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Court Opinion on Liability for Re-Exports to Iran Spurs Practical Guidance for U.S. Exporters

A recent federal appeals court decision addresses a familiar issue for many companies: When can a U.S. exporter be liable for a product that is re-exported to a sanctioned country, such as Iran? This update summarizes the...more

NAFTA Renegotiation Faces a Lengthy, Uncertain Future

On May 18, 2017, United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer notified Congress that he is seeking to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The notification triggers a 90-day consultation...more

Key Trade Appointees and President Trump’s Approach to International Trade Policy

President Trump has now appointed the senior members of his administration (some of whom remain subject to U.S. Senate confirmation) who will help him develop, coordinate and enforce U.S. trade policy. Examining the...more

U.S. Lumber Producers Target Softwood Lumber Imports from Canada; Bilateral Negotiations Reinvigorated

Following a recent breakdown of bilateral negotiations, a group of U.S. companies calling itself COALITION (Committee Overseeing Action for Lumber International Trade or Negotiations) filed antidumping (AD) and countervailing...more

What Does the Promised Trade War Mean for Companies?

President-elect Donald Trump has promised action that could drastically change the rules for U.S. importers and exporters, foreign shippers to the United States and service providers. Whether and how these promises translate...more

New Import Regulations Signal Increased Enforcement Against Duty Evasion

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued new interim regulations to remedy and penalize evasion of antidumping and countervailing duties (AD/CVD) orders. The regulations, which became effective August 22, 2016,...more

New Law Increases Scrutiny for Importing Goods Made with Forced Labor

The federal government took another step in the fight against human trafficking and forced labor. President Obama signed into law on February 24, 2016, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA), which...more

New U.S. Trade Law Exposes Importers to Duty Evasion Allegations and Targets Currency Manipulation, Among Other Changes

This week Congress amended U.S. customs law to create new risks and opportunities for companies importing goods into the United States. Most significantly, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (TFTEA) will...more

United States Lifts Certain Sanctions Against Iran, With Limited Impact on U.S. Companies

The United States suspended certain “secondary sanctions” against Iran that apply to non-U.S. companies for transactions that take place outside of the United States and do not involve U.S. persons on “Implementation Day,”...more

Trans-Pacific Partnership Publicly Released, Approval is Next Hurdle

One month after announcing the conclusion of negotiations, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today released the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP). The TPP’s 12 partner...more

U.S. Embargo Against Cuba: Historic Changes Ahead

On December 17, 2014, President Barack Obama announced sweeping changes in the diplomatic and trade relationships between the United States and Cuba. These changes, outlined below, will require time to implement; certain...more

U.S.-China ITA Breakthrough May Reduce Tariffs on High-Tech Products

On November 10, United States Trade Representative Michael Froman announced a major breakthrough in negotiations with China to eliminate tariffs on information technology products by expanding the scope of the International...more

11/18/2014  /  China , Negotiations , Popular , Tariffs , Technology

Turmoil In Ukraine (Part II): U.S. Halts Export Licenses For Dual-Use And Defense Items To Russia; Congress Acts To Codify And...

U.S. government agencies announced this week that they have suspended issuing export licenses to companies sending or releasing sensitive goods, services and technology to Russia. This development will prevent companies from...more

3/31/2014  /  Exports , Foreign Policy , Russia , Sanctions , Ukraine

Turmoil In Ukraine: Actions Your Company Can Take Now As Sanctions Against Russia Escalate

Events are rapidly evolving with respect to Russia’s recent military incursion into, and subsequent annexation of, Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula. The Obama Administration considers Russia’s acts to be clear violations of...more

3/24/2014  /  Foreign Policy , Russia , Sanctions , Ukraine

U.S. Industry Files New Allegations Against Solar Products From China And Taiwan

On December 31, 2013, SolarWorld Industries America (SolarWorld), a U.S. manufacturer of solar panels, petitioned the Department of Commerce (Commerce) and the International Trade Commission (ITC) for additional tariffs on...more

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