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Update on US Duties for Chinese Products

Earlier this summer it was announced that effective July 6, 2018, 25% duties were being imposed on more than 800 products from China. This is the result of an investigation undertaken by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. The agency found that the Chinese government’s actions, policies, and practices were found to be actionable under the above Trade Act.

Since the initial list was announced, public hearings occured with the USTR. These public hearing resulted in some additional exemptions. You can view the full list here.

FAQs
What commodities are impacted?
The list is extensive and includes more that 800 products. Impacted chapters include: 28, 40, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, and 90. Please refer to the comprehensive list posted.

Are any other countries included besides China?
The duties currently only apply to products made in China. Hong Kong is exempted. It’s important to understand that duties are imposed on the country on origin, not export.

What products are excluded?
You can view the changelog here based on the public hearings.

Are items entered under Section 321 excluded from these duties?

Yes, if the merchandise meets both of the standards below, it is exempt from Section 301 duties.

  1. entered under Section 321 (shipments entering the U.S. who’s value is within the de minimis range, under $800)
  2. not subject to Anti Dumping and Countervailing

Where can I find more information?
For additional information visit the U.S. Trade Representative’s website (Link: https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/press-releases/2018/september/ustr-finalizes-tariffs-200 )

As always, please contact our International Help Desk at (800) 827-7987 for assistance and questions regarding this update. We will update you with more information as it becomes available.

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New U.S. Duties on China Products

Effective July 6, 2018, 25% duties are being imposed on more than 800 products from China. You can find the complete list by eight digit Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) code here.

This is the result of an investigation undertaken by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. The agency found that the Chinese government’s actions, policies, and practices were found to be actionable under the above Trade Act.

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 DHL Express Maximum Piece Weight and Dimensions Update

Starting September 1, 2018, DHL Express is making some updates to Weight and Dimension restrictions. To ensure the best possible speed of the DHL world-class network, DHL Express will only accept shipments that contain pieces up to 660 pounds (300 kilograms) in actual weight and 118 inches (300 centimeters) in length. The total maximum weight for a multi-piece shipment remains unchanged, at 2,200 pounds (1,000 kilograms). This is exclusively for the Time Definite International (TDI) product. PSCSHIP will also be adjusting our system so that you will no longer be able to book these TDI shipments for pick-up. DHL EXpress couriers and warehouse employees will not process these pieces, but will return the entire shipment if it exceeds these limits.

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DHL Express Policy Update: Updated Packing Guidelines – EFFECTIVE 1st JUNE 2018

DHL Express is implementing a new standard to ensure your international packages to be transported more safely and easily than ever before.

Packages that are not properly packed can be easily damaged as well as inflict damage to other shipments. To ensure your items arrive in the exact condition in which they were shipped, as of June 1, 2018, all shipments and pieces entering the DHL network will need to be properly packed. Trained couriers will assess the packaging at the time of pick-up and will only accept adequately packed shipments.

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Preferred Shipping is joining EXIM Bank to present a Free Webinar on Document Compliance

Export Documentation Compliance: Getting PAID
Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 2:00 PM EST

International shipments often face customs and delivery challenges.

These challenges are often due to inaccurate export documentation which can lead to payment problems.

Please join us as Preferred’s Vice President, Michael J. Ryan, Preferred’s Senior Vice President of Operations, Adam Young, and EXIM Bank’s Regional Director of Greater Houston, Eric A. Miller discuss how to avoid costly documentation errors, streamline your logistics operations, and protect against nonpayment risk.

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New Ecommerce Fulfillment Facility opening in Sugar Land Industrial Park (Right outside Houston, TX)

Preferred Fulfillment proudly announces the opening of a state-of-the art 63,000 square foot warehouse facility in the Sugar Land Industrial Park. The building is fully racked, highly-secured, and specifically equipped to support small and large package fulfillment, quickly and efficiently.

Conveniently accessible to Highway 59, Highway 90A, and The Sam Houston Tollway (Beltway 8) this facility accommodates domestic and international E-commerce fulfillment and last-mile delivery for the Greater Houston area.

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2017 DHL Express Zone Lookup Instructions

DHL is consistently investing in customer experience to facilitate this the US has moved onto a new Global platform. This conversion required a modification to the destination zone naming convention that was previously provided as part of the DHL customer rate card. The changes being made affect labeling and rate-card presentation only – they do not alter the actual rates or fees charged for shipments moving between any two countries.

Here is an updated guide the refined zones and how to look them up.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

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PSCSHIP is getting even easier to use!

Our easy-to-use online platform is about to get even easier!

We are launching a new-and-improved version of PSCSHIP, our proprietary shipping software! The new system will go live September 5. In the meantime, when you login to PSCSHIP, you will start seeing a notice about the new system.

We will continue to provide you more information in the coming weeks about the system update, including training materials and a webinar demonstration. Please know we are committed to making this a smooth transition for your business.

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Final Rule Implementation for the Foreign Trade Regulations with Corrections

The Final Rule of the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR), Title 15, Part 30 was implemented on July 18, 2017. The amendments reflect the implementation of the International Trade Data System (ITDS), in accordance with the Executive Order 13659, Streamlining the Export/Import Process for American Businesses. Section 405 of the Security and Accountability for Every (SAFE) Port Act of 2006 (Pub. L. 109-347, 120 Stat. 1884) established the ITDS.

In the Final Rule the Census Bureau amended the appendices section. Appendices B, C, E, and F were removed and Appendix D was revised and redesignated as the new Appendix B. There are a few sections of the FTR that are not updated to reflect the changes to the appendices. The below table identifies the sections of the FTR that are incorrect. The Census Bureau is working with the Federal Register to ensure that these corrections are incorporated into the FTR.

Sections Affected Changes
30.1(c) Exemption legend definition Replace reference to Appendix D with Appendix B.
30.1(c) Postdeparture filing citation definition Replace reference to Appendix D with Appendix B.
30.4(b)(4)(ii)(A) Replace reference to Appendix D with Appendix B.
30.6(a)(18) Remove reference to Appendix B because the AES Filing Codes were removed.
30.7(b) Replace reference to Appendix D with Appendix B.
30.8 Replace reference to Appendix D with Appendix B.
30.8(b) Replace reference to 30.46 with 30.4(c)(2) because the section is reserved.
30.35 Replace reference to Appendix D with Appendix B.
Appendix B (IX) Replace reference to 30.40(d) with 30.40(c).
Additionally, the definition of Kimberley Process Certificate (KPC) will be added to the FTR with a later rule.

Please find the Final Rule in its entirety at https://federalregister.gov/d/2017-07646. For further information or questions about the FTR, contact the Trade Regulations Branch (TRB), ITMD at 800-549-0595, Option 3.

Email: itmd.askregs@census.gov

Online: census.gov/trade

Blog: globalreach.blogs.census.gov

The entire FTR along with other information, including a list of frequently asked questions, can be found at: census.gov/trade

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