08 Jan 2024

Trade policy tango continues! USTR extends Section 301

  On December 26, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) made an important announcement regarding the extension of active Section 301 China product exclusions. Originally slated to conclude on December 31, 2023, the 429 exclusions are now set to endure until May 31, 2024, as outlined in a comprehensive report by the […]

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29 Dec 2023

Trump’s Trade Storm Clouds: Prepare for More Friction if He Returns

Donald Trump’s first term as president was a seismic shift in U.S. trade policy. He launched a tariff war with China, pulled out of major trade agreements, and earned the nickname “Tariff Man.” Now, if he wins re-election, expect the ground to tremble again. Trump’s campaign documents and interviews hint at a second term filled […]

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20 Dec 2023

Canals in Chaos: Suez Attacks and Panama Drought Threaten Global Trade

  Double Trouble: Global supply chains are bracing for a potential “milder version” of the pandemic’s crisis due to disruptions at both the Suez and Panama Canals. Attacks by Houthi militants in the Red Sea have forced shipping companies to reroute vessels, adding 7-10 days to voyages and potentially doubling ocean freight prices. Meanwhile, drought-induced […]

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15 Dec 2023

Switzerland Says Sayonara to Tariffs: Cheaper Clothes, Cautious Optimism

Switzerland, known for its delicious cheese and pricey price tags, is making a bold move against its notorious high cost of living by ditching most industrial tariffs starting in January. This means 95% of imports (up from 81%) will cruise into the country duty-free, potentially translating to cheaper cars, appliances, and clothes. But wait, there’s […]

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23 Jun 2023

US lawmakers introduce bill to end tariff exemption for China e-commerce shipments

A bipartisan group of US lawmakers introduced a bill on Wednesday that would eliminate a tariff exemption that is widely used by e-commerce sellers to send orders from China to US shoppers. The exemption, known as the de minimis rule, currently exempts imports valued at $800 or less from tariffs if the items are shipped […]

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16 Mar 2023

USTR confirms tariff cutting not on the Biden trade agenda

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Thursday rebuffed appeals from senators to begin negotiating trade agreements that would cut tariffs on U.S. agricultural exports. “At this moment we do not have tariff liberalization negotiations going on with a partner,” Tai told the Senate Finance Committee. Tai left open the possibility for that to change, saying […]

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15 Mar 2023

ITC Study proves effectiveness of China Tariffs on boosting Domestic Production reducing dependence on Imports

  The Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) today released a statement regarding a report by the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) analyzing the effects of Section 232 and Section 301 tariffs on more than $300 billion of U.S. imports. The USITC report found that the tariffs reduced imports from China, effectively stimulated more U.S. production of […]

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15 Jan 2023

Update on China 301 Tariffs – USTR Seeking Public Comment

  USTR formally announced Wednesday that the agency will open a portal on November 15 to receive public comment on “the effectiveness of the (Section 301 / China tariff) actions in achieving the objectives of the investigation, other actions that could be taken, and the effects of such actions on the United States economy, including consumers.” This is […]

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01 Dec 2022

FMC Increases Monitoring

  The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) announced increased monitoring requirements for alliance carrier operations. The three global ocean carrier alliances (2M Alliance, Ocean Alliance, and The Alliance) and each of their member companies will now be required to provide enhanced pricing and capacity information. This information will help the FMC assess ocean carrier behavior and marketplace competitiveness. […]

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