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Environmental Protection Control Standards for Imports of Solid Wastes as Raw Materials: China Issues Final Standards

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (“ISRI”) announced that China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection issued final scrap import standards. The standards are denominated the Environmental Protection Control...more

Key Regulatory Topics: Weekly Update - 22 December 2017 – 4 January 2018

by Allen & Overy LLP on

BREXIT - FMLC paper on Brexit and impact of WTO rules on financial services - On 22 December 2017, the FMLC published a paper on the potential impact of Brexit and WTO rules on financial services. The paper focuses on...more

European Court of Justice: Intercompany Pricing Cannot Be Used For EU Import/Customs Purposes If Subject to Adjustments

• A recent judgment of the European Court of Justice for bars the use of intercompany transfer prices for EU imports and EU customs duty purposes if (as is commonly the case) these are subject to retroactive adjustments. ...more

Asset Management Regulatory Roundup - January 2018 - Issue 1

by Dechert LLP on

A compact summary of the most recent regulatory developments relevant to the UK asset management industry. This issue includes details of the matters to be considered by users of financial benchmarks when selecting an...more

Update on US Investigation of China’s IP Practices

Further to our alert published on November 13, 2017 regarding whether acts, policies, and practices (“APPs”) of China related to transfer of technology, intellectual property, and innovation are actionable under Section...more

Predictions and Outlook for U.S. Federal and International Chemical Regulatory Policy 2018

I. UNITED STATES: CHEMICAL FORECAST - Predictions and Outlook for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention 2018 - What a difference a year makes. To some extent, the...more

China to Encourage Even More Steel Exports

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Late last week, the Government of China announced that it would be removing export taxes on many steel products, including wire, rods, bars, billets, and stainless steel plate, as of January 1, 2018. The move is part of a...more

USITC Remedy Recommendations in Solar Cell Section 201 Investigation on the President’s Desk for Consideration

by Morgan Lewis on

At the end of January 2018, President Trump will decide whether to impose tariffs and quotas on imports of solar cells and modules, as the US solar industry braces for the worst, and continues to lobby against the recommended...more

China Waste Import Restrictions: December 15th Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Comments

The Solid Waste Association of North America (“SWANA”) submitted December 15th comments addressing China’s restrictions on waste imports....more

U.S., EU and Japan Unite Against Excess Capacity and Other Distortive Trade Practices

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The U.S., EU and Japan issued a joint statement at the 11th Ministerial of the World Trade Organization in Buenos Aires, pledging trilateral cooperation to combat a number of unfair market distorting and protectionist...more

The Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill and trading under WTO rules

by DLA Piper on

The Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill was introduced in the House of Commons on 20 November 2017. It will have to be passed by both Houses before it becomes law, and, as with other key pieces of Brexit legislation, including...more

E.U. Financial Leaders Respond To The Proposed U.S. Tax Plan

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Some of the most important trade partners of the U.S. are raising concerns about the proposed U.S. plan to overhaul its tax code. The finance ministers of Europe’s five largest economies voiced concerns about the tax plan in...more

ITC Continues Duties on Imports of Softwood Lumber From Canada

by Perkins Coie on

Significant antidumping and countervailing duties (AD/CVDs) on imports of softwood lumber from Canada will continue following the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) final affirmative injury determination made...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - December 2017

by King & Spalding on

“Core Elements” Of TPP-11 Agreement Reached In Vietnam - On November 10, 2017, Trade Ministers from the eleven remaining Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries (minus the United States) announced that they had reached...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: December

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 10 November 2017, the European Union (“EU”) General Court (“GC”) rendered a judgment partially annulling the European Commission’s (“Commission”) decision fining a broker for its involvement in the Libor Yen interest rate...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - December 2017

by King & Spalding on

Canada Requests WTO Consultations And Files Notice Of Intent To Seek NAFTA Chapter 19 Binational Panel Review In Softwood Lumber Case - Canada has taken steps to pursue parallel WTO and NAFTA actions to challenge the U.S....more

The President’s Trip To Asia

by King & Spalding on

The President’s first trip to Asia provided additional insight into his priorities for the region. The 12-day trip, which began on November 5, included visits to five countries – Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the...more

The U.S. Fights Back at the WTO on China’s NME Status

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Last week, the United States filed its first legal analysis of the China non-market economy issue in a dispute at the World Trade Organization brought by China against the European Union....more

New Customs Rules for a Post-Brexit United Kingdom

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

March 2019 is coming and importers and exporters need to be prepared for what lies ahead. The UK is leaving not only the EU but its Customs Union. No longer will imports into a distribution center in the EU cover sales in...more

WTO Appellate Body Report: Indonesia – Import Licensing Regimes

by White & Case LLP on

...The WTO Appellate Body has ruled that certain import licensing measures maintained by Indonesia constitute impermissible import restrictions under Article XI:1 of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) 1994....more

Brexit: “The Natives are restless and seem desirous of fighting”

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

This is the sixth in an ongoing series of blog posts by Foley & Lardner LLP on the implications of the June 23, 2016 voter referendum in the United Kingdom (“UK”) to exit the European Union (“EU”) (“Brexit”). This current...more

UK Takes Steps to Prepare for Post-Brexit Trade Policy

The government draws closer to establishing the legislation that will be needed after Brexit with the introduction of a new Trade Bill. The Trade Bill has received a first hearing in parliament, but not been debated at...more

U.S. Employs Rarely Used Tool to Probe China IP Practices

As President Trump visits China, U.S. is investigating a longstanding issue in bilateral relationship—technology transfer/intellectual property requirements—that has potential implications for trade. U.S. business and...more

Commerce Continues China’s Status as a Non-Market Economy

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On October 26, 2017, the Department of Commerce announced the results of an investigation concluding that China is a non-market economy (“NME”) country for purposes of Commerce’s antidumping analysis. Commerce’s decision...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | October 2017 #4

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

Furans in Baby Food May Pose Health Risk, EFSA Reports - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued an assessment of the risks of furans and related compounds 2- and 3-methylfurans, concluding that they pose a...more

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