Service, Regulatory Updates and Important Notifications
The UK Parliament has been granted a further extension until January 31, 2020 to the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU).
What does this mean?
The UK was scheduled to leave the EU at 11pm on October 31, 2019. However, a further extension to Article 50 has now been agreed. This extension will last until January 31, 2020, unless a Brexit deal is ratified with an earlier exit date.
For the duration of the extension, the UK will remain within the EU Single Market and your import and export procedures from/to the UK will remain unchanged.
What happens next?
Until a Withdrawal Agreement is passed by the UK Parliament, the legal default position for the UK remains exiting the EU without a deal at the end of the extension period.
While the process of determining how the UK leaves the EU continues, we will be following the Brexit developments closely, assessing impacts and making necessary arrangements to help you implement any new processes and regulations. Find out more from our Brexit toolkit.
Shipping Regulatory Update
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued a notice on an increase in Section 301 tariffs on US $200 billion worth of Chinese imports from 10 percent to 25 percent as of 12:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on May 10, 2019.
The impacted categories of goods can be found from the link below: https://www.cbp.gov/sites/default/files/assets/documents/2018-Oct/Section301_HTSUS_Ref-Guide_Oct2-2018.pdf
On May 13, China announced its decision to raise the tariff rate imposed on some imported U.S. products as of June 1, 2019. China had earlier imposed additional tariffs on US $60 billion worth of U.S. imports. The additional tariff rates on some products will be increased to 25 percent, 20 percent, and 10 percent. Those commodities with a 5 percent tariff rate will remain 5 percent.
The impacted categories of goods can be viewed on the below link (For your reference): http://gss.mof.gov.cn/zhengwuxinxi/zhengcefabu/201905/t20190513_3256788.html
There is no change on the shipping process and documents required. However, if you need further assistance, please contact your Sales Representative, call our Customer Service Hotline at 0800.075.075.
From 1 July 2018, the Australian Government will introduce a 10% goods and services tax (GST) on the sale of goods valued at AUD1,000 or less, which have been imported into Australia by consumers.
Overseas merchants with annual sales into Australia of AUD75,000 or more will be required to comply with this new legislation. For details please go to the Australian Tax Office website or send an email to AustraliaGST@ato.gov.au.
This new legislation also requires merchants to provide relevant tax information to the transporter of low value goods. FedEx will collect this information electronically via its FedEx shipping software programs. Please click here for the shipping guide on low value goods to Australia.
Online Fraud Alert
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If you receive a message matching this description do not open the email or enter any personal information. Delete the email immediately.
FedEx does not send unsolicited emails to customers requesting information regarding packages, invoices, account numbers, passwords or personal information.
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