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September 2018

  • Free Webinar: Sept. 27, 2018 at 2:00 pm EST

    The tariff codes in Chapter 98 of the HTSUS can significantly reduce or eliminate duty for certain eligible types of imports, such as U.S. goods returned and temporary importations under bond.

    In this one hour webinar, DHL’s Customs/Import consultant Bill Braier will provide an overview of Chapter 98 provisions’ benefits along with the associated requirements.

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  • With Hurricane Florence fast approaching the Carolinas, DHL Global Forwarding’s Columbia, South Carolina (CAE); Charleston, South Carolina (CHS); Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT) and Raleigh Durham, North Carolina (RDU) stations are fully prepared for the currently classified Category 2 hurricane. 

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  • Category 1 Hurricane Florence made landfall on Friday, September 14. The DHL Global Forwarding Charleston, South Carolina (CHS) and Raleigh Durham, North Carolina (RDU) stations are closed, but continously monitoring email. The Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT) station will be open until 3 p.m. today, September 14 and the Columbia, South Carolina (CAE) station continues working remotely.

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  • As the Carolinas and several other states recover from Hurricane Florence, our hearts go out to those impacted by the storm. As recovery is underway, we want to advise that the DHL Global Forwarding Charleston, South Carolina (CHS); Columbia, South Carolina (CAE), Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT) and Raleigh Durham, North Carolina (RDU) stations are open and conducting business as usual.

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  • Starting July 2018, the U.S. started imposing additional duties on certain China origin products. See DHL’s June 2018 Spotlight article for general information on the initiation of these duties. Two lists of HTS classifications have already been published and products falling under those lists are currently subject to the additional duties.

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August 2018

  • Change to Section 301 tariff exemption for products under HTSUS Chapter 98

    At the time of implementation of the “301” duties against certain Chinese origin products, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) had instructed that any product entered under a Chapter 98 tariff provision would be fully exempt from application of the “301” duties. 

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  • The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has released an update to its seasonal import measures for managing the risk of brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) during the high risk season.

    Any product falling under the following HTS Chapters will be impacted by heightened treatment requirements for Ocean Freight shipments to Australia and New Zealand:

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  • Starting July 6, 2018, the U.S. started imposing additional duties on $50 billion of China origin products. See DHL’s June 2018 Spotlight article for general information on the initiation of these duties:       

    An additional listing of products (“list 2”) to be subject to the additional 25 percent duties has been finalized by the USTR. U.S. Customs will begin to collect the 25 percent additional duties on the “list 2” products effective August 23, 2018. A formal notice on the tariff action will be published shortly in the Federal Register.

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June 2018

  • Free Webinar: July 26, 2018 at 2:00 pm EST

    Since the beginning of 2018, the U.S. Administration has instituted the application of additional duties on a variety of imported products. These additional duties, assessable at a rate of up to 25% of the value of the imported goods, can have a significant impact on importers.    

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  • The President of the United States has issued a statement announcing the United States will implement a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion of goods from China that contain industrially significant technologies. se additional duties are associated with a Section 301 investigation conducted by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

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  • On March 23, the U.S. instituted additional duties on certain steel and aluminum products.  At that time, certain countries were granted a temporary exemption from the duties until May 1, which was later extended until June 1.

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  • Since 2004, solid wood packaging materials (WPM) entering or transiting through the United States must be either heat treated or fumigated with methyl bromide as outlined in the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM 15). The WPM must also be marked with an approved international logo certifying it has been appropriately treated.

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May 2018

April 2018

  • The air freight industry is currently undergoing a period of raising market rates. This trend has continued during the end of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018 driven by very strong demand outgrowing capacity supply. European outbound lanes have been impacted in particular. In January 2018, Europe showed 11 percent year-on-year growth in international Freight Tonne Kilometers (FTK). The strong European performance corresponds with a very healthy demand for new export orders among the region’s manufacturers.

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  • We regret to inform that our Spotlight on March 29 about the Fuel Surcharge decrease to Australia contained an error. The Air Freight Fuel Surcharge from the U.S. to Central America, Mexico and Caribbean is currently at 1.05 USD/kg, effective since October 23, 2017. 


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March 2018

February 2018

  • The market is still continuing to see steady increases in the global jet fuel and crude oil prices. Over the last three months, from November 2017 to January 2018, the price increased by an additional 10.91 percent. As a consequence, in January, the U.S. Gulf Cost Kerosene-Type Jet Fuel Spot Price rose above $2.00 per gallon for the first time since December 2014.

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  • The Chinese New Year celebration, also known as the Spring Festival, is a national holiday in China. Government offices, schools, universities and many companies are closed during this period, from the Spring Festival Eve to the seventh day of the first lunar month in the Chinese calendar. This year, the China celebration will take place Feb. 15-21, with celebrations in Hong Kong taking place from Feb. 16-19.

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January 2018

  • The declaration of a product’s correct country of origin is of vital importance on the Customs entry. The country of origin of a product can affect its admissibility, free trade program eligibility, Antidumping duty applicability, and more. In addition, importers need to ensure their imported products properly bear the marking of their country of origin. Unmarked and improperly marked goods face numerous compliance issues, which can affect admissibility of the goods. 

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  • For the past months, the global jet fuel and crude oil prices have continued to steadily increase. The U.S. Gulf Cost Kerosene-Type Jet Fuel Spot Price further rose from $1.42 per gallon in July 2017 to $1.82 per gallon in December, a +28.2 percent increase. 

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  • We at DHL want to make sure that everyone is aware of the current capacity issues with the U.S. Domestic & international trucking companies across the U.S.

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February 2017

  • Duty Drawback is the refund, reduction or waiver in whole or in part of U.S. Customs duties assessed or collected upon importation of an article or materials which are subsequently exported. Parties who pay duties on importations of products which are ultimately re-exported out of the U.S., or are used in the manufacture of goods exported out of the U.S., may potentially be able to recover some of those paid duties from Customs.

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January 2017

  • DHL wants to help you stay up-to-date by providing you with valuable knowledge through a series of free webcasts. As part of the upcoming Transpacific Maritime Conference (TPM) being held by the Journal of Commerce (JOC) in California at the end of February. The first webcast comes by popular demand surrounding the topics of Trade Facilitation and Enforcement, ACE status update, and "Importer Readiness." Regulations in trade are continuously changing and we want to keep you in the loop because this knowledge can impact how fast your cargo clears Customs and is in your customer's hands. Whether you are new to the business or a seasoned logistics expert, you will surely benefit from our informational webcast series.

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