China 301 Sanctions – Temporary Halt

After the G20 summit between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jing Ping held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on December 1st, it was announced that China Sanctions currently in place will remain in effect, however, there will not be any further sanctions imposed on Chinese products for the next 90 days.   The duty increase from 10%… Read more »

Customs Bond Sufficiency and Saturation – Effect of Tariff Sanctions on Customs Bonds

The general rule for calculating a Customs bond amount is 10% of the amount of duties, taxes and fees paid by the importer of record in the previous twelve months.  Because of the significant additional duties imposed on products subject to tariff sanctions, bonds can become saturated pretty quickly these days.  Saturation occurs when the total duties,… Read more »


The United States Representative has published a list of 5,745 classifications worth approximately $200 billion of Chinese import products that will be subject to a 10% additional duty effective September 24, 2018.  The duty rate will increase to 25% on the affected classifications effective January 1, 2019. List 3 can be accessed here: Lists… Read more »

Merchandise Processing Fee and other Customs User Fees Increase

The Merchandise Process Fee (MPF) assessed on formal entries will be increased effective October 1, 2018.  The minimum MPF will be set at $26.22 (currently $25.57) and the maximum at $508.70 (currently $497.99).  The MPF rate will remain at 0.3464%. Other fee increases affecting entry are as follows: Surcharge for manual entry or release: $3.15… Read more »