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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

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

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. 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

Recent Civil and Criminal Actions Highlight Trade Compliance as a Risk Area That Should Not Be Ignored

Recent news highlights what can happen when companies are not compliant vis-à-vis their trade compliance programs, leading to potential civil and criminal actions. Such actions can cost millions of dollars in penalties,...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - April 2014 (#2)

In This Issue: - Downturn in Chinese Economy May Be Triggering An Export Surge - EPA Issues Guidance On American Iron And Steel Requirement For $2.4 Billion In FY 2014 Clean Water And Drinking Water State...more

Latin America’s Free-Trade Pacific Alliance Picks up Steam

After creating alliances with Colombia, Chile and Peru, Mexico signed a free trade agreement (FTA) with Panama. Signed in Panama City by both Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto his Panamanian counterpart Ricardo Martinelli,...more

Cross-Border Update on Investing and Doing Business in the United States

In this Issue: - Indian FDI into the United States - Indian Imports into the United States - Formation of US Subsidiaries - Ownership - Liability of Equity Holders - Management...more

Los Angeles Seeks To Build Trade Ties with Mexico

When it comes to the largest economies of the world, California ranks among the top 10 with over $2 trillion of gross state product. California’s economic prosperity relies on the import and export of goods and services by...more

White House Announces “Single Window” Initiative Aimed at Streamlining the US Export/Import Process: Supply Chain Regulatory...

President Obama’s February 19 Executive Order outlines an initiative aimed at reducing supply chain barriers by simplifying filing processes and eliminating duplicative requirements in order to allow companies to concentrate...more

Energy Newsletter - February 2014

In This Issue: - Prospects for Development of an Asian LNG Trading Hub: Given the scale of LNG imports into Asia and in light of the efforts of different Asian countries in developing their own LNG trading...more

China Announces Final Determinations in Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Investigations into Solar-Grade Polysilicon from Korea...

On January 20, 2014, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) published Notice No. 5 [2014], imposing definitive antidumping (AD) duties on imports of solar-grade polysilicon from Korea and the United States. On the same...more

International Trade: Easing The Iran Sanctions - What Is In It For You?

On Sunday 24 November, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the member-states of the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) struck an historic deal providing Iran with approximately $7 billion in...more

US China Trade War Developments –Trade, False Claims Act, Patents, US/Chinese Antitrust And Securities

On December 3, 2013, former Congressman Don Bonker of APCO and I will be speaking in Vancouver, Canada at a breakfast conference held by the American Chamber of Commerce on “The Trans-Pacific Partnership Demystified: A...more

“Gray-Market” Goods Now Less Gray

Companies selling goods internationally frequently seek to maximize their profits by charging different prices in different countries in response to national market conditions. Often, goods sold in the United States can be...more

EU/China Solar Settlement Becomes Effective

A settlement between the European Union (EU) and the Chinese government on the import of photovoltaic solar cells to the EU became effective on August 6, 2013. The settlement resolves a US $27 billion dumping and subsidy...more

Energy Insight: Southern Exposure! That Giant—And Welcome—Expanding Market: North America's Southern Base

For natural gas producers in the Bakken Formation looking for a market to soak up shale gas, the United States and Canada already are relatively awash....more

Commerce Declares No "Free Pass" To Commit Fraud In Trade Cases

Trade remedies provide much needed relief to domestic industries battered by unfairly traded imports. But their effectiveness can be gravely undermined when exporters resort to deceit and outright fraud to skirt around...more

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