OHL Weekly Alert - August 27, 2015

Update on Partner Government Agency (PGA) Pilots

The first phase of the Partner Government Agency (PGA) Pilots in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) was initiated last week. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are two of the fourteen agencies participating in the pilots.

The second phase of the PGA Pilots is scheduled to begin on September 2, 2015.

OHL Weekly Alert - August 20, 2015

Operations Returning to Normal at Port of Tianjin

One week after an explosion at the Port of Tianjin shook the city, port operations are slowly returning to normal. Departures that were delayed due to the blast are being rescheduled as terminals begin to resume work gradually.

Due to the nature of the chemical explosion, dangerous goods remain under embargo at the port.

Please check with your local station for any questions.

Port Explosion Causes Shipping Disruptions

Deadly Warehouse Explosion in Port of Tianjin Causes Shipping Disruptions

The explosion of a warehouse containing hazardous chemicals in the Port of Tianjin, China has caused a significant disruption to onshore operations. Shipping traffic carrying hazardous products into the port has been halted and operations at two container terminals have been suspended. At large, port operations are normal for Northern China’s largest port and main maritime gateway to Beijing.

OHL Weekly Alert - July 30, 2015

Updated Business Rules and Process Document

An updated version of the ACE Entry Summary Business Rules and Process Document is now available on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website.

This includes the entry summary processing workflow and the operational policies and procedures.

You can access the document here.

OHL Weekly Alert - July 22, 2015

GSP Refund Process Posted to CBP Website

Near the end of June, President Obama renewed the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), which retroactively allows for refund of duty paid on eligible items since the program expired in July of 2013.

OHL Weekly Alert - July 17, 2015

US Industry Associations praise New Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) Process

As the House and Senate work to resolve differences in the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (H.R. 644), several U.S. industry associations united to send a letter to Congress praising the presence of the new miscellaneous tariff bill (MTB) process, which would eliminate some taxes on imported products that are not available in the United States.

OHL Weekly Alert - July 10, 2015

On Monday, June 29th, President Obama renewed the Generalized System of Preference (GSP) as well as the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) through the Trade Preferences Extension Act.  This also included Preferential Duty Treatment Program for Haiti, Trade Adjustment Assistance, Improvements to Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Laws, and new tariff changes.  GSP renewal retroactively allows for refund of duty paid on eligible items since the program expired on July 31, 2013. Further instruction regarding the GSP refund process will follow.