Congratulations to John S James’s own Elizabeth Hill who has been elected president of the Independent Freight Forwarders and Customs Brokers Association of Savannah (IFFCBA) effective January 01, 2019.
The US postponed plans to increase tariffs on $200B in Chinese goods, with the two sides entering negotiations on contentious issues. Also, reports are that China agreed to lower tariffs on US vehicles (currently at 40%). From the WSJ. Read more here.
During the months of October and November the employees at John S James Company have been tracking their exercises and their meditations with the goal of getting into some better and healthier habits. Even though their true goal was to be healthier at the end of tracking their habits they all had the chance to win an Apple Watch. Congratulations to the winner Indira for being a great healthy habit tracker!!
Due to the effects of #HurricaneMichael, the @JohnSJamesCo SAVANNAH office will open at noon on Thursday, October 11, 2018. #BeSafe
USTR Finalizes Tariffs on $200 Billion of Chinese Imports in Response to China’s Unfair Trade Practices
Washington, DC – As part of the United States’ continuing response to China’s theft of American intellectual property and forced transfer of American technology, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today released a list of approximately $200 billion worth of Chinese imports that will be subject to additional tariffs. In accordance with the direction of President Trump, the additional tariffs will be effective starting September 24, 2018, and initially will be in the amount of 10 percent. Starting January 1, 2019, the level of the additional tariffs will increase to 25 percent.
The list contains 5,745 full or partial lines of the original 6,031 tariff lines that were on a proposed list of Chinese imports announced on July 10, 2018. Changes to the proposed list were made after USTR and the interagency Section 301 Committee sought and received comments over a six-week period and testimony during a six-day public hearing in August. USTR engaged in a thorough process to rigorously examine the comments and testimony and, as a result, determined to fully or partially remove 297 tariff lines from the original proposed list. Included among the products removed from the proposed list are certain consumer electronics products such as smart watches and Bluetooth devices; certain chemical inputs for manufactured goods, textiles and agriculture; certain health and safety products such as bicycle helmets, and child safety furniture such as car seats and playpens.
Click HERE for the full list.
A formal notice of the $200 billion tariff action will be published shortly in the Federal Register.
At present, the affected JSJ office plans for Hurricane Florence are as follows:
- CHS office will be CLOSED on Thursday & Friday, with many of our team members working remotely.
- SAV office will be open all day Friday.
- CLT office will close at 1:00PM Friday.
- ATL office will monitor weather to determine Monday status.
- KNX office will monitor weather to determine Monday status.
Statement By U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Section 301 Action – July 10, 2018
Washington, DC – U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today released the following statement regarding action under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974:
“On Friday, in response to unfair Chinese practices, the United States began imposing tariffs of 25 percent on approximately $34 billion worth of Chinese imports. These tariffs will eventually cover up to $50 billion in Chinese imports as legal processes conclude. The products targeted by the tariffs are those that benefit from China’s industrial policy and forced technology transfer practices.
“China has since retaliated against the United States by imposing tariffs on $34 billion in U.S. exports to China, and threatening tariffs on another $16 billion. It did this without any international legal basis or justification.
“As a result of China’s retaliation and failure to change its practices, the President has ordered USTR to begin the process of imposing tariffs of 10 percent on an additional $200 billion of Chinese imports. This is an appropriate response under the authority of Section 301 to obtain the elimination of China’s harmful industrial policies. USTR will proceed with a transparent and comprehensive public notice and comment process prior to the imposition of final tariffs, as we have for previous tariffs.
“On August 14, 2017, President Trump instructed USTR to begin the Section 301 process. For many years, China has pursued abusive trading practices with regard to intellectual property and innovation. USTR conducted a thorough investigation over an 8-month period, including public hearings and submissions. In a detailed 200-page report, USTR found that China has been engaging in industrial policy which has resulted in the transfer and theft of intellectual property and technology to the detriment of our economy and the future of our workers and businesses.
“USTR’s Section 301 report found that Chinese policies and practices force U.S. innovators to hand over their technology and know-how as the price of doing business in China. China also uses non-economic means to obtain U.S. technology, such as using state-owned funds and companies to buy up American businesses and imposing burdensome intellectual property licensing requirements in China. USTR’s report also found that the Chinese government sponsors the outright theft of U.S. technology for commercial benefit. These practices are an existential threat to America’s most critical comparative advantage and the future of our economy: our intellectual property and technology.
“For over a year, the Trump Administration has patiently urged China to stop its unfair practices, open its market, and engage in true market competition. We have been very clear and detailed regarding the specific changes China should undertake. Unfortunately, China has not changed its behavior – behavior that puts the future of the U.S. economy at risk. Rather than address our legitimate concerns, China has begun to retaliate against U.S. products. There is no justification for such action.
“As in the past, the United States is willing to engage in efforts that could lead to a resolution of our concerns about China’s unfair trade practices and to China opening its market to U.S. goods and services. In the meantime, we will remain vigilant in defending the ability of our workers and businesses to compete on a fair and reciprocal basis.”
The proposed list and process for the public notice and comment period is set out in a Federal Register notice, which will be published within the next few days. To view the notice, including the list of proposed tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports see the attached document.
Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
Whilst the nuptials of Harry & Meghan shall take place in London without our presence (we hate the paparazzi), the #JamesGang decided to make the best of it and donned our custom-made fascinators to celebrate the newest member of the House of Windsor.
God save the Queen!