US levies tariffs on EU after Airbus decision

On October 2, 2019, a WTO arbitrator determined the United States could take action on $7.5 billion in annual exports from the European Union in response to subsidies which were deemed illegal from the EU to aircraft manufacturer Airbus SE. The award will be collected on additional duties imposed of 10% on aircraft and 25%

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Low Sulfur Fuel Surcharges Looming Large for 2020

On October 1, 2019 low-sulfur fuel surcharges will begin appearing on trans-Pacific ocean shipping rates as carriers pass along the increased costs associated with the fuel. Starting January 1, 2020 the International Marine Organization (IMO) will require ships to burn only .5% sulfur emissions, a significant drop from the 3.5% currently allowed.  Some experts talking

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New inspection rules for hunting trophies arriving first in Atlanta.

Please be advised that all hunting trophy shipments clearing or transiting through the Port of Atlanta, GA will require physical examination by US Customs & Border Protection/Agriculture (CBP/A) officers.  The officers are not allowed to open crates, therefore, a representative must open and present each shipment for inspection, whether fully processed or unfinished. Shipments already consigned

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Coppersmith – the only USDA Approved Warehouse in Illinois.

Becoming a USDA Approved Warehouse isn’t an easy process. Coppersmith Chicago Branch Manager Lisa Gingerich worked diligently through the paperwork, process development and area designations needed for approval. She then began cataloging procedures that Coppersmith would use for spills or bugs. “It really just assures the ease of clearance through Agricultures inspections.  We already have

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Exemptions sought for fireworks transportation

Extreme Logistics and the American Pyrotechnics Association are seeking exemptions from certain stipulations of the 14-hour rule as mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Extreme Logistics, a fireworks display company, and the American Pyrotechnics Association, which represents the fireworks industry, claim that with the upcoming Independence Day holiday season drawing close, the current

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Coppersmith attends WCA

No matter how many times one attends the WCA Annual Conference, and as founding members we’ve attended many, the scale and scope of the event is always overwhelming. We believe WCA is the best network of its kind offering a chance to meet with new and existing partners from around the world in one central

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American Airlines turns to Coppersmith for pet clearances

Coppersmith Global Logistics are proud to announce that American Airlines Cargo has contracted with us to provide customs clearance services for pets arriving from international origins. If a passenger does not already have a nominated customs broker, American Airlines will collect the necessary information and remit it to Coppersmith Global Logistics to prepare for the

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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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US imposes third round of tariffs on Chinese imports

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

On Monday, September 17, 2018 President Trump announced that he directed the USTR to proceed with placing additional tariffs on roughly $200 billion of imports from China. Set to take effect on Monday, September 24, 2018 at ten percent and rising to twenty-five percent on January 1, 2019, these tariffs will be applied to 5,745

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