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Customs Aggressively Moving to Discontinue Post-Importation Claims for Certain Free Trade Agreements

For most companies importing into the United States, use of available post-importation mechanisms to correct or amend entries is common and an essential part of any trade compliance program. Whether the post-importation...more

WTO Rules U.S. Countervailing Duties on Solar Panels Violate Global Trade Rules

The World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled Monday that U.S. countervailing duties imposed on a range of Chinese products, including solar panels, violated global trade rules by imposing punitive import duties....more

China Update - July 2014

In This Issue: - Quote of the Week - U.S-China Relations - Trade - Excerpt from U.S.-China Relations: 6th Round of the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue On July 9-10, Secretary of...more

Group of WTO Members Launches Negotiations to Liberalize Trade in Environmental Goods

This week marks the beginning of negotiations by a group of 14 World Trade Organization (WTO) member countries toward a new multilateral agreement to liberalize trade in “environmental goods,” a yet-to-be-defined term with...more

CBP Updates Informed Compliance Publication Providing Further Guidance on “First Sale” Requirements

On July 9, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) circulated a draft revised Informed Compliance Publication entitled “Bona Fide Sales & Sales for Exportation to the United States,” which identifies additional...more

Department of Commerce Announces Preliminary Decision to Impose Tariff on Solar Panels Imported From China

Some U.S. solar equipment manufacturers have lauded the Department of Commerce’s recent decision to impose high tariffs on solar panels imported from China as the end of China’s unfair market advantage; however, from the...more

Court Overturns Longstanding Country-of-Origin Methodology Used for Trade Order Scope Determinations

The scope definition contained in a trade relief order determines whether a product is subject to antidumping or countervailing duties, i.e., whether the imported product is "subject merchandise." When component parts of...more

Potential West Coast Port Labor Disruptions Loom Large for Importers and Exporters, Including Those of FDA-Regulated Products

On July 1st, the contract between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) officially expired, increasing the potential of a work stoppage and cargo disruption at West...more

Fur Flies and West Hollywood (“WeHo”) Fur Ban Is Upheld By Federal Court

West Hollywood, California’s controversial law banning the sale of fur within city limits survived a legal challenge by a luxury retailer last month. A federal court dismissed the action brought by Mayfair House Inc., a...more

United States Prevails in WTO Dispute Challenging China's Duties on U.S. Automobiles

Last month, a World Trade Organization (WTO) Panel issued a report favorable to the United States, ruling against Chinese duties on American auto exports. China had imposed tariffs on U.S. cars and SUVs with engine capacities...more

Trade & Manufacturing - July 2014

In This Issue: - Commerce Issues Preliminary Determination Finding Chinese Solar Producers Receive Countervailable Subsidies - United States Prevails in WTO Dispute Challenging China's Duties on U.S....more

EU updates sanctions against Libya and Syria, and introduces import ban for Crimean products

The EU Council on 23 June 2014 took several sanctions-related actions,1 all effective on 24 or 25 June 2014, including: • the introduction of an EU import ban for products from Crimea and Sevastopol (and related...more

ECR Episode IX – Serving up the Third Round: The Next Wave of Export Control Reform Takes Effect on July 1, 2014

In the country pubs of Ireland, it has long been the practice of the barkeep to “stand the third round” for good customers, meaning to offer the third drink for free. The practice makes sense both as customer appreciation...more

U.S. 2013 Natural Gas Net Imports Lowest Since 1989 With Gas Production Setting a New Record

The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently reported that U.S. natural gas net imports in 2013 were down 14% to 1,311 billion cubic feet (Bcf), which is the lowest since 1989....more

Increased Crude Oil Rail Shipments Drive Boost in Funding for DOT HazMat Programs

By a vote of 29-1, on June 5, 2014, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed legislation (S. 2438) funding fiscal year (FY) 2015 activities for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). DOT’s programs for crude oil and...more

U.S. Department of Commerce Sets Stage for New Countervailing Duties on Chinese Solar Panels

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced its preliminary determination that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic products (Products) from...more

United Steelworkers File Petition to Impose Substantial Duties on Imports from China of Tires for Passenger Vehicles and Light...

For your information, on June 3, 2014, a petition was filed asking the U.S. government to investigate whether Chinese imports of certain passenger vehicle and light truck (PVLT) tires are being unfairly dumped and subsidized....more

Solar Installer Alert: In Preliminary Determination, U.S. Commerce Department Imposes Countervailing Duties on Chinese Solar...

Late on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, the International Trade Administration of the Department of Commerce (ITA) released a Fact Sheet announcing an affirmative preliminary determination in the countervailing duty case against...more

China Issues New Policy to Boost Foreign Trade

Early this year, the Government of China (GOC) set a target of 7.5 percent growth for imports and exports in its annual work report. China's foreign trade has fallen far short of these targets so far this year. In the first...more

Potential New Risk of High Duties on Chemicals and Gases Imported in High-Pressure Steel Cylinders Manufactured in China

Many companies that import chemicals or gases from China use high-pressure steel cylinders as containers for the imports of their chemical/gas contents. Up until now, many importers simply assumed that they did not need to...more

An Export Plan Should Include the Consideration of U.S. Distribution Laws if Selling Into the United States Through Sales...

A Canadian or other foreign company looking to obtain a presence in the U.S. market without having to set up its own U.S. sales operation may consider using intermediariesn such as independent distributors and sales...more

Digital Imports: Should Downloads Be Subject to the Tariff Act?

On April 3, the International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that the agency has jurisdiction to police digital transmission for intellectual property infringement. The ITC hears trade disputes regarding “articles” imported...more

3-D Printing and the International Trade Commission – ITC Stops Importation of Infringing Digital Data Files

The International Trade Commission has jurisdiction to stop the importation of infringing “articles.” The ITC says that the term “articles” includes tangible goods and intangible electronic files. An electronic cross-border...more

U.S. Net Energy Imports and Coal Production Lowest in Decades

U.S. net energy imports for 2013 and Q4 2013 coal production were reported by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (“EIA”) as being the lowest since more than 20 years ago. ...more

U.S. Customs And Border Protection Announces Three New Members Of Commercial Targeting And Analysis Center

Participating agencies jointly target commercial imports that threaten health and safety - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced on April 1 that three additional Federal agencies have formally joined the...more

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