Don’t Forget the Chassis in the Chase for the Cure.

A new level of frustration has arisen from the ocean shipper ranks during this “post-COVID” period. Shipments from Asia to the U.S. are experiencing extreme difficulties in getting their cargo delivered, mainly due to the acute shortage of chassis to effect delivery of their containers on the U.S. side. The painful example of this is the BNSF current experience with Lot W. Aside from the impact to the importer in not being able to access its cargo and experiencing serious damage to its business, it is also likely to face serious demurrage charges from the ocean carrier. This is on top of having just experienced a quadrupling (or more) of the base FAK per container rates, and the ocean carrier choices to leave agricultural commodities sitting at West Coast U.S. ports, favoring the shipment of empty containers opting to position equipment for the lucrative Asia to U.S. trade.


Continue Reading The Dynamic of the Chassis Quandary Today in Ocean Shipping in the United States

The United States and European Union (“EU”) announced a “cooperative framework” to address and potentially resolve their long-running dispute over large civil aircraft subsidies, also commonly known as
Continue Reading US-EU Suspend Large Civil Aircraft Tariffs and Take Aim at China in Framework Addressing Non-Market Practices

President Biden issued Executive Order (“EO”) 14017 titled “America’s Supply Chains” on February 24, 2021, ordering 100-day and 1-year reviews of certain critical supply chains.  On June 8, 2021, a
Continue Reading White House Issues Final Report on Supply Chain Risks and Considers Section 232 Investigation into Imports of Neodymium Magnets

On April 21, 2021, the American Honey Producers Association and Sioux Honey Association (“Petitioners”), filed a petition for the imposition of antidumping duties on imports of raw honey from Argentina, Brazil, India, Ukraine, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
Continue Reading Petition Summary: Raw Honey from Argentina, Brazil, India, Ukraine, and The Socialist Republic of Vietnam

The Department of Defense (“DoD”) requested industry comments by April 28, 2021 to assist with the DoD’s forthcoming report identifying risks and policy recommendations regarding the supply chain for strategic
Continue Reading DoD Requests Comments on Supply Chain Risks for Strategic and Critical Materials

On March 29th, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) announced the suspension of all U.S. engagements with Burma (Myanmar) under the 2013 Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (“TIFA”), effective immediately.  Pursuant to this announcement, the United States will be suspending all government-to-government meetings following the military coup that occurred in February and the related escalation in violence by Burma’s military against its people.
Continue Reading USTR Suspends Trade Engagement with Burma

In a joint statement released by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”), the U.S. and European Union (“EU”) have agreed to temporarily suspend the additional tariffs from
Continue Reading U.S. Agrees to Temporarily Suspend Tariffs on UK and EU Goods in Large Civil Aircraft Dispute

On December 11, 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), through the U.S. Department of Justice, filed a civil action in the U.S. Court of International Trade (“CIT”) in New York, United States v. Winland International, Inc. et al.  The government alleges false statement to avoid paying the correct antidumping (“AD”) rates and instead declaring inappropriate combination rates apply, as well as undervaluation of the goods, certain types of tires.  Fourteen individuals, as well as the company are named in the civil case at the CIT.  The press release of the U.S. Department of Justice states that the alleged violations total at least $6.5 million in lost import duty deposits.
Continue Reading Crackdown on Evasion of Chinese Antidumping Duty Orders Through Criminal and Civil Action in the United States

Effective January 1, 2021 duty reductions under the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) expired.  Additionally, Congress has not indicated when it might consider a new MTB bill.  As a result of
Continue Reading Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Duty Reductions Have Expired Effective January 1, 2021. Renewal Date Uncertain