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WTO General Council Approves Kazakhstan's Accession; Liberia Progresses Toward Accession

In the run-up to the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Ministerial Conference in December 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya, the Organization's Accessions Division has been particularly active. While twenty-two accession negotiations are...more

United States Prevails In Enforcement Dispute With China Over Grain Oriented Electrical Steel

On July 31, the World Trade Organization (WTO) issued a ruling in favor of the United States in a dispute over China's compliance with the prior recommendations and rulings of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) regarding...more

US China Trade War — Stock Market Crash, Presidential Trade Politics, Trade Policy, Customs, Antitrust and Securities

The Chinese stock market crash and world- wide effect on stock markets around the World has created a crisis with day to day developments. The World Stock market crash stated on August 24, 2015 and went through to August...more

Successful Strategies for Doing Business in Asia: Indonesia (Updated)

1. WHAT ROLE WILL THE GOVERNMENT OF INDONESIA PLAY IN APPROVING AND REGULATING FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT? The existing Indonesian Investment Act is Law No. 25 of 2007, passed by the Indonesian House of Representatives...more

Trade & Manufacturing - August 2015

Services Take Center Stage in TiSA; Goods Sector Should Applaud - With Congress preoccupied with the debate over whether to renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) (so-called "fast track" authority) and the merits of the...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - August 2015

The World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body (AB) has released its 2014 annual report highlighting its work and the disputes adjudicated in the previous year....more

WTO Members Agree to Expand Scope of Information Technology Agreement

On July 24, the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced that 54 WTO members had reached a tentative agreement to expand the scope of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) by adding 201 products, including new-generation...more

Manufacturing Matters Summer 2015

Welcome to Manufacturing Matters, DLA Piper’s specialist publication providing a round-up of legal news, sector updates and commentary for clients and contacts engaged in the manufacturing sector. The sector has...more

Services Take Center Stage in TiSA; Goods Sector Should Applaud

With Congress preoccupied with the debate over whether to renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) (so-called "fast track" authority) and the merits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the negotiation of the Trade in...more

WTO Agreement Reached on Tariff-Cutting Deal for Information Technology Products

On July 24, members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced that they had reached a tentative deal to expand duty-free treatment under the Information Technology Agreement (“ITA”). The ITA, originally reached in 1996,...more

WTO Members Agree to Cut Tariffs on IT Products

On Friday, July 24, 2015, the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced that more than 50 of its member countries had agreed to cut tariffs on hundreds of information technology (IT) products, including semiconductors, MRI...more

International Food Law Gazette - July 2015

King & Spalding is pleased to provide this first edition of the International Food Law Gazette, a publication of our Food & Beverage Group. For decades, King & Spalding has closely advised leading food, beverage and dietary...more

Does Trade Facilitation Matter in the Fight against Corruption?

Today’s guest post comes from Evelyn Suarez, Principal, The Suarez Firm. The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) may seem to be an odd topic for an anti-corruption blog but it is not. It...more

Trade Secret Protection: What are Reasonable Steps?

Regional and national laws are increasingly focusing on the specific steps that companies should take to protect trade secrets. In the 1996 World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights...more

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

EU Customs Practice Group - June 2015

EU CUSTOMS POLICY - Union Customs Code Developments It has become clear that there are further delays in finalising the draft Union Customs Code (UCC) Implementing and Delegated Acts within the Commission, in light of a...more

New Whitepaper: Reasonable Steps to Protect Trade Secrets

Every company has trade secrets (so-called “crown jewels”)– confidential business and technical information – that if exposed, could result in lost sales, competitive advantage or the ability to further innovate....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

WTO Finds That COOL Is Simply Not Cool, and House of Representative Agrees

The most recent chapter in the dispute over U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) requirements for meat products resulted in a loss for the United States. In a May 18 report, the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Appellate...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

Keep Calm and Sip Some Sparkling Wine

Many who enjoy champagne have noticed that their favorite cuvée has quietly changed its label. Many of the world’s bottles of bubbly now indicate that they contain “sparkling wine” when they used to be “champagne.” Those who...more

CBP Offers to Negotiate With Foreign Customs on Exporters' Behalf

On June 18, 2015, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced in the Federal Register that it would be accepting “requests for assistance” from exporters who are dealing with valuation or classification issues with...more

WTO’s Ruling Against India’s Ban on U.S. Agricultural Products May Finally Open Market for American Farmers

On June 4, 2015, the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body ruled in favor of the United States and affirmed the WTO dispute settlement panel’s findings that India’s ban on various U.S. agricultural products violates...more

Congress, WTO Turn Up the Heat on COOL

Recent House Action - Lost amidst the debate over Trade Promotion Authority, Trade Adjustment Assistance, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, the House recently voted 300-131 to pass H.R. 2393, the Country of...more

CBP Offers U.S. Exporters Assistance in Resolving Disputes with Foreign Customs Agencies

Last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a Federal Register Notice inviting U.S. exporters to request CBP’s assistance in resolving disputes with foreign customs agencies over the tariff classification or...more

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