Recent Customs News and Updates

Update on Coronavirus Flight Delays and Cancellations:

2/21/20

With the recent Coronavirus pandemic, many airlines are canceling or postponing their flights to and from Asia. This is effecting both passenger and all-cargo routing and is causing additional pressure on airlines around the globe. We will continue to monitor and appreciate your patience and understanding.

Reduction of Tariffs on Chinese Origin Goods

2/14/2020

With the signage of the Phase 1 Trade Agreement between the U.S. and China on January 15, 2020, section 301 additional tariffs on List 4A goods from China were reduced from 15 percent to 7.5%. The effective date for the decrease was 2/14/2020. Items covered under the List 4A goods include photographs, artwork, and antiques of Chinese Origin. A full list of HTS Codes effected can be found at the following link: https://ustr.gov/issue-areas/enforcement/section-301-investigations/section-301-china/300-billion-trade-action. Duty rates are determined by the Country of Origin (country of manufacture or production of an object). The current location or country of export does not determine the duty rate for an object. Please contact your local U.S.Art rep for additional assistance.

New Import Restrictions on Archaeological and Ethnological Materials from Ecuador

2/12/2020

Ecuador has joined the list of countries protected under the authority of the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act. Articles such as Archaeological Materials, Stone, Ceramic, Metal, Organic Materials, Ethnological Material, Paintings, Sculptures, Furniture, Metalwork, Textiles, and Documents are subject to the restrictions and will require additional documentation prior to entry into the United States. Please contact your U.S.Art rep with any questions. More information can be found at the following link: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/02/14/2020-03118/import-restrictions-imposed-on-archaeological-and-ethnological-material-from-ecuador

For a more complete list of USA Natural Cultural Heritage Laws and countries protected under the Cultural Property Implementation Act, please visit the following link: https://whc.unesco.org/en/statesparties/us/laws/

25% Duties on Contemporary Prints and Photographs from the UK & Germany

10/18/2019

As a result of an ongoing aircraft subsidy dispute between the United States and the European Union, the US imposed additional tariffs of 25% on more than 150 goods of European Origin. Covered in that list are artwork prints, lithographs, or photographs made by any mechanical or photomechanical process within the last 20 years. A full list of items effected can be found at the following link: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/10/18/2019-22902/technical-adjustments-to-section-301-action-enforcement-of-us-wto-rights-in-large-civil-aircraft . Duty rates are determined by the Country of Origin (country of manufacture or production of an object). The current location or country of export does not determine the duty rate for an object. Please contact your local U.S.Art rep for additional assistance.