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GUIDANCE: One Year Extension on Certain China Section 301 Exclusions for Products Covered Under Tranche 1 – $34B –Action (9903.88.06)

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CSMS #42180527-GUIDANCE: One Year Extension on Certain China Section 301 Exclusions for Products Covered Under Tranche 1 – $34B –Action (9903.88.06)

BACKGROUND
On March 19, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) published Federal Register (FR) Notice 85 FR 15849 to extend for 12 months certain product exclusions covered by the March 25, 2019 notice (see 84 FR 11152) for Section 301 duties on China ($34B Action – Tranche 1).

These product exclusions relate to the imposed additional duties on Chinese goods with an annual trade value of approximately $34 billion. These exclusions apply retroactive to the July 6, 2018 effective date of the $34 billion action, and will extend to March 25, 2021.

The scope of each exclusion is governed by the scope of the HTSUS 10-digit classification and product descriptions in the Annex to 85 FR 15849, and not by the product descriptions set out in any particular request for exclusion. A link to the Federal Register Notice is embedded in this message.

The functionality for the acceptance of certain product exclusions extended for 12-months on articles from China covered under Tranche 1 – $34B Action of Section 301 duties will be available in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) by 7am, Eastern Standard Time on March 26, 2020.

GUIDANCE
Instructions for the trade on submitting entries to CBP containing certain product exclusions that have been extended are set out below:

• In addition to reporting the regular Chapters 84, 85, 86, and 90 classifications of the HTSUS for the imported merchandise, importers shall report the HTSUS classification 9903.88.06 (Articles, the product of China, as provided for in U.S. note 20(i) to this subchapter, each covered by an exclusion granted by the USTR for imported merchandise subject to the exclusion).
• Importers shall not submit the corresponding Chapter 99 HTS number for the Section 301 duties when HTS 9903.88.06 is submitted.

Product Exclusions granted a 12-month extension under HTS 9903.88.06:

• 8412.21.0045, 8607.21.1000, 8413.81.0040, 8421.21.0000, 8421.22.0000, 8421.99.0040, 8431.49.9095, 8471.70.6000, 8501.10.4020 and 9027.90.5650

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Imports which have been granted a product exclusion from the Section 301 measures, and which are not subject to the Section 301 duties, are not covered by the Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) provisions of the Section 301 Federal Register notices, but instead are subject to the FTZ provisions in 19 CFR part 146.

Duty exclusions granted by the USTR are retroactive for imports on or after the initial July 6, 2018 effective date of the Tranche 1, $34B Action, of the China Section 301 trade remedies. To request a refund of Section 301 duties paid on previous imports of products granted duty exclusions by the USTR, importers may file a Post Summary Correction (PSC) if within the PSC filing timeframe. If the entry is beyond the PSC filing timeframe, but within 180 days of the liquidation action, importers may protest the liquidation.

Reminder: The trade should be referred to CSMS 39587858 for instructions on the entry summary order of reporting for multiple HTSUS when HTSUS Chapter 98 or 99 are required.

For ease of reference, a summary of Section 301 duties and product exclusion notifications is provided as an attachment.

Questions from the importing community concerning ACE entry rejections involving product exclusions should be referred to their CBP Client Representative. Questions related to Section 301 entry-filing requirements, please refer to CSMS message #40969690 (Information on Trade Remedy Questions and Resources) https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCBP/bulletins/27125da

Section 301 Tranche 3 – $200B Eleventh Round of Product Exclusions from China

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CSMS #42181055 – GUIDANCE: Section 301 Tranche 3 – $200B Eleventh Round of Product Exclusions from China

BACKGROUND
On March 26, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) published Federal Register (FR) Notice 85 FR 17158 announcing the decision to grant the eleventh round of certain exclusion requests from the Section 301 duty related to goods from China ($200B Action – Tranche 3).

These product exclusions relate to the imposed additional duties announced in 83 FR 47974 on Chinese goods with an annual trade value of approximately $200 billion. The product exclusions announced in this notice retroactively apply as of the September 24, 2018 effective date of the $200 billion action (Tranche 3), and will extend through August 7, 2020.

The exclusions are available for any product that meets the description as set out in the Annex to 85 FR 17158, (see attachment), regardless of whether the importer filed an exclusion request. Further, the scope of each exclusion is governed by the scope of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) 10-digit headings and product descriptions in the Annex; not by the product descriptions set out in any particular request for exclusion. For ease of reference, a link to the entire Federal Register Notice is embedded in this message.

The functionality for the acceptance of the eleventh round of products of China excluded from Section 301 duties will be available in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) as of 7am eastern standard time, March 31, 2020.

GUIDANCE
Instructions for importers, brokers and filers on submitting entries to CBP containing products granted exclusions by the USTR from the Section 301 measures as set out in 85 FR 17158 are set out below.

  • In addition to reporting the regular Chapters 03, 05, 12, 16, 28, 29, 38, 39, 40, 42, 48, 51, 55, 59, 60, 68, 69, 70, 73, 74, 76, 79, 82, 83, 84, 85, 87, 90, and 94 classifications of the HTSUS for the imported merchandise, importers shall report the HTSUS classification 9903.88.43 (Articles, the product of China, as provided for in U.S. note 20(vv) to this subchapter, each covered by an exclusion granted by the USTR for imported merchandise subject to the exclusion).
    • Importers shall not submit the corresponding Chapter 99 HTS number for the Section 301 duties when HTS 9903.88.43 is submitted.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Imports which have been granted a product exclusion from the Section 301 measures, and which are not subject to the Section 301 duties, are not covered by the Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) provisions of the Section 301 Federal Register notices, but instead are subject to the FTZ provisions in 19 CFR part 146.

Duty exclusions granted by the USTR are retroactive for imports on or after the initial effective date of September 24, 2018. To request a refund of Section 301 duties paid on previous imports of products granted duty exclusions by the USTR, importers may file a Post Summary Correction (PSC) if within the PSC filing timeframe. If the entry is beyond the PSC filing timeframe, importers may protest the liquidation if within the protest filing timeframe.

Reminder: When importers, brokers, and/or filers are submitting an entry summary in which a heading or subheading in Chapter 99 is claimed on imported merchandise, refer them to CSMS 39587858 (Entry Summary Order of Reporting for Multiple HTS when 98 or 99 HTS are required).

For ease of reference, a summary of Section 301 duties and product exclusion notifications as well as the Annex to 85 FR 17158 are attached.

For more information related to the eleventh round of products of China excluded from Section 301 duties, please refer to 85 FR 17158, issued March 26, 2020.

Questions from the importing community concerning ACE entry rejections involving product exclusions should be referred to their CBP Client Representative. Questions related to Section 301 entry-filing requirements, please refer to CSMS message #40969690 (Information on Trade Remedy Questions and Resources) https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCBP/bulletins/27125da

Urgent News Regarding Gemini Shippers Group Annual Members Meeting

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Urgent News Regarding Gemini Shippers Group Annual Members Meeting

Good Morning Members,

Due to growing concerns about COVID-19 and out of an abundance of caution,we have made the difficult decision to cancel the upcoming Gemini Shippers Group annual member meeting on June 16th in New York.
This was a not an easy decision to make but it is most important to prioritize the health and safety of our members, team and guest speakers. Please ensure you cancel any hotel and travel arrangements made .

But, just because we cannot meet in person, does not mean we can’t share some of the great information we had planned for June.  We will replace our meeting with a series of virtual webinars covering many of the topics we had planned. We are working with our great list of speakers now to arrange dates and we will we will have more details over the next several weeks on how to sign up for the events.

Great supply chains need to be nimble and adaptive, and our association is ready to rise to the occasion. We will have a great series of events for you to participate in.  In the mean time we will continue to post all of our COVID-19 updates on the member site.  Our team is here to help in any way we can during this difficult time, if you think we might be able to help in any way, we are just an email or phone call away.

 

Section 301 Update – COVID-19

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March 25, 2020

Dear Members and Friends –

We hope that you are all staying safe and healthy during these difficult times.    While COVID-19 has caused chaos in the world of logistics, there are several other things going on that may affect your shipments.

On March 20, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative published a list of almost 200 additional exclusions from the China 301 Tranche 3 actions.   As you may recall, Tranche 3 is subject to an additional 25 percent duty, unless the products have previously been excluded.  The full list is scheduled to be published tomorrow, but the unpublished list is attached here and here.

Some of the items on this list that may be of significance to our members include the following:

44) Backpacks and duffel bags with an outer surface of a blend of hemp and organic cotton, each measuring not less than 38 cm by 30 cm by 15 cm and not more than 36 cm by 72 cm by 34 cm (described in statistical reporting number 4202.92.2000)

45) Backpacks with outer surface of textile materials of man-made fibers, each measuring at least 35 cm but not more than 75 cm in height, at least 19 cm but not more than 34 cm in width, and at least 5cm but not more than 26 cm in depth (described in statistical reporting number 4202.92.3120)

46) Fishing tackle bags of man-made fibers, each measuring at least 5 cm but not more than 17 cm in width, at least 23 cm but not more than 27 cm in height and at least 37 cm but not more than 43 cm in depth, with a shoulder strap and carrying handles (described in statistical reporting number 4202.92.3131)

48) Tote bags with outer surface of man-made fibers, with handles, with printing on front and back, each bag measuring more than 20 cm but not more than 36 cm in width and more than 22 cm but not more than 39 cm in height, with a gusset measuring not more than 16 cm (described in statistical reporting number 4202.92.3131)

49) Bags with outer surface of textile materials of man-made fibers, each with a base of plastics and a coil zipper, weighing 0.22 kg or more but not over 4.6 kg, shaped to fit power sports vehicles (including but not limited to off-road vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles and motorcycles) (described in statistical reporting number 4202.92.9100)

50) Pouches and tool holsters of woven man-made fibers, each measuring at least 13 cm but not more than 19 cm in height, at least 4 cm but not more than 11 cm in width and at least 3 cm but not more than 5 cm in depth, valued not over $16 each, designed to fit over the wearer’s belt or attach to belt loops to provide hands-free carrying of mobile phones, tools, flashlights and articles of similar size (described in statistical reporting number 4202.92.9100)

52) Women’s, girls’, and infants’ pants, skirts and dresses, of polyurethane-coated leather of swine or of polyurethane-coated composition leather of swine (described in statistical reporting number 4203.10.4095)

54) Notebooks of paper or paperboard, each incorporating a plastic toy building block on the cover, measuring at least 13 cm but not more than 16 cm on the short side, at least 15 cm but not more than 22 cm on the long side and at least 1 cm but not more than 3 cm in thickness, with at least 192 but no more than 352 ruled or blank pages (described in statistical reporting number 4820.10.2060)

73) Windshields of laminated safety glass, of a size and shape for vehicles, each weighing at least 10.9 kg but not over 15.4 kg (described in statistical reporting number 7007.21.1010)

74) Rear-view mirrors for vehicles, composed of stainless steel, aluminum, glass filled nylon, polyethylene, and acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene, each weighing at least 500 g but not more than 1 kg, with mirrors measuring at least 180 mm but not more than 400 mm in length (described in statistical reporting number 7009.10.0000)

75) Rear-view mirrors for vehicles, each consisting of a multi-curvature convex glass mirror, a steel case and a heating element (described in statistical reporting number 7009.10.0000)

76) Replacement kits for rear-view mirrors for vehicles, each consisting of a multi-curvature convex mirror, a gasket and a heating element (described in statistical reporting number 7009.10.0000)

168) Cabinets of wood with glass fronts, each measuring at least 208 cm but not more than 234 cm in height, at least 86 cm but no more than 128 cm in width and at least 40 cm but not more than 49 cm in depth (described in statistical reporting number 9403.60.8081)

169) Cabinets of wood with glass fronts, each measuring at least 91 cm but not more than 117 cm in height, at least 165 cm but no more than 216 cm in width and at least 38 cm but not more than 59 cm in depth (described in statistical reporting number 9403.60.8081)

For the full list, please see the preliminary notice from the office of the USTR.   If there are questions about customs classifications, contact traderemedy@cbp.dhs.gov.

These exclusions are retroactive to September 24, 2018 and are in effect through August 7, 2020.   To seek refunds of duties paid, speak to your customs broker or a customs attorney.

CBP has published a notice about requesting extensions of exclusions.  That notice is attached here.

There were also several notices of about 200 medical items that have been granted exclusions.  See the following link.

For U.S. importers, Customs is reviewing requests for a 7 day delay in payments of customs duties.   A notice should appear in the Federal Register shortly.   If anyone is interested, reach out to Director Randy Mitchell at randy.mitchell@cbp.dhs.gov and include the name of the importer and the IOR number in the request.

In other news, India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, yesterday ordered the country on lockdown for 21 days.   Production and shipments from India will obviously be significantly delayed.  Although ports and carriers are still operational, truckers and factories are closed.   Bangladesh has just announced that all public transport (except for emergency medical transport) is shut down from March 26 to April 4.

Stay safe, stay indoors, stay healthy.

Sara Mayes,
President

Coronavirus Incites Barrage of Social Engineering Campaigns

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Members,
Please note the update we have received  on IT security and targeting shippers and transport companies by phishing attacks related to the coronavirus. Please remain diligent and be aware of these campaigns.
Coronavirus Incites Barrage of Social Engineering Campaigns

Over the past several weeks, various threat actors have taken advantage of the global concern and interest in the recent coronavirus, known as 2019-nCoV, to launch new social engineering campaigns. The NJCCIC previously reported on coronavirus-themed phishing emails attempting to deliver the Emotet trojan, and others have now surfaced. Proofpoint reported on a phishing campaign targeting industries that could be impacted by shipping disruptions as a result of the virus, including manufacturing, industrial, finance, transportation, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic companies. These emails attempt to convince the recipient to open a Word document attachment regarding the impacts on shipping. The threat actors attempt to exploit a nearly three-year old Microsoft Office vulnerability (CVE-2017-11882) and, once the attachment is opened and macros are enabled, the AZORult information-stealing trojan is installed. In addition, Sophos reported that the World Health Organization (WHO) is being impersonated to spread malware via a phishing campaign that includes the WHO logo and branding and provides the recipient with a link to safety measures regarding the spread of 2019-nCoV. The link leads to a compromised website that looks identical to the WHO homepage; however, a popup requests the visitor to verify their email and password. The URL for this site is not the legitimate WHO homepage and is a noticeable red flag. The NJCCIC highly encourages users to remain vigilant and exercise extreme caution with emails that reference 2019-nCoV, refraining from clicking links or opening attachments. Phishing attempts can be reported to the NJCCIC via the Cyber Incident Form. The WHO and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide up-to-date information regarding the 2019-nCoV outbreak.