After 25 year, the old North American Trade Agreement will be replaced tomorrow July 1, 2020. Each participating country has its own name, yet all three names refer to the same trade agreement. Please see the name for each country listed below.
United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), in the United States
Tratado entre Mexico, Estados Unidos y Canada (T-MEC), in Mexico.
Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), in Canada.
US Customs and Border Patrol issued a cargo systems messaging service with the final instructions. Please see CMSM# 43215543 US-Mexico-Canada Agreements (USMCA) Implementing Instructions (Final) – July 30, 2020. The CSMA published by Customs lists the website were you can find specific information for importing under USMCA. BOC will provide a Certificate of Origin that contains all the data elements that are required for USMCA, T-MEC and CUMA with instructions, to any party requesting it.
Cargo Systems Messaging Service CSMS #43215543 US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Implementing Instructions (Final) – June 30, 2020
This message is to inform the Trade Community of the release of the USMCA Implementing Instructions (Final) on June 30, 2020. The link to this document is available below.
These USMCA Implementing Instructions replace the Updated USMCA Interim Implementing Instructions issued on June 16, 2020, and provide guidance on the new requirements under the USMCA, including information on USMCA entry, compliance, rules-of-origin, origin certifications, new auto requirements, textile requirements, and other requirements for claiming USMCA preferential treatment for goods.
The supporting USMCA regulations, the new Part 182 of Title 19, Code of Federal Regulations (19 CFR 182) that includes the USMCA Uniform Regulations, will be issued on July 1, 2020. Additionally, the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States will be amended effective, July1, 2020 to include General Note 11 (GN11) with information on the USMCA rules of origin, product specific rules, and other requirements.
Effective July1, 2020, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) terminates and the USMCA enters into force.
Questions regarding this guidance can be directed to Maya Kamar, Director, Textiles and Trade Agreements Division at (202) 945-7228 or email FTA@CBP.DHS.GOV.
Questions regarding the USMCA automotive certification submission process for Labor Value Content certification, Steel certification, and Aluminum certification can be directed to the USMCA Center email at USMCA@CBP.DHS.GOV.
The USMCA Implementing Instructions – June 30, 2020
Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Jun 08, 2020 7:47AM EDT, JOC online
unexpected surge in Asian exports to the United States in late May, causing
cargo rolling at Asian ports and a spike in rates, warns of future pockets of
tight capacity as shippers cautiously increase volumes and carriers plan blank
sailings into August.
are rising between non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOs) and shipping
lines as NVOs charge that carriers are intentionally restricting capacity and
overbooking vessels in the eastbound trans-Pacific in order to push freight
rates higher. For their part, carriers blame the tight capacity on their
customers’ inability to accurately forecast demand during the COVID-19 crisis.
of the cause, the tensions speak to larger trends in the container shipping
industry, namely carriers’ successful management of capacity to meet future
volumes and general uncertainty among importers of just how much restocking is
needed as the North American economy recovers from the pandemic. These
conditions are expected to continue in the coming months.
executives this week told JOC.com that the tight outbound capacity at Chinese
ports resulted from an unexpected late-May spike in US imports. Volumes are
increasing as retailers begin to replenish inventories of merchandise that have
been moving out of warehouses to store shelves as the US economy begins to
missed the volume surge,” in their projections, a liner executive that asked
not to be identified said Wednesday. “We rely on our customer forecasts,” he
result, rates from China to the US West Coast are unusually high right now,
especially given the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on US imports from Asia.
sailings reduce capacity in eastbound trans-Pacific. NVOs, however, charged
that the spike in the West Coast rate is due mostly to carriers restricting
capacity from South China to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach through
blank sailings. Carriers this past month have blanked 36 sailings in the
trans-Pacific, according to Sea-Intelligence Maritime Consulting. At the same
time, import volumes have increased the past two weeks as some regions of the
country reopened businesses that were closed during COVID-19 lockdowns.
country is opening faster than expected,” Jon Monroe, a transportation
consultant who represents NVOs in Asia and the US, said in a newsletter to
clients on Thursday. Carriers are managing space so tightly through blank
sailings that there is a two-week backlog in South China ports for shipments
destined to Los Angeles-Long Beach, he said.
23-24 (beginning June 1 and June 8), vessel capacity in the Pacific Southwest
services from South China to California is “extremely tight,” Monroe said. “All
steamship lines are overbooked now.” Monroe described space on services to the
Pacific Northwest and all-water strings from China to the East Coast as
conversations with JOC.com, carrier sources bristled at those statements from
NVOs and said their decisions to cancel sailings at Asian ports, which were
announced three to five weeks in advance in order to give customers time to
adjust their supply chains, are based on feedback they receive from their
zero visibility into the supply chain on the customer side,” one carrier
carrier executive that asked not to be identified told JOC.com this week
carriers in March and April made good-faith supply-demand forecasts in a
volatile market that has been roiled by COVID-19. “There was no premeditated
plan to prop up rates,” the executive said.
Nixon, CEO of Ocean Network Express, told JOC Uncharted Wednesday that ONE is
attempting to go beyond demand forecasts from customers in an effort to refine
its capacity plans even further.
only use forecast information four to five weeks out, we’d have some bumps in
the road. But we’re using some simulation work and we’re trying to adjust some
of these forecasts to make them more accurate,” Nixon said.
containerized imports from Asia plunged in March and April, carriers were
planning their sailing schedules a month or so forward, the carrier executives
said. Because they were given no insight into retailers’ plans for replenishing
their inventories in May, they determined that in order to control costs, they
would have to cancel sailings.
Anticipating a slow start to the peak-shipping season that runs from August through October, trans-Pacific carriers since April have canceled more than 120 sailings into July, according to Sea-Intelligence. Retailers likewise are expecting a slow summer shipping season.
international trading industry continues to face challenges. It is reported that the shipping companies
suspended a large volume in May and June, leading to container freight rates
rising. Ports and the container shipping industry will continue to be under
pressure in the coming months.
Due to the
impact of the pandemic on global trade, according to data provided by
Alphaliner, as at May 11, the number of global container ships standing idle
has reached 524, with a total idle standing capacity of 2.65 million TEU. It is
equivalent to 11.3% of the global container shipping capacity. It has become
the highest in history.
The shipping companies have announced the cancellation of a total of 478 voyages, of which 350 voyages are mainly on deep ocean routes.
Mediterranean Shipping Company would like to inform you that in order to
respond to lower demand due to the increased impact of COVID-19 across Europe
and the USA, we will continue our seasonal blanking programme.
temporary suspension of our NEUATL4 service will be extended till week 28.
Rotation affected by MSC NEUATL service is: Antwerp – Rotterdam – Bremerhaven –
Felixstowe – New York – Savannah – Port Everglades – Charleston)
programme will continue with the followed omissions:
additional goods are being excluded from the Section 301 additional tariff
(currently 7.5 percent) on List 4A goods from China. Importers of covered goods
should act now to obtain refunds of Section 301 tariffs paid on such goods
since Sept. 1, 2019.
information on this process, or on Section 301 tariffs in general, please
contact Nicole Bivens Collinson, Marilyn-Joy Cerny, or Kristen Smith.
numbers and products newly excluded from the List 4A tariff are as follows.
5210.11.4040 (plain weave sheeting of cotton)
5210.11.6020 (plain weave poplin or broadcloth of cotton)
– down of
ducks or geese, not further worked than cleaned, disinfected, or treated for
preservation, meeting both test standards 4 and 10.1 of Federal Standard 148a
promulgated by the General Services Administration, with a fill power of at
least 315 cm3/g but not more than 580 cm3/g (described in HTSUS 0505.10.0055)
chloride (IUPAC name: 2,4,6-trichloro-1,3,5-triazine) (CAS No. 108-77-0), 99.5
percent or higher in purity (described in HTSUS 2933.69.6010)
pads of plastics (described in HTSUS 3924.90.5650)
of plastics, of a kind used to connect mop heads with mop handles (described in
books in the Chinese language (other than dictionaries and encyclopedias,
textbooks, directories, bibles, testaments, prayer books and other religious
books, technical, scientific and professional books, art and pictorial books,
hardbound books, and rack size paperbound books), containing 49 or more pages
each (excluding covers) (described in HTSUS 4901.99.0093)
cut and sewn garden gloves, without fourchettes, cut and sewn from preexisting
machine knitted fabric of polyester and cotton jersey, containing 50 percent or
more by weight of rubber or plastics, clute cut (described in HTSUS
cut and sewn of machine knitted fabric, without fourchettes, with applied
polyvinyl chloride dots, such gloves containing 50 percent or more by weight of
cotton, manmade fibers or wool, or any combination thereof and subject to
manmade fiber restraints (described in HTSUS 6116.10.5520)
containing less than 50 percent by weight of textile fibers, coated with rubber
or plastics designed for enhanced grip (described in HTSUS 6116.10.6500)
cut and sewn of knitted fabric in chief weight of polyester, not impregnated,
coated or covered with plastics or rubber, without fourchettes (described in
of vegetable fibers, without fourchettes, with applied dots of polyvinyl
chloride (described in HTSUS 6216.00.1720)
for pillows and comforters made from microfiber fabric consisting of filament
yarns not more than 1.22 decitex, such fabric with a weight of at least 55 g/m2
but not more than 155 g/m2 (described in HTSUS 6307.90.9889)
wire of nonalloy steel, hot-dipped galvanized with zinc, containing by weight
less than 0.25 percent carbon, measuring at least 1.5 mm in diameter (described
in HTSUS 7217.20.3000)
binder mechanisms for loose-leaf binders, each measuring at least 132 mm but
not more than 134 mm in length and at least 16 mm but not more than 18 mm in
width, with two prongs seated underneath housing (described in HTSUS
three-way hand-operated valve part of brass, suitable for use as an input part
on irrigation-grade valves (described in HTSUS 8481.90.1000)
lithium-ion batteries of a form other than size designations of the
International Electrotechnical Commission or the American National Standards
Institute, each producing not more than 45 V, with a capacity of at least 6,000
milliamp hours but not more than 10 A hours (described in HTSUS 8507.60.0020)
channel splitters (capable of converting between electrical signals and
multiplexed optical signals) (described in HTSUS 8517.62.0090)
television liquid crystal display main board assemblies, each consisting of a
printed circuit board containing a television tuner and audio and video
components (described in HTSUS 8529.90.1300)
spectacle frames of plastics conforming to Occupational Safety and Health
Administration standards (described in HTSUS 9003.11.0000)
spectacle frames of plastics conforming to Food and Drug Administration
regulations as approved medical devices (described in HTSUS 9003.11.0000)
spectacle frames, other than of plastics (described in HTSUS 9003.19.0000)
modules, not capable of receiving or processing a broadcast television signal,
each with a video display diagonal measuring not more than 191 cm (described in
cases of stainless steel and titanium, not gold- or silver-plated, unassembled,
each measuring at least 20 mm but not more than 48 mm in diameter and weighing
at least 50 g but not more than 250 g (described in HTSUS 9111.20.4000)
wristwatch cases of stainless steel, not gold- or silver-plated, including the
sapphire crystal, the crown, and the case back, each measuring at least 39 mm
but not more than 41 mm in diameter and at least 8 mm but not more than 10 mm
in thickness, weighing not more than 40 g (described in HTSUS 9111.20.4000)
dials of brass, each measuring at least 18 mm but not exceeding 50 mm in width
and weighing at least 10 g but not more than 20 g (described in HTSUS 9114.30.4000)
wristwatch dials of copper, each measuring at least 33 mm but not more than 35
mm in diameter (described in HTSUS 9114.30.4000)
wristwatch hands, presented in sets each containing three hands (second,
minute, and hour) of copper, each hand measuring at least 10 mm but not more
than 14 mm in length, faced with lume paint (described in HTSUS 9114.90.4000)
– parts of
child safety seats (described in HTSUS 9401.90.1085)
unfinished pads and seats for weight-training exercise machines (described in
hooks, not snelled (described in HTSUS 9507.20.8000)
heads of polyester and rayon, lint free, disposable (described in HTSUS
– tufts of
swine hair bristles, oriented with the soft feather tipped ends of the hairs
facing up and the hard, root ends of the hairs facing down, with the root ends
of the hairs glued together to form a round bottom not more than 7 mm in
diameter, for incorporation into brushes (described in HTSUS 9603.90.8050)
electrical spark lighters (described in HTSUS 9613.80.2090)
of each exclusion is governed by the specified product description and not the
descriptions found in any particular request.
These exclusions, which must be claimed using new HTSUS subheading 9903.88.49, will be retroactive to Sept. 1, 2019, and remain in place until Sept. 1, 2020. Importers may utilize these exclusions for any product that meets the descriptions above, even if they did not request it.
additional goods are being excluded from the Section 301 additional 25 percent
tariff on List 3 goods from China. These exclusions, which must be claimed
using new HTSUS subheading 9903.88.48, will be retroactive to Sept. 24, 2018,
and remain in place until Aug. 7, 2020.
of covered goods should act now to obtain refunds of any tariffs paid on such
goods since Sept. 24, 2018.
numbers and products newly excluded from the List 3 tariff are as follows.
0713.33.1040 (kidney beans)
0713.50.1000 (broad beans)
1207.70.0020 (cantaloupe seeds)
1207.70.0040 (watermelon seeds)
1209.30.0090 (flower seeds)
1209.91.6010 (sweet pepper seeds)
1209.91.8010 (carrot seeds)
1209.91.8020 (radish seeds)
1209.91.8040 (cucumber seeds)
1209.91.8050 (lettuce seeds)
1209.91.8060 (squash seeds)
1209.91.8070 (tomato seeds)
2916.19.1000 (potassium sorbate)
5603.14.9090, 5603.92.0090, and 5603.93.0090 (other nonwovens of manmade filaments)
9403.70.4002 (plastic toddler beds, bassinets, and cradles)
freeze-dried or frozen bloodworms, brine shrimp, shrimp, and tubifex worms used
as pet feed (described in HTSUS 0511.91.0090)
green seaweed used as pet feed (described in HTSUS 1212.29.0000)
permanganate in 40 percent aqueous solution (described in HTSUS 2841.69.0010)
carbide in powder form (described in HTSUS 2849.90.1000)
children’s acrylic paint sets, rock painting kits, and washable tempera paint
kits (described in HTSUS 3213.10.0000)
surface-active liquid for washing the skin (described in HTSUS 3401.30.5000)
seal rings of artificial or prepared waxes (described in HTSUS 3404.90.5150)
artificial graphite, in powder or flake form, for manufacturing into the
lithium-ion anode component of batteries (described in HTSUS 3801.10.5000)
of ammonium ethyl carbamoylphosphonate and application adjuvants (described in
refrigerant gas R-421B (described in HTSUS 3824.78.0020)
monoxide in powder form (described in HTSUS 3824.99.9297)
machine tub seals of acrylonitrile-butadiene rubber (described in HTSUS
of acrylonitrile-butadiene rubber (described in statistical reporting number
with outer surface of sheeting of plastics (described in HTSUS 4202.22.1500)
purses with outer surface of laminated plastics (described in HTSUS
travel bags of man-made fibers (described in HTSUS 4202.92.3131)
planks (described in HTSUS 4411.13.2000)
– boxes of
wood with hinged top, handle of base metals, and two clasps (described in HTSUS
dowel pins (described in HTSUS 4421.99.1500)
polypropylene roofing underlayment (described in HTSUS 4602.90.0000)
presented in a kit also containing a pen and stickers (described in HTSUS
for samples or collections, put up for retail sale in kits also containing cards
and envelopes, a glue stick, a stencil, a pair of scissors, stamps, sticker
sheets, sparkling gemstones, markers, and pens (described in HTSUS
– rugs of
hand-knotted pile, of nylon and polypropylene (described in HTSUS 5701.90.1010)
painting canvas panel boards (described in HTSUS 5901.90.4000)
equipment for scaffolding (described in HTSUS 7308.40.0000)
steel drums and barrels (described in HTSUS 7310.10.0010)
containers of stainless steel of a kind used for the conveyance of beer
(described in HTSUS 7310.21.0025)
of stainless steel (described in HTSUS 7318.15.8082)
grills of iron or steel designed for use with both charcoal and propane as
fuels (described in HTSUS 7321.11.1060)
– steel cover
assemblies with side shields, steel drop-in cooktop assemblies, steel griddles,
and steel drop-in burner box assemblies, comprising parts of stoves and ranges
(described in HTSUS 7321.90.1000)
welded blanks of hot-formed steel sheets, cut into D-shaped form (described in
bottle art kits (described in HTSUS 7616.99.5190)
carbide rock drilling core bits (described in HTSUS 8207.19.3060)
identification tags of aluminum or chrome-coated brass (described in HTSUS
safes with digital keypads, of base metal (described in HTSUS 8303.00.0000)
turbine hubs (described in HTSUS 8412.90.9081)
coolers incorporating refrigerating equipment with one swing-type transparent
glass door (described in HTSUS 8418.50.0080)
filters for internal combustion engines (described in HTSUS 8421.23.0000)
scales of aluminum (described in HTSUS 8423.81.0040)
cranes, each with a jib or operating arm to extend horizontally from the crane
and run on rails (described in HTSUS 8426.30.0000)
self-regulating valves to control fuel pressure for automotive and marine
applications (described in HTSUS 8481.80.9015)
assemblies for passenger cars and trucks (described in HTSUS 8512.20.2040)
holders for bicycle signaling apparatus (described in HTSUS 8512.90.2000)
countertop ovens of stainless steel and plastic with convection, bake, steam,
and broil functions (described in HTSUS 8516.60.4074)
circuit tags designed for use with a radio frequency surveillance system
(described in HTSUS 8531.90.9001)
aluminum alloy running boards for motor vehicles (described in HTSUS
unassembled non-upholstered chairs with metal frames with seats and backs
having a shell of plastics or wood (described in HTSUS 9401.79.0050)
floor-standing jewelry armoires with locking mechanism (described in HTSUS
of each exclusion is governed by the product description in the attached notice
and not the descriptions found in any particular request.
exclusions, which must be claimed using new HTSUS subheading 9903.88.48, will
be retroactive to Sept. 24, 2018, and remain in place until Aug. 7, 2020.
Importers may utilize these exclusions for any product that meets the
descriptions in the USTR notice, even if they did not request it.
8483.50.9040 (other flywheels and pulleys)
filtering or purifying machinery or apparatus of a kind used for waste water
treatment (described in HTSUS 8421.21.0000)
purification equipment, electrically powered, weighing less than 36 kg
(described in HTSUS 8421.39.8015)
armatures designed for use in hydraulic solenoid valves (described in HTSUS 8481.90.9040)
of steel, designed for use in hydraulic solenoid control valves (described in
spools, of aluminum, designed for use in hydraulic solenoid control valves
(described in HTSUS 8481.90.9040)
spools, of steel, designed for use in hydraulic solenoid control valves
(described in HTSUS 8481.90.9040)
of steel, designed for use in hydraulic solenoid control valves (described in
pins, of steel, designed for use in hydraulic solenoid control valves
(described in HTSUS 8481.90.9040)
retainers, of steel, designed for use in hydraulic solenoid control valves
(described in HTSUS 8481.90.9040)
stereoscopic microscopes, not provided with a means for photographing the
image, valued not over $500 per unit (described in HTSUS 9011.10.8000)
rings, tubes and extension sleeves, stands and arm assemblies, stages and
gliding tables, eye guards and focusing racks, all the foregoing designed for
use with compound optical microscopes (described in HTSUS 9011.90.0000)
exclusions are available for any product that meets the specified product
description, regardless of whether the importer filed an exclusion request. The
scope of each exclusion is governed by the scope of the specified 10-digit
HTSUS subheadings and product descriptions and not by the product descriptions
in any particular request.
this extension of these exclusions is only valid until Dec. 31, not for an
entire year as has previously been the case. USTR states that this shortened
extension is due to “the cumulative effect of current and possible future
exclusions or extensions of exclusions on the effectiveness of” the Section 301
tariffs. USTR explains that it has granted more than 6,200 exclusion requests
to date, has extended some of these exclusions, and may consider further
extensions. In addition, more than 8,600 exclusion requests are pending on List
4 goods. USTR states that it will take account of the cumulative effect of
exclusions in considering the possible further extension of these and other
other hand, the tariff exclusions granted in May 2019 for the following items
are not being extended and will therefore expire May 14, at which point the 25
percent additional tariff will again be imposed on these goods.
8407.21.0040 (outboard motors less than 22.38 kW)
8473.40.1000 (printed circuit assemblies for automatic teller machines)
apparatus, including pitchers, bottles, and units designed for incorporation
into refrigerators, appliances, or sink faucets, the foregoing fitted with
filters for filtering or purifying water (described in HTSUS 8421.21.0000)
filtering apparatus, fitted with pumps, designed for use in pools, spas, or
similar contained bodies of water (described in HTSUS 8421.21.0000)
submersible machinery for filtering water, designed for use in pools, basins,
aquariums, spas, or similar contained bodies of water (described in HTSUS
distillation machinery and apparatus not covered by heading 8419 (described in
collection equipment for cement, minerals, and mining industries (described in
apron-type chain conveyors (described in HTSUS 8428.39.0000)
conveyors (described in HTSUS 8428.39.0000)
vibrating conveyors (described in HTSUS 8428.39.0000)
machinery for mixing beverages in single servings for direct human consumption,
designed for use in commercial food service establishments (described in HTSUS
machinery for reconstituting single serving beverages for direct human
consumption from frozen pre-packaged portions, designed for use in commercial
food service establishments (described in HTSUS 8438.80.0000)
designed for hydraulic ball valves, of cast iron or steel, each measuring 5.7
cm by 3.2 cm and weighing 0.528 kg (described in HTSUS 8481.90.9040)
electric motors, of an output of less than 18.65 W, valued over $4, other than
brushless (described in HTSUS 8501.10.4060)
electric motors, multi-phase, of an output exceeding 14.92 kW but not exceeding
75 kW, other than for use in civil aircraft (described in HTSUS 8501.52.8040)
coil assemblies, and other parts of electromagnets (described in HTSUS
remote control apparatus for garage doors (described in HTSUS 8526.92.5000)
remote control apparatus for pet collars and pet food dispensers (described in
control devices, hand held and battery powered, designed for use with toy model
vehicles and aircraft (described in HTSUS 8526.92.5000)
covers, and housings designed for motor vehicle cameras (HTSUS 8529.90.8100)
electromechanical relays, for a voltage exceeding 60 V but not over 250 V, with
contacts rated at 10 A or more (described in HTSUS 8536.49.0075)
push-button switches, rated at over 5 A, measuring no more than 2.9 cm by 2.9
cm by 2.9 cm, with 4 spade or brass terminals, with an actuator shaft with
D-shaped cross section (described in HTSUS 8536.50.9035)
push-button switches, rated at over 5 A, measuring no more than 4.8 cm by 2.8
cm by 2.8 cm, with 2 spade or brass terminals (described in HTSUS 8536.50.9035)
push-button switches, rated at over 5 A, measuring no more than 5 cm by 1.7 cm
by 1.9 cm, with 2 spade or brass terminals, with an actuator shaft with
D-shaped cross section (described in HTSUS 8536.50.9035)
snap-action switches, each designed for installation in a wall-mounted
enclosure or electrical box (described in HTSUS 8536.50.9040)
ultraviolet or infrared LED light therapy devices for the professional
treatment of pain or of ailments of the skin (described in HTSUS 9018.20.0040)
Announces Second Round of Tariff Exclusions for U.S. Goods
China announced May 12 the second round of
exclusions from its additional 25 percent tariff on imports of U.S. goods.
These exclusions apply to 79 products (see attached for a complete list),
including rare earth mineral ores, aircraft radar equipment, semiconductor
parts, medical disinfectants, and various precious metals and chemical and
These exclusions will be effective from May
19, 2020, to May 18, 2021. Importers of record will be eligible for refunds of
the additional tariffs paid on these goods and will have six months to apply.
For U.S. goods still subject to China’s
additional tariffs, there are alternatives to mitigate the impact. These
include applying for market-based exclusion, restructuring global supply
On April 22nd, 2020 CBP is publishing the 90 Day postponement
for certain estimated duties, taxes, and fees. As CBP does have a scheduled
publication date, BOC wanted to notify our Importers. Below is the link to the
Federal Register document. Please review the FR notice tomorrow, to ensure
CSMS #42423171 – COVID-19 – 90 Day Postponement of Payment for
the Deposit of Certain Estimated Duties, Taxes, and Fees
BOC will need to receive the below statement on your company’s
letterhead and signed by a corporate officer.
confirms that it satisfies CBP requirements for the 90-day postponement
of payment for imports duty, taxes and fees.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local, state and national restrictions
have caused significant financial hardship, (Company name) has an order from
competent governmental authority. (Company name) has verified that our
operation is fully or partially suspended during March 2020 or April 2020. The
gross receipts for March 13-31, 2020 or April 2020 are less than 60 percent of
the gross receipts for the comparable period in 2019. We have verified that our
entries are not antidumping duties, countervailing duties, section 232 tariffs
for steel and aluminum imports, section 201 tariff rate quotas for solar cells
and panels and/or section 301 tariff for products of China.
REQUIREMENTS / ELIGIBLE & NOT ELIGIBLE PRODUCT
Importer must have significant
If operations fully or partially
suspended during March 2020 OR April
2020, the suspended operations must be due to orders from a competent
government authority limiting commerce, travel, or group meeting due to
such suspension resulted in the gross receipts for March 13-31, 2020 OR April 2020 are less than 60% of the
gross receipts for the comparable period in 2019
eligible importers do not need to file documents with CBP to be eligible for
must maintain documentation as part of its books
records establishing that it meets the requirements for relief
CBP may conduct a review of documentation at a future date to ensure
Temporary postponement does not
apply to any entry / withdrawal from warehouse for consumption
No antidumping duties
No countervailing duties
No section 232 tariffs for steel
and aluminum imports
No section 201 tariff rate quotas
for solar cells and panels
No section 301 tariff for
products of China
Entries NOT eligible if the entry summary includes merchandise subject to
ADD, CVD, section 232, section 201 and section 301.
will need to take the commercial invoice and document the commodities NOT
eligible for the 90-day postponement. BOC will not be responsible and will be
charging two entry fees for the two separate entries. BOC is charging a $
150.00 flat clearance fee for the commodities not under the 90-day
postponement, and the importer’s clearance fee for the consumption entries that
quality for the 90 days.
Separate entries pursuant to 19
CFR 141.52 has been authorized by CBP
Only applies to entries NOT yet
If an importer has merchandise
not eligible and merchandise eligible on the same AMS B/L, two separate entries
can be made
duties, taxes, and fees paid on single pay basis or Daily Statement may be
postponed up to 90 days from the payment due date.
Original Due Date 90-Day
2020 July 29, 2020
Internal Revenue Tax paid via the deferred tax schedule may be postponed up to
three months from the payment due date.
Original Due Date 3
2020 July 29, 2020
2020 August 14, 2020
duties and fees paid via Periodic Monthly Statement (PMS) may be postponed up
to three months, as defined by the 15th working day of the third month.
Original Due Date 3
2020 July 22, 2020
2020 August 21, 2020
authorization of 90 additional calendar days without penalty for payment
applies whether an entry summary is paid as a single-pay check, ACH Daily and
Monthly Statement, or PMS.
who choose to take advantage of the additional 90 calendar days for the payment
of the deposit of estimated duties, taxes and fees have the responsibility to
schedule payments accordingly. CBP will not adjust statement dates.
Sunday, April 19, 2020, CBP is deploying updates to the ACE SU statement
transaction to give the importer/filer more flexibility when removing entries
from a PMS:
Entries removed from statement no
longer have to be submitted as single pay. The importer/filer can reschedule
entries that were removed from one statement for another statement.
The importer/filer can now remove
Remote Location Filing (RLF) entries from a PMS, including the April PMS, and
schedule those entries for another statement.
The importer/filer can now
schedule the month further out than two months, so that they do not have to
further push the Periodic Daily Statement (PDS) date. This will allow the
importer/filer to file an entry with an April PDS date and schedule for the
July monthly statement.
Freight Update: US ports, warehouses stay open.
JOC Staff | Mar 20, 2020 5:40PM EDT
As the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) deepens in the
United States, major ports, warehouses, and freight transportation providers
are telling customers they will remain open as they are deemed essential
services by the government.
staff supporting the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, including longshore
workers and drayage drivers, for example, are exempt from California Governor
Gavin Newsom’s Thursday “shelter-in-place” order.
Southern California ports issued statements on Friday emphasizing that since
they handle a wide range of critical cargoes from medical supplies to basic
consumer staples, both the state and county of Los Angeles regulators have
exempted port and supply chain activities from stay-at-home mandates.
Hacegaba, deputy executive director and chief operating officer at the Port of Long
Beach, said the ports have lobbied the county and state on behalf of all supply
we have requested that ports be classified as essential infrastructure and
businesses that are part of the end-to-end supply chain be classified as
essential operations in order to ensure full benefit to the economy,” Hacegaba
Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, said that with 12
container terminals and extensive container yard acreage, the neighboring ports
are able to remain “nimble” and shift freight volume around throughout the
largest US port complex as needed.
example, vessel-sharing alliances call at multiple terminals in the port
complex, so the terminals are able to handle cargo surges by sharing the load.
Also, the ports and terminals will be able to respond to interruptions due to
health emergencies, such as a worker testing positive for COVID-19,
as happened Thursday in Houston.
said the ports have met with the chief medical adviser for Los Angeles County
and developed a safety protocol and a contingency plan in the event of an
International Longshore & Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime
Association, which represents shipping lines and terminal operators, have
worked out their own safety protocol, which includes social distancing and a
greater reliance on electronic dispatching when possible, said James McKenna,
Harbor Trucking Association in Southern California on Friday emphasized the
exemption that the supply chain logistics industry has from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s
order of the governor, port operations, manufacturing and distribution are
considered critical and essential, as part of America’s supply chain, which
must continue,” the HTA stated.
HTA’s daily update on the COVID-19 disruption on Thursday listed the broad
range of industry workers who will continue to work in the current
supporting or enabling transportation functions, including dispatchers,
maintenance and repair technicians, warehouse workers, truck stop and rest area
workers, and workers that maintain and inspect infrastructure, including those
that require cross-border travel,” the HTA said.
a Friday statement, the Port of Oakland reaffirmed its status as a provider of
essential services, and ILWU Local 10 tweeted it will would be taking safety
precautions while it continued to move cargo through the port.
coasts ports adjust
in California, the Port of Charleston in South Carolina is exempt from a
stay-at-home order issued Thursday by the mayor of Mount Pleasant, where the
Wando Welch Terminal is located. All terminal staff, truck drivers, and workers
at nearby off-dock rail ramps are considered essential employees, as are
warehouse workers handling cargo.
ports of Virginia, Wilmington (N.C.), Charleston, Jacksonville, Everglades are
open normal hours. In Savannah, terminal hours remain the same Monday through
Friday, but Saturday gate hours have been canceled through mid-April.
New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy on Friday said he is looking at closing
non-essential businesses in the state, to halt the spread of the COVID-19.
However, as in other states, port workers likely will not be affected.
closure of the Port of Houston on Wednesday night after the port administration
learned that a part-time truck driver who worked at the port’s two main
container terminals — Barbours Cut Container Terminal and Bayport Container
Terminal — had tested positive for the COVID-19 highlighted the difficulty of
ensuring infected employees do not come to work. The terminals reopened
Thursday evening after the port authority said an investigation determined the
truck driver’s exposure to others “was fairly limited.”
that infected employees don’t come to work is no easy task, however. In
Houston, for example, the employee only learned he tested positive several days
after he had worked at the terminals.
Seagirt Marine Terminal in Baltimore has closed twice this month because of
lack of volume. Miami’s South Florida Container Terminal was closed Friday and
the Port Miami Terminal Operating Co. will be closed Monday and Tuesday also
because of low volume.
The Port is open and operating under normal conditions amid the unfolding health crisis associated with COVID-19. Our supply chain partners from the marine terminal operators and longshore labor to truckers and warehouse and distribution center operators are working hard to help sustain our economy and support the 28 million consumers in the local region that are dependent on the Port during this difficult time.