The original implementation of the new 25% tariffs on $200 billion of goods from China provided some break for goods shipped prior to May 10, 2019. The U.S. Trade Representative delayed tariffs on such goods until June 1st.
However it has now been recognized that many importers with shipments sailing prior to May 10th would still suffer from these tariffs because of pure timing. For example shipments intended for discharge on the East Coast may not arrive at destination by June 1 simply because of the longer transit time. So on May 31st the USTR announced that the June 1st arrival date would be extended until June 15 before the new tariff increase would take effect.
At least this provides an additional short reprieve of two weeks before importers (and U.S. consumers) will feel the impact of the increased tariffs on products that were shipped prior to May 10th.
We are running reports for all entries which arrived in the last 3 days to make whatever adjustments are needed to avoid the higher duty rate where possible. If you have entries that sailed prior to May 10th but arriving after May 31st our team will be amending entries accordingly to take advantage of this new extension. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.