CP Rail Change, 232 Duties and Partial Ukraine-GSP Suspension

Canadian Pacific Railway Fee Change

Parties who import goods into the U.S. via Canadian Pacific Railway (CP Rail) need to be aware of a fee change by the rail company. CP Rail formerly had a $60(CDN) per rail car fee they would charge if the Customs entry was not filed prior to shipment arrival at the final CP cross border rail departure hub. Effective March 1, 2018, CP Rail now charges $75(CDN) per rail car if the Customs entry is not filed prior to shipment departure from origin.

DHL Global Forwarding processes the Customs entries on these movements upon receipt of the required information from the importer and the rail company. Customers are urged to get their documents to DHL as soon as possible to allow the entries to be filed within the timeframe mandated by CP Rail. Please note, DHL will hold no responsibility for the rail company’s charges if they are incurred.

Please contact your DHL Global Forwarding representative regarding any questions on this matter.

Update on Sec 232 Duties on Certain Steel & Aluminum Products

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.

Argentina, Brazil and South Korea , have garnered permanent exemptions from the 232 duties as they have agreed to an absolute quota process. The EU, Australia, Canada and Mexico, have had their temporary exemption extended to June 1. Products of all other countries are subject to the 25 percent duties in addition to any other applicable duties/fees.

*See DHL’s Spotlight on the initiation of the 232 duties here.

Partial Ukraine-GSP Suspension Effective April 26, 2018

In accordance with a U.S. Presidential Proclamation, certain products of Ukraine origin entered or withdrawn from warehouse on or after April 26, 2018 have had their Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) eligibility suspended, and cannot be entered with the benefit of GSP duty preference.

The subject products are listed within Annex III of the U.S. Presidential Proclamation, which can be viewed here.

Questions should be addressed to the Trade Agreements Branch at: