Upcoming Holidays/Closures In China
Many offices will be closed or have reduced staff working, so please expect delays and plan accordingly.
|Monday, September 24, 2018||Mid-Autumn Festival||National holiday|
|Monday, October 1, 2018||National Day||National holiday|
|Tuesday, October 2, 2018||National Day Golden Week holiday||National holiday|
|Wednesday, October 3, 2018||National Day Golden Week holiday||National holiday|
|Thursday, October 4, 2018||National Day Golden Week holiday||Common Local Holidays|
|Friday, October 5, 2018||National Day Golden Week holiday||Common Local Holidays|
|Saturday, October 6, 2018||National Day Golden Week holiday||Common Local Holidays|
|Sunday, October 7, 2018||National Day Golden Week holiday||Common Local Holidays|
301 Tariff lists Questions and Answers
Not surprisingly, the recent 301 Tariff increases have caused a lot of confusion and questions. To that end, this Blast will answer some basic questions that people have posed. By no means is this Blast intended to be the final determination on this subject. As always, it is the Importer’s responsibility to know the products they import and use due diligence in providing the correct information to the US Government. If you have further questions, please contact your BOC Representative.
Attached are the three 301 Tariff lists as they were announced. As we’ve seen, though – with anything that’s in the news and potentially political, these are subject to change.
Question: What date does List 3 go into effect?
Answer: September 24, 2018, all products included in this list will be subject to an additional 10% rate of duty. This duty rate will remain at 10% for the rest of the year and then increase to 25% beginning on January 1, 2019.
Question: If our vendor manufacturers product in China, can we ship the product from China to another country, like Taiwan, and then ship it to the US to avoid these increased tariffs?
Answer: No. The US Government looks at where the product is manufactured, or where a “substantial transformation” happens, not which ports were shipped from/to.
Question: : If our vendor manufacturers product in China, and we ship first into Canada, and then ship it to the US, will we avoid these increased tariffs?
Answer: No. The US Government looks at where the product is manufactured, or where a “substantial transformation” happens, not which ports were shipped from/to. When it comes into the US, it will be subject to the increased duty rate.
Question: With the new increased tariffs, we’ve realized that we should be using a different HTS number to classify our freight. This would result in lower duties. Is this okay?
Answer: It depends. CBP is watching closely for companies who change their HTS number of a product to avoid paying the higher duty rate – this is a key red flag, that will raise increased scrutiny of your entries.
HOWEVER, if you have analyzed your classifications, and find that your product truly was classified incorrectly in the past, and you need to change the classification to be correct, then we would recommend filing a prior disclosure with CBP, showing all the entries where you’ve brought this product into the country for the past 5 years. This could open your company up to paying a higher duty rate for the past 5 years’ of product, but you may pay a lower duty rate going forward. The key element, always, is to ensure your product is classified correctly. Again, it is the Importer’s responsibility to make sure the information you provide to CBP is accurate.
Question: My HTS number is on one of the three lists, but the description does not match exactly. Does that mean I am not subject to the higher duty rate?
Answer: No, the duty rates go by HTS number. However, if the description in the full Harmonized Tariff Schedule does not match the description provided, please double-check the HTS number you are using to make sure it is correct for the product you are importing.
Question: What date is determinative for the new increased duty rates?
Answer: Date of arrival at the first port in the US is the date the duty rates are applied – first arrival by plane, ship or train. The application date has nothing to do with entry filed date. For example, if duty rate goes into effect 9/24, and ETA of the vessel into Long Beach is 9/22, and entry is filed 9/20, and then the vessel actually arrives into Long Beach on 9/25, the new higher duty rate will apply, because the vessel arrived 9/25, after the date the new duty rate goes into effect.
Question: What if we bring freight into a bonded warehouse in the US. What date is determinative for the new increased duty rates?
Answer: The date the product is pulled from the warehouse will determine what duty rate will apply.
USTR Finalizes Tariffs on $200 Billion of Chinese Imports
Please see below announcement from the Office of the United States Trade Representative. As to how this will be applied, instructions received are that CBP is to use the date of when the conveyance arrives at the first US port, even when an in-bond movement is involved. Entries can be filed before the freight arrives, so entry can have a file date before the implementation date, but if the actual conveyance arrival is after the effective date then the duties apply.
Washington, DC – As part of the United States’ continuing response to China’s theft of American intellectual property and forced transfer of American technology, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today released a list of approximately $200 billion worth of Chinese imports that will be subject to additional tariffs. In accordance with the direction of President Trump, the additional tariffs will be effective starting September 24, 2018, and initially will be in the amount of 10 percent. Starting January 1, 2019, the level of the additional tariffs will increase to 25 percent.
The list contains 5,745 full or partial lines of the original 6,031 tariff lines that were on a proposed list of Chinese imports announced on July 10, 2018. Changes to the proposed list were made after USTR and the interagency Section 301 Committee sought and received comments over a six-week period and testimony during a six-day public hearing in August. USTR engaged in a thorough process to rigorously examine the comments and testimony and, as a result, determined to fully or partially remove 297 tariff lines from the original proposed list. Included among the products removed from the proposed list are certain consumer electronics products such as smart watches and Bluetooth devices; certain chemical inputs for manufactured goods, textiles and agriculture; certain health and safety products such as bicycle helmets, and child safety furniture such as car seats and playpens.
In March 2018, USTR released the findings of its exhaustive Section 301 investigation that found China’s acts, policies and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property and innovation are unreasonable and discriminatory and burden or restrict U.S. commerce.
Specifically, the Section 301 investigation revealed:
- China uses joint venture requirements, foreign investment restrictions, and administrative review and licensing processes to require or pressure technology transfer from U.S. companies.
- China deprives U.S. companies of the ability to set market-based terms in licensing and other technology-related negotiations.
- China directs and unfairly facilitates the systematic investment in, and acquisition of, U.S. companies and assets to generate large-scale technology transfer.
- China conducts and supports cyber intrusions into U.S. commercial computer networks to gain unauthorized access to commercially valuable business information.
After separate notice and comment proceedings, in June and August USTR released two lists of Chinese imports, with a combined annual trade value of approximately $50 billion, with the goal of obtaining the elimination of China’s harmful acts, policies and practices. Unfortunately, China has been unwilling to change its policies involving the unfair acquisition of U.S. technology and intellectual property. Instead, China responded to the United States’ tariff action by taking further steps to harm U.S. workers and businesses. In these circumstances, the President has directed the U.S. Trade Representative to increase the level of trade covered by the additional duties in order to obtain elimination of China’s unfair policies. The Administration will continue to encourage China to allow for fair trade with the United States.
A formal notice of the $200 billion tariff action will be published shortly in the Federal Register.
The final tariff list:
Strike Notice for Canadian Ports Issues by International Longshore & Warehouse Union
The following information has just been received from the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA). A strike could affect the containerized shipments loaded on vessels calling the two terminals operated by GCT Canada – Deltaport and Vanterm. BOC will keep you posted on any further developments.
CIFFA learned yesterday (September 4) that the first agreement negotiations between GCT Canada, which operates two container terminals in Port of Vancouver, and ILWU 502 representing planners and planning assistants, “have ended with significant gaps remaining between the parties. As such, ILWU 502 issued strike notice on September 3, 2018.”
GCT Canada said it was committed to working with ILWU Local 502 to negotiate the first collective agreement for its Planners in order to continue an effective working relationship and ongoing operational stability.
Global Container Terminals has advised as follows:
“If the Planners and Assistant Planners commence a strike, as they have notified GCT and the Federal Minister of Labor that they will, on September 7th at 0001, GCT Canada will have no option but to suspend all of its terminal operations in GCT Deltaport and GCT Vanterm due to the essential nature of this function. This would have a direct impact on all parties who rely on our terminal services to get their products to different international markets.
As a result, GCT has commenced the necessary planning and will work closely with our customers, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, and stakeholders for safe and efficient shut down of our Vancouver terminal operations.”
CIFFA has written a letter to the federal government urging that it “use all the tools at its disposal in bringing negotiations to a successful and rapid conclusion, whether through mediation, binding arbitration or any other means.”
The letter was sent today to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development, and Labor, the Minister of Transport, the Minister of International Trade, and the Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility.
The content of the letter will be available on the CIFFA site.
This situation could change quickly and the association will endeavor to keep membership advised as information becomes available.
Trans-Pacific Service VOID Sailings
Please be advised ONE will implement the following VOID sailings, in alignment with THE Alliance member lines.
|EB ETA 1st Port||WB ETA 1st Port|
|PS4||YM Mandate*||058E/W||Oct 20, Hong Kong||Nov 5, Los Angeles|
|PS5||YM Uberty||066E/W||Oct 8, Qingdao||Oct 26, Los Angeles|
|PS7||MOL Beauty||025E/W||Oct 11, Xiamen||Oct 30, Long Beach|
|EC2||Harbour Bridge||073E/W||Oct 4, Qingdao||Nov 6, New York|
|EC2||YM Uniformity||039E/W||Oct 18, Qingdao||Nov 20, New York|
|EC2||Humen Bridge||068E/W||Nov 1, Qingdao||Dec 4, New York|
|EC3||Vienna Express||057E/W||Oct 11, Kaohsiung||Nov 12, Savannah|
|EC3||NYK Orion||056E/W||Nov 8, Kaohsiung||Dec 10, Savannah|
|EC4||Milano Bridge||005E/W||Dec 1, Kaohsiung||Jan 6, Norfolk|
|EC4||NYK Wren||004E/W||Dec 22, Kaohsiung||Jan 27, Norfolk|
*Upon PS4 VOID sailing, Kaohsiung will be covered by PS7 service vessel the MOL Beauty 025E/W with the rotation change as follows: Xiamen, Hong Kong, Yantian, Kaohsiung, Long Beach, Oakland, Kaohsiung.
The subsequent voyages for these services will be as per the published schedule.
We regret the inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding in this regard. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact your sales account representative for additional information.
Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd.
APL Golden Week Blank Sailings
Maersk Line Gold Week Blank Sailings