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.
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.
- entered under Section 321 (shipments entering the U.S. who’s value is within the de minimis range, under $800)
- 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.
DHL Express made an exciting announcement today of its purchase of 14 new Boeing 777. As the largest cargo airplanes in the world, Boeing’s 777 Freighters are capable of flying 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a cargo load of 102 tons. DHL Express also has the options for an additional 7 planes. As the oldest authorized reseller of DHL Express, our team at Preferred Shipping is excited about the benefits in cost, efficiency, and reliability for customers that will result from this capital investment in DHL infrastructure.
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.
There are 4 key handling requirements to consider when packaging your large items.
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.
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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Export Documentation Compliance: Getting PAID
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International shipments often face customs and delivery challenges.
These challenges are often due to inaccurate export documentation which can lead to payment problems.
If you missed the webinar or want to review it again the recording is now available. 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.