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Pacific Coast Council

Making a difference in Trade Facilitation

March 22, 2018

301 Process: 

First, we are hearing that President Trump will make an announcement at 12:30pm today on the 301 process.

Generalized System of Preferences: 

Second, Congressional leaders have finally come to an agreement on a FY19 Omnibus Appropriations bill that includes a three-year renewal of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. The agreement extents GSP retroactively back to January 1, 2018, which is when the program expired.

The omnibus also included a change to GSP rules that currently restricts imports of a particular product to certain dollar and percentage amounts called "competitive need limitations.” With the change, USTR will be able to grant a CNL waiver under certain conditions, such as U.S. national security i...

March 16, 2018

Change is happening so fast around here, it's unprecedented. The pace only appears to be picking up!

On the trade front, we haven't seen such a deluge of major trade policy decisions, of such scope, impact and velocity, as we have over the past 18 months.

First, after six years of negotiations, the US drops out of the TransPacific Partnership. It is not quite right to blame (or credit, depending on your point of view) the President alone for this, as TPP did not have anywhere close to a number of votes it needed to pass Congress. Nonetheless it was a shock to our Pacific Rim trading partners when we slammed the door.

NAFTA negotiations continue even under threats to walk away from the 25 year agreement. Whether a negotiation strategy or a...

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The Pacific Coast Council of Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Assns. Inc. (PCC) was established to further the interests of Pacific Coast freight forwarders and customs brokers, their customers, U.S. exporters and importers, and the entire international trade community. It is the primary goal of the PCC to foster the unimpeded flow of international trade along the U.S. Pacific Coast, and to assure the productive participation of forwarders and brokers.

The Five Pacific Coast Associations 

Customs Brokers & International Freight Forwarders Association of Washington State - https://www.cbiffawstrade.org/

Columbia River Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association - https://www.crcbfa.org/

Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of Northern California - https://cbfanc.org/

Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association - https://www.lacbffa.org/

San Diego Customs Brokers Association - http://www.sandiegobrokers.org/

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