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U.S. Raises Section 301 Tariffs on Chinese Goods to 25%: What Importers Should Know

U.S. Raises Section 301 Tariffs on Chinese Goods to 25%: What Importers Should Know May 10, 2019

The U.S. increased Section 301 tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese products from 10% to 25% today, as talks continued to try to salvage a potential deal. The tariff hike went into effect hours after meetings between U.S. and Chinese negotiators failed to produce a settlement. The White House said that there were no plans...

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WB Skinner Opens New Savannah Office

WB Skinner Opens New Savannah Office April 29, 2019

WB Skinner is pleased to announce the opening of our new regional office in Savannah, GA. Headed by Vice President Julie Skinner Hartenfels, the new location reflects increased demand for our services and the rapid growth of the Port of Savannah to serve shipments on the East Coast. The new office is located at 6002...

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New Panama Canal Draft Restrictions Impact Container Allowable Weights

New Panama Canal Draft Restrictions Impact Container Allowable Weights April 29, 2019

Due to the extended drought in the region of the Panama Canal and the resulting low water levels in Gatun Lake, The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has announced a new DRAFT restriction of 44 ft effective April 30th, 2019. As a result, carriers have placed new weight restrictions on container bookings that transit the Canal...

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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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