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Section 301 Duties: Update

On Monday, U.S. Customs released CSMS message 19-000296 extending the window for goods that were exported to the United States, directly from China, prior to May 10th.   These goods would have been subject to the 25 percent duty if they entered after June 1st, but now the grace period for the 10 percent duty has been moved to June 15th.

This lowered duty rate is only for goods that were exported to the United States prior to May 10, 2019 and entered into the United States prior to June 15, 2019.

This lowered duty rate is not applicable on ‘in stock’ goods of China origin that are shipped from Canada.  The 25 percent duty rate would apply to China origin goods entered into the United States for consumption on or after May 10th, 2019.

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COVID-19 is a global challenge. Keeping our supply chains moving is important for maintaining the health and wellbeing of citizens and businesses. While the Canada - U.S. border is now closed to non-essential traffic, it is still open for trade and commerce. We are committed to doing our part for global supply chains.

We are protecting the health and safety of our employees. They are working from home, except for critical functions that require certain equipment or managing paper/courier flow. In those cases we are following social distancing guidelines.

We are open and available to assist you, and key players in your supply chains. Our dedicated staff are available 24/7 and our brokerage and logistics experts are available to help you make adjustments to your supply chain, if necessary.

We encourage you to check out the government programs available to families, businesses, exporters and importers. And, while respecting the need for social distancing we encourage everyone, including our staff, to reach out and remain connected to family, friends, colleagues and customers.

Stay safe.

Peter Willson
Chairman & CEO
Willson International

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