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Biography for Mara Lee

Mara Lee, Associate Editor, is a reporter for International Trade Today and its sister publication Export Compliance Daily. She joined the Warren Communications News staff in early 2018, after covering health policy, Midwestern Congressional delegations, and the Connecticut economy, insurance and manufacturing sectors for the Hartford Courant, the nation’s oldest continuously published newspaper (established 1674). Before arriving in Washington D.C. to cover Congress in 2005, she worked in Ohio, where she witnessed fervent presidential campaigning every four years.

Recent Articles by Mara Lee

CBP Hopes for Legislative Fix on Merchandise Processing Fees Before July 1 USMCA Entry Into Force

The government is considering how quickly it can get through a legislative fix to U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement implementation provisions that allow for duty refunds on post-importation preference claims, but not a refund of merchandise processing fees, said Maya Kumar, director of…Subscribe to Read >>

Push to Renew Tariff Deferral May Be Stalling

Last week, the chairman and top Republican of the House Ways and Means Committee said they would be nudging the administration to offer another round of tariff deferral to importers with sharp drops in revenue (see 2005150057 and Subscribe to Read >>

COVID-19 Causing Trading Companies to 'Reassess Everything,' Experts Say

The top executive for customs policy at UPS said the consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic will be that companies “reassess everything” about supply chains. Norm Schenk, executive vice president for customs policy, was on a panel that included the director…Subscribe to Read >>

Ways and Means Chairman Neal Says Another Round of Tariff Deferral 'Sensible'

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., said he's told U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer that he's concerned that some businesses were not able to take advantage of a 90-day deferral to pay duties. “Because of the economic…Subscribe to Read >>

Much Still Undetermined Six Weeks Ahead of USMCA Into Force

Many details needed for the uniform regulations and the final implementing instructions for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement remain under discussion, agency officials said on May 14. Many specifics have not been agreed to, either between Mexico, Canada and the U.S., between…Subscribe to Read >>