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TRADE SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN TO BE RE-IMPOSED

On May 8, 2018, the President announced that the United States is withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and he signed a Presidential Memorandum directing that all trade sanctions against Iran that were lifted or waived under the JCPOA shall be re-imposed as soon as possible.

PETITIONS FOR THE IMPOSITION OF ANTIDUMPING AND COUNTERVAILING DUTIES ON CERTAIN QUARTZ SURFACE PRODUCTS FROM THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

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

PETITIONS FOR THE IMPOSITION OF ANTIDUMPING DUTIES AND COUNTERVAILING DUTIES ON IMPORTS OF GLYCINE FROM THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, INDIA, JAPAN, AND THAILAND

I. Type of Action: Antidumping Duty (“AD”): India, Japan, and Thailand; Countervailing Duty (“CVD”): The People’s Republic of China, India, Thailand;

PETITIONS FOR THE IMPOSITION OF ANTIDUMPING AND COUNTERVAILING DUTIES ON CERTAIN STEEL WHEELS FROM THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

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

GSP EXPECTED TO BE RENEWED RETROACTIVELY

On March 22, 2018, the House of Representatives approved “The Consolidated Appropriations Act-2018” (the “Act”), which includes a renewal of Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) through December 31, 2020.

SAN FRANCISCO BECOMES FIRST MAJOR CITY TO PROHIBIT FUR PRODUCTS

The City of San Francisco became the first major American metropolitan city to restrict the commercial trade of fur products.

COMMERCE PUBLISHES REQUIREMENTS FOR EXCLUSION REQUESTS FOR SECTION 232 STEEL AND ALUMINUM TARIFFS

Today the Department of Commerce (DOC) issued new regulations on the requirements for submitting exclusion requests from the upcoming Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum products. The tariffs of 25% ad valorem on steel and 10% ad valorem on aluminum take effect later this week for all entries for consumption on or after March 23, 2018. Products of Canada and Mexico are currently exempt.

PETITIONS FOR THE IMPOSITION OF ANTIDUMPING DUTIES AND COUNTERVAILING DUTIES ON IMPORTS OF LAMINATED WOVEN SACKS FROM THE SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM

I. Type of Action: Antidumping Duty (“AD”): Socialist Republic of Vietnam; Countervailing Duty (“CVD”): Socialist Republic of Vietnam;

INCREASED TARIFFS ON CERTAIN STEEL AND ALUMINUM PRODUCTS LIKELY

President Trump has indicated that he intends to proceed with imposing increased tariffs on certain imported steel and aluminum products, which could take effect as early as 15 days after the President makes a formal decision. The new tariffs will be based upon the recommendations contained in the Department of Commerce’s (“DOC”) reports on the impact of steel and aluminum imports on national security pursuant to the DOC’s self-initiated investigation under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. The Reports were issued on January 11 for steel and January 17 for aluminum products. In the reports, the DOC recommended various actions to reduce the level of imports of these products including import quotas and/or increased tariffs (see below).

PETITIONS FOR THE IMPOSITION OF ANTIDUMPING DUTIES AND COUNTERVAILING DUTIES ON IMPORTS OF RUBBER BANDS FROM THAILAND, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, AND SRI LANKA

I. Type of Action: Antidumping Duty (“AD”): Thailand, People’s Republic of China and Sri Lanka; Countervailing Duty (“CVD”): Thailand, People’s Republic of China and Sri Lanka;