Stay Informed and In Compliance

As market conditions constantly change so do the laws and regulations governing International Trade.   It is the legal responsibility of the importer to properly declare the value, classification and rate of duty applicable for entered merchandise.  It is also the responsibility of the importer to understand and abide by the latest regulations.

The US Government along with Department of Homeland Security has provided a website which may prove beneficial to the customer importing product to the US.  

Please find following the weblink with additional valuable insight and assistance to anyone importing product from another country.  This site is a great resource for the latest information on specific laws, regulations or procedures that may affect your import transactions.

Customs Border Protection (CBP) has a number of Informed Compliance publications (ICPs) in the "What Every Member of the Trade Community Should Know About: ..." series.  The subjects listed are available for reading or downloading depending on the consumers need.  The first date shown is the original publication date.  The subsequent dates, if any, show the revisions.

If you have any questions considering your classifications, documentation or other import questions please give your local South East World Wide representative a call to schedule an appointment.

Qingdao, China – New Dangerous Goods Rule for Classes 1 - 7

Qingdao, China – New Dangerous Goods Rule for Classes 1 - 7

The port of Qingdao (CNTAO) issued a new Dangerous Goods (DG) rule. All dangerous goods classes 1 to 7 will be prohibited for loading, discharge and transshipment. Please consider this new rule for your future bookings.

Cargo already being loaded will be discharged or transshipped until August 31, 2017.

All dangerous goods, except class 1 and 7, will remain permitted for transit Qingdao (CNTAO).

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  • Regulations

Geographical Scope

  • East Asia (from/to Americas) - Export
  • East Asia (from/to Americas) - Import
  • Asia and Oceania intra-regional
  • East Asia (from/to Europe) - Import
  • East Asia (from/to Europe) - Export


Rulings and Legal Decisions

Rulings and Legal Decisions

U.S.  Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issues binding advance rulings and other legal decisions in connection with the importation of merchandise into the United States. Advance rulings provide the international trade community with a transparent and efficient means of understanding how CBP will treat a prospective import or carrier transaction. 

For example, a ruling letter may address the tariff classification or appraised value of merchandise, the liquidation of an entry, or the exclusion of merchandise from entry. As such, ruling letters facilitate trade by enabling companies to make business decisions that are dependent on how their goods will be treated on importation. 

CBP also issues other binding decisions such as internal advice decisions letters (covering current import and carrier transactions), and protest review decisions (appeals of CBP decisions on completed transactions).

With a view to promoting transparency, CBP also makes available to the public various other guidance including the following: the Customs Rulings On-Line Search System (CROSS – a database of published rulings), the Customs Bulletin and Decisions, pertinent Federal Register Notices, CBP Directives and HandbooksInformed Compliance Publications, and a summary of laws enforced by CBP. 

For additional information, follow the link:


Is Your Cargo Insured?

As a shipper we are typically busy controlling the daily challenges of running a business including managing the finances, making new sales, ensuring product is ordered and delivered in a timely manger.   We can get all of this right and forget one important component, Insurance.

One common thing overlooked is properly insuring your product and/or thinking that you are insured when you are really not.   Insurance is not always needed but is often proven to be beneficial should there be any unforeseen incident in the transportation of your product.

Shippers should purchase Cargo Insurance, whether it is for domestic US transit or international shipments that addresses their specific shipping needs, contains the limits, deductibles, terms and conditions that they require. The word "surprise" should never come up, once a loss has occurred.

No matter where you purchase your insurance take the time to understand all of the terms and conditions contained in the policy.

If you have any questions concerning your current insurance coverage, what it would cost to ensure your cargo and/or general insurance questions please give your South East World Wide representative a call to schedule an appointment.

Schedule B and Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS)Updated in the Automated Export System

Effective immediately, the Schedule B, Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS), and HTS Codes That Are Not Valid for AES tables have been updated to accept the changes to the July 1, 2017 codes. 

AES will accept shipments with outdated codes during a grace period for 30 days beyond the expiration date of June 30th, 2017. Reporting an outdated code after the 30-day grace period will result in a fatal error.
The ACE AESDirect program has been updated with the 2017 codes and will accept shipments with outdated codes during the grace period as well.
The 2017 Schedule B and HTS tables are available for downloading at:
The current list of HTS codes that are not valid for AES are available at:
For further information or questions, contact the U.S. Census Bureau's International Trade Indicator Micro Analysis Branch.
Telephone: (800) 549-0595, select option 2 for International Trade Indicator Micro Analysis Branch

General Rate Adjustment – Trans-Pacific Trade Eastbound from East Asia to US and Canada

Effective Date: August 1, 2017 (date of cargo receipt at origin)

Scope: East Asia to North America (US and Canada)

Effective Date: August 1, 2017 (date of cargo receipt at origin)

Scope: East Asia to North America (US and Canada)

  • USD 800 per 20' standard container (20’ x 8'6")
  • USD 1,000 per 40' standard container (40’ x 8'6")
  • USD 1,000 per 40' high cube container (40’ x 9'6")
  • USD 1,266 per 45' container (45’ x 9'6")

East Asia is defined as being the countries of Japan, Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China (PRC), Macau, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, The Philippines and Russian Pacific Coast Provinces.

Rates may vary.  Please contact your South East World Wide representative to review how this increase will effect your company pricing.