Imports

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Japan makes significant changes to Consumption Tax Act – steps for offshore e-commerce providers

Japan’s National Diet has passed an amendment to the Consumption Tax Act which includes several important changes that especially affect offshore providers of e-commerce services in Japan. Change in cross-border...more

Changes in US Sanctions on Cuba Present Opportunities and Challenges

The Obama Administration’s recent loosening of trade restrictions on Cuba has the potential to open new opportunities for US businesses. However, there are several obstacles to be overcome before US companies may access...more

Beekeepers Abuzz After Court Allows Class Action to Proceed Against Regulator

A majority of the Federal Court of Appeal in Paradis Honey Ltd. v. Canada recently allowed a group of commercial beekeepers to proceed with a proposed class action against their government regulator. The court rejected the...more

Opportunity for Importers of Designer Merchandise to Reduce Duty Exposure

We have recently received a positive ruling from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“Customs”) in response to a protest filed on behalf of one of our clients which is a U.S. subsidiary of a European parent company and...more

The Announcement of Criminal Charges against Lumber Liquidators Underscores the Need for Lacey Act Compliance

On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, Lumber Liquidators announced in its most recent 10Q that the United States Department of Justice plans to pursue criminal charges surrounding allegations the company illegally imported wood in...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - May 2015

In This Issue: - Congressional Debate Begins Over Trade Promotion Authority Bill - U.S. Paper Industry Fights Unfair Imports on Several Fronts - Progress on Iran Nuclear Deal Contemplates New but Uncertain...more

Inspections Expose Unsafe Product Imports

The United States Department of Justice recently filed a product liability lawsuit in federal court against Toys Distribution Inc., BLI Apparel Inc., All Seasons Sales Inc. and S&J Merchandise Inc., as well as six of the...more

Congressional Action Allowing Commerce to Retroactively Apply the Subsidy Law to Exports From China Survives a Constitutional...

Federal law authorizes the United States Department of Commerce to impose antidumping duties on imports "sold in the United States at less than … fair value" and countervailing duties on imports that receive a...more

10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Import From Cuba

One aspect of the dramatic shift in U.S. policy toward Cuba that has not been widely reported is a relaxation of the old rule prohibiting imports of most Cuban goods and services. Under the new rules, if your Cuban supplier...more

U.S. International Trade Commission Institutes Investigation Under 100-Day Pilot Program Examining Complainant’s Standing to File...

The U.S.I.T.C. instituted its first investigation under its 100-day pilot program for early determination of a specific potentially case-dispositive issue....more

EU Customs Practice Group

In This Issue: - EU CUSTOMS POLICY: ..Commission Report on Customs 2013 programme - TARIFFS: ..Duty suspension and tariff quotas ..EU duty suspension for certain heavy oils ..FTA update -...more

TSCA Reform: Detailed Analysis of Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act: Significant Changes Made to...

The Senate over the past several years has considered a number of legislative texts to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). These include the Safer Chemicals Act, several versions of which were introduced by Senator...more

Transfer Pricing Customs Duty Refund Applications – Let’s Do it Right

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has informed the Canadian importing community that importers may be entitled to obtain customs duty refunds in connection with downward transfer pricing adjustments having the effect...more

Ecuador Imposes Safeguard Import Tariffs

On March 6, 2015, Ecuador announced that it is imposing a balance of payments safeguard consisting of import tariffs between 5 and 45 percent on approximately 32 percent of products. The safeguard measure becomes effective on...more

E-Cigarettes: The Safer Alternative?

E-cigarettes have gained widespread popularity as an alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes, with hundreds of millions of these devices expected to be imported into the United States in 2015. The majority of imported...more

Foreign Manufacturers Fingered by Bill That Aimed To Ensure Safety of Imported Products

Dangerous drugs, defective drywall, toxic toys – the pile of problematic products imported from foreign manufacturers threatens the safety of the youngest to the oldest Americans. The reason consumers end up with tangibles in...more

China Update - February 2015

In This Issue: - Quote of the Week - U.S.-China Relations - Trade - Excerpt from Quote of the week: “We constantly remind Chinese leaders that recognizing and guaranteeing the Chinese people their...more

Made in the USA! Reshoring Children’s Products

For all expecting and new parents, you probably have learned how quickly buying your child’s products adds up! So why would you be willing to pay more for an American-made product when you could purchase a similar product or...more

US China Trade War–Developments in Trade, Trade Politics, Patents/IP, Antitrust and Securites

On January 11thth, I put up my last post stating that because of its length, I have broken up the post into two parts. This February post includes a Trade, Customs and IP update with longer sections on Antitrust and...more

Intellectual Property Alert: Federal Circuit Considers Whether ITC Can Properly Exclude Imported Products That Only Infringe...

On February 5, 2015, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit sitting en banc heard oral arguments in Suprema, Inc. v. Int’l Trade Comm’n, Fed. Cir., No. 2012-1170, a case involving the ability of the International Trade...more

U.S. Announces Goods and Services Eligible for Import

On February 13, 2015, the U.S. State Department issued new regulations regarding goods and services eligible for export from Cuba to the United States. The new regulations open a new chapter in U.S.–Cuba trade relations that...more

US State Department Issues Section 515.582 List Regarding Authorization of Imports of Certain Goods and Services Produced by...

On February 13, 2015, the US Department of State published its “Section 515.582 List” and related guidance regarding the goods and services produced by independent Cuban entrepreneurs which have been authorized for immediate...more

ITC Section 337 Update - February 2015

Oral Argument Fails To Shed Light On The Outcome Of Anticipated En Banc Federal Circuit Decision In Suprema – On February 8, oral argument was held before the en banc Federal Circuit in Suprema v. Int’l Trade Comm’n, Case No....more

The En Banc Federal Circuit Hears Argument in Suprema, Inc. v. ITC

On Thursday, February 5, 2015, the en banc Federal Circuit heard oral argument in the matter of Suprema, Inc. v. ITC, reviewing its controversial panel decision holding that in ITC investigations induced infringement cannot...more

TTB Publishes Semi-Annual Regulatory Agenda with Plans and Goals for the Coming Year

Late last year, the Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau (TTB) published its semi-annual regulatory agenda in the Federal Register. The agenda provides useful insights into TTB’s regulatory plans and goals for the coming...more

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