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New Tariffs Announced on European Goods

New Tariffs Announced on European Goods April 15, 2019

The Trump administration has once more threatened a new round of Section 301 tariffs on imported goods from Europe. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer proposed new tariffs on $11 billion in imports from European Union countries. Unlike previously announced tariffs on steel and goods from China, however, these are compensation for what the U.S. says...

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Trump Issues Plan To Counteract Fake Goods

Trump Issues Plan To Counteract Fake Goods April 5, 2019

On April 3, President Trump issued a memorandum to help protect American consumers, manufacturers and factory workers from counterfeit goods. Escalated by the steep increase in e-commerce, the problems of fake merchandise would be addressed by the directive, which calls for a coordinated approach by the government and its agencies, together with private industry. Although...

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Marine Cargo Insurance: Still Need Convincing?

Marine Cargo Insurance: Still Need Convincing? March 28, 2019

Still Need Convincing About the Value of Marine Cargo Insurance? Our recent news story regarding Marine Cargo Insurance, and the fire aboard the Yantian Express, generated a lot of interest and questions. When we quickly checked, we were surprised to learn that the vessel’s damaged cargo will continue to be unloaded in Freeport for the...

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Guide for Understanding the “First Sale Rule” As A Basis for Transaction Value

Guide for Understanding the “First Sale Rule” As A Basis for Transaction Value February 26, 2019

In numerous rulings, Customs Headquarters has set forth the following as the legal basis for the “First Sale Rule”. The preferred method of appraisement is transaction value, which is defined as the “price actually paid or payable for the merchandise when sold for exportation to the United States” plus certain statutory additions. Customs presumes that...

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A Real-world Case to Consider Marine Cargo Insurance: M/V Yantian Express

A Real-world Case to Consider Marine Cargo Insurance: M/V Yantian Express January 24, 2019

Our clients frequently ask us about the pros and cons of purchasing marine cargo insurance. It may be something you have debated yourself for your shipments. A recent event provides some real-world lessons that can help guide your decision. If you are in the international shipping business, you’ve probably heard about the fire on board...

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Joining the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America:  Why It Matters to You

Joining the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America: Why It Matters to You January 17, 2019

As an owner of a customs brokerage and freight forwarding firm, as well as being the President of the NYNJFFBA chapter, I’ve had a unique opportunity to witness the impact a national association can have on the things that matter most to me and to our company. Every day, the national organization speaks for me...

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Government Shutdown: How It Affects Your Import Business

Government Shutdown: How It Affects Your Import Business January 14, 2019

The current government shutdown has caused a number of changes that may affect the import industry, as it has affected many others. During this period of uncertainty, Customs and Border Protection officials are holding weekly update calls with leaders of the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America, Inc. (NCBFAA). While there are some...

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Join Us at The Industry Event of the Year: 2019 NY/NJ Brokers Association Dinner

Join Us at The Industry Event of the Year: 2019 NY/NJ Brokers Association Dinner January 4, 2019

I hope you will join me, our entire WB Skinner staff, and the many distinguished industry guests at the annual NY/NJ Foreign Freight Forwarders & Brokers Association on February 7th in New York City.  It is the largest event of its kind in our industry, with more than 700 attendees. I know you will want...

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