New Section 301 (China) Tariff Rates and Exclusions Request for Comments
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by Jason P. Wapiennik
1M ago
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) made public a “Request for Comments” after the report on the 4-year review of the Section 301 China Tariffs (see that story here). The comment period, open to the participation of interested parties, will run from May 29, 204 to June 28, 2024. Comments must be submitted through the USTR comment portal. Comments can be submitted concerning: Adding or increasing section 301 duty rates Subheadings eligible for an temporary duty-exclusion process for “particular machinery used in domestic manufacturing” classified within certain subheading under Chapt ..read more
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Section 301 Duties to Increase from 2024 to 2026
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by Jason P. Wapiennik
2M ago
The USTR has published a report (linked here) on the 4-year review of the Section 301 duties imposed on Chinese-origin goods and as a result, additional increases are coming to the Section 301, as follows: Battery parts (non-lithium-ion batteries) Increase rate to 25% in 2024 Electric vehicles Increase rate to 100% in 2024 Facemasks Increase rate to 25% in 2024 Lithium-ion electrical vehicle batteries Increase rate to 25% in 2024 Lithium-ion non-electrical vehicle batteries Increase rate to 25% in 2026 Medical gloves Increase rate to 25% in 2026 Natural graphite Increase rate to ..read more
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CBP Hauls in Big Cash Seizures in Detroit
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by Jason P. Wapiennik
2M ago
CBP in April and May continue to log huge cash seizures from arriving and departing traveler’s at the Port of Detroit, including at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, the Ambassador Bridge, and the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. CBP has been sharing photographs of these cash seizures on the X account for the Director of Field Operations for Detroit. These cash reporting violation seizures fall within the purview of the DFO. See the first post, below, from back on April 19: Over$100Khas been seized between #Detroit Metro Airport and #AmbassadorBridge ports of entry in the last week. There is no limit to c ..read more
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Detroit Cash Seizures at Ambassador Bridge & Detroit Metro Airport in March 2024
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by Jason P. Wapiennik
2M ago
CBP officers in Detroit had their own version of March madness, when they seized around $370,000 total in cash from travelers at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, and another $100,000 at the Ambassador Bridge that connects the US & Canada (these figures are according to CBP’s really awesome currency seizure dashboard). I was away from X/Twitter for a while but checked back in when I learned a new Director of Field Operations was appointed for the Detroit Field Office at CBP. Lo, and behold, there was lot of publicized seizure activity for March. A bonus was the high-res images images of the se ..read more
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Texas CBP Seizes $124K cash at Eagle Pass
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by Jason P. Wapiennik
2M ago
Texas CBP officers seized $124,000 in Eagle Pass, Texas, on March 20, when a Mexican national traveled with $124,052, apparently hidden in his vehicle. Although no details are given about how the money was hidden, it is probably a case of classic bulk cash smuggling (watch an explanation of bulk cash smuggling). Here’s CBP’s summary of the incident: EAGLE PASS, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Eagle Pass Port of Entry recently seized over $124,000 in unreported currency hidden within a vehicle during an outbound examination. “This seizure reflects the vigilant inspectiona ..read more
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Texas CBP seizes $85K in unreported and smuggled money; 1 arrested
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by Jason P. Wapiennik
3M ago
Another day, another customs money seizure. This one in particular happened to the U.S.-Mexico border in Pharr, Texas, and actually involved an arrest. CBP officers can arrest anyone for the not reporting, structuring, or smuggling cash, but most often, they do not. The cash reporting requirement laws in Title 31 of the U.S. Code allow for CBP to choose whether to proceed as a civil matter or criminal matter. For the unlucky 19 year old fellow involved in the what seems to be a bulk cash smuggling offense, he was arrested. There are no specifics on how the money was hidden within the vehicle ..read more
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Dulles CBP Seizes $167K in Unreported Cash; Ruins Vacations of 6
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by Jason P. Wapiennik
3M ago
The first few weeks of February 2024 saw a lot of cash seizure activity for CBP at Dulles airport, which is basically the norm. Most of the stories publicized by CBP as money seizures from your ordinary traveler (and not your US-Mexico drug/cash smuggling travelers) is coming out of Dulles airport, very near to Washington DC. In the summary of cash seizure activity, there were a total of 6 cash seizures running from February 7 to February 24 and the total amount seized was $167,257.  The original release is here, with the important parts and my comments below: STERLING, Va. – U.S. Custom ..read more
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San Diego CBP Money Seizure of $20,155 (yawn)
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by Jason P. Wapiennik
3M ago
CBP in San Diego has quite a few ports, including Calexico, Otay Mesa, Cross Border Xpress, San Ysidro, and Tecate. CBP seizes cash from Mexicans and Americans at each of them In early 2024, CBP officers in San Diego seized $20,155 in currency from someone going into Mexico. This kind of money seizure in San Diego are common. I have had numerous clients over the years traveling to Mexico for cosmetic procedures, to purchase real estate, to buy or sell cars at auction, or many other personal or economic reasons, all with money. So in this case, the seizure of $20,155 in unreported currency by C ..read more
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Dulles CBP Seizes $56k from Iraq-bound Man
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by Jason P. Wapiennik
7M ago
Dulles is back in the news again with another cash seizure. In this case, CBP officers aided by a detector dog named “Fuzz,” were searching passengers leaving for Qatar. The dog alerted to a man’s carry-on baggage, and the man initially reported possessing $30,000. CBP then searched and found a total of $42,000. Then, apparently, they searched harder and found another $14,400, for a total of $56,400. Not sure how that happened, but that’s what the story seems to say. Because the first report of $30,000, and the other $26,400 was packed away in luggage, this is probably going to lead to allega ..read more
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Dulles seizes $68k Cash to Nigeria via Cairo
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by Jason P. Wapiennik
7M ago
At Dulles airport, CBP officers at Washington Dulles International Airport recently seized $68,000 cash involving a Nigeria-bound family. The family, departing on a plane for Cairo, Egypt, underwent outbound inspections where CBP officers. The father, when asked, reported $10,000. But then CBP inspected their bags and found additional currency concealed in multiple envelopes, bringing the total to $68,216. My guess is that the envelopes were money they were carrying for other people to their own families in Nigeria. Whenever anyone leans someone is “going back home” they will often give them a ..read more
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