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DOC PROPOSES CHANGES TO ITS ADD/CVD REGULATIONS, INCLUDING ASSESSING ADD/CVD RETROACTIVELY ON MERCHANDISE SUBJECT TO SCOPE AND ANTI-CIRCUMVENTION INQUIRIES

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has published proposed changes to its regulations governing antidumping duty (ADD) and countervailing duty (CVD) proceedings. Most significantly, DOC proposes to overhaul its scope Regulations so that its affirmative scope and anti-circumvention decisions would apply retroactively to all unliquidated entries – including shipments entered prior to the initiation of […]

US-EU TRADE UPDATE: US AND EU AGREE TO REDUCE TARIFFS ON CERTAIN PRODUCTS AND THE EU ASKS THE US TO WITHDRAW TARIFFS IN CONNECTION WITH THE LARGE CIVIL AIRCRAFT DISPUTE

On August 21, 2020, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a Joint Statement with the European Union Trade Commission to announce the first tariff reductions between the US and EU in over 20 years. The tariff reductions will be retroactive to August 1, 2020.  The US will reduce tariff rates by […]

USTR REVISES LIST OF EU GOODS SUBJECT TO LARGE AIRCRAFT SEC. 301 RETALIATORY TARIFFS

On August 12, 2020, the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) issued the modified list (Annex 2, section 2) of European Union (“E.U.”) goods subject to Sec. 301 retaliatory tariffs in connection with the World Trade Organization (“WTO”) case against E.U. large aircraft subsidies. While approximately 24,000 comments were filed in response to the USTR’s request […]

PETITION FOR THE IMPOSITION OF ANTIDUMPING DUTIES ON METHIONINE FROM FRANCE, JAPAN, AND SPAIN

I. Type of Action: Antidumping Duty (“AD”):  France, Japan, and Spain II. Product:  The merchandise covered by this investigation is methionine and precursors to methionine, including dl-Hydroxy analogue of dl-methionine, also known as 2-Hydroxy 4-(Methylthio) Butanoic acid (HMTBa), regardless of purity, particle size, grade, or physical form.  Methionine has the chemical formula C5H11NO2S, liquid HMTBa […]

PREPARE FOR THE OCTOBER 2020 CUSTOMS BROKER LICENSE EXAM

The Foreign Trade Association is offering a virtual course in preparation for the October 2020 Customs Broker License Exam.  The 11 week exam preparation course is taught by Erik Smithweiss of Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP (GDLSK), a resident partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. The course starts on Monday, July 20, 2020.  This […]

ADDITIONAL 25% SECTION 301 DUTIES ON FRENCH HANDBAGS AND COSMETICS IN RETALIATION FOR DIGITAL SERVICES TAX

On July 10, 2020, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) announced an additional 25% Section 301 duties on various handbag and cosmetic products from France effective January 6, 2021. These retaliatory duties will be imposed in response to France’s planned Digital Services Tax (“DST”), which the USTR determined is discriminatory and unreasonably […]

WEBINAR – ANTIDUMPING DUTY AND COUNTERVAILING DUTY (AD/CVD) COMPLIANCE FOR BROKERS AND IMPORTERS

Erik Smithweiss will be conducting a webinar for the Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association on antidumping duty and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) compliance on July 15, 2020.  This webinar will explain the AD/CVD process in simple terms that will allow importers, shippers, and brokers to effectively communicate as well as address common compliance […]

POSSIBLE ADDITIONAL RETALIATORY TARIFFS ON PRODUCTS FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION IN CONNECTION WITH THE U.S. ENFORCEMENT OF WTO RIGHTS IN LARGE CIVIL AIRCRAFT DISPUTE

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) is considering a modification to the list of products from the European Union (“EU”) and United Kingdom (“UK”) subject to Section 301 tariffs and an increase of the additional duties up to 100%. The tariffs were initially imposed on October 18, 2019 in response to a […]

FTC SEEKING COMMENTS ON THE PROPOSED REPEAL OF THE CARE LABELING RULE

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued a draft notice seeking public comment on a proposed repeal of the Care Labeling rule for Textile Wearing Apparel and Certain Piece Goods (the “Care Labeling Rule”). The notice is expected to be published in the Federal Register in the near future. The Care Labeling Rule requires manufacturers and […]

PREPARE FOR THE OCTOBER 2020 CUSTOMS HOUSE BROKER LICENSE EXAM -ONLINE!

New York/New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Assn., JFK Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association, and Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP, one of the nation’s leading law firms specializing in Customs law, are offering courses in preparation for the October 2020 Custom House Broker License Exam.  This course also provides an excellent overview […]