Tariffs

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Deadlines to Request Duty Savings Fast Approaching! ITC to Kick-Off New MTB Process in October

Earlier this year, a new law revived the process for suspending tariffs on various products imported into the United States – known as the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill or MTB. The key change is moving from a legislative process...more

International Trade Commission Launched New Import Monitoring Tool

The U.S. International Trade Commission (“USITC”) recently announced the launching of a new Import Monitoring Tool that will allow the public to monitor changes in U.S. imports. The Monitoring Tool was developed as mandated...more

SDG&E Seeks Projects for Community Renewables Program

On August 31, 2016, SDG&E will issue one ECR Request for Offers (“RFO”), seeking contracts with facilities that produce Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS)-eligible energy for the purpose of implementing its ECR program. In...more

EU Customs Developments - July 2016

EU Customs Policy - Union Customs Code Developments - On 19 July 2016, the European Commission published a proposal to amend Article 136 of the Union Customs Code (UCC). This Article UCC exempts goods that have...more

WTO Panel Report: Russia - Tariff Treatment

A WTO Panel has ruled that the Russian Federation has violated its WTO obligations by imposing duties on certain EU goods in excess of its committed ("bound") rates, in breach of Article II of the General Agreement on Tariffs...more

The Revival of the Age of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Cases

For the first time since the era of pagers, dial-up, and Y2K hysteria, U.S. trade remedy cases are experiencing a resurgence. Under U.S. law, U.S. producers of goods may petition the U.S. government to impose extra tariffs on...more

Liberia and Afghanistan Officially Join the World Trade Organization

In July, the Republic of Liberia (Liberia) and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (Afghanistan) officially joined the World Trade Organization (WTO). Liberia and Afghanistan are the 163rd and 164th countries, respectively,...more

EU Customs Developments - June 2016

EU Customs Policy - Union Customs Code Developments - The minutes of the 13 May 2016 meeting between the European Commission and Member State experts, summarising the discussion on various amendments and...more

Tariff and Trade Bill Signed Into Law

On May 20, President Obama signed the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016. The bipartisan, bicameral legislation, which was passed overwhelmingly in the House and by unanimous consent in the Senate, reforms the...more

Brexit Trade Audit: A Five-Step Guide to Help Determine the Way Forward

Companies doing business in the UK or from the UK should be looking to “future-proof” their operations following the UK’s recent vote to leave the European Union. A Brexit audit is one way of determining the possible impact...more

Canada to Increase Import Quota for EU Cheese, July 2016

Both Canada and the European Union (EU) are now in the process of ratifying and implementing The Canada and European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Under the terms of CETA, Canada will open for...more

Brexit, Export Controls, Preferential Trade and Sanctions Programmes – Strategies and Tactics for Success Post-Brexit

On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom voted to exit the European Union in a historic referendum. Following the referendum, legal issues relating to export control, sanctions programmes, and preferential trade have arisen for...more

NH net metering under review

New Hampshire utility regulators have paused their review of a utility’s proposed changes to rates for customers with solar and other distributed energy resources, pending a more holistic review of the state’s net metering...more

Brexit - Business as usual? What you need to know

Despite the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, companies doing business in the UK can still continue to trade with the European Union in exactly the same way as they have done in the past. The UK is still a member of...more

Impact of Brexit on Existing US Trade Relationships May Be Limited (IRB No. 556)

It appears that the United Kingdom will exit the European Union as a result of the vote taken in the so-called Brexit referendum. Although the full impact of Brexit is hard to predict, it appears that its effects on United...more

CAISO Tariff Changes Facilitate Participation of Small Renewable and Storage Technologies in California Energy Markets

On June 2, 2016, FERC approved revisions to the California Independent System Operator's open access transmission tariff that facilitate the participation of small, distribution level energy generation, storage and...more

The UK has voted to leave the EU: What now?

The British public have voted that the UK should leave the EU. The EU Referendum vote (the Leave Vote) does not by itself result in an automatic UK exit from the EU. The EU Treaty provides for a framework for a...more

The Trans-Pacific Partnership offers Canadian retailers exciting new opportunities

On November 5, 2015, the United States Government released a draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) to the public. While implementation of the Agreement by the 12 member states is likely at least two years...more

EU Customs Developments - May 2016

EU Customs Policy - Union Customs Code (UCC) Developments - On 11 May 2016, the European Commission published a correction to the Union Customs Code (UCC) Delegated Act. It removes references to certain special...more

Agreement Toward Eliminating Tariffs of High-Tech Products to Take Effect July 2016

The European Parliament became the most recent body to ratify an expansion of the expanded World Trade Organization (WTO) Information Technology Agreement (ITA). The deal had previously been committed to and signed by the EU,...more

Update on additional investment incentives - Additional investment incentives adopted

On 6 May 2016 the President of Azerbaijan signed a number of laws amending the Tax Code, the Law On Social Insurance and the Law On Customs Tariffs...more

EU Customs Developments - April 2016

EU Customs Policy - Union Customs Code (UCC) Developments - On 1 May 2016, the Union Customs Code (UCC) entered into force. The UCC is the new EU framework regulation for the rules and procedures for customs and...more

New Bipartisan Act Will Simplify the Temporary Tariff-Reduction Process

President Obama signed the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 (the Act) into law on May 20, 2016, to overhaul the process of developing a Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB). Under this Act, companies will not...more

Opportunity to reduce import costs into Canada - but you need to act now!

In Budget 2016: Growing the Middle Class, the Government of Canada announced its intention to eliminate tariffs on food manufacturing ingredients, such as those used in the agri-food processing industry, as part of its plan...more

Congress Passes MTB Reform Legislation

Congress has enacted new legislation, the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 (H.R. 4923), which offers a unique opportunity for U.S. companies whose imported goods require the payment of tariffs (i.e., normal...more

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