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17th Annual International Trade Symposium
Date: May 13-15, 2020
Location: Norfolk, VA
VMA’s 17th Annual International Trade Symposium is the East Coast’s premier conference addressing the topics most affecting port operations and cargo logistics, drawing-in attendees from around the globe.
GTEC 2020 – SAVE THE DATE!
Date: August 3-4th, 2020
Location: Chicago IL
The NCBFAA Educational Institute invites all global logistics professionals to its 6th Annual Global Trade Educational Conference (G·TEC). This two-day event that will give customs brokers, freight forwarders, NVOCCs, OTI, service providers, importers, exporters and all global logistics professionals an opportunity to update themselves on industry developments and connect with colleagues new and old.
Laurie Arnold presented to the Atlanta International Forwarders and Brokers Association (AIFBA) a legislative update on the HR2261 Bankruptcy Bill, the section 301 tariff and an update on the USMCA that will replace NAFTA. Laurie is actively engaged in local organizations is committed to working with National Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarding Association (NCBFAA) diligently to get Bill HR2261 passed into law.
A bill that authorizes CBP to hire 240 additional agriculture specialist, 200 technicians and 20 members of the canine team each year until fully staffed passed the House of Representatives on February 10th. The same bill passed the Senate October 2019. The union that represents CBP employees believes that CBP needs an additional 721 agricultural specialist to be fully staffed.
The U.S. and India are working to conclude a bilateral trade agreement. The two sides have been engaged in negotiations on several trade issues for quite some time. Particularly since the U.S. ended India’s eligibility for duty-free treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences in 2019. Over the past several weeks, there has been indications that President Trump might sign a limited trade agreement to restore India’s GSP benefits in return for New Delhi expanding market access for some U.S. goods. However, an agreement has not yet been confirmed.
Additional exclusions from the Section 301 additional tariff on List 3 goods from China has been announced by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Affected products include titanium dioxide, rubber sunroof stoppers, stuff sacks, leather mobile device covers, wood flooring, desk accessories, various fabrics, portable outdoor cookers, aluminum shovels, car polishing devices, fuel filters, digital scales, steel jacks, irrigation canal valves, AC motors, power supplies, electrical inverters, copper cable lugs, printed circuit board assemblies, electric conductors, wooden toddler beds, wooden fireplace mantels, and office furniture parts. The exclusions are retroactive from September 24, 2018 and remain in place until August 7, 2020.