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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.

PETITIONS FOR THE IMPOSITION OF ANTIDUMPING DUTIES ON STRONTIUM CHROMATE FROM FRANCE AND AUSTRIA

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

II. Product:
The merchandise covered by this investigation is strontium chromate, regardless of form (including but not limited to, powder (sometimes known as granular), dispersions (sometimes known as paste), or in any solution). The chemical formula for strontium chromate is SrCr04 and the Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) registry number is 7789-06-2.

Strontium chromate that has been blended with another product or products is included in the scope if the resulting mix contains 15 percent or more of strontium chromate by total formula weight. Subject merchandise includes strontium chromate from Austria or France in powder form that has been processed in a third country into a product that otherwise would be within the scope of this investigation, i.e., if any such further processing would not otherwise remove the merchandise from the scope of the investigation if performed in Austria or France, it is included in the scope of the investigation.

PETITIONS FOR THE IMPOSITION OF ANTIDUMPING DUTIES AND COUNTERVAILING DUTIES ON IMPORTS OF CERTAIN STEEL WHEELS 12 – 16.5 INCHES IN DIAMETER FROM THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

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

USTR CONSIDERING APPLYING A 25% DUTY RATE TO SECTION 301 PROPOSED LIST 3

At the direction of the President, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has announced that it is considering increasing the proposed rate of additional duty from 10% to 25% for the third proposed list of tariff items on goods from China (“List 3”) to become subject to additional duties under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974.

DAVID M. MURPHY WILL PRESENT A WEBINAR “IMPORTING INTO THE UNITED STATES AND E-COMMERCE SHIPMENTS” FOR THE BALTIC AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ON AUGUST 22, 2018.

David M. Murphy will present “Importing Into The United States And E-Commerce Shipments” for the Baltic American Chamber of Commerce on August 22, 2018 at 09:30-10:30 EST as part of its “US Tax Law For Foreign Companies: Present And Future” program.  The presentation will address importation basics and the requirements for e-commerce shipments into the […]

DESIDERIO SERVES AS PANELIST ON PRIOR DISCLOSURE

On July 30, 2018, GDLSK partner, Frank Desiderio, will speak on the topic of Prior Disclosure at the National Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) Global Trade Educational Conference in Dallas, Texas.

VIETNAMESE WIND TOWER PRODUCER EXCLUDED FROM AD ORDER AFTER PROTRACTED LEGAL BATTLE

GDLSK client CS Wind Vietnam Co., Ltd./CS Wind Corporation was investigated by the Department of Commerce throughout 2012, leading to a 51.50% antidumping duty margin being assigned to wind towers that the company produced in Vietnam and exported to the United States.

USTR ANNOUNCES THIRD PROPOSED LIST FOR SECTION 301 TARIFFS

In response to China’s imposition of retaliatory duties on goods from the United States, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has released a third proposed list of tariff items to become subject to an additional 10% duty under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974.

USTR RELEASES EXCLUSION REQUEST PROCESS FOR CHINESE PRODUCTS SUBJECT TO SECTION 301 TARIFFS

By Arthur W. Bodek
Joseph M. Spraragen

In a July 6th press release, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced an application process for product exclusions from the additional Section 301 tariffs imposed by the United States on certain products imported from China. These tariffs were imposed in response to allegations of unfair trade practices by China related to the forced transfer of U.S. technology and intellectual property.

PREPARE FOR THE OCTOBER 2018 CUSTOMS BROKER LICENSE EXAM LIVE IN LOS ANGELES

The Foreign Trade Association is offering a course in preparation for the October 2018 Customs Broker License Exam. The 11 week exam preparation course is taught by Erik Smithweiss of Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP, a partner resident in the firm’s Los Angeles office. The course starts on Monday, July 30, 2018. This course is highly successful for those planning to take the broker’s exam and also provides an excellent overview of customs law and compliance for importers not intending to take the broker’s exam.