US exclusions portals for Section 232 and 301 tariffs now active

September 9, 2019 – On June 10, 2019, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), Office of Technology Evaluation, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published in the Federal Register (FR) an interim final rule for changing the process of filing requests for exclusions from special duties and quantitative limitations on imports of aluminum and steel under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended (Section 232). The DOC developed a portal referred to as the 232 Exclusions Portal for persons submitting exclusion requests, objections to exclusion requests, rebuttals, and surrebuttals. The 232 Exclusions Portal replaces the current manner of filing via the general federal rulemaking portal. The 232 Exclusions Portal will streamline the exclusions process while enhancing data integrity and quality controls, and it is available for use now.

On June 24, 2019, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published the following in the FR: Procedures for Requests to Exclude Particular Products from the September 2019 Action Pursuant to Section 301: China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation (Section 301). The Section 301 Portal opened at noon EDT on June 30, 2019, at which time exclusion requests for products included in Section 301 List 3 (Tranche 3) could be submitted. September 30, 2019, is the deadline for submitting Tranche 3 exclusion requests.

Hurrican Dorian will wreck havoc along the US Southeast

September 2, 2019 – Hurricane Dorian’s approach upward along the U.S. Southeast coast will shutter maritime and rail assets throughout the region during the week. Our prayers and thoughts are with those affected by this powerful storm.

Montreal to become a designated Free Trade Zone

August 19, 2019 – In the jostle for transatlantic traffic, Montreal has added a foreign-trade zone (FTZ) to its arsenal of incentives to attract business. The FTZ designation covers the entire metropolitan Montreal area, allowing companies to import goods for manufacturing or assembly duty-free for up to four years, provided the final product leaving the zone is for export. Transport interests in Montreal, under the umbrella of CargoM, have vied for FTZ status for the region to generate more international cargo traffic.

Shipping lines to start imposing heavy fines on misdeclared cargo

August 15, 2019 – FIATA is seeking urgent dialogue with top carriers in the wake of recent moves by big-name lines to impose stiff penalties on shippers who misdeclare cargoes. The move comes after Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd, HMM and OOCL all confirmed last week that they have adopted the controversial practice, after a spate of fires at sea were blamed on the practice. Canaan Transport is a member of FIATA and will continue to advise on this brewing situation.

Hong Kong airport protests continue but flights are slowly getting back to normal

August 12, 2019 – Hong Kong airport continues to be under siege by protesters but cargo flights are slowly returning to normal today. We will continue to keep our customers updated on the situation.

Hong Kong airport will be closed due to protest

August 7, 2019 – Hong Kong airport is rumoured to be closed for all outgoing flights due to the increasing protests in the city. We are advising all customers to ensure that any cargo flights booked into or out of the city be re-routed to avoid any delays.

Additional tariffs announced

August 2, 2019 – The U.S. will impose a 10% tariff on the remaining $300 billion worth of imports from China, known as list four, beginning September 1, President Donald Trump tweeted yesterday afternoon. Trump’s series of tweets came after U.S. representatives returned from trade talks with Chinese officials. Trump described the talks as "constructive," but said China had agreed to buy agricultural products from the U.S. "in large quantities, but did not do so." Trump said the negotiations between the two nations will continue.

New scanning equipment being deployed by US Customs Border and Protection

July 29, 2019 – U.S. Customs and Border Protection is replacing and expanding its fleet of non-intrusive X-ray scanning machines used to look inside truck trailers and containers entering the country’s ports of entry. The machines allow CBP officers to view the contents inside these freight transport conveyances for narcotics, weapons and other hidden contraband without having to open them. If suspicious cargo is discovered, the trailer or container can be pulled aside for physical inspection.

An operational benefit to the new non-intrusive inspection equipment is that truck drivers no longer need to exit their cabs during the scanning process, which allows CBP to review 50 trucks an hour versus seven with the older scanning equipment. “This will be a game changer for us,” said Todd Owen, CBP’s executive assistant commissioner for the Office of Field Operations.

APL to stop filing EHBL to Canada

July 22, 2019 – In a customer notice sent last week to Canaan Transport, APL advised that, effective September 1, 2019, it will cease providing electronic house bill of lading (eHBL) service on cargo bound for Canada. Customers will need to make necessary arrangements to transmit their eHBL to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) directly, as APL will no longer transmit this data on their behalf. Effective the same date, all eHBL CBSA submissions must also be received by APL’s origin offices by the locally advertised documentation cut-off time. Canaan Transport already has the tools in place to assist our customers in filing this information prior to shipment to Canada. According to CBSA, it is mandatory for customers to provide eHBL for all import, in-bond and in-transit cargo, and supplementary for Freight Remaining Onboard (FROB). APL directed customers to Customs Notice 16-20 for more information about requirements.

Shipping is an afterthought for many online retailers

July 15, 2019 – A new global survey of digital consumers and merchants explores shipping’s growing role in e-commerce. BigCommerce released Shipping, Delivered: Best Practices & Expectations for 2019, a new research study that examines survey responses of nearly 3,000 digital consumers and 800 online merchants to understand the role that shipping plays in the consumer purchase journey and how brands are adjusting operations to meet shifting expectations. The study concludes that, while e-commerce and shipping have a symbiotic relationship, shipping is often an afterthought for online retailers. This is where Canaan Transport can provide value added services for both retailers and customers. For customers, brand’s shipping experience can carry just as much weight as the product it sells and how it is marketed to them. An alarming 77 per cent of global survey respondents have abandoned an online purchase due to unsatisfactory shipping options, while 58 per cent have actually stopped shopping with particular retailers altogether as a result of a negative shipping experience.