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Compliance Circular June 2019

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Jun 3, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Tips for a Lower-Stress Travel Experience This Summer

One of the busiest travel seasons has arrived, with travelers preparing to take trips that will have them transiting through airports both domestically and internationally, as well as crossing various international borders and possibly interacting with different customs officials. Both U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) share tips to help make those encounters go more smoothly and quickly.

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Topics: Regulatory Compliance, International Freight Forwarding, Monthly Compliance Circular

Compliance Circular May 2019

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on May 15, 2019 10:38:52 AM

The Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 1998, which amended the Shipping Act of 1984, went into effect on May 1, 1999. This shipping act combined non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCC) and ocean freight forwarders under one category labeled "ocean transportation intermediary" (OTI). An intermediary is defined as "a person who acts as a link between people in order to try to bring about an agreement." 

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Topics: Regulatory Compliance, International Freight Forwarding, Monthly Compliance Circular

Tariff Updates: S232, S301 & GSP

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on May 8, 2019 4:52:32 PM

S232 - Steel & Aluminum Tariffs (Worldwide Application)

S232 tariffs were ruled “constitutional” in March of this year by the Court of 

International Trade. With this ruling, the S232 tariffs are expected to continue into the foreseeable future. Since the tariffs went into effect in March of 2018, there have been over 50,000 steel and aluminum exclusion requests made and the Bureau of Industry and Security has approved just over 25,000 through mid-March of this year. Click here to read more about S232 Tariffs on Aluminum and Steel imports.

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Topics: International Freight Forwarding, Tariffs, International Trade

TARIFF ALERT: S301 List 3 Tariff Rates Could Increase to 25%

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on May 6, 2019 11:57:33 AM

On Sunday, May 5, the Administration announced that List 3 of the S301 tariffs, which are currently at 10% on $200 billion of Chinese imports, will be increasing to 25% effective Friday, May 10, 2019. Trade talks continue with China but are not progressing as hoped. 

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Topics: International Freight Forwarding, Tariffs, International Trade

International News Bulletin: Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Imposes New Draft Restrictions

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Apr 9, 2019 6:50:33 PM

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) imposed a draft restriction of 47 feet in mid-March. ACP plans to impose a more severe limit on April 11, 2019. This will directly impact the size and number of TEUs that will be available for loading through the Panama Canal.

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Topics: International Freight Forwarding, International Trade

NMFC Changes Effective April 27, 2019

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Apr 4, 2019 2:21:29 PM

Supplement 1 from the Commodity Classification Standards Board has been posted. This notice lists various changes to NMFCs and packaging rules that will go into effect on April 27, 2019.

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Topics: NMFC, Domestic Freight Management

UPDATE: EPA, TSCA And Wood Products

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Apr 4, 2019 11:28:09 AM

The Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act, also known as the TSCA Title VI, was fully implemented as of March 22, 2019 following a nine-year waiting period.

Composite wood products required to be certified as emission compliant by CARB and EPA recognized Third-Party Certified (TPC) starting on May 22, 2017. From May 22, 2017 through March 22, 2019, products regulated by TSCA Title VI had to be labeled as TSCA Title VI or CARB ATCM Phase II compliant.

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Topics: Regulatory Compliance, International Freight Forwarding, Monthly Compliance Circular

Six Seasonal Shipping Facts You Should Know

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Apr 2, 2019 4:55:24 PM

Now that winter is almost over, demand for seasonal products such as flowers, plants and produce continues to grow. Shippers who transport goods from the Southern United States to the Midwestern and Northeastern United States will want to make sure their seasonal shipping knowledge continues to blossom.

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Topics: Seasonal Freight, Nursery

S301 List 3 Tariff Rate Increase Postponed "Until Further Notice"

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Apr 2, 2019 9:30:11 AM

The office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) recently issued a notice, officially "postponing" the tariff rate increase "until further notice." S301 List 3 tariffs will remain at 10 percent instead of increasing to 25 percent. The delayed increase is due to progress in US and China trade negotiations.

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Topics: International Freight Forwarding, Tariffs

INTERNATIONAL TRADE UPDATE: Potential Delays At US-Mexico Border

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Apr 1, 2019 3:20:34 PM

Last week, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan announced that CBP will reassign up to 750 officers from ports of entry along the US-Mexico border. These officers will assist US Border Patrol with processing an increased number of migrant crossings.

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Topics: Regulatory Compliance, International Freight Forwarding, International Trade