The President announced that starting on June 10, 2019 all goods imported from Mexico will be assessed a 5% duty.
The President has taken this action not due to trade issues with USMCA, but because of the continued high numbers of migrants crossing the Southern border. The numbers last reported by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) were the highest since 2007.
The tariff rate will increase each month by 5%, capping out at 25% by October 1, 2019. They will remain fixed at that rate "until Mexico substantially stops the illegal inflow of aliens coming through its territory". Mexican and U.S. officials are expected to meet in Washington today to further discuss this issue.
While this measure was announced unexpectedly by the White House, it falls upon CBP to implement such duties. “We expect CBP to announce a new subheading under Chapter 99 to apply the Mexico specific duties. This would be a consistent approach to the mechanics of the Section 301 and 232 unilateral duties,” according to Joe Blaskiewicz MIC US Import Manager MIC will continue to follow developments on the border dispute. Please check HERE for further updates.
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