US Import/Export Regulations

21 Oct 2019
Recently imposed tariffs, a persistent oversupply of vessels, and evolving shipper requirements are redrawing traditional trade lanes for multipurpose and heavy-lift (MPV/HL) carriers.
10 May 2019
US imports of goods that left China prior to Friday’s increase of tariffs from 10 percent to 25 percent may be able to enter the country at the lower duty rate under certain circumstances.
Turloch Mooney, senior editor, global ports, JOC
11 Apr 2019
Turloch Mooney, senior editor, global ports, JO
US Customs and Border Protection headquarters, Washington, DC.
16 Jan 2019
Nuisances are popping up that irk port authorities and customs brokers.
US CBP Washington.
04 Jan 2019
Delays may occur if paperwork is flagged by a federal agency in which staffers are furloughed.
Port of Los Angeles.
03 Dec 2018
There are still more unknowns than knowns about the US-China tariff ‘truce,’ but this is clear: the extra time until March 1 helps shippers by giving them a longer time cushion before higher tariffs could potentially start.
22 Oct 2017
US contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, and US-flag ocean carriers say Ex-Im Bank is essential if US-based companies are to compete with more than 60 other nations that provide export credit.
15 Feb 2017
Strong trade compliance protocols and abilities are critical to success in e-commerce.
20 Jul 2016
A recently re-enacted law will offer some U.S. importers tariff reductions.
18 Mar 2016
Washington state legislators are once again pushing to reform the U.S. Harbor Maintenance Fee in an effort to secure more funding for the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, two gateways facing stiff competition from Western Canadian ports for U.S.-bound cargo.
16 Mar 2016
The Obama Administration has made it easier for container services calling the United States to add Cuba as port of call, a small step in unleashing container trade between the two countries that has been stymied by a 56-year trade embargo.
04 Mar 2016
U.S. ports are supposed to steadily gain more federal funding each year, but a strong U.S. dollar could stymie Congress’ framework for providing more money for dredging and jetty maintenance.
27 Oct 2015
U.S. House legislators advocating the scanning all containers that come into the U.S. used a Tuesday congressional hearing on the threat of dirty bombs, or explosives using radioactive materials and conventional explosives, to reiterate their calls for the long-delayed federal mandate.
11 Aug 2015
Customs broker A.N. Deringer is billing its new less-than-containerload service from Hong Kong to Toronto as faster than via U.S. West Coast offerings, and free of U.S. harbor maintenance taxes and customs paperwork.
31 Jul 2015
Tasked with regulating products originating in more than 150 countries, the Food and Drug Administration is becoming more global in its approach rather than U.S.-centric and is boosting its foreign presence.
26 May 2015
It has become increasingly unlikely that the Export-Import Bank, the official export credit agency in the United States, will survive the 114th U.S. Congress.
25 Mar 2015
Phil Peters, president of Cuba Research Center, a nonprofit organization in Alexandria, Virginia, says the U.S. and Cuba have been making progress in normalizing their diplomatic and trade ties, and overcoming political opposition within the United States to the Obama administration’s clear desire to end the U.S. trade embargo of Cuba.
11 Mar 2015
Global trade management company Amber Road adds new sourcing and manufacturing capabilities by acquiring Hong Kong-based ecVision.
13 Feb 2015
President Obama’s proposal to restore U.S.-Cuba diplomatic trade relations has kindled interest in increased shipments between the nations, and is raising hopes among Gulf ports and shippers that a new market could develop almost in their front yard.
Red delicious apples
04 Nov 2014
China has lifted its suspension on Red and Golden Delicious apple imports from Washington state, giving apple shippers an opening to move their record crop to a new market as domestic transport capacity tightens.
Footwear
23 Oct 2014
Footwear importers last year paid $2.5 billion in duties, which are meant at least in part to protect domestic producers from low-cost imports, but in reality footwear accounts for a tiny percentage of U.S. jobs.
18 Sep 2014
A powerful U.S. resource that backers say helps many American exporters stay competitive globally will likely survive another nine months after the U.S. House of Representatives granted a funding extension for the U.S. Export-Import Bank on Wednesday. The Senate is expected to vote on a companion bill today.
05 Aug 2014
With the pending expansion to the Port of Savannah of a U.S. Department of Agriculture pilot program, three southern U.S. ports will be able to receive South American blueberries and grapes.
03 Jul 2014
Foreign trade zones in the U.S. are enjoying a boom, partly because shippers are increasingly using the zones for exports, and even for distribution of retail products without any domestic components.
Star fruit inspection at Port of Long Beach
01 Jul 2014
Following the release of guidelines for ship and cargo contingencies plans from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a customs expert has shared his insight into what to do in the event of a serious labor disruption.
intermodal rail
27 Jun 2014
U.S. commodity exporters are enjoying another year of especially low freight rates, but these benefits are often negated by carriers’ sloppy processing of documentation, longer transit times and inland transportation costs from the nation’s interior.
27 Feb 2014
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department Homeland of Security has until July to meet a federal mandate requiring all U.S.-bound containers to be scanned at nearly 750 foreign ports. DHS isn’t going to make it.
20 Feb 2014
WASHINGTON — U.S. Customs and Border Protection said President Obama’s signing of an executive order to streamline cargo processes creates a roadmap for completion, puts a spotlight on the importance of trade and raises awareness of the need for other federal agencies to help speed up freight clearance.
20 Feb 2014
WASHINGTON — President Obama today issued an executive order aimed at making it easier and faster for U.S. shippers to import and export by streamlining cargo processes and requiring a transition to electronic paperwork by 2017.
Apples with Chinese and U.S. flags on them
19 Feb 2014
U.S. beef, Chinese solar panels, genetically modified corn and U.S. software were high on the agenda at annual trade talks the U.S. and China held in mid-January. Chinese officials also revealed the top item on their agriculture wish list: access to the U.S. market for apples grown in China.
Biotechnology traits for agricultural products
06 Nov 2013
The American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association and U.S. Canola Association have voiced concerns about...
U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service finalizes regulations for mad cow disease.
04 Nov 2013
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has finalized regulations for imports of bovine spongiform encephalopathy...
Trial picture of fraudulently imported blue jeans.
30 Oct 2013
Los Angeles-based businessman Sunil Jiwat Mirwani has been sentenced to 27 months in prison for evading customs duties on more than $30 million in Chinese-made apparel...
Thumbnail of Securing Cargo infographic
22 Oct 2013
The U.S. Government Accountability Office has published a report, “DHS Could Improve Cargo Security by Periodically Assessing Risks From Foreign Ports,” recommending...
15 Oct 2013
One of the consequences of the prolonged U.S. government shutdown is the suspension of federal transportation and trade data releases.