Following redesigns of its restaurants, packaging and menu, McDonald’s has redesigned its website. Among the highlights: a clean fresh look, location-based menus that feature local options and offers, a greater emphasis on its food philosophy and nutritional information, and easier navigation for users especially mobile ones who make up two-thirds of all site visitors. The update includes new video elements on select menu pages and more highlighting of the recently introduced McDonald’s app.
While the President and the United States Trade Representative (USTR) have recently announced the proposed List 4 tariffs at ten percent will be delayed until December 15 for certain articles, the rest of these tariffs that will impact your imports from China are scheduled to go into effect on Sept. 1, 2019.
According to their release: “Certain products are being removed from the tariff list based on health, safety, national security and other factors and will not face additional tariffs of ten percent. Further, as part of USTR’s public comment and hearing process, it was determined that the tariff should be delayed to December 15 for certain articles. Products in this group include, for example, cell phones, laptop computers, video game consoles, certain toys, computer monitors, and certain items of footwear and clothing.”
If you are impacted by the List 4A tariffs (See lists: List 4A Effective September 1, 2019- https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/enforcement/301Investigations/List_4A_%28Effective_September_1%2C_2019%29.pdf or List 4B Effective December 15, 2019 – https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/enforcement/301Investigations/List_4B_%28Effective_December_15%2C_2019%29.pdf), now is the time to alert your members of Congress and to start to prepare to file for your exemptions.
As we have discussed before, due to ACMA’s partnership with a top ranked bipartisan government affairs and global business advisory firm in D.C., The Vogel Group, ACMA members are eligible for a free consultation and discounted tariff exemption filing and lobbying services. The Vogel Group has a successful track record in receiving millions of dollars of past exemptions for their clients and have an inside track to the politics surrounding these issues.
If you are planning to file for tariff exemptions, you’ll be far better served to work with us. Call or email Lynn Noble (513-608-4749 firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule a free call with our outside experts. The discussion will enable you to evaluate feasibility given your specific circumstances.
Also as a reminder, if you are impacted by List 3 tariffs, the deadline to file is Sept. 30, 2019. If you have not yet engaged outside counsel, please contact us as the services described above for List 4 also apply to List 3, and any other trade or supply chain matters you may wish to discuss.
Hamilton Davison, President & Executive Director, American Catalog Mailers Association, email@example.com