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China Update - September 2014

In This Issue: - U.S-China Relations - Chinese Embassy News - Energy & Environment - Trade - Excerpt from U.S.-China Relations: Ambassador Baucus Remarks on Corruption: On August 15,...more

Russia Announces One-Year Ban Against Imports Of Agricultural Products From Western Countries

On August 7, the Russian Federation instituted a ban on the importation of most food products from Australia, the United States, the European Union, and Norway. The suspension of imports of meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, and...more

CFTC Settles Prearranged Trades Violation with Foreign Bank

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission recently accepted an offer of settlement submitted by FirstRand Bank, Ltd. in anticipation of an administrative proceeding resulting from FirstRand’s alleged violations of the...more

United States Claims Victory As WTO Appellate Body Issues Report In Dispute Over China's Rare Earth Export Restraints

On August 7, 2014, the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body upheld a March 2014 Panel decision regarding China's export restrictions on rare earth materials including tungsten, molybdenum, and other rare earth...more

CBP Issues Guidance on Acceptable Methods of Submitting Post-Importation Claims

As a follow-up to a memorandum issued by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to its field offices on August 11, 2014, CBP has published a guidance to the trade community concerning "acceptable methods" for submission of...more

Natural Gas Imports into China – Prospects for Growth

According to BP's Energy Outlook 2035, China will become the world's largest energy importer by 2035, overtaking Europe in terms of its energy imports. China's projected growth in demand for energy supplies, its plans to...more

Domestic OCTG Industry Largely Prevails In Trade Cases, But Some Foreign Producers Avoid Duties

The domestic industry largely prevailed in trade cases against unfair imports of oil country tubular goods (OCTG) when the International Trade Commission (Commission) voted on its final determinations on August 22. The...more

Guide to Doing Business in Australia: An Introduction to Australia

AN INTRODUCTION TO AUSTRALIA - Australia is a federation comprised of six states and two territories. The federal government, based in the capital city of Canberra, is known as the Commonwealth of Australia. Australia...more

As Trade War with Russia Intensifies, U.S. and EU Companies Feel the Effects

Despite the imposition of sanctions by the U.S. and EU since March, Russia had not retaliated economically until imposing the August 7 import ban on meat, fish, vegetables and dairy products from the U.S., EU, Canada,...more

A Hundred Years Of Making Furniture In Southern Virginia. And Then Came China

Beth Macy's Factory Man (Little, Brown, 2014) is a great recounting of an untold piece of American business and manufacturing history. It begins in 1902, when John D. Bassett (called "Mr. J.D.") started Bassett Furniture in...more

Africa Update - September 2014

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from...more

Free Trade Zones in Miami a Boon to International Companies

Free trade zones are federally designated areas that are officially considered outside of the commerce and customs territory of the United States. The appeal to international companies established in free trade zones include...more

Out of Africa: Business Summit Focuses On Renewal of AGOA

The United States government in conjunction with the Bloomberg Philanthropies held the first ever US-Africa Business Summit on August 4–6, 2014 to discuss trade opportunities in Africa. A primary focus of discussion at the...more

China Update - August 2014

In This Issue: - U.S.-China Relations - Chinese Embassy News - Energy & Environment - Trade - Excerpt from U.S.-China Relations: 2013 Report on International Religious Freedom...more

Canada and the EU Complete Trade Treaty Negotiation

On August 5, 2014, Canada and the European Union (EU) announced that they have completed negotiation of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The announcement puts to rest extended speculation about whether a...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - August 2014

United States Holds First Round Of Negotiations With 13 Trading Partners Toward An Environmental Goods Agreement - On July 8, 2014, the United States and 13 other Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO),...more

EU imposes targeted Russia sanctions (banks, arms and oil sectors); imposes Crimea/Sevastopol trade/investment restrictions and...

The EU has adopted and published targeted sanctions against Russia covering banks, the oil sector and arms in response to the situation in Ukraine. The new sanctions include an EU ban on purchase or sale (and related...more

U.S. Commerce Department Imposes Preliminary Antidumping Duties on CSPV Products Sourced from Taiwan and China

As we first reported on Twitter, the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce (“ITA”) announced in a Fact Sheet on July 25, 2014, its Affirmative Preliminary Determination that certain Chinese and...more

Certification Requirements Imposed on Solar Cells from Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China

On July 25, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced its antidumping duty preliminary determinations involving Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products from Taiwan and the People’s Republic of...more

China Update - July 2014 #2

In This Issue: - Quote of the Week - U.S-China Relations - Energy & Environment - Trade - Excerpt from U.S.-China Relations: U.S.-China Counterterrorism Dialogue - On July 15,...more

Global Briefing: The Intersection of International Investment and Trade

International dispute systems adopted two decades ago have emerged over time as central components of legal, political, and economic development in Latin America. Two distinct systems – international investment and trade –...more

U.S. Department of Commerce Announces New Antidumping Duties on Solar Panels from China and Taiwan

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) recently announced its affirmative preliminary determination in the antidumping (AD) investigations of certain crystalline silicon PV products imported form the People’s Republic of China...more

U.S. Appellate Court Raises Questions Regarding Transparency of CFIUS Process

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals, generally considered the most influential appellate court in the country on matters involving issues of governmental power, has resurrected a challenge by a Chinese-owned company to...more

Customs Aggressively Moving to Discontinue Post-Importation Claims for Certain Free Trade Agreements

For most companies importing into the United States, use of available post-importation mechanisms to correct or amend entries is common and an essential part of any trade compliance program. Whether the post-importation...more

Don’t try this at Home or Abroad: Export Controls and Sanctions Violations Lead to $21 Million in Penalties for Dutch Company...

We frequently discuss enforcement actions in this blog, because understanding enforcement is a key aspect of trade compliance. From a fifty-thousand foot view, each enforcement case serves as a cautionary tale about the...more

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