practitioners (where you’ll have the ability to access all of the great hyperlinks) you cannot click on below.
Co-Authored by Sharath Patil, a trade policy researcher in Washington, DC., with a background in global logistics, international trade, and commercial diplomacy. Patil is an active member of the District of Columbia bar, and is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law.
The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (“USMCA”) is a pending free trade agreement that will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”). The USMCA was signed in December 2019 and was ratified by all three countries in March 2020. Currently, the USMCA is being implemented and the agreement will enter into force on July 1, 2020.
Update –> In a tweet on June 7th by President Trump, the trade world was notified that the immediate threat of tariffs was officially off the table… for now.
The SAT of the Mexican Government has issued hundreds of questionnaires to U.S. exporters demanding proof that the country of origin of the merchandise shipped from the United States to Mexico really qualified under NAFTA. The problem is that U.S. exporters are not taking the Mexican Government questionnaires seriously enough, resulting in the Mexican Government penalizing the Mexican importer which then sues the U.S. exporter.
In one of the most important recent decisions, the U.S. Court of International Trade dismissed a case filed against the CEO of his importing company that had made false statements to U.S. Customs and Border Protection in the entry documents. This Court decision has significant implications for every owner, officer, and manager of any company involved in importing merchandise into the United States.