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Letter From CEO (Jamie Rodgers): The End of Exclusions

Letter From CEO (Jamie Rodgers): The End of Exclusions

Many industries are staring at a large increase in their product costs this week, as the first wave of temporary exclusions is set to expire on Friday, with an additional group of them set to expire in later September. Thus far there has been no indication that the government will be extending any exclusions- and importers will be stuck on the hook for these increases.

This past March, tariffs were imposed that increased duty rates from the current 10% to 15% on the whole aircraft, as well as attaching a 25% duty to major European imports including alcohol, wine, cheese, metals, and some manufactured goods.

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Letter From CEO (Jamie Rodgers): EU Tariff Update

Letter From CEO (Jamie Rodgers): EU Tariff Update

The last few weeks have been a busy one for importers of European goods, as several announcements about the tariffs and duties their products will be subject to have taken place.

This past March, tariffs were imposed that increased duty rates from the current 10% to 15% on the whole aircraft, as well as attaching a 25% duty to major European imports including alcohol, wine, cheese, metals, and some manufactured goods.

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Letter From CEO (Jamie Rodgers): J.M. Rodgers’ Volunteer Work Continues

Letter From CEO (Jamie Rodgers): J.M. Rodgers’ Volunteer Work Continues

It has always been important to us at JM Rodgers to make sure we are giving back to our communities, both through charity and for volunteer work. Earlier this year we made a commitment to increase both the charitable donations and hours worked on volunteering, and while the coronavirus pandemic has slowed the number of opportunities for volunteering available, we have still held to our commitment to having teams of employees safely going out into the community.

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Letter From CEO (Jamie Rodgers): J.M. Rodgers Is ISO 14001 Certified

Letter From CEO (Jamie Rodgers): J.M. Rodgers Is ISO 14001 Certified

ISO 14001 is a complement to the ISO 9001 Quality Management System, called an Environment Management System. This system is essentially a set of tools to allow JM Rodgers to plan out how we can comprehensively manage the environmental impacts of doing business- from the resources we use at work, the way waste is disposed of, and extraneous impacts of maintaining a staff and facilities. The EMS gives us a way to organize, track, and reduce our impacts to become a greener company.

JM Rodgers brings that to our customers with the longevity of the staff members we keep.

Under the USMCA, much of the pre-existing structure of drawback has been preserved. The necessity to follow rules necessitating all exports to Canada and Mexico be claimed using direct-identification methods remain in place.

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Letter From CEO (Jamie Rodgers): J.M. Rodgers’ Employee Longevity

Letter From CEO (Jamie Rodgers): J.M. Rodgers’ Employee Longevity

When searching for a new partner in Customs brokerage, logistics, or duty drawback, the primary factor for any decision has to be the quality of the people that the customer will be working with every day. The expertise, experience, and resiliency of any firm that will be a trusted partner are paramount.

JM Rodgers brings that to our customers with the longevity of the staff members we keep.

Under the USMCA, much of the pre-existing structure of drawback has been preserved. The necessity to follow rules necessitating all exports to Canada and Mexico be claimed using direct-identification methods remain in place.

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Letter From CEO (Jamie Rodgers): Duty Drawback and USMCA

Letter From CEO (Jamie Rodgers): Duty Drawback and USMCA

The United-States Mexico Trade Agreement is fully in effect as of last week, and a host of changes to Customs processes in all three countries are in place. One area of particular concern to many of our clients has been how drawback is affected or changed by this agreement.

Under the USMCA, much of the pre-existing structure of drawback has been preserved. The necessity to follow rules necessitating all exports to Canada and Mexico be claimed using direct-identification methods remain in place.

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Letter From CEO (Jamie Rodgers): USMCA This Week

Letter From CEO (Jamie Rodgers): USMCA This Week

This week will be a historic one in the history of international trade as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) goes into full effect on Wednesday, July 1st. This agreement takes over for NAFTA and will be the law defining North American trade for the long foreseeable future. Importers and exporters have had some time to get ready for the new regulations, and must make sure they comply with new statutes such as the changes to rules for shipments to qualify for USMCA treatment.

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Letter From CEO (Jamie Rodgers): Potential New Tariffs

Letter From CEO (Jamie Rodgers): Potential New Tariffs

More tariffs may be on the way soon for several industries, as the President and his appointees in the office of the US Trade Representative have expressed that they would be investigating new areas to impose tariffs as a method of trade remedy.

For many months, exporters from Europe of wine have been worried about the potential imposition of a new tariff on wines. The dispute originally was based around exports of French wines, but additional determinations on Italian wines coming to the USA may also be subject to these duties.

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Letter From CEO (Jamie Rodgers): Global Freight Capacity

Letter From CEO (Jamie Rodgers): Global Freight Capacity

Starting when factories in many industrial areas of China were shut down for disease control through the prolonged closure of businesses around the world, freight volumes of products have been hit hard. With demand dropping as people stayed home from closed stores and workplaces, evidence of the faltering global economy was apparent in the sharp drop of worldwide container volumes.

As economies open up globally, there is some sign for recovery in the freight market. There has been a shortage of immediate capacity for many importers.

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Letter From CEO (Jamie Rodgers): USMCA Remains On Target

Letter From CEO (Jamie Rodgers): USMCA Remains On Target

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) remains on target for implementation this Summer. The governments of all three nations are planning on full implementation on July 1st and so it is important for all importers and exporters are ready for it.

The major changes are with the Automotive Trade in which they are looking to revise the rules to require additional North American content. Under NAFTA, in order to qualify for duty-free treatment producers would have to have 62.5% of the vehicle’s parts made in North America. Under USMCA

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