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USTR INITIATES REVIEW PROCESS OF CONTINUATION OF CHINA 301 DUTIES

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) has announced the commencement of its mandatory four-year review of the China 301 duties put in place in connection with the investigation of China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation.  The actions under review are those that took effect on […]

CBP ANNOUNCES ISSUANCE OF “KNOWN IMPORTER LETTERS” UNDER UFLPA

On April 12, 2022, CBP posted an announcement of its intention to issue “Known Importer Letters” in advance of the June 21st effective date of the rebuttable presumption under the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA). Under the UFLPA, CBP will presume that goods were imported in violation of the forced labor statute if they […]

4.4.2022 CHINA 301 LITIGATION UPDATE

On April 1, 2022, the three-judge panel at the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) hearing the challenge to the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) imposition of List 3 and List 4A Section 301 additional duties on certain goods from China (In Re Section 301 Cases, Court No. 21-00052) issued an initial decision on the […]

USTR REINSTATES 352 EXPIRED CHINA 301 EXCLUSIONS

On March 23, 2022, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced its determination to reinstate 352 expired China 301 exclusions.  The reinstated exclusions will apply to merchandise imported between October 12, 2021 and December 31, 2022. This action follows the solicitation of public comments in connection with the USTR’s evaluation of 549 […]

BIS SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENTS ON THE SECTION 232 EXCLUSIONS PROCESS

In a February 10, 2022 Federal Register notice, the Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) announced that it is seeking public comments regarding the Section 232 exclusion process currently in place with respect to the additional duties assessed on certain steel and aluminum products. In particular, BIS is seeking public comment on the responsiveness of […]

U.S. ANNOUNCES DEAL WITH JAPAN TO PARTIALLY ROLLBACK SECTION 232 STEEL TARIFFS

On February 7, 2022, the USTR announced a deal to partially rollback the Section 232 tariffs on steel from Japan through the use of a tariff rate quota (“TRQ”).  The TRQ will be set to allow for the importation of historically-based volumes of Japan steel products without the assessment of Section 232 tariffs.  Highlights of […]

HEATHER LITMAN APPOINTED MEMBER OF THE 16TH TERM OF THE COMMERCIAL CUSTOMS OPERATIONS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

GDLSK is pleased to announce that Heather Litman, a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office, has been appointed as a member of the 16th term of the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (“COAC”). The COAC advises the Secretaries of the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Homeland Security on all matters involving […]

TASK FORCE SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENTS ON METHODS TO PREVENT THE IMPORTATION OF CHINA FORCED LABOR GOODS

On December 23, 2021, the President signed into law the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (“the Act”). GDLSK’s summary can be accessed here. One provision requires that the Forced Labor Enforcement Task Force (“Task Force”) (a multi-agency body created to enforce the forced labor import prohibition) solicit public comments “on how best to ensure that goods […]

CALIFORNIA IMPLEMENTS COMMERCIAL TRADE PROHIBITIONS ON ARTICLES OF CERTAIN ANIMAL SPECIES

Effective January 1, 2022, it is unlawful to import into the State of California for commercial purposes, to possess with intent to sell, or to sell within the state, any part or merchandise comprised of iguana, skink, hippopotamus, or a Teju, Ring, or Nile lizard.  Importantly, this will impact the legality of numerous reptile species […]

SECTION 232 NATIONAL SECURITY TARIFFS ON EU STEEL AND ALUMINUM CONVERTED TO TARIFF RATE QUOTAS – TARIFFS ELIMINATED ON IN-QUOTA AMOUNTS; REMAIN ON OVER QUOTA AMOUNTS

Pursuant to two Presidential Proclamations, the Section 232 national security tariffs in place with respect to imports of steel and aluminum articles from member countries of the EU (that are melted and poured in the EU in the case of steel) have been eliminated with respect to quantities specified in new tariff rate quotas.  Imports […]