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Three reasons importers should use ACH and Period Monthly Statement

Customs and Border Protection has evolved in the way they accept payments from importers for duties. From requiring checks to be presented attached to entries within ten working days of the date of release, CBP migrated to allowing electronic payments on an entry by entry basis. Today, CBP not only takes those payments electronically, but

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Second China 301 list official and CBP to begin collection on August 23rd.

The US and China are engaged in a trade war adding costs to consumers in both countries.

The determination by the United States Trade Representative of a Section 301 finding against China has so far yielded three distinct lists of products that the Administration has imposed an additional 25% in duties upon at importation. Regardless of whether these items were dutiable or duty-free, they are subject to an additional 25% duties payable

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Section 301 duties from China – Three lists and an escape hatch

Following the determination that China has been acting unfairly in their trade dealings with the United States, the US Trade Representative took action and published a list of more than 1300 HTS numbers that would be subject to an additional 25% duty. After public hearings and a comment period, that list came into force on

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US, China, trade retaliatory trade actions

Today, June 15th, the Office of the US Trade Representative announced that beginning July 6th, CBP would  collect 25% duty on a list of just over 1100 HTS numbers from China. The agency produced its first list at the end of April and after hearings and public comment, removed several hundred numbers from the list.

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Memorial Day 2018: ISF cut-offs and office closure.

Please note the following cut-off dates for the receipt of ISF information to submit to CBP: Vessel loading: 5/25 – ISF due 5/22 Vessel loading 5/26 – 5/29: ISF due 5/23 Vessel loading 5/30 – ISF due 5/24 Vessel loading 5/31 – ISF due 5/25 Vessel landing 6/1 – ISF due 5/29 In observance of

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Trade actions and agreements – Where are we today?

It is the beginning of April, 2018, and the United States has a number of active trade initiatives that are underway. Some are commodity based, like steel and aluminum, others are bilateral, such as the escalating tariff-for-tat with China, while others are more outcome focused on issues like the Korea – U.S. Free Trade Agreement

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ACE deployments continue – ISF moves to ACE in September.

The Automated Commercial Environment is the still-new system of record for Customs and Border Protection when it comes to processing entries. The system, in development for decades, has been delivering releases to the trade which impacts us as Customs brokers and freight forwarders, but also impacts importers and exporters as well. For instance, did you

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Coppersmith kept the engines roaring in California.

Coppersmith provided Customs clearance and freight forwarding services for the MotoGP Gran Prix races at Laguna Seca Raceway in California

Every year during the summer, all eyes on the WorldSBK circuit turn to Laguna Seca Raceway where the best young riders from around the world take to the asphalt surface race track through the rolling hills of Monterey, California, as they compete for glory on the international motorcycle circuit. For one week, the track is transformed into

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CBP releases guidance for CEE’s.

Pictured above: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and Center of Excellence and Expertise (Center) staff assigned to the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport complex seized 7,800 pairs of high-fashion shoes bearing counterfeit “Salvatore Ferragamo” listed trademarks. If genuine, the seized footwear would have had an estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $4,290,000. The Centers of

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