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Eliminating Tariffs on Information Technology (IT) Products: Expanded WTO List on the Horizon

On July 24, 2015 the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced that negotiators had agreed on a list of products and draft declaration to expand the product scope of the 1996 Information Technology Agreement (ITA). The...more

Ontario Court of Appeal Confirms Parties May Adjudicate Contract Disputes Through Application Despite Factual Questions

In a recent decision, Energy Fundamentals Group Inc. v. Veresen Inc. (Veresen), the Ontario Court of Appeal confirmed that, even where there are factual questions the court must resolve, a contract dispute may be adjudicated...more

Trade Preference Programs Get New Life

On June 29, 2015, the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 became Public Law No. 114-27. As a result, the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) was extended to December 31, 2017, with retroactive effect to July 31, 2013...more

Export Control Reform Roundup – Overview of Recent Developments

In This Issue: - I. BIS and DDTC Publish Their Respective Proposed “Bookend” Controls on Toxicological Agents and Directed Energy Weapons - II. BIS and DDTC Publish Their Respective Proposed “Bookend” Definitions...more

Medicinal Product Regulation and Product Liability in Australia: Overview

The Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (Cth)(TG Act): - Provides a national framework for the regulation of medicinal products. - Provides a national system to control the quality, safety, efficacy and timely availability...more

WTO Finds That COOL Is Simply Not Cool, and House of Representative Agrees

The most recent chapter in the dispute over U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) requirements for meat products resulted in a loss for the United States. In a May 18 report, the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Appellate...more

New Trade Legislation Extends Key Duty-Free Tariff Programs, Provides Opportunity for Businesses to Recoup Over $1 Billion In...

On June 29, President Obama signed into law the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (“the Act”). This legislation extends certain U.S. trade preference programs through which the United States grants duty-free treatment...more

CBP Offers to Negotiate With Foreign Customs on Exporters' Behalf

On June 18, 2015, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced in the Federal Register that it would be accepting “requests for assistance” from exporters who are dealing with valuation or classification issues with...more

WTO’s Ruling Against India’s Ban on U.S. Agricultural Products May Finally Open Market for American Farmers

On June 4, 2015, the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body ruled in favor of the United States and affirmed the WTO dispute settlement panel’s findings that India’s ban on various U.S. agricultural products violates...more

California Fresh Garlic Producers Crack Chinese Scheme to Avoid Dumping Duties

On June 15th, the Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) issued the final results in the 19th Administrative Review of the antidumping order on fresh garlic from the China. During the review, Kelly Drye attorneys, on behalf of...more

AD/CVD Update

On June 3rd, U.S. steel producers ArcelorMittal USA LLC, AK Steel Corporation, Nucor Corporation, U.S. Steel Corporation, California Steel Industries (“CSI”) and Steel Dynamics, Inc. (“SDI”) filed antidumping and...more

Congress Sends Fast-Track Trade Authority Bill to the President, Invigorating Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations

After several weeks of legislative wrangling, congressional leaders will send a bill to President Obama this week to give him fast-track authority to negotiate a trade deal that will potentially govern 40 percent of U.S....more

Congress Still Debating Fast Track Trade Authority for Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations

Congressional leaders are working to find a way to pass legislation that would give President Obama fast-track authority to negotiate a trade deal that will potentially govern 40 percent of U.S. imports and exports. The Trade...more

Clarity Put on Hold as FTAIA Conflict/Confusion Continues

The Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act (FTAIA) was enacted in 1982 to help achieve clarity in the application of U.S antitrust laws to international trade. More than 30 years since that effort, the FTAIA has not...more

President’s Bid for Fast-Track Trade Authority Fails, Stalling Trans-Pacific Partnership Efforts

On June 12, the House derailed legislation that would have given President Obama authority to negotiate, with limited interference from Congress, a trade deal that will potentially govern 40 percent of U.S. imports and...more

Be Careful What You Wish For!

This oft-stated warning is certainly true for those who engage in international trade. For many years, industry has complained to government about different agencies wanting different information at different times in the...more

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership ('TTIP') - The main points

What is TTIP? The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership ('TTIP') is an ambitious trade and investment agreement currently being negotiated between the European Commission and the United States. The European...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

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

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

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

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

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

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - February 2015

New Census Report Links Trade Data To Manufactured Products - The U.S. Census Bureau has released its Manufacturing and International Trade Report (MITR) containing 2012 data, available here. This report unveils a new...more

U.S. Shift in Policy Eases Cuba Sanctions and Opens Door for New Opportunities

The Obama Administration recently announced it will undertake efforts to repair diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba and end decades of political estrangement and economic isolation of the island nation....more

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