Certain Section 301 Imports to Combat COVID-19 Exclusions Extended

Certain Section 301 Imports to Combat COVID-19 Exclusions Extended

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has announced it will extend Section 301 tariff exclusions on certain imports from China, which include personal protection equipment (PPE) needed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, through September 30, 2021. USTR has said that the latest tariff exclusion extension covers these goods when entered for consumption, or…

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LA/Long Beach Port Officials Appeal For Vaccine Distribution In Face Of Severe Labor Shortages

LA/Long Beach Port Officials Appeal For Vaccine Distribution In Face Of Severe Labor Shortages

As COVID-19 rapidly surges throughout the state of California, dockworkers have been heavily infected with reports of approximately 700 workers contracted with the virus and hundreds more taking related leave at the LA/Long Beach Ports. Port executives and union leaders have grave concerns over the potential for the ports to shut down as they face…

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USTR Extends Exclusions on COVID-19 Treatment Products, Adds Additional Goods

USTR Extends Exclusions on COVID-19 Treatment Products, Adds Additional Goods

The Office of U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) plans to extend exclusions on goods that are used to treat COVID-19 from the Section 301 tariffs on goods from China. The product exclusion extensions announced in the notice will extend exclusions through March 31, 2021. In consideration of the ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19, and the rising…

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China and Southeast Asia Face Severe Equipment Shortage

China and Southeast Asia Face Severe Equipment Shortage

Equipment shortages throughout China and Southeast Asia are so severe that carriers with premium trans-Pacific services are unable to guarantee equipment availability. Some vessels are leaving China without full loads because there is not enough equipment. Due to these serious shortages, all shipping routes are reporting freight rate increases, and have added carrier surcharges. After…

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FEMA Revised List of Restricted PPE Exports

FEMA Revised List of Restricted PPE Exports

Back in April, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) began restricting exports for certain personal protective equipment (PPE) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although they will continue to restrict exports, they have announced a revised list of PPE subject to these restrictions, effective August 10, 2020. According to the notice, FEMA will continue to limit…

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