Supply Chain Reactions

Request Quote

Shap Alerts

CIT Strikes Down Section 232 Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum ‘Derivatives’

On Monday, the Court of International Trade (CIT) announced that it found that Donald Trump had violated his presidential authority when he expanded Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum derivative products back in January 2020. The decision was announced following months of litigation resulting from a lawsuit filed by PrimeSource Building Products – a […]

Continue Reading »

The Vessel Blocking the Suez Canal has been Dislodged

We learned this morning that the grounded EVER GIVEN has been dislodged in the Suez Canal—and that it will be towed, during high tide, to Great Bitter Lake for inspection. It is expected that transits will resume later this evening and that the backlog will be addressed within the week. We will certainly keep you apprised […]

Continue Reading »

Everything You Need to Know About the Vessel Blockage at the Suez Canal

The Ever Given, operated by Evergreen, was headed to the Netherlands on Tuesday when it ran aground, sideways, in the Suez Canal during a dust storm.  The Canal is currently blocked in both directions.  Dredgers have been working to dislodge the vessel which is blocking the flow of an estimated $12 billion in goods. Some […]

Continue Reading »

USTR Extends Tariff Exclusions for Certain COVID-19 Products through September

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that it will extend certain Section 301 tariff exclusions on products used to treat COVID-19; these exclusions were previously set to expire on March 31, 2021. The extended exclusions will apply to all products meeting the specified criteria until September 30, 2021. Click here to read […]

Continue Reading »

US and UK Announce Temporary Suspension of Tariffs on Large Civilian Aircrafts – UPDATE!

On March 4th, 2021, the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and United Kingdom (UK) announced a four-month suspension of additional duties on large civilian aircrafts in an effort to resolve one of the longest running World Trade Organization (WTO) disputes. According to the USTR press release, the UK had already stopped applying retaliatory […]

Continue Reading »

US Delays Implementation of the Aluminum Import Monitoring and Analysis System until March 29th

On January 20th, the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced that the ‘Aluminum Import Monitoring and Analysis (AIM) System’ final rule, originally scheduled to go into effect on January 25, 2021, would be delayed until March 29, 2021 to allow incoming Biden Administration officials additional time to review all relevant documentation prior to its implementation. […]

Continue Reading »

APHIS Core Message Set Full Implementation Starts January 25th

Effective January 25, 2021, when a Customs entry is filed for Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) regulated plants, plant products, animal products, or live dog imports, APHIS will require the mandatory filing of the PGA Message Set in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). APHIS has flagged more than 2,000 HTS subheadings that may […]

Continue Reading »

USTR Releases Section 301 Report on Vietnam: No Additional Duties Being Imposed at this Time

As you may already be aware, in October 2020, the USTR launched two separate investigations into Vietnam’s acts, policies, and practices related to currency valuation pursuant to Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. Today, the USTR released a report concluding that Vietnam’s acts, policies, and practices – including excessive foreign exchange market interventions […]

Continue Reading »

US Designates Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism

Earlier today, the US State Department announced that Cuba would be designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism for “repeatedly providing support for acts of international terrorism in granting safe harbor to terrorists.” Cuba now joins three other countries on the list: Iran, North Korea and Syria. Click here to view the full announcement from […]

Continue Reading »

USTR Suspends Tariffs on Certain French Goods Scheduled to Begin January 6th

Yesterday, the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced the suspension of additional 25% duties on certain French goods that were originally scheduled to begin on January 6, 2021. According to officials, the decision was made “given that these [Digital Services Tax] investigations are ongoing and have not yet reached any determinations on what, […]

Continue Reading »

USTR Announces Additional Section 301 Tariffs on Certain EU Products

On December 30th, in the latest escalation of the on-going dispute over aircraft subsidies, the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that it will impose additional Section 301 tariffs on goods imported from the European Union (EU). An additional 15% tariff will be assessed on aircraft parts, as well as 25% tariffs on […]

Continue Reading »

USTR Extends Tariff Exclusions for Certain COVID-19 Products

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that it will extend certain Section 301 tariff exclusions on products used to treat COVID-19. The USTR also announced that it is adding more products to the initial list of goods covered by the exclusions. The extended exclusions will apply to all products meeting the specified […]

Continue Reading »

Removal of Hong Kong as a Separate Destination under the EAR

On December 23, 2020, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amended the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to remove the People’s Republic of China (PRC or China) Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong from the list of destinations in the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). This decision is effective immediately. This rule implements a significant change […]

Continue Reading »

GSP Program and MTB Set to Expire at Year’s End; Proposed USMCA Changes Expected to Receive Legislative Approval

As you may already know, the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) and Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program are scheduled to expire on December 31, 2020. As a result, imports entering the US that were previously eligible for MTB and/or duty-free treatment under GSP are subject to regular duty rates beginning January 1, 2021. GSP authorization […]

Continue Reading »

Importers Should Prepare for Additional Supply Chain Disruptions Ahead of Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year (CNY) will commence on February 12, 2021. In observance of the celebration, China will be on holiday between February 11th – 17th. In a pre-pandemic world, shippers typically experienced supply chain disruptions approximately 10-14 days prior to start of CNY. However, this year, experts are warning importers to prepare for an additional […]

Continue Reading »

EU Imposes Additional Tariffs on $4 Billion Worth of US Exports

Yesterday, the European Union (EU) announced that it will raise tariffs on $4 billion worth of goods imported from the US in response to the on-going dispute over aircraft subsidies. Beginning November 10th, the EU will impose additional 15% tariffs on large aircrafts, as well as 25% tariffs on an assortment of other goods – […]

Continue Reading »

Trump Issues Presidential Proclamation Modifying GSP Eligibility

On October 30, 2020, Trump signed a Presidential Proclamation announcing changes to Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) eligibility for preferential treatment based on the US Trade Representative’s (USTR) 2020 GSP Program review findings. The decisions include: Revoked Benefits – Certain products imported from Thailand under GSP preferential treatment (approximate one-sixth of Thailand’s GSP trade) will […]

Continue Reading »

Trump Issues Presidential Proclamation Updating 232 Tariffs on Canadian Aluminum

On October 27, 2020, President Trump issued a Proclamation on Adjusting Imports of Aluminum into the United States, reinstating Canada’s exclusion from additional 10% duties under Section 232 on certain non-alloyed unwrought aluminum articles. As a result, HTS number 9903.85.21 is no longer required for imports of non-alloyed unwrought aluminum articles that are the product […]

Continue Reading »

USTR Extends Certain Tariff Exclusions for List 1 and 2 Products, Leaves Others to Expire on October 2

On September 30, 2020, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued two sets of exclusion extensions for List 1 and 2 products that are currently set to expire on October 2. The first notice granted extensions to 9 product exclusions from List 1. Click here to view the full list of List 1 products – […]

Continue Reading »

USTR Announces Another Round of Section 301 Exclusions for List 1 and 2 Products

On September 30th, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced its latest round of product exclusions from Section 301 Chinese tariffs. Similar to the last set of exclusions, the USTR notice features 2 separate sets of exclusions, each containing the specially prepared HTS subheadings partially excluded from Section 301 List 1 and 2 […]

Continue Reading »

Get Shap Flash via Email


Recent Posts


Shap Talk

Learn More »