On August 15, 2019, USTR issued a pre-publication version of the Federal Register in which the formal announcement regarding China 301 Tariffs List 4A/B will be made. In that notice, USTR clarified the September 1, 2019 effective date refers to the date of entry or withdrawal for consumption for the goods on List 4A/Annex A.

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in August 2019

Much has been said recently in the general press about the latest round of tariffs and what did or did not prompt President Trump to decide that August 1st was the right time to impose an additional 10% on the goods from China on the

While the Federal Register notice containing all the relevant details has yet to be published, today, the U.S. Trade Representative published an announcement confirming that certain unidentified products were removed from List 4 for health, safety, national security and similar reasons, and those remaining would be rolled out on two different lists with two different

As has been repeatedly mentioned in the general press, President Trump tweeted on August 1st that the U.S. “will start, on September 1st, putting a small additional Tariff of 10% on the remaining 300 Billion Dollars of goods and products coming from China into our Country.” There are lots of questions about what that short

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in July 2019

Much to the surprise of many American companies, my cost is going to go through the roof with a 25% tariff and price my products out of the market is not enough of a justification for an exclusion request to be granted. It was not

In October 2018, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) announced “The CBSA Pilots Blockchain Technology“. The CBSA announced that it is participating in a pilot project being led by IBM and Maersk to evaluate the capacity of TradeLens. The pilot project has been designed to allow the CBSA to determine what role,

It has been a busy year in Canada for export controls and economic sanctions developments. As a result, we are posting an H1 2019 report. The top 10 developments in H1 2019 are:

1. Canada will implement the brokering rules on September 1, 2019. Bill C-47 “An Act to amend the Export and Import Permits

The Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) is granted the power to examine goods imported by travelers and returning residents.  Section 99 of the Customs Act gives CBSA officers the power to examine your suitcase, your purse, your backpack, your briefcase and your electronic devices. The word “goods” is defined in subsection 2(1) of the Customs

Putting all the hyperbole and posturing to one side, the recent agreement between Mexico and the U.S. which averted the tariffs can be found in the U.S.- Mexico Joint Statement released June 7, 2019. It consists of a few broad policy statements:

  • Mexico will deploy its National Guard throughout Mexico, giving priority to its southern

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in May 2019

Were crimes committed? Was the President saved by the inaction of his own staff?  Did he stay on the right side of the law? Was there obstruction of justice? These and other serious topics are the source for heated discussions around water coolers, at your