The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA) is an authorization of CBP’s trade authority and was enforced to create an environment for fair, honest and competitive trade in the United States. Section 906 of TFTEA made a comprehensive set of changes to drawback claim filing. Even though TFTEA was only signed into law in 2016, it is necessary to know these recent changes since it greatly effects the drawback application process.
Duty drawback can be a great opportunity for companies to save on duties, but to utilize it to its full extent it is necessary to understand the intricacies of the program. There are strict time frames that must be abided by and record keeping is imperative. The duty drawback regulations have changed recently due to TFTEA (Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act) and manual claims are no longer accepted, however Ascent Global Logistics can help you get your duty drawback claim filed electronically under the new regulations.
Below are a few tips and tricks from the Ascent Global Logistics Duty Drawback team on how to get started and participate in duty drawback.
Breaking News: Product Exclusions Granted for List 3
On August 5, 2019 the USTR (United States Trade Representative) announced that product exclusions have been approved for S301 List 3 duties. The product exclusions are broken into ten new product-specific descriptions such as certain plastic containers, pet cages, shopping carts and inflatable kayaks and boats.
Duty drawback is a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program where companies are refunded up to 99% of customs duties, taxes and/or fees that were previously levied upon imported merchandise, and of internal revenue taxes paid on domestic alcohol as well as other excise taxes. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.