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U.S. and China Call Truce in Trade War

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By  Mark Landler BUENOS AIRES — The United States and China called a truce in their trade war on Saturday after President Trump agreed to hold off on new tariffs and President Xi Jinping pledged to increase Chinese purchases of American products. The two also set the stage for more painstaking negotiations to resolve deeply rooted differences over trade. The compromise, struck over a steak dinner at the Group of 20 meeting here and announced...
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Trade Compliance Manager—The Unsung Hero of 2018

Trade Compliance Manager—The Unsung Hero of 2018
In every organization—business, political, social, household—there is what’s often described as an unsung hero; an individual who plays a pivotal role but is often overlooked or uncelebrated. Within global organizations engaged in international trade, perhaps one of the most under-celebrated and under-appreciated is the compliance manager. For the uninitiated, a  trade compliance manager  is someone who deals with the legal, regulatory, and administrative aspects of importing/exporting goods into a specific country or trade zone. The...
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Aluminum Association: Continued Industry Growth Depends on Tariff, Quota Free North America

Aluminum Association: Continued Industry Growth Depends on Tariff, Quota Free North America
During testimony at the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) today, Aluminum Association President & CEO Heidi Brock highlighted the urgent need for full, quota-free tariff exemptions for Canada and Mexico as part of the newly-renegotiated U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The comments were made as part of the USITC’s hearing, United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement: Likely Impact on the U.S. Economy and Specific Industry Sectors. You can read the full comments  here .    “The [USMCA] simply cannot work as...
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Checklist to Expedite Clearance of Goods on Imports

Checklist to Expedite Clearance of Goods on Imports
  After you have  selected a product you want to import  and  found a supplier for it , the next step is to expedite the importation of the product. Whether you use your own transportation company (i.e., UPS or FedEx) or your supplier’s preferred shipping carrier, you will want to minimize errors, which can cause shipping delays. We’ve prepared the following checklist to use as a guide for expediting the clearance of your goods. It...
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CBP Finds NAFTA Marking Rules Inapplicable for Determining Origin of Goods Subject to Section 301 Duties

CBP Finds NAFTA Marking Rules Inapplicable for Determining Origin of Goods Subject to Section 301 Duties
On September 13, 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a significant ruling that addresses the interplay between the NAFTA Marking Rules and the Section 301 duties applied to goods from China. We believe it is important to understand this ruling as importers may seek to mitigate the impact of Section 301 duties on Chinese-origin goods by moving production to the NAFTA territory. In CBP Headquarters Ruling Letter  H300226 , dated September 13, 2018,...
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