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Scrap metal recycling – business opportunities await

Posted by U.S. Customs Dept. - Cole International on Feb 7, 2018 8:43:00 AM
 
Scrap metal recycling involves the recovery of metal scrap from the manufacturing industries and from metal products that have reached the end of their useful life.
 
The scrap metal industry is an important and well-established one that offers both environmental benefits – diverting many tons of material from landfills every year to provide raw material for new products – and economic ones, offering many business opportunities along a complex supply chain.
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Importing Wood Packaging Material into the U.S.

Posted by U.S. Customs Dept. - Cole International on Dec 13, 2017 8:58:00 AM
 
The U.S. government regulates the import of all wood and wood-containing products into the U.S. And, because these items can carry and introduce harmful pests, their import is tightly monitored. Material made of wood that is used as packaging (such as crates, pallets, dunnage, etc.) is also subject to import regulations.
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Change to U.S. Merchandise Processing Fees effective Jan 1st 2018

Posted by U.S. Customs Dept. - Cole International on Dec 4, 2017 8:48:00 AM
Every shipment of goods imported into the U.S. is subject to a Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF). The MPF has been in place for thirty years and its impact should be taken into account when considering all the costs of importing goods to the U.S.
 
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced in a recent Federal Register notice that the MPF will be increased to account for inflation, with the new rates taking effect January 1, 2018.
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection – Update on ACE, the automated commercial environment

Posted by U.S. Customs Dept. - Cole International on Dec 1, 2017 10:09:00 AM
ACE is the Automated Commercial Environment – the single-window system through which the U.S. trade community reports import and export of goods. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)  uses the data submitted through this system to determine the admissibility of goods into the U.S.
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Increased Enforcement of U.S. Antidumping & Countervailing Duties

Posted by U.S. Customs Dept. - Cole International on Sep 13, 2017 9:00:00 AM
 
Antidumping and countervailing duties (AD/CVD) are customs charges aimed at counteracting artificially low prices on imported goods.
 
AD/CVD rates can be significantly higher than other import duties – sometimes exceeding 400 percent of the value of the merchandise.
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Exporting Goods from the United States

Posted by U.S. Customs Dept. - Cole International on Sep 6, 2017 9:00:00 AM
 
 
Every year, U.S. companies export over two trillion dollars’ worth of goods and services. If you want your business to get in on the action, it’s important to do it right – right from the start.
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Importing into the U.S. – Changes aplenty

Posted by U.S. Customs Dept. - Cole International on Mar 15, 2017 9:00:00 AM
February 2017 update
 
We published a blog on this same topic just a few months ago (Change is in the air) and thought we should provide a few updates on developments that have occurred since. With a new U.S. administration in place, there are bound to be ongoing effects to the import/export community so check back for information on how any upcoming changes will affect your import activities.
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The U.S. government and “America First” – what it means to you

Posted by U.S. Customs Dept. - Cole International on Mar 1, 2017 9:00:00 AM
New leader, new direction
 
With every new administration come new policies, and the recently-anointed President Trump’s government is no exception. And, although Trump has been outspoken about some of his planned changes, it’s still not clear if or when they will become reality.
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What does Donald Trump mean to NAFTA?

Posted by U.S. Customs Dept. - Cole International on Feb 22, 2017 9:00:00 AM
Trump doesn’t like NAFTA
 
During the debates ahead of the U.S. election, Mr. Trump called NAFTA “the worst trade deal … ever signed in this country,” and has promised to take action on the agreement early on in his tenure as president.
 
Trump has repeatedly blamed NAFTA for taking U.S. manufacturing jobs and has indicated he may introduce border taxes on large auto companies, as one example, who continue to produce goods in Mexico.
 
Trump is now talking about either renegotiating the deal or withdrawing U.S. participation – recognizing the need to observe a legally-required 90-day consultation period that would have to precede a U.S. exit.
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Exporting to the U.S.? What you need to know about antidumping and countervailing duties.

Posted by U.S. Customs Dept. - Cole International on Dec 14, 2016 8:35:00 AM
Antidumping and countervailing duties (AD/CVD) are customs charges aimed at counteracting artificially low prices on foreign goods by eliminating unfair price advantages.
 
Antidumping duties combat the practice of dumping – when imported goods are priced so low as to intentionally lose money and out-compete domestically produced goods.
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