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August 2020

  • The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) granted extensions to 14 exclusions from the first list of Section 301 tariffs on China that were due to expire July 31, 2020. 55 exclusions were not renewed and, as a result, expire as of July 31, 2020.

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July 2020

June 2020

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

  • DHL Ocean Service Options

    As most logistics professionals are aware, capacity on ocean carriers from China is extremely constrained due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. DHL Global Forwarding is dedicated to minimizing the impact this has on our customers and is pleased to offer expedited Less than Container Load (LCL) and Full Container Load (FCL) service options for shipments from China to the U.S.

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  • China Dedicated Charter Program

    As most logistics professionals are aware, capacity on commercial flights to and from China is extremely limited due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. DHL Global Forwarding is dedicated to minimizing the impact this has on our customers and is pleased to offer a charter solution for shipments between the U.S. and China.

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  • Four New Section 301 Exclusions Granted and Amendments to HTSUS U.S. Note 20

    The Office of the U.S Trade Representative (USTR) issued four new exclusions to specific products from the first list of Section 301 tariffs on goods from China. The exclusions do not have a new tariff subheading. These will be added to the existing 93 exclusions listed in U.S. note 20(x) to subchapter III of chapter 99 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) under the subheading 9903.88.19. The product exclusions apply retroactively to July 6, 2018, the date the tariffs on the first list took effect, and will extend to Oct. 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

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  • Free Webinar: February 27, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. EST

    As we move into 2020, the Section 301 tariffs against certain China origin products continue to be in place. Various changes have been recently implemented on tariffs, including new exclusions, expiring exclusions, and a recent reduction in duties against certain items.

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  • Effective Aug. 3, 2020, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will work together to initiate its filing requirement of core partner government agency data in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).

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January 2020


News Archive 2019

December 2019

November 2019

  • The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued a notice of granted exclusions associated with certain goods/HTS classifications covered within the third tranche of Section 301 tariffs against China origin goods. The exclusions are applicable for one year from date of publication in the U.S. Federal Register. They are also retroactive to Sept. 24, 2018, allowing importers to pursue refunds on past imports of the subject products.

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  • DHL Global Forwarding announced this week that it is inaugurating its newest Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) at New York’s JFK airport. This is the latest expansion to the company’s FTZ locations in the United States.

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October 2019

September 2019

  • The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has revised the Incoterms® rules to reflect changes in the international trade system. The 2020 edition will be launched on January 1, 2020 and in preparation, DHL Global Forwarding will be offering training sessions in the near future. Stay tuned for more information on those training dates coming soon.

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  • New exclusions to 301 duties on China origin products

    Three new groups of 301 duty exclusions have been issued by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). The new exclusions are:

    • HTS 9903.88.14: 310 product specific exclusions tied to tranche 1 goods. Details here.
    • HTS 9903.88.17: 89 product specific exclusions tied to tranche 2 goods. Details here.
    • HTS 9903.88.18: 38 product specific exclusions tied to tranche 3 goods. Details here.

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August 2019

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

  • In a recent press conference, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan noted importers should expect “a slowdown in the processing of trade” along the U.S.-Mexico border for an indeterminate period of time as CBP resources are shifted to deal with a “dramatic increase in illegal crossings” by migrants.

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  • With the reassignment of up to 750 U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) officers from ports of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border, CBP had forewarned the shift of resources and personnel would have a detrimental impact at all southwest border ports of entry.

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  • The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has announced it has begun a process to identify products of the European Union (EU) to which additional duties may be applied in association with a long-running dispute over the EU’s aircraft subsidies to the manufacturer Airbus.

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March 2019

  • On March 4, 2019, at the direction of the President, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced the United States intends to terminate India’s and Turkey’s designation as beneficiary developing countries under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program because they no longer comply with the statutory eligibility criteria.


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  • As March 29, 2019 is getting closer, the uncertainty around Brexit continues to present a significant challenge for the business community. Although no business can plan with full certainty on the final Brexit negotiation outcomes, DPDHL Group is committed to supporting our customers in any reasonable way necessary to ensure the continued flow of goods and information in these extraordinary times.

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February 2019

January 2019

  • The U.S. government has undergone a partial shutdown as of Dec. 22, 2018 due to lack of legislative funding.  As a result, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and other government agencies are primarily operating with essential personnel only at this time. 

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  • The partial U.S. government shutdown has been in place since Dec. 22, 2018 due to lack of legislative funding. As of Jan. 16, 2019, there is no clear foreseeable end to the political impasse that has prevented a signed government budget that would end the shutdown and the resulting government employee furloughs.

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  • On Jan. 25, 2019, President Trump announced an agreement to temporarily reopen the U.S. government. A partial U.S. government shutdown had been in place since Dec. 22, 2018 due to lack of legislative funding. The agreement will fund the government until Feb. 15, 2019 while Congress and the President work on an agreement for a finalized 2019 budget.

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News Archive 2018

December 2018

  • On Dec. 1, President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping reached a deal which temporarily suspends the scheduled tariff increase on China origin products covered by the third tranche of Section 301 duties. The rate of additional duties on the subject goods were scheduled to rise from 10 percent to 25 percent effective Jan. 1, 2019. 

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  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is continuing its implementation of formaldehyde emission standards and import certification requirements for composite wood products.

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  • As a result of a decrease in the fuel surcharge of our lead carrier to South America, DHL Global Forwarding will concurrently decrease its own Standard Fuel Surcharge to South America, effective December 24, 2018.

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November 2018

  • Via a presidential proclamation issued Oct. 30, 2018, various products are being removed from eligibility for preferential duty treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP). This change is effective with respect to goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after Nov. 1, 2018.

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October 2018

  • For the past months, the global jet fuel and crude oil prices have continued to steadily increase. The U.S. Gulf Coast Kerosene-Type Jet Fuel Spot Price further rose from $2.09 per gallon in June 2018 to $2.19 per gallon in September, a +4.8 percent increase. Year to date we have seen a +12.1 percent increase. The current jet fuel high is expected to continue through the end of 2018.

     

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September 2018

  • With Hurricane Florence fast approaching the Carolinas, DHL Global Forwarding’s Columbia, South Carolina (CAE); Charleston, South Carolina (CHS); Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT) and Raleigh Durham, North Carolina (RDU) stations are fully prepared for the currently classified Category 2 hurricane. 

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  • Category 1 Hurricane Florence made landfall on Friday, September 14. The DHL Global Forwarding Charleston, South Carolina (CHS) and Raleigh Durham, North Carolina (RDU) stations are closed, but continously monitoring email. The Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT) station will be open until 3 p.m. today, September 14 and the Columbia, South Carolina (CAE) station continues working remotely.

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  • As the Carolinas and several other states recover from Hurricane Florence, our hearts go out to those impacted by the storm. As recovery is underway, we want to advise that the DHL Global Forwarding Charleston, South Carolina (CHS); Columbia, South Carolina (CAE), Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT) and Raleigh Durham, North Carolina (RDU) stations are open and conducting business as usual.

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  • Starting July 2018, the U.S. started imposing additional duties on certain China origin products. See DHL’s June 2018 Spotlight article for general information on the initiation of these duties. Two lists of HTS classifications have already been published and products falling under those lists are currently subject to the additional duties.

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  • On Sept. 13, 2018, the U.S. President signed into law the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act (H.R. 4318), which suspends or reduces through Dec. 31, 2020 import duties on approximately 1,700 imported products not produced in the U.S.  A majority of the products covered by the MTB are chemicals; however, the bill also includes textiles, apparel and footwear; machinery and equipment; and agricultural and fishery products. The duty reductions will go into effect on goods entered into the U.S. starting Oct. 13, 2018.

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August 2018

  • Change to Section 301 tariff exemption for products under HTSUS Chapter 98

    At the time of implementation of the “301” duties against certain Chinese origin products, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) had instructed that any product entered under a Chapter 98 tariff provision would be fully exempt from application of the “301” duties. 

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  • The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has released an update to its seasonal import measures for managing the risk of brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) during the high risk season.

    Any product falling under the following HTS Chapters will be impacted by heightened treatment requirements for Ocean Freight shipments to Australia and New Zealand:

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  • Starting July 6, 2018, the U.S. started imposing additional duties on $50 billion of China origin products. See DHL’s June 2018 Spotlight article for general information on the initiation of these duties:       

    An additional listing of products (“list 2”) to be subject to the additional 25 percent duties has been finalized by the USTR. U.S. Customs will begin to collect the 25 percent additional duties on the “list 2” products effective August 23, 2018. A formal notice on the tariff action will be published shortly in the Federal Register.

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June 2018

May 2018

  • Parties who import goods into the U.S. via Canadian Pacific Railway (CP Rail) need to be aware of a fee change by the rail company. CP Rail formerly had a $60(CDN) per rail car fee they would charge if the Customs entry was not filed prior to shipment arrival at the final CP cross border rail departure hub. Effective March 1, 2018, CP Rail now charges $75(CDN) per rail car if the Customs entry is not filed prior to shipment departure from origin.

     

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  • A rule by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is implementing formaldehyde emission standards and import certification requirements for composite wood products.

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  • For the past months, the global jet fuel and crude oil prices have continued to steadily increase. The U.S. Gulf Cost Kerosene-Type Jet Fuel Spot Price further rose from $1.85 per gallon in February 2018 to $2.02 per gallon in April, a +9.2 percent increase. The current jet fuel high is expected to continue for the 2018 summer schedule.

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April 2018

  • The air freight industry is currently undergoing a period of raising market rates. This trend has continued during the end of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018 driven by very strong demand outgrowing capacity supply. European outbound lanes have been impacted in particular. In January 2018, Europe showed 11 percent year-on-year growth in international Freight Tonne Kilometers (FTK). The strong European performance corresponds with a very healthy demand for new export orders among the region’s manufacturers.

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  • We regret to inform that our Spotlight on March 29 about the Fuel Surcharge decrease to Australia contained an error. The Air Freight Fuel Surcharge from the U.S. to Central America, Mexico and Caribbean is currently at 1.05 USD/kg, effective since October 23, 2017. 

     

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March 2018

  • As of January 10, 2018, Israel and the U.S. removed the requirement for a Certificate of Origin (aka the "Green Form"), for exporting to Israel. The Certificate of Origin for Exporting to Israel is being replaced with a declaration completed by the producer or exporter. This declaration must be embedded in the invoice, packing list or on any other commercial document stating product description and quantity. A transition period allowing exporters to change their document requirements extends until March 31, 2018.

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  • The President of the United States has issued proclamations which will result in the application of significant additional duties against imports of certain steel and aluminum products into the U.S. 

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  • As a result of Presidential proclamations, significant additional duties are now being levied against imports of certain steel and aluminum products into the U.S. as of March 23, 2018.  

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February 2018

  • The market is still continuing to see steady increases in the global jet fuel and crude oil prices. Over the last three months, from November 2017 to January 2018, the price increased by an additional 10.91 percent. As a consequence, in January, the U.S. Gulf Cost Kerosene-Type Jet Fuel Spot Price rose above $2.00 per gallon for the first time since December 2014.

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  • The Chinese New Year celebration, also known as the Spring Festival, is a national holiday in China. Government offices, schools, universities and many companies are closed during this period, from the Spring Festival Eve to the seventh day of the first lunar month in the Chinese calendar. This year, the China celebration will take place Feb. 15-21, with celebrations in Hong Kong taking place from Feb. 16-19.

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January 2018

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