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Tariffs on All Remaining Imports from China to Begin Sept. 1

Posted August 1, 2019
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President Trump has announced that beginning Sept. 1 he will impose a 10 percent additional tariff on virtually all of the remaining $300 billion worth of goods imported from China that are not already subject to Section 301 tariffs (List 4 goods). Initial indications are that the 10 percent tariff, which would be in addition to any other applicable tariffs, will be applied on the entire list of 3,805 full and partial subheadings announced in May. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said at that time that this list covers all apparel, footwear, and manufactured textile products, among others,…

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​J.W. Allen Office Closure ~ July 12, 2019

Posted July 11, 2019
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It’s looking like we’re going to be expecting a monsoon on Friday July 12th due to Tropical Storm Barry; as a result, the J.W. Allen & Company office will be closed. All shipments have been processed as far forward as possible in the clearance process, and our staff will be working remotely monitoring communications to ensure all service needs are met! For assistance during our office closure, please visit our website for emergency contact information by clicking Here. We appreciate your support and cooperation as we take these steps to ensure the safety of the J.W. Allen & Company family.…

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India GSP Designation Removal ~ Effective June 04, 2019

Proclamation to Modify the List of Beneficiary Developing Countries Under the Trade Act of 1974 Issued on: May 31, 2019 1. In Executive Order 11888 of November 24, 1975, the President designated India as a beneficiary developing country for purposes of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) (19 U.S.C. 2461 et seq.). 2. Pursuant to section 502(d)(1) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (the "1974 Act") (19 U.S.C. 2462(d)(1)), the President may withdraw, suspend, or limit the application of the duty-free treatment accorded under the GSP with respect to any beneficiary developing country. In taking any action under…

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Memorial Day Holiday

Posted May 24, 2019
Category Company News
As we recognize the Memorial Day holiday, we do so with in remembrance of the brave men and women whose sacrifices fuel our freedom. Our office will be closed on Monday May 27th in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Our office will reopen Tuesday morning May 28th at 8:30 a.m. If you require urgent assistance during our absence please visit our website for emergency contact information by clicking here .   "Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world. A veteran does not have that problem." – Ronald Reagan…

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​USTR Proposes Additional Duty Rate on $300 Billion Worth of Chinese Products

Posted May 14, 2019
Category Company News
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has announced a modification to the current Section 301 investigation that looks to add additional 25 percent tariff duties to approximately $300 billion worth of Chinese goods. According to the proposed modification, this new list comprises 3,805 full and partial tariff subheadings and "covers essentially all products not currently covered by action in this investigation." The proposed product list excludes pharmaceuticals, certain pharmaceutical inputs, select medical goods, rare earth materials, and critical minerals. USTR will convene a public hearing on June 17 to discuss this proposed modification. All written comments and…

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​This Morning's Rumor Becomes This Afternoon's Fact

UPDATE: CHINA 301 LIST 3 TARIFF INCREASE TIED TO DATE OF EXPORT; EXCLUSION PROCESS TO BE ISSUED On May 8, 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative ("USTR") issued a Notice confirming that Chinese-origin merchandise listed on Section 301, Tranche 3, will be subject to an increased additional tariff rate of 25% ad valorem. Importantly, the change will take effect with respect to goods:   entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after 12:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time on May 10, 2019, and exported to the U.S. on or after May 10, 2019. Those goods have been subject…

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​Rumors that Trump List Three Escalation to 25% Likely Friday 12:01 AM

Posted May 8, 2019
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In the face of massive uncertainty on the status of the US/China trade negotiations, importers should be aware that the duty rate for List 3 products could go from 10% to 25%, as early as 12:01 AM Friday. Also, a "List 4" may be announced covering the remaining products from China not yet addressed in Lists 1 – 3. A "List 4" process would be similar to the notice and comment process for Lists 1-3. The options available to minimize the List 3 impact would be: 1) pre-clear inbound goods that will arrive by Thursday night (goods must be within…

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​Billy App Receives the NCBFAA's Prestigious Centurion Award

NCBFAA Centurion's (L to R): Mr. Billy App, Ms. Mary Ann Comstock - 2015 Recipient, & Mr. Harold Brauner - 2011 Recipient During its April Conference in San Antonio, Texas, the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America, Inc., (NCBFAA) honored former NCBFAA Officer and longtime Association supporter, William 'Billy' App, with the NCBFAA Centurion Award. This award recognizes the recipient's outstanding vision, leadership and dedication demonstrated during their affiliation with the NCBFAA on behalf of the international transportation logistics community. Mr. App epitomizes the very spirit of this award, which NCBFAA Past President and Senior Counselor Federico Zuniga…

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​Panama Canal Authority Announces Draft Restrictions Effective April 30, 2019

As a result of dry conditions affecting the projected levels of Gatun Lake, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has announced that, effective April 30, 2019, the Maximum Authorized Draft for vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks will be 13.41 meters (44.0 feet) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW). This is the fifth time this year the canal's administrators have had to impose ever stricter draft limits amid an unprecedented drought. Depending on the actual levels of Gatun Lake at the time, vessels arriving after April 30 with drafts over 13.41 meters (44.0 feet) TFW may be allowed to transit or may be required…

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Water Resources Development Act signed into Law

The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018, included as Title I of the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (S. 3021) providing for investment in harbor, waterway, flood protection and other water infrastructure improvements throughout the country, was signed into law Tuesday October 23, 2018. The President’s signature ensures a wide variety of port, harbor and waterway projects critical to U.S. economic growth, national security, and U.S. global competitiveness will move forward. WRDA 2018 authorizes at least $9 billion for Army Corps of Engineers civil works projects and Environmental Protection Agency drinking-water and sewer-overflow control programs. The bipartisan leaders of the Transportation…

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U.S. Removes GSP Eligibility for Specific Imports

Posted November 2, 2018
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U.S. importers beware:  A Presidential Proclamation has been published removing some products from the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. The list of products being removed is country-specific; the list and proclamation as published in the Federal Register can be accessed by clicking here. In citing that some imports from developing beneficiary countries previously exceeded applicable ‘competitive-need’ limitations as outlined under the program the U.S. took action. This change is effective and applicable to all imports entered into the U.S. on or after November 1st, 2018.

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President Trump Signs Opioid Package into Law

On Wednesday October 24, President Donald Trump signed legislation that will require the U.S. Postal Service to transmit advance electronic data to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for international shipments and will strengthen the Transportation Department’s alcohol and drug testing regime for transportation workers. The package, H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, includes Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act provisions that will require USPS to transmit advance electronic data to CBP on at least 70 percent of international mail arriving in the United States by Dec. 31 and on 100 percent of such mail on Dec.…

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IMO’s 2020 Implementation for Sulfur Cap on Fuel Remains Firm

Posted November 2, 2018
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The International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) declined to postpone implementation of a cap on sulfur emissions for ships at its meeting this week. The IMO requirement that takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020 will reduce the sulfur content permitted in ships’ fuel oil globally to just 0.5 percent or require ships burning fuel with higher sulfur content to be equipped with scrubbers to remove sulfur from ship exhaust. Last week the MEPC also adopted a measure prohibiting vessels without scrubbers from carrying fuel containing more than 0.5 percent sulfur for use on board. This requirement will take…

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NAFTA Re-Branded as Canada Joins Pact With U.S. & Mexico

President Donald Trump is set to sign a successor to the North American Free Trade Agreement that will make modest revisions to a deal he once called a “disaster,” easing uncertainty for companies reliant on tariff-free commerce.   U.S. and Canadian negotiators worked around the clock this weekend to secure an agreement just before a Sunday midnight deadline, allowing leaders from those nations and Mexico to sign the accord by late November. The 24-year-old Nafta will now be superseded by the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, covering a region that trades more than $1 trillion annually.   “It is a great…

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Tariff & Trade Update

Posted August 31, 2018
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NAFTA Deal - President Donald Trump announced Monday that the United States and Mexico agreed to update some parts of NAFTA, but key trade lawmakers urged the administration to keep Canada in any final deal to revamp the overall accord.   With the U.S.-Mexico bilateral agreement, the Trump administration finishes one of many steps needed to revise the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement. The Mexico-U.S. talks centered on new rules for the car industry.   Any final deal to update the current NAFTA agreement will require congressional approval.   During Monday's White House announcement, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer…

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​GSP Renewal Now Underway

On February 8, 2018, Rep. David Reichert (R-WA-8) and eight (8) other congressmen introduced H.R. 4979 into the House of Representatives to renew the Generalized System of Preferences ("GSP") for a period of three (3) years. H.R. 4979 was referred to the Ways and Means Committee and must now move through Congress and be signed by the President (assuming Congress approves H.R. 4979).  H.R. 4979 is a significant step toward renewal of the GSP program, which lapsed on December 31, 2017. The lapse has, at least for now, cost many importers significant money as imports that were previously duty-free have…

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Small Business Truckers Receive U.S. Reps Support for Proposed ELD Exemption

Posted February 9, 2018
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A letter sent on February 1, 2018, by twenty-five members of the U.S. House of Representatives to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) offered support of an exemption from the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate for small trucking businesses with “exemplary” safety records.  This action follows a November 21, 2017 expemption request filed by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA). OOIDA's request seeks a five-year exemption for motor carriers classified as small businesses by the Small Business Administration.  Additionally, these small business motor carriers must have a proven safety history with no attributable at-fault crashes, as well as no “unsatisfactory” carrier safety…

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​Historic Alignment of Port NOLA and New Orleans Public Belt Complete

The transfer of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad assets to the Port of New Orleans is now final. This strategic alignment the Port and the Class III switching railroad significantly builds on the Port’s intermodal strengths and global competitiveness by ensuring shippers efficient access to all six Class I railroads.   “The acquisition of the New Orleans Public Belt will allow us to invest synergistically and strategically to optimize Port NOLA’s seamless multimodal solutions between river, rail and road with consideration for community impacts,” said Brandy D. Christian, Port NOLA President and CEO. “The Port’s Gateway Master Plan will…

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Market Conditions Ripe for Trucking Rate Increases

Posted February 8, 2018
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Trucking Costs Rise as Market Conditions Tighten Market conditions are setting the perfect stage for an increase in trucking rates.  Trucking capacity constraints, increasing freight demand, tougher customer requirements such as narrow delivery windows, and a growing U.S. economy set the perfect stage for an increase in rates. Numerous recent market evaluations are recognizing double digit (%) rate increases with 2018 expecting to experience continued pressure in rising truckload rates.  The repercussions are being felt by companies, large and small, as supply chains cope with rising transportation costs and narrowing profit margins.    Companies such as Hershey’s, Clorox, and Prestige Brands…

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FDA Releases Guidance Documents for Meeting New FSMA Standards

FDA has issued five guidance documents to help importers and food producers meet key food safety provisions mandated by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).   The guidance documents include:   ·         A draft guidance on Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) rule ·         A Small Entity Compliance Guide on the FSVP rule ·         A draft guidance on the term "Same Level of Public Health Protection" used in both the FSVP and Produce Safety regulations ·         Chapter 15 of the draft Preventive Controls for Human Food guidance regarding Supply-Chain requirements ·         Enforcement Discretion guidance regarding the application of FSVP to…

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J.W. Allen Office Operations ~ January 17, 2018

Posted January 17, 2018
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Wintry Weather Conditions Adversely Impact J.W. Allen & Company Office Operations January 17, 2018 The New Orleans Metro area is presently under a Hard Freeze Warning which is impacting travel conditions throughout the area. An overnight mixture of sleet, ice, and snow on the roadways has resulted in widespread bridge and road closures with authorities recommending people avoid being on the roadways until conditions improve. As of the time of this communication, Port of New Orleans terminals are delaying opening until conditions improve. \Weather Forecast for the New Orleans Metro area is as follows: A Hard Freeze Warning Remains In Effect…

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J.W. Allen's 2017 Holiday Season Schedule / Closures

Posted December 21, 2017
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Please be advised of the following J.W. Allen & Company office closures in recognition of the Christmas Holiday Season. Friday Dec. 22nd & Monday Dec. 25th – Office Closed Christmas Day Holiday Friday Dec. 29th – Will advise in the event of an early closure Monday January 1st – Office Closed New Year's Day Holiday Should you require assistance during this time, please Click Here to access Emergency Contact information as available on our website. Thank You So Much for Your Continued Support & Best Wishes for a Blessed Holiday Season!

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Family News ~ August 2017

Posted August 2, 2017
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August Birthdays August 8 - J.W. Allen & Company (Celebrating 85 Years!) A special thanks to our valued clients, vendors, agents, family and friends whose continued support makes our recognition of this milestone possible.  The J.W. Allen Family August Anniversaries August 17 - Peggy Barcellona (Celebrating 18 Years!)

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Trump: Decision on Steel Imports Will Take More Time

President Trump said a possible crackdown on imported steel for national security reasons is still in the works but will take more time.  Trump told the Wall Street Journal in an interview on Tuesday that “we don’t want to do it at this moment” and said the Commerce Department's plans to produce a report by the end of June were hampered by the complexity of the issue and widespread opposition from business groups, trading partners and infighting within the White House.    “You can’t just walk in and say I’m doing to do this," Trump said. "You have to do…

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ILWU likely to approve 3-year contract extension

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) appears to be closing in on a three-year contract extension with its terminal operator employers which would ensure dockworker stability up and down the U.S. West Coast     The ILWU said in a statement Friday afternoon it has completed voting on a proposed extension to its existing collective bargaining agreement with the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), and early indications are that the extension will be approved by a 67 percent majority. The union will announce the official results of the vote on Aug. 4.    The current ILWU-PMA labor deal which was marked…

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