GSP Designation for India and Turkey is Coming to an End

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced today that the United States intends to terminate India’s and Turkey’s designations as beneficiary developing countries under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program because they no longer comply with the statutory eligibility criteria. 

The termination of India from GSP stems from its failure to provide the United States with assurances that it will provide equitable and reasonable access to its markets in numerous sectors.  Turkey’s termination from GSP follows a finding that it is sufficiently economically developed and should no longer benefit from preferential market access to the United States market.

By statute, these changes may not take effect until at least 60 days after the notifications to Congress and the governments of India and Turkey, and will be enacted by a Presidential Proclamation.

The full press release may be found here.

CBP Extend 10% Duty Rate for Third Round of Section 301

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) made changes to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) to extend the 10% duty rate on HTS 9903.88.03, as noted in Cargo System Messaging Service #19-000088. The duty rate was set to increase on March 2, 2019 to 25% for goods that were subject to the third round of Section 301 tariffs.

Further updates are possible after the forthcoming Federal Register notice is published.

The update can be found here.

US East Coast and West Coast Port Congestion Continues

LA and NY Trucking/Port Congestion Continues

There continues to be extreme congestion at Los Angeles/Long Beach and New York ports. This is primarily due to the influx of imports in advance of the tariff increases, peak season shipping, and Chinese New Year anticipation. The increased volume is also impacting inland moves. The local truckers are experiencing chassis shortage and long pickup times. We ask that our customers to expect and prepare for some shipment delays in the upcoming weeks. Note: Unlike LA/LB, the NY terminals only run regular weekday hours, no weekends. Please expect anything moving through NY to take longer to move.

We Thank You for your support and understanding during this difficult period.

If you have any specific inquiries regarding your shipments, please contact your South East World Wide, Ltd. Sales Representative.

US West Coast Port Congestion Continues

Los Angeles and Long Beach Port Congestion

Shippers continue to face long delays retrieving containers locally and for IPI service from both Los Angeles and Long Beach Ports. The ports have reported unprecedented high volumes of containers coming into port with no relief in sight. Containers are sitting longer than normal and any containers that are out-gating are taking longer to return, causing chassis shortage as well. Contributing factors to the congestion include the following:

  • Strong market conditions and increases in volume prior to the implementation of tariff increases.” (Though a threatened increase in tariffs on $200 million of Chinese goods from 10 percent to 25 percent has been delayed until March, many goods were shipped early to beat the tariff clock.)

  • Carriers have added 12 extra loader vessels and three up-sized vessels calling the Los Angeles/Long Beach complex over the balance of 2018. The extra loader vessels are expected to transport an additional 128,000 TEUs of freight over the coming weeks. Many of these vessels are calling terminals outside of the normal alliance pattern, which could result in disruptions in chassis availability because of the mis-positioning of containers and chassis. 

  • Lingering effects of the typhoons in the Eastern Pacific. 

  • Warehouses across the region have all but reached capacity.

  • Driver shortage and ELD enforcement

  • Congestion has been exacerbated by curtailed hours over the Christmas and New Year holidays

  • General increase of containers, 5%, over last year but in much smaller time frame

Despite the ports efforts to assist with technology improvements, congestion is expected to continue through February 2019.

President Announces US will not Raise Tariffs on $200 Billion in Chinese Goods

U.S. President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi agreed to maintain the tariffs on $200 billion worth of products from China at 10% ad valorem rate, and will not raise the tariffs to 25% on January 1, 2019 for a period of 90-days.

If, at the end of a 90-day period of negotiations, both parties are unable to reach an agreement, the 10% tariffs will be raised to 25%.

The White House press release click HERE.

Trump Administration Announces $200 Billion in Section 301 Tariffs on China

On September 17, 2018, by Presidential order of U.S. President Donald Trump, an implementation of an additional $200 Billion of Section 301 tariffs on goods imported from China will be in effect.

According to the USTR, the final list of tariffs contains 5,745 lines of the original 6,031 tariff lines first proposed on July 10, 2018.

The latest round of tariffs will take effect on September 24, 2018 at a rate of 10% until the end of the year. On January 1, 2019, the rate of the tariffs will increase to 25%.

Information on the White House Press Release can be found here.

The USTR’s Press Release can be found here.

The tariff list can be found by clicking here.

CBP Announced MPF Changes for Fiscal Year 2019, Effective October 1, 2018

The Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) ad valorem rate of 0.3464% will NOT change.  The MPF minimum and maximum for formal entries (class code 499) will change.  The minimum will change from $25.67 to $26.22 and the maximum will change from $497.99 to $508.70.

Additionally, the informal MPF will increase to $2.10.

The changes are scheduled to take effect on October 1, 2018.


The CSMS may be found by clicking here.



CBP Provides Section 301 Trade Remedies FAQ

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) posted a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on Section 301 trade remedies.

The FAQ may be found here:

The USTR’s Notice of Action may be found here:

Section 301 Trade Remedies to be Assessed on Certain Products from China effective July 6, 2018


On August 18, 2017, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) initiated an investigation under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 into the government of China’s acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation.  On March 22, 2018, the USTR issued a notice of determination and request for comments that stated that the government of China’s acts, policies, and practices covered by the investigation were found to be actionable under Section 301(b) of the Trade Act.  The notice proposed the imposition of additional import duties on a preliminary list of 1,300 Chinese products, and indicated that a final list would be forthcoming after the period for public comment expired.  See Federal Register, 83 FR 14906.  On June 15, 2018, the USTR issued a notice of action providing for the imposition of additional import duties on a final list of Chinese products.

Additional information can be found here:



China is Amending the Advance Cargo Manifest Information Requirements

Effective June 01, 2018, the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China (“GACC”) will amend its advance cargo information requirements for imports and exports according to GACC Announcement No. 56.

It will require additional data elements to be provided that are related to Inbound and Outbound Transportation by Air and Sea. 

Some of the additional data that will be required are as follows:

  • Shipper Contact Number
  • Shipper Specific Contact Name
  • Shipper Enterprise Registration Code or Unified Social Credit Code
  • Consignee Contact Number
  • Consignee Specific Contact Name
  • Consignee Enterprise Registration Code or Unified Social Credit Code
  • Notify Party Contact Number (if consignee is different)
  • Notify Party Specific Contact Name (if consignee is different)
  • Notifiy Party Registration Code or Unified Social Credit Code (if consignee is different)
  • Complete and accurate brief description of goods

Manifest data must be transmitted to the GACC prior to arrival or departure within the timeframes prescribed per mode of transportation.

The notice may be found here in Chinese:

An English translation may be found here:


GSP Renewed

Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)

The Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) provides duty-free treatment to goods of designated beneficiary countries. The program was authorized by the Trade Act of 1974 to promote economic growth in the developing countries and was implemented on January 1, 1976.


GSP Renewed

On Friday, March 23, 2018, the President signed into law H.R. 1625 (Public Law 115-141), the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018,” which in addition to providing full-year federal appropriations through September 30, 2018, extended GSP with retroactivity, for goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2020. The new law, effective April 22, 2018, also provided for the retroactive refund of all duties (without interest) to the importer of record (IOR) on GSP-eligible goods entered during the January 1, 2018 through April 21, 2018 lapse period.

For detailed information on the full release, click here.

For any entries handled through South East World Wide, Ltd., take note that all of the merchandise that is eligible for GSP duty free entry, has been identified by the lines marked with "A" on the CBP7501 Entry Summary. Because the GSP program expired on 12/31/17, the full duty amount must be paid at this time. SEWW is monitoring all affected entries, and will ensure refunds are issued.

USTR Announces New GSP Eligibility Reviews of India, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan

USTR Announces New GSP Eligibility Reviews of India, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan

Washington, D.C. – The Office of the United States Trade Representative announced today that it is reviewing the eligibility of India, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan in the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) based on concerns about the countries’ compliance with the program. The reviews are based on the Trump Administration’s new GSP country eligibility assessment process as well as GSP country eligibility petitions.

See full Announcement here.

USTR Releases Proposed Tariff List on Chinese Products

On April 3, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released a list of the proposed products imported from China that can potentially be subject to additional tariffs.

The USTR has identified approximately 1,300 separate tariffs, which will “…undergo further review.” 

The USTR will make a final determination on the products subject to the additional duty once the public notice and comment process has completed.

Use link below to access the USTR press release :

The list of products and intended tariff increases can be found here

Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)-RENEWED

The Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) provides duty-free treatment to goods of designated beneficiary countries. The program was authorized by the Trade Act of 1974 to promote economic growth in the developing countries and was implemented on January 1, 1976.

The GSP periodically expires and must be renewed by Congress to remain in effect. The 2015 GSP reauthorization (H.R. 1295) expired on December 31, 2017.


GSP Renewed

On Friday, March 23, 2018, the President signed into law H.R. 1625, the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018,” which in addition to providing full-year federal appropriations through September 30, 2018, extended GSP with retroactivity, from January 1, 2018, through December 31, 2020.

Importers should continue to flag GSP-eligible importations with the SPI “A” and pay normal trade relations (column 1) duty rates until the effective date of the Act, April 22, 2018, at which time programming will obviate the duty payment.

If your entries have already been subject to GSP and filed with SEWW as your agent , your GSP Duties have been flagged with the SPI "A".  For more information, CBP.GOV


South East World Wide, Ltd. Proud to Offer Extended Services To/From Vietnam

It is our great pleasure to announce our extended service to and from the great nation of Vietnam.  South East World Wide, Ltd., with the cooperation of its committed team and partners, provide their clients; Import Customs, Export Customs, Ocean Service, Air Service Ground Transportation, Warehousing and Distribution Services throughout Vietnam.  Operating out of both North Vietnam from Hanoi and South Vietnam from Ho Chi Minh City, we are able provide effective supply chain solutions to a variety of industrial sectors; Agri and Aqua Culture, Automotive, Consumer & Retail, Energy, Healthcare, Industrial and Technology, and Textile Industries.  Serving all major sea ports; Hai Phong, Da Nang and Cai Mep in South Ho Chi Minh.  

Expanding gross domestic product (GDP), modern infrastructure and a dramatic increase in foreign direct investment (FDI) are signs that Vietnam has transformed into an attractive opportunity for overseas production relocating to Vietnam; providing value in the nations' low cost of operations, increased available and skilled workforce and strategic global positioning.  

Chassis Supply Advisory Notice


Last week many inland locations experienced higher than expected rail volume and greater than planned chassis demand.  Combined with severe winter weather, longer than normal equipment repair times and longer than normal-street dwell times, chassis supply in many inland locations is very tight. 

TRAC provided a status of chassis supply in the locations described below.  Please note TRAC anticipates inland volume at several locations declining this week which may help improve chassis supply.   


  • Chicago:  Rail volume at all Chicago locations has increased.  Most rail ramps have adequate chassis to support the increased demand with the exception of CN Harvey.  TRAC is providing bare chassis at alternative locations to serve CN Harvey.
  • Joliet:  High rail volume at both UP and BNSF.  Based on demand forecasts TRAC expects volume to decline and chassis supply to improve this week.
  • Columbus:  Experiencing longer than normal street-dwell times negatively affecting supply.  Chassis supply is tight.  TRAC requests ocean carriers to contact customers to encourage reducing street-dwell time.
  • Cleveland:  TRAC reports no issues, normal supply/demand fluctuations.

THE Alliance shuffles service offerings for 2018

As reported by Elizabeth Landrum from American Shipper Tuesday December 19, 2017

The ocean carrier members of THE Alliance - Hapag-Lloyd, Yang Ming, "K" Line, MOL and NYK - are shaking up their east-west network starting in April 2018, adding one additional loop to the existing 32 services, which will now cover 81 ports with more than 250 vessels deployed in major east-west trade lanes
   The service network of THE Alliance, which originally launched in April 2017, is expected to cover more than 19 ports in Asia including seven Chinese and five Japanese ports with direct calls as well as 21 ports in the US and Canada, seven North European and 17 Mediterranean ports, seven ports in the Middle East and Red Sea, three Indian Sub-Continent ports, and seven ports in Central America/Caribbean. The network entails eight services in the Asia/Europe trade including three services covering the Mediterranean market; 16 joint services operated by THE Alliance members on the Trans Pacific trade; seven loops in the North Atlantic trade covering North European, Mediterranean, US, Canada and Mexico ports; and two loops in Middle East.
   “After one year of cooperation we are proud to say that 'our services and the network improved significantly', said member carriers in a statement. ”The business is well on track in operational terms and with the delivery of several new big ships we are able to serve our customers even better.” 
    Specifically, the carriers said the services that will change in April 2018 include the following:

CBP Adjusts Merchandise Processing Fees

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced in a Federal Register notice that certain customs user fees would increase for fiscal year 2018, including the Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF).

The adjustments calculated in the various fees are reflected by inflation. The new minimum MPF will be calculated at $25.67 and the new maximum MPF will be calculated at $497.99

For a full list of the customs user fees set to increase, please see the Federal Register notice here:

Harmonized System Update (HSU) 1707 created on October 19, 2017  

Harmonized System Update (HSU) 1707 was created on October 19, 2017 and contains 27,291 ABI records and 5,164 harmonized tariff records.

Modifications include those mandated by the Agricultural Marketing Service, adjusting the assessment on imported cotton and cotton products, effective November 6, 2017. Please use the link below to reference the associated Federal Register Notice...