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UPDATE: CHINA 301 LIST 3 TARIFF INCREASE TIED TO DATE OF EXPORT; EXCLUSION PROCESS TO BE ISSUED

On May 8, 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) issued a Notice confirming that Chinese-origin merchandise listed on Section 301, Tranche 3, will be subject to an increased additional tariff rate of 25% ad valorem. Importantly, the change will take effect with respect to goods: entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on […]

INCREASED DUTY RATE FOR CHINESE-ORIGIN PRODUCTS SUBJECT TO SEC. 301

On May 7, 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative is expected to announce an increase in the additional duty rate applicable to Chinese-origin products listed on Section 301, Tranche 3. Currently those products are subject to an additional duty rate of 10% ad valorem. However, on May 6, 2019, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced that […]

WEBINAR ON SECTION 232 AND 301 TARIFFS – PRODUCT EXCLUSIONS AND DUTY RECOVERY

Erik D. Smithweiss will be conducting a webinar Tuesday, May 21, 2019 for The National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA). The presentation will address the current status of exclusions under Sections 232 and 301, the process for submitting exclusion requests under Section 232, the procedures for obtaining duty refunds when exclusions are […]

GOLDEN LION AWARD

On May 3, 2019, at a Black Tie Dinner at the Garden City Hotel, Order of the Sons and Daughters of Italy in America will present the Golden Lion Award to GDLSK partner, Frank J. Desiderio, for his accomplishments and contributions to the community.  

COURT OF APPEALS RULES THAT SANTA SUIT IS NOT FESTIVE

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (in the April 29, 2019 decision in Rubies Costume Company v. United States), considered whether the below “Premier Plush 9 Piece Santa Suit” (consisting of a jacket, pants, gloves, a toy sack, a beard, a wig, a hat, a belt, and shoe covers) fell within the tariff […]

PRESENTATION BY FRANK J. DESIDERIO AT THE NATIONAL CUSTOMS BROKERS & FREIGHT FORWARDERS ASSOCIATION’S 46TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS

On Monday, April 15, 2019, Partner, Frank Desiderio presented a program entitled “CASE STUDY; Broker Liabilities in a Litigious World” at the National Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association’s 46th Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The topic included an in depth analysis of NIKE and False Claims Act litigation in trade matters.  Mr. Desiderio is also an invited […]

USTR RELEASES LIST OF ADDITIONAL PRODUCTS EXCLUDED FROM CHINA 301 TARIFFS

The U.S. Trade Representative has published a list of additional products excluded from the Section 301 tariffs on Chinese origin products.  Additional duties of 25% ad valorem were applied to these products as of July 6, 2018.  The exclusions are retroactive to July 6, 2018 and will extend for one year after publication of the […]

PETITIONS FOR THE IMPOSITION OF ANTIDUMPING AND COUNTERVAILING DUTIES ON CERAMIC TILE FROM CHINA

I.  Type of Action: Antidumping Duty (“AD”) and Countervailing Duty (“CVD”): China II.  Product: The Products covered by this petition include ceramic tile, regardless of the percent water absorption, including porcelain tile (.05% or less water absorption) vitreous tile (over 0.5% to 3% water absorption), semi-vitreous tile (over 3% to 7% water absorption), and non-vitreous tile […]

POTENTIAL CHALLENGE TO THE PRESIDENT’S SECTION 232 DUTIES

On March 25, 2019, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of International Trade (“CIT”) dismissed Am. Inst. For Int’l Steel v. Judges United States, CIT No. 18-00152, in which a number of plaintiffs had challenged President Trump’s decision of March 18, 2018 to impose a 25% additional duty on certain steel imports and a […]

INDIA AND TURKEY TO LOSE GSP ELIGIBILITY

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has announced that India and Turkey will be removed from the list of beneficiary developing countries eligible for duty-free entry under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP). By law, the President must notify Congress at least 60 days prior to the termination of GSP eligibility and […]