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Duty Drawback for Imports: A 101 Guide

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Jul 18, 2019 10:12:00 AM

Duty drawback is a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program where exporters are refunded up to 99% of the customs duty that was previously levied upon imported merchandise. Duty drawback, however, is one of the most complicated commercial programs managed by CBP. Thus, it is important to have a clear understanding of all facets of how the program works and develop a relationship with a reputable drawback broker, who can help you navigate the rules and international laws.

The team at Ascent Global Logistics is ready to help you work through these complexities by determining if your situation qualifies for the Drawback Program.

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Topics: Regulatory Compliance, Exporting, Importing, International Freight Forwarding, Tariffs, International Trade

PierPASS Rate Increase

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Jul 17, 2019 10:51:24 AM

PierPASS Rate Increase

PierPASS was established as a not-for-profit company in Los Angeles/Long Beach in 2005 with a goal of addressing multi-terminal congestion issues. The terminals began to have peak hours and non-peak hours, which helped the flow of trucks coming into the ports to pick up containers. The Traffic Mitigation Fee (TMF) was assessed on each truck that came in during “peak” hours, encouraging more movement at off-peak hours, evening hours. The strategy was to improve energy efficiency, air quality, safety and security as well as congestion in the ports.

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Topics: International Freight Forwarding, Tariffs, International Trade

Q2 International Trade Recap

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Jul 9, 2019 1:55:14 PM

Q2 2019 brought many updates to tariffs, regulations and more in the international trade industry. We've compiled a recap of all of the must-know trade updates for importers and exporters as we embark on Q3.

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Topics: International Freight Forwarding, Tariffs, International Trade

Compliance Circular July 2019

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Jul 1, 2019 11:30:33 AM

Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT)

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently held their annual CTPAT Conference in San Antonio, TX, with an attendance of over 1,500 CTPAT members – from importers and exporters to Canadian and Mexican foreign manufacturers, from highway carriers and sea carriers to brokers and freight forwarders. A sea of people converged upon the seventh largest city in the nation and CBP did not disappoint – providing valuable information  regarding the updated Minimum Security Criteria as well as how security in our agriculture is vital to our economy.

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

S301 List 3 Tariff Exclusion Requests

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Jun 24, 2019 4:57:22 PM

International Trade News: S301 List 3 Tariff Exclusion Requests

According to a notice issued by the Office of the United States Trade Representative last week, requests for S301 List 3 exclusions may be submitted between June 30, 2019 and September 30, 2019 through the USTR website, which will be available on June 30. Once a requester is registered, they may complete one or multiple exclusion requests. The notice provides a replica of the form and what information must be provided.

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Topics: International Freight Forwarding, Tariffs, International Trade

Mexico Tariffs Suspended "Indefinitely"

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Jun 12, 2019 4:06:56 PM

International Trade News: U.S. and Mexico Have Reached a Deal, Suspending Tariffs "Indefinitely"

The proposed additional five percent tariffs on goods from Mexico that were set to go into effect on June 10, 2019 have been "indefinitely suspended" due to a deal between the U.S. and Mexico, which occurred on Friday, June 7, 2019. According to the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. and Mexico will commit to strengthening bilateral cooperation and implementing Migrant Protection Protocols. 

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Topics: International Freight Forwarding, Tariffs, International Trade

India Removed from Generalized System of Preference (GSP)

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Jun 4, 2019 4:07:18 PM

India Removed from Generalized System of Preference (GSP)

Under Executive Order 11888 of November 24, 1975, President Gerald Ford designated India as a beneficiary developing country for the purposes of Generalized System of Preference (GSP), an action afforded by The Trade Act of 1974. The goal of this Trade Act was to promote economic growth in developing countries while also providing all presidents with the ability to withdraw, suspend or limit the duty-free treatment afforded, based on various factors including the country's assurance that it will provide "equitable and reasonable access to the markets and basic commodity resources of such country" as well as refraining from unreasonable export practices.

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Topics: International Freight Forwarding, Tariffs, International Trade

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

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