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Catalogue of Solid Waste Forbidden to Import into China: Solid Waste Association of North America October 11th Update to States

The Solid Waste Association of North America (“SWANA”) sent an October 11th “update” to state officials regarding the People’s Republic of China intent to update its Catalogue of Solid Waste Forbidden to Import into China...more

5 Things Reflected in the ITC’s Suniva Injury-Phase Vote and What Comes Next

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted unanimously on September 22, 2017, for an affirmative determination of injury to U.S. producers of crystalline silicon photovoltaic (CSPV) products, such as solar cells,...more

Solar Flare-up with China

Two actions took place at the end of last week which heighten concerns that a trade war with China could be ever more likely. First, there was the preliminary decision in the solar panels 201 case. Then, we had the additional...more

U.S. Trade Negotiator Calls China “Unprecedented” Threat

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On Monday September 18th, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer warned that China’s trade practices represent “a threat to the trading system that is unprecedented.” This was his first public speech since being...more

ITC Prepares to Vote on the Suniva/SolarWorld proceeding re Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells

by Stoel Rives LLP on

As we approach the critical September 22 vote of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) for the U.S. solar industry, here is a brief review of how we arrived at this point and what to expect. This vote will...more

International Trade Rules Can Help Unlock Business Opportunities for Cross-Border Electricity Project

by King & Spalding on

International trade rules can help solve problems in trading electricity across borders and unlock business opportunities in a cross-border electricity sector. Trade rules can dictate, for example, the highest tariff that a...more

WTO Appellate Body Report: US – Conditional Tax Incentives for Large Civil Aircraft

by White & Case LLP on

Decision: The WTO Appellate Body has ruled that certain tax incentives provided by the State of Washington in the aerospace sector are not prohibited import substitution subsidies under the Agreement on Subsidies and...more

Solid Waste Association of North America: Comments on Proposed Updated Catalogue of Solid Waste Forbidden to Import into China

The Solid Waste Association of North America (“SWANA”) on August 31st submitted comments to the World Trade Organization (“WTO”) and the People’s Republic of China in regards to China’s intent to update its Catalogue of Solid...more

Implications of the 2016 US Presidential Election for Trade Policy

by White & Case LLP on

The election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States will have important implications for US trade policy. Assessing these implications in the immediate aftermath of the presidential election is,...more

American Farm Bureau Federation Establishes Goals for Farm Bill

by Varnum LLP on

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has outlined the organization’s key objectives for the 2018 Farm Bill. It recently relayed goals and recommendations to congressional leaders in advance of the upcoming farm bill...more

Subsidies and Overcapacity: Recent Developments at the G20 and the WTO

by Dentons on

Overcapacity occurs when industrial capacity exceeds production levels, so that the supply of the good in question exceeds its demand. By lowering incentives for research and development, high levels of unutilized capacity...more

Differentiating Scrap and Solid Waste: Institute of Scrap Recycling Industry's Comments on Proposed Updated Catalogue of Solid...

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industry (“ISRI”) on August 28th announced it submitted comments to the World Trade Organization (“WTO”) and People’s Republic of China in regards to China’s intent to update its Catalogue of...more

USTR Publishes Initiation of Section 301 Investigation into China's Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual...

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

On Thursday, August 24, the United States Trade Representative published formal initiation of the awaited Section 301 investigation under the Trade Act of 1974 to determine whether acts, policies and practices of the...more

WTO Panel Report: Indonesia – Iron or Steel Products

by White & Case LLP on

Decision - A WTO Panel has dismissed claims against Indonesia under the WTO Agreement on Safeguards on the grounds that the challenged duty was not actually a "safeguard measure". All disputing parties had agreed that the...more

Boletín Mensual de Comercio Internacional - Julio - Información con énfasis en la Regulación Comercial y de Arbitraje...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Durante el mes de julio destacan los siguientes temas: Comercio, Acceso, Compras de Gobierno...more

“Buy American And Hire American” Update - Comments solicited for consideration in report to President Trump

by King & Spalding on

On August 21, 2017, the U.S. Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) and the Office of the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) published a Federal Register notice requesting comments on the costs and benefits to U.S....more

Russia Under Scrutiny

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Earlier this month, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) published a notice seeking public comment and participation in a hearing on Russia’s implementation of its obligations under the World Trade...more

No man is an island, but Taiwan is, and so are Cabo Verde, Fiji, the Maldives, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu

Taiwan is not a “PCT country,” so everyone knows that you can’t go the PCT national stage route to get a patent there. Instead, you have to make a separate filing directly in Taiwan within the one year “convention period,”...more

European Parliament Committee Publishes Study on the Legal Implications of Brexit

On August 9, 2017, a policy department of the European Parliament (“EP“) published a Study requested by the EP’s Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (“IMCP“) on the “Legal Implications of Brexit: Customs...more

Brexit - Legal Implications

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In our latest memorandum, we have briefly outlined some of the main legal implications of Brexit according to different models, including the EEA model. In light of recent comments made by Theresa May, it is unlikely that...more

NAFTA Watch Newsletter Vol. 6 - The Trump Administration’s Objectives in Renegotiating NAFTA

by Benesch on

This publication is our sixth installment in a series designed to provide our clients in the manufacturing, transportation and logistics, and related industries with monthly updates on any action taken by the Trump...more

WTO and FAO Issue Publication on Trade and Food Standards

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The World Trade Organization (WTO) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recently issued a joint publication, Trade and Food Standards, which discusses the development of international standards and the need for...more

NAFTA Renegotiations: Status update

by King & Spalding on

The United States, Canada, and Mexico each are moving ahead with preparations for the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”), with the first round of talks to take place in Washington from August...more

Cattle Groups Sue USDA to Compel Country of Origin Labeling (COOL); Launching Newest Standoff in Longstanding COOL Dispute

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Two groups representing U.S. cattle producers recently brought suit against the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) based on the agency’s March 2016 decision to revoke regulations requiring that beef and pork...more

EU — PET (Pakistan)

by White & Case LLP on

Decision - A WTO Panel has upheld the majority of claims advanced by Pakistan against countervailing duties (CVDs) imposed by the European Commission on certain imported polymers....more

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