Update: Made in China

August 26, 2020

Compliance – Made in China

How does the Hong Kong marking impact imported goods that are products of Hong Kong after the transition period?

Every article of Hong Kong origin, or its container, imported into the Customs territory of the US shall now be marked ‘Made in China’. Goods that are not marked properly after the transition period may be brought into a Foreign Trade Zone to be properly marked under a permit to manipulate issued by the Port Director. The original notice set the applicable date at July 29, 2020, then CBP granted a transition period until September 25, 2020. Then, in an effort to allow importers ample time to comply, CBP extended the transition period 45 days until November 9, 2020.

How does the marking rule affect duties?

The change in marking requirements does not affect the assessment of ordinary duties. Therefore, goods that are products of Hong Kong should continue to report International Organization for Standardization (ISO) country code “HK” as the country of origin when required.

How does the Executive Order marking rule affect entry summary requirements, such as country of origin reporting, duty payments, etc.?

This rule only affects marking requirements under 19 U.S.C. 1304. Entry summary procedures have not changed. Filers should continue to file their entry summaries and duty payments according to current regulation and policy.

Still have questions? Contact your local Masterpiece representative.

Houston and New Orleans Port Closures

Ports, terminal operations, warehouses, and domestic services will remain closed due to Hurricane Laura. We hope that all customers, colleagues, and vendors impacted remain safe during this time.


  • Ocean carriers are signaling for yet another significant GRI for September for both USWC & USEC
  • The GRI is anticipated to stick due to the expected surge in volume/demand prior to China Golden Week, which starts 1st of October
  • Service into the gulf ports are also expected to be extremely tight due to large BCO’s taking large shares of capacity
  • FAST BOAT options such as APL EXX, Matson, and ZIM ZEX remain popular, but many are now limiting service into IPI destinations
  • COSCO looking to take advantage of this opportunity by introducing expedite IPI options to Chicago, Dallas, and Kansas via their AACI service
  • A backlog continues from Indian Sub-continental and, as a result, services remain booked up to 3 weeks in advance. We recommend scheduling bookings at least 3 weeks in advance.
  • Similarly, space out of Malaysia, Vietnam, and Thailand are also remaining tight
  • Airfreight rates from China and Southeast Asia continue to increase as a result of the ocean capacity issues and surge in consumer tech, electronics, new product releases, and automotive

As always, there are alternative solutions available. Please contact your local Masterpiece representative to discuss how we may be able to assist.

Malaysia CFS Operations

Masterpiece is happy to share its first warehouse in Malaysia, as a part of a multi-country consolidation program for a special client. The warehouse is a 26,000 sqft, bonded facility equipped with full equipment and a WMS system. Our APAC Manager, Desmond Dave Culas, is working closely with a local partner to assist this client in consolidating and streamlining their supply chain. Great work Desmond!

If you have a need for warehouse or sourcing services in Asia, please reach out to our team and we will be able to assist you.

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