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If you Import from China

By; Carli Valinoti, Express Trade Capital 

After meeting with President Xi over the weekend, President Trump announced decisions regarding the bilateral trade dispute. The President announced that while current tariffs will remain in place, he will not move forward with additional tariffs as negotiations continue. Therefore, there are no immediate plans to implement Tranche or List 4 trade-remedy tariffs.

The United States Trade Representative recently concluded seven days of hearings on the proposed List 4. The testimony and comments solicited from the public as part of the List 4 review may influence the products to be included and tariff rate if and when any additional trade-remedy actions are taken. But for now, any action on List 4 is on hold.

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IF YOU IMPORT FROM MEXICO

By; Carli Valinoti, Express Trade Capital 

Late Friday night the President announced successful negotiations with Mexico.  With a signed agreement addressing illegal immigration, the President has suspended indefinitely the planned tariffs against Mexico. 

The 5% tariff on goods from Mexico will not go into effect on June 10, 2019.  


Issues Importing from India

Carli Valinoti, Express Trade Capital 

On May 31, 2019, President Trump issued a proclamation announcing the termination of India as a beneficiary developing country. The decision comes as a result of the fact that, according to the President, India has not assured the United States that it will provide equitable and reasonable access to its markets as well as refrain from engaging in unreasonable export practices. 

Among other things, this means that US imports from India entered for consumption or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, will no longer be eligible for preferential duty treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences as of June 5.

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Possible Rising Tariffs at the Mexican Border

Carli Valinoti, Express Trade Capital

President Trump has announced plans to impose 5 percent tariffs on all goods imported from Mexico, rising to as high as 25 percent until – according to the White House – the Mexican government stems the flow of migrants. While most specifics are not yet known – conceptually, tariffs will become effective June 10 and gradually increase by 5 percent each month until they reach 25 percent in October.

What we still don’t know:

  • If the action is to be administered by the date of export
  • If all exports from Mexico to the US are covered including non-Mexican origin goods exported from Mexico and the US goods returned
  • Whether NAFTA benefits for duty and merchandise processing fee will be allowed
  • Whether these tariffs are eligible for drawback, among others

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Turkey Trade Designation Update

Sadie Keljikian, Express Trade Capital

The President issued Proclamation 9887 on May 16th, entitled To Modify the List of Beneficiary Developing Countries Under the Trade Act of 1974. The proclamation indicates the termination of Turkey’s status as a beneficiary developing country, effective May 17th, 2019. The decision comes as a result of Turkey surpassing minimum economic criteria for the designation.

For US importers, this has a few implications. First, all goods brought in from Turkey are no longer eligible for preferential duties under the Generalized System of Preferences, or GSP. Crystalline silicon photovoltaic (CSVP) cells from Turkey are now subject to safeguards outlined in Proclamation 9693. Additionally, large residential washers coming from Turkey will be subject to stipulations indicated in Proclamation 9694.

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Trade War with China Rages On

Sadie Keljikian, Express Trade Capital

Per last week’s announcement, the White House has raised existing tariffs on $200B worth of Chinese imports from 10% to 25% and is now threatening new tariffs of up to 25% on an additional $300B worth of Chinese imports as part of its ongoing trade war with China. The latest list targets a wide variety of goods, including apparel, accessories, food and beverage products, and livestock.   

President Trump seems optimistic about reaching an agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping and downplays the conflict as a “little squabble…because we’ve been treated very unfairly for many, many decades.” The proposed changes will likely take effect in late June or July unless a trade agreement can be reached before then. Importers should begin preparing to either pay the newly raised tariffs or acquire their goods elsewhere.   

Talk to our team today to learn how ETC can help you plan for the increased costs your business will incur due to the new tariffs and how to protect your business during these uncertain times.   


Tariffs on Chinese Imports May Rise Again

Sadie Keljikian, Express Trade Capital

Due to delays in establishing a trade deal between the US and China, the President unofficially announced plans to raise the trade remedy tariff from 10% to 25% effective Friday. This will seemingly apply to all List III goods. The President also suggested a possible extension of the trade remedy tariffs to all imports from China.

Although an official notice has not been published yet, it is wise to prepare for the tariff increase as of May 10 if you import any included goods from China.

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Managing Director Mark Bienstock Talks Trade War with California Apparel News

Business owners who rely on China’s abundant manufacturing facilities and low production costs may be in for a massive challenge. The ongoing trade war the US government has waged with China may not end by March, meaning more potential tariffs that could disrupt the global economy.

ETC’s own Mark Bienstock and other industry experts spoke to California Apparel News this week about strategies to protect yourself and your business from the effects of this ongoing international conflict.

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Handling SBA Loan Lags

Sadie Keljikian, Express Trade Capital

The current government shutdown is the subject of nation-wide distress for myriad reasons. Sources are reporting that the shutdown, which is officially the longest in US history, has delayed public services like tax refunds, food, beverage and aviation product safety inspections, and millions of dollars in Small Business Association loans.

Generally, the SBA handles approximately $200 million in loans daily, but since the shutdown began, they’ve been unable to provide any financing aside from disaster assistance. As a result, hundreds of small businesses nationwide have waited a month for vital funds to help them grow and operate.

While many of the delayed loans are relatively small amounts, nearly 40% of them are known as 504 loans. These are meant to help business owners purchase real estate or costly equipment and can amount to $20 million or more. Regardless of quantity, many small business owners who rely on these loans are wondering how to bridge the gap until SBA loans are readily available again. The answer depends on where each business falls in the wide variety of industries the SBA serves.

Substituting these loans directly is tricky. If you or your business have very good credit, you may be able to replace your SBA loan with a regular bank loan, but it will likely take at least 60 days to reach you, which is decidedly unhelpful when speed is a priority.

We’ve discussed creative financing methods before, but not in terms of which methods are fastest. Depending on your budget, there are a few options that will give you access to quick funding for your business:

  • Factoring your receivables.

If you’re selling goods to creditworthy retailers, you can receive financing against your unpaid invoices. Provided you have all necessary materials and enough volume to qualify, you may receive funds within a day or two with this method.

  • Finance your purchase orders.

Purchase order financing (or PO financing) is a method designed precisely for wholesalers who need help covering production and shipping costs while they wait for their customers to pay. So, if you have purchase orders from creditworthy customers and need to bolster your business’s funds, PO financing is a great option.

  • Borrow against your unsold inventory.

If you have a stockpile of unsold inventory and a solid track record of consistent sales, you can borrow against your unsold inventory. This can take slightly longer than financing against your receivables or purchase orders since it requires a field examination (as do any lending arrangements involving goods, equipment, or real estate), but can be a highly useful tool if you find yourself in a slow season.

  • Enter a merchant cash advance agreement.

If your customers pay you with credit or debit cards regularly, you may want to consider merchant cash advance options. Merchant cash advance arrangements, or MCAs, aren’t technically considered loans, but operate in a very similar way. At the onset, you receive a lump sum in exchange for a percentage of your future credit/debit card sales. With an MCA, you will receive funds very quickly, but it is important to note that this is by far the most expensive option, as interest tends to run extremely high among MCAs and compounds over time.

There are numerous ways to handle an unexpected lag in your business’s operational funds, but be careful not to let an urgent situation lead you to poor lending choices that could hurt you down the road.

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Changes to GSP Eligibility

Results of a GSP review have just been published as Presidential Proclamation 9813. This announcement lists changes to select products and countries. The GSP status of these identified articles is effective for goods entering on/after November 1, 2018.

If you would like more information or analysis as to how this impacts your company, please contact our logistics department at logistics@expresstradecapital.com.