Merchandise Processing Fee and Other User Fees Increase

The Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) will increase from a minimum of $26.79 to $27.23 and the current maximum of $519.76 to $528.33 effective October 1, 2020. The MPF rate of 0.3464 percent will remain unchanged. You may view the complete list of user fees that are being increased here.

Refunds of China Section 301 Tariffs May Be Available But Fast Action Needed

The following article has ben published by Sandler, Travis and Rosenberg and it is being posted with their permission.  Refunds of China Section 301 Tariffs May be Available but Fast Action Needed A recently filed lawsuit could result in refunds of all Section 301 tariffs levied to date on List 3 and List 4A goods… Read more »

Goods Made In Hong Kong Must Be Marked As Products Of China – Transition Period Extended

The original requirement to mark goods from Hong Kong as products of Chinese origin as mandated by President Trump’s Executive Order 13936 from July 14, 2020 provided a transition period through September 25, 2020. CBP has extended the transition period for an additional 45 days for goods entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption through… Read more »

Upcoming Withhold Release Orders for Chinese Cotton Yarns, Textiles and Apparel Because of Suspected Forced Labor

U.S. Customs may be preparing to issue withhold release orders for cotton yarns, textiles, and apparel because of suspected forced labor and human right abuses involved with the manufacturing of these products in the Xinjiang region of China. The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility petition submitted to the Acting Customs Commissioner on August 28, 2020… Read more »


 The U.S. Trade Representative has announced the extension of certain product exclusions granted to the $300 billion action of Tranche/List # 4 through December 31, 2020.  The extended products should be entered under U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule number (USHTS) 9903.88.57. Only 87 of the product exclusions previously granted and identified under USHTS numbers 9903.88.39, 9903.88.42,… Read more »