Trump to Impose 10% Tariff on Additional $300 Billion of Chinese Goods – Australian Fumigation Requirements

Trump to Impose 10% Tariffs on Additional $300 Billion of Chinese Goods

On Thursday, August 1st, President Trump was reported to say that the U.S. would impose 10% tariffs on an additional $300 billion in Chinese goods and products beginning September 1. This happened as trade talks stalled.

President Trump sent out tweets, after receiving a briefing, saying that negotiators still planned to resume their discussions. This is scheduled for next month. Trump tweeted, “We look forward to continuing our positive dialogue with China on a comprehensive Trade Deal, and feel that the future between our countries will be a very bright one.”

A strong majority of all remaining imports that have not been hit by Section 301 will start on Sept 1st.

To find out if your products fall on the latest list of tariffs, please reach out to your dedicated Account Manager.

BNSF Update – Midwest Flooding – Final Update

The BNSF reported that the Napier Subdivision, the last remaining subdivision out of service from this year’s unprecedented flooding in the Midwest, reopened last weekend. BNSF recognizes the significant impact that the flooding had on their business.

With all the BNSF subdivisions in service, it is expected that they will deliver improved service performance as crew and equipment resources are more effectively matched with train flows. If you have any questions, please reach out to our team.

Australia – Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Fumigation Requirements

According to ANL, The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has issued guidelines and instructions for the 2019/2020 high risk season (September 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020) to prevent brown marmorated stink bug infestations.

It is the responsibility of the customer with cargo subject to these restrictions to meet treatment and certification/reporting requirements for their cargo; primarily BKG party, and CEE for steps in Australia.

— In response to the rapid expansion of Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) throughout Europe and North America, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has released the proposed seasonal measures to manage the risk of BMSB from entering and establishing in Australia for the 2019-20 BMSB risk season.
— For the 2019-20 risk season, certain goods manufactured in, or shipped from, an expanded list target risk country will be subject to BMSB seasonal measures. The measures will apply to goods shipped as sea cargo between 1 September 2019 and 30 April 2020 (inclusive). These measures require certain goods arriving from certain countries of risk to be treated offshore or onshore, in some cases mandatory offshore treatment will apply. Goods will also be subject to increased onshore intervention through random inspections.
— As with previous BMSB risk seasons, you must comply with these measures for goods categorized as either target high risk or target risk goods. Full details of the proposed 2019-2020 BMSB seasonal measures, including the expanded list of target risk counties and the target high risk and risk goods have been published on the department’s website at