CAED B13A to be Replaced by CERS in June 2020

As of June 30, 2020 the B13A will be replaced by CERS (Canadian Export Reporting System).  The information required will be the same as a B13A, but the CAED Software will be replaced by the CERS online portal.  If you have already used the CAED software or a service provider has submitted B13A on your behalf, you will received a letter between February 2020 and June 2020 with your CERS password.  If your business has never submitted a B13A Export Declaration before, registration for CERS will begin March 2020.

You will need to register for CERS and you can assign users.  You will need to create a CERS User Account and then create a CERS Portal Business Account.  The new system will also allow service providers to continue doing your new “B13A” Export Declarations as Proxy Account Holders.

The CERS Chapter 25 document explains the process.ECCRD-CERS Portal-Ch 25 V1.1 – FINAL – EN

US Customs Section 301 – Tranche 4 Duty 15% – Effective September 1, 2019

Modifications to the action being taken in the Section 301 investigation will increase the rate of additional duty from 10 to 15 percent for the products of China covered by the $300 billion tariff action (Tranche 4) published on August 20, 2109.

BACKGROUND:

On August 20, 2019, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published a Modification of Section 301 Action in 84 FR 43304 introducing another imposition of additional tariffs on products of China with an annual trade value of approximately $300 billion which is referred to as Tranche 4.  The tariff subheadings subject to additional duties under Tranche 4 are separated into two lists with different effective dates – Annex A contains the formal Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) language for list 1 and Annex B contains an informal description of the products in list 1.  Annex C contains the formal HTSUS language for list 2 and Annex D contains an informal description of the products in list 2.

On August 30, 2019, in accordance with the specific direction of the President, the USTR published their determination to modify the action being taken in the Section 301

investigation by increasing the rate of additional duty from 10 to 15 percent for the

products of China covered by the $300 billion tariff action (Tranche 4).  See 84 FR 45821.

GUIDANCE:

Products Covered by Tranche 4, Annex A (Described in Annex B) – additional duty of 15 percent ad valorem is effective September 1, 2019

The additional import duties for Chinese goods covered by Annex A, published in the August 20, 2019 list of products subject to the Section 301 action, and are effective with respect to goods entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after 12:01 AM eastern daylight time on September 1, 2019.  Any article classified in a subheading covered by Annex A that is a product of China is subject to a 15% ad valorem duty rate, in addition to the general (Column 1) rate of duty for that particular subheading.

The new 4th Tranche of List 1 Excluded Product include the below five completed Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) numbers:

8407.21.0040
8427.10.4000
8473.40.1000
8481.10.0090
8483.50.9040