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Steelworkers Reverse Course and Withdraw Request for Import Relief on Aluminum

In an unusual change of course, the United Steelworkers Union (USW) has now withdrawn the Section 201 petition it filed just last week to request temporary relief against imports of primary unwrought aluminum. According to...more

Union Seeks Increased Duties on Imported Aluminum

On April 18, the United Steelworkers Union (USW) petitioned the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC or Commission) for relief pursuant to Section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974, a safeguard provision of the U.S. trade...more

New ITC Petition Process to Suspend Tariffs

For decades, the Congress regularly suspended tariffs on hundreds of imported products to benefit American businesses and consumers. This legislation was referred to as the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill or MTB. In the last few...more

EU Customs Developments - March 2016

EU Customs Policy - Union Customs Code (UCC) Developments - On 15 March 2016, the European Commission published the so-called Union Customs Code (UCC) Transitional Delegated Act, which lays down the transitional...more

A New Way to Reduce Your Tariffs? House Ways & Means Committee Takes a Step Forward

The House Ways & Means Trade Subcommittee held a hearing on April 14, to consider a new process for the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB), which temporarily reduces or eliminates tariffs on qualifying imported products. The...more

Trade in the balance: Europe's new Union Customs Code

The European Union — the world's largest trader of manufactured goods and services — is adopting a new framework of customs rules, the Union Customs Code (UCC). From cutting-edge California mobile devices and Chinese...more

Losing Strength: US Steel Industry Analysis

The United States steel industry faces severe headwinds as steel prices continue to fall. Even as recently imposed protectionist measures on certain imported steel products take effect, tariffs alone may be insufficient in...more

FCC Proposed Rule Will Change Business Data Services (Also Known as Special Access) Marketplace

Public and Private Agencies' Rates Could Be Impacted - The FCC is expected to issue a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on April 28 that will rewrite the rules that protect local governments, public agencies and...more

Electric storage and wholesale markets

As electric energy storage technology improves in capability and cost-effectiveness, what barriers exist to electric storage resources' participation in organized electricity markets in the U.S.? Staff of the Federal Energy...more

Seventh Circuit Upholds FERC's Authority to Abrogate Transmission Owner Rights of First Refusal

Does FERC have authority to override contracts between a regional transmission organization (RTO) and incumbent utilities giving the latter rights of first refusal (ROFR) to build new regional transmission facilities? It...more

Commerce at its Best – A True Export Promotion Tool for U.S. Exporters

Trade Agreements are political hot potatoes, which as a trade attorney I always find interesting. The presidential candidates have been debating the pros and cons of trade agreements for years from a 60,000 foot level. Is the...more

EU Customs Developments - February 2016

EU Customs Policy - Union Customs Code (UCC) Developments - On 1 February 2016, the European Commission met representatives of selected EU-level business organisations in the so-called ‘Trade Contact Group’ (TCG) to...more

Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Investigations of Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip from China

Currently, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) are conducting antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of stainless steel sheet and strip from China....more

New Antidumping Duty Petition on R-134A from China

On March 3, 2016, an antidumping (AD) petition was filed with the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) and U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), regarding 1-1-1-2-Tetrafluoroethane (also known as R-134a) from the People’s...more

Congress Approves Customs Bill

On February 24, President Obama signed into law the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (H.R. 644), which the Senate had passed earlier in February by a 75-20 vote and the House passed in December 2015 by a...more

Nigerian Power Sector: Opportunities and Challenges for Investment in 2016

A summary of the existing power sector in Nigeria, current key initiatives, and opportunities and challenges for developers, investors and lenders. Introduction - During the launch of Power Africa in 2013, President...more

EU Customs Developments - January 2016

EU Customs Policy - Union Customs Code Developments - In January 2016, the draft Transitional Delegated Act (TDA) for the Union Customs Code (UCC) was discussed at committee/working party level in the European...more

There’s No Place Like Home: CITT Rules Hotels Are Not Domestic Settings

Whether an imported good is for “domestic” or for “other” purposes is an important distinction for customs because importers of goods “for domestic purposes” must pay customs duties ranging from eight per cent to 9.5 per cent...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda for February 18, 2016

Below are brief summaries of the agenda items for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s February 18, 2016 meeting, pursuant to the agenda as issued on February 11, 2016. Electric - E-1 – Pennsylvania Electric...more

EU Customs Developments: December 2015

EU Customs Policy - Union Customs Code Developments – Key Provisions Published - On 29 December 2015, the Implementing and Delegated Acts for the Union Customs Code (UCC) were published in the EU’s Official Journal...more

Here Comes the Sun: New CPUC Tariff Preserves Most Benefits for Rooftop Solar

On January 28, 2016, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted in a 3-2 decision to approve a new tariff that preserves net energy metering (successor tariff). In retaining net metering, the successor tariff...more

New Rules on Investment Promotion in Azerbaijan

On 18 January 2016 the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan signed a Decree On additional measures in connection with the promotion of investments....more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - January 2016

United States Repeals Country of Origin Labeling Legislation, Avoiding Retaliation - On December 18, President Obama signed a bill that repealed legislation requiring country of origin labeling (COOL) on beef and pork...more

MISO Proposes Interconnection Queue Reform To Address Continuing Delays

Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) is proposing another round of interconnection queue reform. On December 31, 2015, MISO filed proposed revisions to its Open Access Transmission, Energy and Operating Reserve...more

The TPP Agreement and Privacy

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (the “TPP Agreement”) is a regional trade and investment agreement negotiated by 12 Pacific Rim countries representing 40 percent of the global economy. Canada, the United States,...more

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