International Trade and Customs



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International Trade and Customs

Author: Susan Kohn Ross

As has been widely reported, on Friday, first President Trump announced and then USTR Lighthizer confirmed the 301 tariffs on goods out of China will increase. Specifically, the tariffs on the goods on Lists 1, 2 and 3 will rise from 25% to 30% starting October 1, 2019, while the tariffs on the List 4 products will start at 15% on September 1, 2019 or December 15, 2019, rather than the original 10%, depending on whether your product is on List 4A or List 4B.

Read more: Tariff Turmoil Gets Hotter!

Today, the Transportation Security Administration is launching a new initiative concerning its approach to enforcement known as the Action Plan Program.

Businesses involved in the air-cargo industry, such as Indirect Air Carriers and Certified Cargo Screening Facilities, have always faced the risk of significant civil penalties assessed by TSA for noncompliance with the agency’s regulations and rules. While businesses could voluntarily disclose violations in hopes of avoiding penalties, the process for doing so was not always straightforward, leaving many confused about the proper way to engage with TSA when such issues arose.

Read more: New TSA Program Could Help Avoid Civil Penalties


  • FAQ #1: Is There a Commonly Used Checklist for Setting Up Business Operations or an Office in the United States? 
  • FAQ #2: What Are the Legal Forms for Conducting Business in the United States? 
  • FAQ #3: Should We Form Our Corporation in the State of Delaware? 
  • FAQ #4: What Taxes Will the US Subsidiary Corporation Pay? 
  • FAQ #5: What Protections Exist for Intellectual Property? 
  • FAQ #6: What Visas Will Your Foreign Company Require to Start Up Operations in the United States? 
  • FAQ #7: What Contracts Should Be Reviewed to Assure They Are Enforceable Under US Laws? 
  • FAQ #8: What Import-Export Laws Will Be Important For Your Foreign Corporation? 
  • FAQ #9: What Are the Other Relevant Areas of Law? 
  • FAQ #10: What Business Strategies Can Accelerate Your Growth in the US Market? 

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Author: Susan Kohn Ross

As has been repeatedly mentioned in the general press, President Trump tweeted on August 1st that the U.S. “will start, on September 1st, putting a small additional Tariff of 10% on the remaining 300 Billion Dollars of goods and products coming from China into our Country.” There are lots of questions about what that short message actually means, and right now, no answers. So far, there is no official notice from the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) for publication in the Federal Register. 

Read more: The Trade War Wages On

Hiways Law Firm has published a new edition of HiNews covering new legislation, recent case highlights, and insights from the firm for July 2019.

Click here to review the full update.