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Section 201 Safeguard Petition Filed Against Primary Aluminum Could Impact Sourcing

On April 18, the United Steelworkers union filed a Section 201 “safeguards” petition regarding primary, unwrought aluminum. This case could impact purchasers of primary, unwrought aluminum (such as billets, hollow billets,...more

Update On Covered Agreement Negotiations Between The U.S. And The European Union

As we previously reported, in November 2015, the U.S. Treasury Department and the U.S. Trade Representative gave notice to Congress to initiate discussions with the European Union to enter into a Covered Agreement essentially...more

New Customs Bill Becomes Law

On February 24, 2016, H.R. 644 was signed into law by the President. While yet another trade-related bill was signed without any public ceremony, this new law contains a number of timely provisions. The first section deals...more

Africa Update - February 2016

Leading the News - Burundi - On January 29th, Burundian authorities released a British and a French journalist who were arrested during a sweep for rebels in flashpoint districts in Bujumbura. The U.S. and European...more

Trade & Manufacturing - February 2016

President Obama Highlights TPP, Cuba Embargo in Final State of the Union Address - On January 12, President Obama delivered his seventh and final State of the Union Address to Congress and the American people. Among the...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - February 2016

USTR Issues Report on China’s Implementation of WTO Agreements - The office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) recently issued an annual report on China’s implementation of its obligations under the World...more

IREG Update - December 2015

US to negotiate insurance and reinsurance "covered agreement" with EU - The US Treasury Department and US Trade Representative (USTR) recently announced controversial plans to negotiate a “covered agreement” on insurance...more

Groundbreaking, Multilateral Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Talks Conclude – Enactment Pending Lawmakers Assessment of the Deal

After nearly a decade of talks, the United States and eleven other negotiating partners announced on October 5, 2015 the conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, marking an important milestone toward...more

Treasury and U.S. Trade Representative Notify Congress of Intent to Initiate Negotiations on Covered Agreement With EU Regarding...

On Friday, November 20, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) notified the chairs of the U.S. House Financial Services Committee, House Ways and Means Committee, Senate Banking...more

Game Change: Covered Agreement Process for Insurance Underway

The United States Department of the Treasury’s Federal Insurance Office (FIO) and the United States Trade Representative (USTR) jointly notified four key congressional committees that they were formally initiating...more

With Presidential Notice and Release of Final Text, Congress’ Extensive Review of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Begins

On Thursday, November 5, the much-anticipated final text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was released by the office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). Soon thereafter, the White House released an...more

White House Announces Long-Awaited Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

The Obama administration released the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, on November 5, kicking off a 90-day window for congressional review. The TPP would arguably be the largest free trade...more

Protection Of Investments Under The Trans-Pacific Partnership

On 4 October 2015, following five years of negotiations, ministers of 12 countries gathered in Atlanta (including Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United...more

US China Trade War

The October blog post will be broken up into two parts. This October 15th post will comment on the TPP Agreement signed today and well as President Xi Jinping’s recent trip to the US and my impressions from Beijing, China...more

Trans-Pacific Partnership May Have Far-Reaching Consequences for U.S. Industry

This week, the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) member countries decided the final terms of what they report is a far-reaching agreement (Agreement or TPP Agreement). The 12 TPP countries are Australia, Brunei Darussalam,...more

United States Extends Trade Preference Programs, Continues to Monitor South Africa's Compliance with Commitments on Imports of...

On June 29, President Obama signed the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 and extended key preferential trade programs with many of the world's developing economies. These programs include the Generalized System of...more

Congress Passes Bill to Reinstate Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) – Opportunities to Seek Refunds; Support or Oppose...

Congress has recently passed the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, which renewed the Generalized System of Preferences, the U.S. trade program that promotes economic growth in the developing world, allowing for nearly...more

Africa Update - July 2015 #2

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

Trade & Manufacturing - July 2015

In This Issue: - Update on Trade Promotion Authority and Companion Trade Bills: A Lot Can Happen In Washington In 34 Days - Congress Allows Export-Import Bank Charter to Expire, for Now - WTO Finds That COOL Is...more

USTR Receives Its Marching Orders

On June 26, King & Spalding reported on the trio of bills—the Trade Act of 2015, the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, and the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015—that comprise the first large-scale...more

Trade & Manufacturing: News Of Note -- June 2014

State Department Increases Emphasis On International Commerce - In an address at the annual meeting of the United States Export-Import Bank, Secretary of State John Kerry indicated an increased emphasis on...more

House Passes Electrify Africa Act

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Electrify Africa Act of 2014, approving a plan to bring power to over 50 million Africans and further open the door for U.S. investors in the continent's development and...more

News Of Note

USTR Sets Policy Goals For FY2015 And Looks To Increase Budget And Personnel - The office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. international trade, commodity, and...more

ITC Section 337 Update – October 4, 2013

Commission Issues Notice Of Shutdown Of Investigative Activities – On October 1, 2013, the Commission issued a Notice that, as a result of the broader shutdown of the federal government, the Commission “will shut down...more

USTR Rejects Import Ban On Apple Inc. Products

For the first time in 26 years, the White House exercised its veto authority over an International Trade Commission ("ITC") Exclusion Order. On June 4, 2013, the ITC determined in Investigation No. 337-TA-794 that Apple had...more

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