USTR Announces NEW Tariffs on Additional $200B in Chinese Goods

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.

2018-0026 China FRN 7-10-2018_0

A Royal Wedding!

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!

Sir Rick of Mount Pleasant.

Princess Aubrey of Clemson

Lady Charity of Echon

Dame Clair

Sarah Doyon, Duchess of North Charleston

Lady Agnew of Imports

Lord Stasky, Royal Architect

AnneMarie of the Blaze

Thomas Jones, scion of Sir Richard

Dammit Dammit Dammit

Vicki Fabian, Lady of the Lake

Sir David, Court Jester

Queen Lucille, First of Her Name

Gabriel, Duke of Echon

Charleston Court

Sir Gary the Brave

Dame Jeanne of Chevron

Lady Michel-Anna and the royal baby

The Enchantress of VA

Sir Randall, the not-so-brave

The Savannah Court


Cooper River Bridge Run

(L-R: Rick Jones, Ben Stevens, Ahmed Laguetar)

Congrats to #JamesGang members Rick Jones, Ben Stevens & Ahmed Laguetar for completing the Cooper River Bridge Run 10K (@CRBridgeRun) in Charleston! Way to get over it guys!

C-TPAT Update: 7-Point Container Inspection

Please click the link below for important information on C-TPAT Security and the 7-Point Container Inspection process.


Steel Tariffs

Much has been written, and much will change before it is all over, but the Steel Tariffs are coming! Keep following the James Gang for details!


CBP Final Rule on In-Bond Process

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have announced, in the September 28, 2017 edition of the Federal Register, their final ruling adopting, with several changes, proposed amendments to CBP regulations regarding changes to the in-bond process published in the Federal Register on February 22, 2012. After receiving comments and concerns related to the original proposed rulemaking, CBP has made the following changes:

  • In-Transit Time for Merchandise Transported by Barge: The final ruling will extend the in-transit time for in-bond merchandise transported by barge to 60 days, while maintaining the proposed 30-day transit time for the other modes of transportation.
  • Uniform Timeframe for Report of Arrival, Notice of Export and Other Events: In the final rule, CBP is retaining the current time limit of two working days for bonded carriers to report the arrival of merchandise at the port of destination or port of exportation with one technical change.
  • Description of Merchandise: First, CBP will require that in-bond merchandise subject to the authority of a U.S. government agency be described with sufficient accuracy to enable the agency concerned to determine the contents of the shipment. Second, CBP is removing the requirement that the in-bond filer identify prohibited or restricted merchandise. Third, CBP is removing the requirement to provide information regarding textiles and textile products for all in-bond applications. Fourth, CBP is eliminating the requirement that the filer of the in-bond application “must provide” information regarding merchandise for which the U.S. Government, foreign government or other issuing authority, has issued a visa, permit, license, or other similar number or identifying information and stating instead that the filer “may provide” this information. In lieu of requiring all of the information above, CBP is requiring the filer to provide the six-digit HTSUS number.
  • Reporting the Quantity of In-Bond Merchandise: CBP received many comments about the requirement to provide “the quantity of the merchandise to be transported to the smallest piece count” in the in-bond application. CBP is changing the text in the final rule to require “the quantity of the smallest external packing unit.”
  • Divided Shipments: The current regulations allow an in-bond shipment to be split after the shipment reaches the port of destination with a portion of the shipment entered for consumption or warehouse while the remainder of the shipment is forwarded under a new in-bond to a different port of destination. That provision is contained in §18.5, which governs in-bond shipments diverted from one destination port to another. Because the provisions for splitting a shipment are not limited to diverted shipments we are moving the text of this provision, currently proposed §18.5(d), to a new paragraph (m) in §18.1.
  • Clarification of the Term “Bonded Carrier”: “Bonded Carrier” is now defined as a “carrier of merchandise whose bond under §113.63 of this title is obligated for the transportation and delivery of merchandise.” The party that will be ultimately liable is the party whose bond is obligated in the in-bond record for the in-bond movement.
  • Transfers (Transshipment) From One Conveyance to Another: CBP has reevaluated this requirement in light of the comments and has concluded that the requirement to notify CBP when in-bond merchandise is transferred from one conveyance to another is not necessary. The important information for CBP is which party has assumed liability for the shipment of the in-bond merchandise. Accordingly, CBP is changing proposed §18.3 by removing the requirement to notify CBP when merchandise is transferred from one conveyance to another. Additionally, CBP is changing proposed §18.3 to require that when in-bond merchandise is taken over by a subsequent bonded carrier which assumes liability for the merchandise, a report of arrival must be filed by the original bonded carrier and the subsequent carrier must submit a new in-bond application pursuant to §18.1 for the merchandise to be transported in-bond.
  • Seals – Transportation of Bonded Merchandise with Non-Bonded Merchandise: CBP is changing the sealing requirements y adding new provisions §18.4(b)(2) and (3) in the final rule that allow for the transportation of in-bond merchandise with non-bonded merchandise in a container or compartment that is not sealed, if the in-bond merchandise is corded and sealed, or labeled as in-bond merchandise. This will allow in-bond merchandise to be transported with non-bonded merchandise in a container that is not sealed and will facilitate the filling of containers that would otherwise be less than container load shipments.

This ruling will go into effect on November 27, 2017.

Courtesy the NCBFAA

Happy Halloween from the James Gang!


James Gang Charleston rocks their Halloween costumes!

Hurricane Matthew – Reopening Info

As our employees and their families begin recovery efforts post-Hurricane Matthew, the John S. James Co.’s coastal offices will officially reopen on the following schedule:

– Charleston – Reopens Monday, October 10th 0830 HRS
– Jacksonville – Reopens Monday, October 10th 0830 HRS
– Savannah – Reopens Wednesday, October 12th 0830 HRS

Please note that for this week, each office will most likely utilize adjusted staffing schedules as our employees return to their homes and assess the damage to their property. If you are unable to reach one of our coastal offices, please contact one of our inland locations (Atlanta, Charlotte or Knoxville).

Given the recent lifting of evacuation orders, we understand that many employees will not be able to return immediately. Use your best judgement – your safety and welfare are our biggest concern.

Employees, if you are unable to return to your office, please notify your manager as soon as possible.

We thank everyone for your prayers and good wishes.

The John S. James Co.

Hurricane Matthew – UPDATE – 10/6/16

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to the adverse weather conditions brought about by Hurricane Matthew, the John S. James Co. offices in Jacksonville FL, Savannah GA, and Charleston SC will be closed on Thursday October 6th – Sunday October 9th. For assistance during that time period, please contact one of our inland locations. Thank you.

Hurricane Matthew UPDATE

Presently Hurricane Matthew is still on track to enter our area (JAX/SAV/CHS) on Friday/Saturday. Evacuation Orders have been issued for parts of FL and SC, and Recommendations for parts of GA. These coastal offices will be closed on Friday, reopening Monday October 10th.



Latest Update: Governor Haley has issued an Evacuation Order for the coastal areas around Charleston & Beaufort, starting TODAY at 3:00PM. All lanes of I-26 will be reversed starting at this time to aid in the evacuation, preventing travel into the cities. For more info go to www.scemd.orgDue to the Evacuation Orders issued by the state, JSJ CHS will be CLOSED Thursday & Friday.



Latest Update: The Chatham County (GA) Emergency Management Agency ( just issued a Voluntary Evacuation Recommendation for all residents of the islands east of the Wilmington River in the Savannah area, beginning tomorrow at 8:00 AM. Those would include Tybee, Wilmington, Talahi and Whitemarsh Islands. Skidaway Island will probably fall under this recommendation also. JSJ SAV will close at NOON on Thursday. If you judge that you must evacuate the area prior to that time, or if government authorities implement mandatory orders, please do so.



Latest Update: Governor Scott has issued mandatory Evacuation orders for Brevard County, and Voluntary Evacuations most of northern coastal Florida (Lucie, Flagler & Duval counties). For more info, go to  JSJ JAX will close at NOON on Thursday. If you judge that you must evacuate the area prior to that time, or if government authorities implement mandatory orders, please do so.


Please be safe.