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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

CBSA Updates its 2015 Trade Verification/Audit Targets

This month, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) updated its customs compliance verification priorities for 2015. Trade program verifications of tariff classification, customs valuation and origin are not limited to...more

Do You Deserve a Refund from US Customs? Tariff Refunds Soon Available for Certain Imported Goods as Congress Acts on Generalized...

On June 29, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (HR 1295). Among other actions, the law revives the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, a trade preferences program...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

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

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

Patent Infringement in the Digital Age: How a Dispute About Tooth Aligners Led to a Fight About the ITC’s Jurisdiction over...

The International Trade Commission (“ITC”) is an “independent nonpartisan agency that investigates and reports to the President and Congress on matters concerning import trade, tariffs and trade agreements.” Shewmaker v....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

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

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

Minerals Matter - Autumn 2014

Welcome to the latest edition of Minerals Matters. Whilst the economic picture has certainly improved over the last six months, there have been a number of stops and starts along the way. Data suggests further...more

ML Strategies’ Energy & Environment Update: July 2014 #4

For several years, solar arrays utilizing silicon photovoltaics have been central to driving the exponential growth of installed domestic solar capacity. However, an ongoing trade war spanning three continents and impacting...more

Department of Commerce Announces Preliminary Decision to Impose Tariff on Solar Panels Imported From China

Some U.S. solar equipment manufacturers have lauded the Department of Commerce’s recent decision to impose high tariffs on solar panels imported from China as the end of China’s unfair market advantage; however, from the...more

U.S. and Japan Continue Talks on Auto Tariffs

Once again, the United States and Japan failed to reach an agreement on auto tariffs. Tariffs on automobiles are one of the remaining key issues that lie between the two countries in relation to the proposed Trans-Pacific...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

Bills Renewing GSP and Tariff Suspensions Are Racing Against the Clock

With the end of July approaching, Congress has finally turned some of its attention to addressing overdue international trade matters. However, it may be too late to prevent at least a temporary disruption to importers who...more

EU Customs Practice Group - March 2013

In This Issue: *EU CUSTOMS POLICY - Recast MCC/UCC developments *TARIFFS - Update on duty suspensions/tariff quotas - GSP Regime Developments - Commission amends list of biological or...more

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines: The Race for Riches in U.S.–EU Trade Begins with a Mandate from the European Commission

Agreements to free up the flow of trade between countries or regions are aimed to increase economic activity and wealth on both sides. The EU and United States, however, already make up 40% of global economic output and the...more

Canada Selectively Withdraws GPT Benefits

On December 22, 2012, the Canadian government solicited views on the withdrawal of general preferential tariff (GPT) status from imports of beneficiary countries. It was proposed that the withdrawal would be discriminatory to...more

ITC Investigates Economic Impact of Proposed Modifications o NAFTA Rules of Origin

On March 28, 2013, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) initiated an investigation into the potential economic impact of proposed modifications to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The proposed...more

Japan’s Entry Into Trans-Pacific Partnership FTA Raises Opportunities and Risks for US Companies

On March 15, 2013, Japan announced it will seek to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, an 11-country free trade agreement (FTA) negotiation involving Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New...more

Frito-Lay: CITT Lays Down the Law

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal decision in Frito-Lay v. President of the CBSA, AP-2010-002 (December 21, 2012), reasons January 8, 2013, teaches Canadian importers and the CBSA a number of important lessons. Three...more

EU Customs Practice Group - December 2012

In This Issue: EU CUSTOMS POLICY: - MCC recast/UCC - 2012 revision of the Electronic Customs Multi-Annual Strategic Plan - Council Conclusions on the Progress on the Strategy for the Evolution of the...more

Doing Business in Canada: International Trade

Canada’s international trade law regulates the import and export of goods, the manner in which these goods are procured or sold, and the protection of foreign investments in Canada and Canadian investments abroad. Most of the...more

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