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IMPORTANT REMINDER: CUSTOMS BROKER USER FEE

CBP has issued a Notice reminding the brokerage community that the Customs Brokers User Fee Payment for 2019 is due by January 25, 2019. The fee is assessed for each permit held by a broker, whether it may be an individual, partnership, association or corporation, and for both local and national permits. The annual fee […]

SECTION 201 SAFEGUARD PETITION FILED ON CERTAIN ASSEMBLED BICYCLES

I. In-Scope Products:

The definition of the imported article subject to this petition is complete bicycles having a Customs Value under $400, without regard to the value of accessories on or imported with the imported article. For purposes of this petition, a complete bicycle includes a fully-assembled unit comprised of all component parts and requiring no additional assembly, fabrication, or finishing operations. Complete bicycles subject to this petition also include bicycles imported in any partially-assembled format with all necessary, dedicated components (with or without pedals) included upon importation; e.g., a knock-down kit.

PETITIONS FOR THE IMPOSITION OF ANTIDUMPING DUTIES AND COUNTERVAILING DUTIES ON TEXTURED YARN FROM INDIA AND THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

I. Type of Action: Antidumping Duty (“AD”) and Countervailing Duty (“CVD”): People’s Republic of China (“PRC”) and India

PETITIONS FOR THE IMPOSITION OF ANTIDUMPING AND COUNTERVAILING DUTIES ON IMPORTS OF ALUMINUM WIRE AND CABLE FROM CHINA.

I.  Type of Action: Antidumping Duty (“AD”) and Countervailing Duty (“CVD”)

II.  Product: The scope of the petitions covers aluminum wire and cable (“AWC”), which is defined as an assembly of one or more electrical conductors made from 8000 Series Aluminum Alloys, Aluminum Alloy 1350, and/or Aluminum Alloy 6201, provided that: (1) at least one of the electrical conductors is insulated; (2) each insulated electrical conductor has a voltage rating greater than 80 volts and not exceeding 1000 volts; and (3) at least one electrical conductor is stranded and has a size not less than 16.5 kcmil and not greater than 1000 kcmil. The assembly may or may not: (1) include a grounding or neutral conductor; (2) be clad with aluminum, steel, or other base metal; or (3) include a steel support center wire, one or more connectors, a tape shield, a jacket or other covering, and/or filler materials.

PETITIONS FOR THE IMPOSITION OF ANTIDUMPING DUTIES ON IMPORTS OF REFILLABLE STAINLESS STEEL KEGS FROM GERMANY, MEXICO, AND THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA AND COUNTERVAILING DUTIES ON IMPORTS OF REFILLABLE STAINLESS STEEL KEGS FROM THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

I.  Type of Action: Antidumping Duty (“AD”) and Countervailing (“CVD”) 

II.  Product: The merchandise covered by this investigation are cylindrical kegs, vessels, or containers capable of being pressurized made from stainless steel (i.e. , steel containing at least 10.5 percent chromium by weight and less than 1.2 percent carbon by weight, with or without other elements) (“refillable stainless steel kegs”) with a nominal liquid volume capacity of 10 liters or more, regardless of the type of finish, gauge, thickness, or grade of stainless steel, regardless of finish, and whether or not covered by or encased in other materials. Refillable stainless steel kegs may be imported assembled or unassembled, with or without all components (including spears, couplers or taps, necks, collars, and valves), and filled or unfilled. Assembled refillable stainless steel kegs must be capable of being pressurized to 60 pounds per square inch (“PSI”) and must be tested to 90 PSI.”Unassembled” or “unfinished” refillable stainless steel kegs include drawn stainless steel cylinders that have been welded to form the body of the keg and welded to an upper (top) chime and/or lower (bottom) chime. Unassembled refillable stainless steel kegs may or may not be welded to a neck, may or may not have a valve assembly attached, and may be otherwise complete except for testing, certification and/or marking. Subject merchandise also includes refillable stainless steel kegs that have been further processed in a third country, including but not limited to, attachment of necks, collars, spears or valves, heat treatment, pickling, passivation, painting, testing, certification or any other processing that would not otherwise remove the merchandise from the scope of the investigation if performed in the country of manufacture of the in-scope refillable stainless steel keg.

UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE REMOVES CHAPTER 97 FROM 25% TARIFF LIST 3 OF CHINA ORIGIN GOODS

United States Trade Representative Exempts Chapter 97 “Works of Art, Collectors Pieces and Antiques” from List 3 of the Section 301 Tariffs introduced by Presidential Proclamation to impose a 25% duty rate for items of Chinese Origin. GDLSK was instrumental in getting Chapter 97 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule to the United States removed from the […]

PETITIONS FOR THE IMPOSITION OF ANTIDUMPING DUTIES ON MATTRESSES FROM THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

I.  Type of Action: Antidumping Duty (“AD”) for PRC

II.  Product:

The scope of this petition covers mattresses from China. For purposes of this petition, the term “mattress” denotes an assembly of materials that generally includes a “core” as well as “upholstery” and/or “ticking.” The scope of this petition is restricted to only “adult mattresses” and “youth mattresses,” but broadly encompasses all types of “innerspring mattresses,” “non-innerspring mattresses,” and “hybrid mattresses.”

Mattresses covered by the scope of this petition may be sold independently or as part of furniture (e.g., convertible sofa bed mattresses, comer group mattresses, day-bed mattresses, rollaway bed mattresses, high risers, trundle bed mattresses, crib mattresses), or as part of a set in combination with a “mattress foundation.”

Excluded from the scope of this petition are “futon” mattresses.  For purposes of this petition, a “futon mattress” denotes a mattress with a tuft that goes completely through the mattress from the top through to the bottom, and which does not contain innersprings or foam. Also excluded from the scope are airbeds (including inflatable mattresses) and waterbeds, which consist of air-or liquid-filled bladders as the core or main support system of the mattress. [N.B. Petitioners have provided detailed descriptions for the quoted terms].

FINAL SECTION 301 LIST 3 PUBLISHED AND WILL BECOME EFFECTIVE ON SEPTEMBER 24, 2018

Final Section 301 List 3 Published and Will Become Effective on September 24, 2018 In a press release issued on September 17, 2018, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced the final third list of tariff items on goods from China (“List 3”) to become subject to additional duties under Section 301 […]

COMMERCE DEPARTMENT AMENDS REGULATIONS FOR EXCLUSION REQUESTS FOR SECTION 232 DUTIES ON STEEL AND ALUMINUM

On September 11, 2018, the Department of Commerce published in the Federal Register an amendment to the rules on the submission and processing of exclusions requests on steel and aluminum articles subject to duties and quotas under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act. As noted below, rebuttal comments are now due as early as September 18. Duties of 25% ad valorem on steel and 10% ad valorem on aluminum have been in effect for certain countries since March 23, 2018.