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Substantial Transformation of IT Products Under the TAA Requires Careful Careful Consideration

The Trade Agreement Act (“TAA”) utilizes a “substantial transformation” test in determining the country of origin of an end product composed of various parts from various countries. Substantial transformation is assessed and...more

NAFTA and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

With the recent U.S. election finally reaching its close, the unexpected election of Mr. Trump has left many multinational companies wondering how the change in administration will impact their business operations. One of the...more

Policy Predictions: How will Trump's 100-Day Plan Affect U.S. Energy Industry?

The American landscape is littered with failed prognostications about what new Presidential administrations would or would not ? and could or could not ? accomplish. Every new President faces the challenge of transforming...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

Activist Groups Employ New FOIA Strategy in Seeking Confidential Information Relating to Business’ Imports/Exports of Animals and...

Animal activist group plaintiffs have filed Freedom of Information Act requests seeking an enormous amount of data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service relating to the import and export of wildlife specimens, and have sued...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

FDA Continues FSMA Implementation, Finalizes Guidance on Voluntary Qualified Importer Program to Expedite Food Imports

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) released last week a final version of its guidance for industry on the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP), which will provide a mechanism for eligible food importers to expedite...more

Brexit: What’s Ahead? Let the Games Begin

This is the fourth in an ongoing series of Dashboard Insights blog posts on the implications of the June 23, 2016 voter referendum in the United Kingdom (“UK”) to exit the European Union (“EU”) (“Brexit”). Prior articles...more

Appraising Produce

In July 2016, the Houston Regulatory Audit office sent a letter to a number of large importers cautioning them to be sure their value declarations were correct, underscoring CBP’s position by pointing recipients to a long...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - November 2016

Anniversary of Softwood Lumber Agreement Expiration Could Bring New Trade Case - October 12 marked the one-year anniversary of the expiration of the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement between the United States and Canada and...more

License fees and customs value: the deferred valuation mechanism becomes a reality

On November 1, 2016, the Collegium of the Eurasian Economic Commission introduced substantial changes to the rules for applying the procedure for deferred customs valuation of goods (Decision of the Eurasian Economic...more

USITC To Study the U.S. Aluminum Industry

The U.S. International Trade Commission recently heard testimony that global markets for aluminum and aluminum products are being distorted by Chinese subsidies. On September 29, 2016, the Commission held a public hearing in...more

U.S. EPA Issues Final Rule on Hazardous Waste Import & Export - Effective December 31, 2016

On October 28, 2016, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) released a pre-federal register copy of changes to Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations which will require exporters of...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

This month’s tracker reflects key initiatives from September 16 – October 15, 2016. Initiatives to reduce and manage packaging wastes appear to be gaining traction, particularly in Argentina, which enacted a new...more

EPA Revises Hazardous Waste Import-Export Rules

On October 28, 2016, the Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed a rule finalizing significant modifications to the requirements governing the export and import of hazardous waste. The...more

"OFAC and BIS Implement Additional Amendments in Support of Cuba Policy Shift"

On October 14, 2016, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced further amendments to ease U.S. sanctions and...more

Opportunity to Seek Duty Savings on non-U.S. Made Imports through New Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Process

A 60-day time frame for requests to suspend tariffs on qualifying imports opened on Friday, October 14 and run through Monday, December 12, 2016. During this period, requestors may submit petitions to the International Trade...more

US lifts remaining sanctions on Burma

On October 7, 2016, the US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced the termination of all remaining financial and trade sanctions against Burma (aka Myanmar). The removal of sanctions followed...more

It’s All About Compliance

This Alert is one in an occasional series of articles providing tips about various topics which come up routinely with import and export transactions. These articles/tips are published with the intention to provide...more

WTO Appellate Body Report: EU – Biodiesel (Argentina)

Decision: The WTO Appellate Body has delivered a mixed verdict in Argentina's challenge to EU anti-dumping measures on biodiesel. The Appellate Body rejected Argentina's claims that part of the EU Basic Regulation on...more

US Further Liberalizes Cuba Sanctions and Export Controls

On October 14, 2016, the United States announced additional measures to liberalize Cuba sanctions and export controls, effective October 17, 2016. The new measures, which are summarized below, authorize additional...more

Member States cannot impose uniform retail prices for prescription-only medicinal products, highest EU Court says

EU law precludes national legislation setting fixed retail prices for prescription medicinal products, as it unreasonably restricts imports - On 19 October 2016, the European Court of Justice issued a ruling concluding...more

New Round of Cuba Sanctions Changes Expand Opportunities for Health Sector

Key Points - - OFAC’s latest changes expand opportunities for U.S. persons to engage in medical research with Cuban nationals, authorize U.S. persons to obtain FDA approval of Cuba-origin pharmaceuticals, and market...more

Obama’s Not Slowing Down On Cuba: New Steps Forward Open Doors (and Humidors!) for Collaboration

With fewer than 100 days left in office, President Obama is not slowing down on his efforts to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba. Today, several changes to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and...more

Landmark Reform of Federal Chemicals Law Will Significantly Impact Chemical Manufacturers and Users

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act for the 21st Century Act (“Lautenberg Act”), a sweeping and historic overhaul of our nation’s primary chemical management law, the...more

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