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U.S., Mexico reach NAFTA deal, turn up pressure on Canada

U.S., Mexico reach NAFTA deal, turn up pressure on Canada
  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Mexico agreed on Monday to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), putting pressure on Canada to agree to new terms on auto trade and dispute settlement rules to remain part of the three-nation pact.  Auto stocks soared and the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq rallied to record highs on the expectation that Canada would sign onto the deal and ease the economic uncertainty caused by...
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Jennifer Diaz

2018 CTPAT Conference Dates Announced!

2018 CTPAT Conference Dates Announced!
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is proud to announce the 2018 CTPAT Conference. The conference will be held in Orlando, Florida. The conference will be September 12 and 13, 2018.  September 12, 2018, will be general session with multiple speakers and panel discussions.  September 13, 2018, will be a day of workshops.  Both days will begin at 8:00 am and conclude around 5:30 pm.  An agenda will not be provided ahead of the conference.  Agendas...
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USTR Finalizes Second Tranche of Tariffs on Chinese Products in Response to China’s Unfair Trade Practices

USTR Finalizes Second Tranche of Tariffs on Chinese Products in Response to China’s Unfair Trade Practices
Washington, DC (USTR.GOV) – The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released a list of approximately $16 billion worth of imports from China that will be subject to a 25 percent additional tariff as part of the U.S. response to China’s unfair trade practices related to the forced transfer of American technology and intellectual property.  This second tranche of additional tariffs under Section 301 follows the first tranche of tariffs on approximately $34...
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Jennifer Saak

EAR vs. ITAR Compliance: Can You Name 5 Differences?

EAR vs. ITAR Compliance: Can You Name 5 Differences?
Compliance to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) are rooted in the same concept behind many government regulations:  Sometimes you need to ask the government for permission before doing something. Especially if that “something” can potentially endanger others…even if your particular activity means no harm.  The tricky part is figuring out when you need to ask for permission.   #1:  Who’s in Charge? While both the EAR and ITAR are...
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Automated Compliance: Allied's Stock-in-Trade

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Written by By Jennifer Baljko | INBOUND LOGISTICS  Automating global trade compliance helps electronics component distributor Allied Electronics & Automation nail its screen test. Companies in the import/export business dread the day when a customs official knocks on the door and questions their shipping policies. That day came for distributor Allied Electronics & Automation a few years ago. Allied stocks about 150,000 electronics, automation, and electromechanical products at its Fort Worth, Texas, distribution center. Its core portfolio...
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CBP to Audit Safeguard AD/CVD Goods

CBP to Audit Safeguard AD/CVD Goods
By Brian Bradley| Adam Smith Project Imports subject to both a safeguard tariff and an antidumping or countervailing duty order will be a focus for regulatory auditors.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection soon will deploy informed compliance measures to guide the trade community in complying with recently imposed safeguard tariffs.    Thomas Jesukiewicz, field director of the CBP’s Long Beach, Calif., office, made the announcement during the agency’s 2018 Trade Symposium in Atlanta last Wednesday. He...
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How China’s Economic Aggression Threatens the Technologies & Intellectual Property of the US & the World

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White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy June 2018 [Download Report]
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Cybersecurity a Top Concern as Automated Technologies Gain Traction

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Cybersecurity must be a priority as manufacturers begin rolling out more automated driving systems, transportation industry groups told the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The agency closed a public comment period last month focused on regulations may need to be modified or eliminated to facilitate the safe introduction of automated driving systems in commercial vehicles. The  National Motor Freight Traffic Association  (NMFTA) called on these new vehicle systems to “undergo annual cyber security evaluations before...
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Abha Bhattarai

Almost All Shoes Sold in the U.S. Are Imported- Now the Industry Is Terrified of Tariffs

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Vans, the 52-year-old brand best known for its unassuming slip-on sneaker, is on a tear. Vans' annual revenue topped $3 billion last year, up nearly tenfold from a decade earlier, propelled in part by cheap and plentiful manufacturing in Asia. But looming tariffs could ground Vans and other footwear brands. Ninety-eight percent of shoes are manufactured abroad, with nearly three-quarters of those imports coming from China, according to the American Apparel & Footwear Association, making...
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Trade Briefing: Consumer Impact of Potential U.S. Section 232 Tariffs & Quotas on Imported Automobiles & Automotive Parts

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The U.S. Department of Commerce is currently investigating whether U.S. automobiles and automotive parts constitute a national security threat under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended. The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) estimates that consumers will see the price of all new vehicles rise by $455 to $6,875 depending on the level of tariff or quota, where the vehicle was assembled, and whether the policy provides exemptions for automotive trade...
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Jennifer Diaz

U.S. issues additional Chinese Tariffs – Is Your Product on the List?

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On June 15 , President Trump kept true to his  May 29th promise  of imposing additional tariffs against Chinese goods. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has officially released the “ Section 301 Product List ”. The additional duties are effective on or after July 6, 2018. History We previously proved advised our readers of  President’s Trump directive is based upon the USTR Findings of the Investigation into China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices...
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Rick Chappel

Tariffs: Manufacturers are Ill-equipped for Raw Material Cost Hikes

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The import tariffs on steel and aluminum, as  confirmed  by President Trump on May 31, exacerbated worries for B2B manufacturers—and their customers. The implications for  employment  and the  economy  are significant, but most manufacturers are also grappling with practical questions, such as: How will this impact my per-unit costs? How can we effectively pass these changes on? How will customers react to an across-the-board price increase? How can we hold the line on margin erosion...
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Site Selection/Ports Update: Rising Economic Tide Boosts North American Ports

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By Derik Andreoli, Director of Economic Analysis and Forecasting, Mercator International The logistics landscape is ever-evolving as shippers adopt new supply chain strategies and adapt to diverse and variable market pressures.  Ports , too, are adapting to succeed in today’s changing market and rise to the challenges associated with the rapid upsizing of container ships (see sidebar). And in this global and expanding e-commerce world, the choice of where shippers locate  distribution center (DC)  operations...
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Niall McCarthy

Where Fireworks Are From In the US [Infographic]

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For people aiming to "buy American" for Independence Day this year, it might prove difficult to obtain U.S.-manufactured fireworks. Most of the bottle rockets, roman candles and other fireworks on sale across the country trace their origin to  China . Last year, China accounted for nearly 96 percent of total U.S. fireworks imports, amounting to approximately $268 million, according to  website ValuePenguin .  Given that there are almost  14,000 fireworks displays  every 4th of July,...
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Marisela Molina

5 Requirements for Importing Goods into Mexico

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In order to be successful, companies that manufacture within the borders of Latin America’s second-largest economy must be knowledgeable regarding the requirements for importing goods into Mexico. Although much has been done in recent years to simplify the process, those that are importing goods into Mexico must know the applicable rule in order to avoid complications that may include delays and fines. Those that are importing goods into Mexico must remember that: 1. A Mexican...
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George W. Thompson

Trade War Own Goal

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What do World Cup football and international trade policy have in common? Not much, really, but for each, the desire to avoid an “own goal” – scoring against yourself – is paramount. Morocco found that out the hard way in its first-round match with Iran. My expectation is that the Trump administration will as well, with its first round of “Section 301” tariffs against China set to begin July 6, 2018. As a recap, the...
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Contracts with Foreign Companies May Require a Rewrite

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Hwan Kim | Neil A.F. Popović | Sheppard Mullin Law Firm A recent California case may force companies doing business with foreign entities to reconsider—and maybe rewrite—their contracts. In  Rockefeller Tech. Invs. (Asia) VII v. Changzhou Sinotype Tech. Co. , No. B272170, 2018 WL 2455092 (Cal. App. June 1, 2018), the California Court of Appeal held that parties may not contract around the formal service requirements of the Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial...
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World Cup Better Than Expected for Logistics

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Automotive Logistics | Vladislav Vorotnikov The FIFA World Cup 2018 has caused a temporary shortage of transport capacities in certain regions of Russia, with a local rise in tariffs and some delays at customs, according to Irina Novikova, the inland transport department director of Gefco. However, fears of Russia ceasing to import automotive components including spare parts from May 25 to July 25, due to severe security measures, have proved unfounded. Novikova said that restrictions...
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Global State of Supply Chain Security: Evolving Threats

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  This is Part One of a three-part interview | Kristina Tanasichuk World Customs Organization Director of Compliance and Facilitation Ana Hinojosa brought 28 years of customs experience to the global body when elected to her post in 2015. The former U.S. Customs and Border Protection deputy assistant commissioner-international affairs also served as director of field operations for the El Paso Field Office from 2008 to 2013 and as area port director for Los Angeles International...
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Why is Trade Compliance operating like its 1999?

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Reflections on AAEI 2018 – Why is Trade Compliance operating like its 1999? As always AAEI puts together an agenda that is meaningful for the trade compliance community.  The sessions are highly informative and relevant to the current trade environment and provide really good insights into what CBP, Commerce, and the PGAs are working on. However, my biggest take away from AAEI was not the information from the sessions.  The overriding impression that I was...
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