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COVID Outbreak Threatens Port Operations in Ningbo

Another outbreak of COVID-19 threatens port operations in the city of Ningbo after several positive cases were reported at a clothing factory over the weekend. As a result of the spike in cases, a partial lockdown has been put in place for certain parts of the district of Beilun—which is home to some of Ningbo’s […]

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White House Approves Modifications to 2022 US Harmonized Tariff Schedule

* IMPORTANT: This alert was updated on 12/27/21 to include the effective date. * On December 23, 2021, the White House released a proclamation to modify the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the US (HTS) in order to implement the 5-year update to the World Custom Organization’s (WCO) global Harmonized System (HS). The recommended modifications are […]

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CBP Harmonized Tariff Schedule to be Postponed until Further Notice

CBP’s five-year Harmonized Tariff Schedule update to the World Customs Organization and its Harmonized System will not take effect on January 1, 2022. According to CBP’s CSMS message, ““CBP is awaiting formal direction for this update, which will be implemented by Presiden­tial Proclamation and published in the Federal Register. In the interim, CBP will continue […]

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Customer Advisory: LA/LB “Container Dwell Fee” Again Delayed – Now Until January 17

The ports of Los Angeles (LA) and Long Beach (LB) announced that the “Container Dwell Fee” would once again be postponed until January 17, 2022. The fee was originally announced in late October and set to take effect earlier in November, but has been repeatedly delayed after the ports observed a noticeable clearing of backlogged […]

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USTR Extends Certain Exclusions from Section 301 Tariffs for COVID Treatment Products until May 2022

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that it will extend 81 of 99  Section 301 tariff exclusions on products used to treat COVID-19 for an additional 6 months; these exclusions were originally set to expire on November 14, 2021. The extended exclusions will apply to products meeting the specified criteria until May […]

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Customer Advisory: LA/LGB “Emergency Fee” Surcharge

As previously mentioned in our most recent Shap Talk, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have announced a “Container Access Dwell Fee,” also called an “Emergency Storage Fee” to be imposed on November 1st. Carriers will be expected to pay a fee of $100 on the 9th day of dwell time for each […]

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USTR Requests Public Comments Related to Reinstatement of Certain Section 301 Exclusions

As you may already be aware, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) revealed that it is considering the possible reinstatement of previously extended Section 301 product exclusions. Now, the USTR has announced that it is seeking comments from the trade community to help determine which of the 549 exclusions—which previously expired in late […]

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USTR Announces Section 301 Tariff Exclusion Process Revival

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that it will reestablish a process for importers to apply for Section 301 tariff exclusions.  The USTR also confirmed that it has no plans to make any immediate changes to Section 301 tariff targets. No specific details have been announced regarding the exclusion process revival at […]

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USTR Extends Exclusions from Section 301 Tariffs for COVID Treatment Products for 45-Days

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that it will extend for an additional 45 days certain Section 301 tariff exclusions on products used to treat COVID-19. This will give the USTR additional time to review previously submitted comments; these exclusions were originally set to expire on September 30, 2021. The extended exclusions […]

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CIT Extends Section 301 Liquidation and Repository Deadlines for a Third Time

On Monday, August 16, 2021, the Court of International Trade (CIT) announced plans to extend the preliminary injunction preventing the liquidation of unliquidated entries subject to Section 301 List 3 or 4A tariffs from September 2nd until October 4th. In the same announcement, CIT judges also extended the August 20th deadline for US Customs and […]

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Meidong Container Terminal in Ningbo Suspends Services After Employee Tests Positive for COVID

The Ningbo Meidong Container Terminal, also called Meishan Terminal, has suspended all inbound and outbound services after an employee received a positive COVID-19 test on Tuesday, August 10th. The terminal is one of five in the port of Ningbo. The closure restricts shippers from picking up empty equipment or gating-in containers. While some industry leaders […]

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Airfreight Rates Soar as Market Conditions Worsen

The airfreight market has started to mirror the ocean freight market. This week, we are seeing the perfect storm in terms of increased demand, reductions in capacity (due to flight cancellations) and new restrictions as a result of COVID outbreaks in Nanjing, Zhangjiajie and Zhengzhou. Airfreight rates are currently $9 to $10/kilo and are trending to $11/kilo […]

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UPDATE: Some Carriers Alter August Surcharges

Per our earlier Shap Flash, carriers announced additional surcharges for August to help offset rising costs from operational delays, vessel backlogs and other kinks in supply chains worldwide. As we expected, some carriers have announced alterations to the original list of surcharges; please click here for a detailed snapshot of the updated surcharges and the […]

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CIT Announces Two-Week Postponement of Section 301 Repository

Some of you may recall that the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) announced on July 6, 2021 that it will halt the liquidation of unliquidated entries subject to Section 301 tariffs in wake of the thousands of plaintiffs who filed lawsuits targeting the legality of List 3 and List 4 tariffs on Chinese goods. […]

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Summer Heats Up as Carriers Announce Additional Surcharges for August

As operational delays, equipment and space shortages, and vessel backlogs continue to cripple supply chains worldwide, carriers have announced additional surcharges that are scheduled to go into effect in August. Please click here for a detailed snapshot of the new surcharges and the markets that carriers are targeting at this time. We expect that other […]

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US and Vietnamese Officials Reach Agreement Regarding Vietnam’s Currency Practices

Today, U.S. Department of Treasury and State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) officials announced that they have “reached agreement to address Treasury’s concerns about Vietnam’s currency practices as described in Treasury’s Report to Congress on the Macroeconomic and Foreign Exchange Policies of Major Trading Partners of the United States.” Although the announcement falls short of explicitly […]

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Emergency COVID-19 Restriction Updates: Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam

Indonesia Indonesia has imposed an emergency public activity restriction (PPKM) through July 20, 2021. The restriction was passed due to ongoing spikes of COVID-19 cases. There have been 56,757 confirmed cases as of July 15. The PPKM restrictions are focused on Java, Bali, and Jakarta.  There are “rumors” that this PPKM will be extended for […]

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Union Pacific to Suspend Chicago-Bound Containers from the West Coast for a Week

Union Pacific railroad announced that it will halt the movement of international cargo from the West Coast to its Global IV terminal in Chicago for a week, beginning Sunday, July 18th. The announcement comes after labor shortages, pandemic restrictions and pooled chassis shortages have created congestion at the terminal. Officials hope that the weeklong pause […]

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Vietnam to Enter COVID Shutdown Effective Tomorrow – July 9, 2021

In wake of the rapidly deteriorating COVID situation in Ho Chi Minh City and other provinces, Vietnam officials have announced that the country will be instituting a full lockdown effective tomorrow – July 9, 2021 – to attempt to contain the outbreak. Please note the following details: Many offices will be severely reducing in-office staffing […]

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CIT Grants Preliminary Injunction in CIT Lawsuit Challenging Legality of List 3 and 4 Tariffs

Today, the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) announced that it will halt the liquidation of unliquidated entries subject to Section 301 tariffs in wake of the thousands of plaintiffs who filed lawsuits targeting the legality of List 3 and List 4 tariffs on Chinese goods. In its preliminary injunction, a majority of judges on […]

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