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NOTICE OF CHINA 301 LIST 3 PRODUCT EXCLUSION EXTENSION AMENDMENT

The USTR has announced the following technical amendment of a China 301 List 3 product exclusion extension: The extended exclusion described as “Lockers, of steel (described in statistical reporting number 9403.20.0050)” has been amended to read “Lockers, of steel (described in statistical reporting number 9403.20.0050 or 9403.20.0078).” This extended exclusion still runs through December 31, […]

NEW LEGAL CHALLENGE TO LIST 3 AND 4 CHINA TARIFFS. IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED TO PRESERVE RIGHTS TO REFUNDS.

A new challenge has been filed in the US Court of International Trade (CIT) contesting the assessment of the List 3 and List 4 tariffs that have been imposed on goods from China under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974.  The lawsuit alleges that the List 3 and List 4 tariffs were imposed […]

CBP ANNOUNCES THE ISSUANCE OF FIVE ADDITIONAL WITHHOLD RELEASE ORDERS (WRO) ON CERTAIN PRODUCTS FROM CHINA

In a sign of the Administration’s ongoing crackdown on imports allegedly the product of forced labor, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued a September 14, 2020 press release announcing the issuance of five Withhold Release Orders (WRO) on certain products from China. The products as identified by CBP (along with the associated rationale) are […]

PETITION FILED SEEKING A WITHOLD RELEASE ORDER ON ALL COTTON GOODS LINKED TO XINJIANG REGION OF CHINA

On August 31, 2020, the Uighur Human Rights Project filed a petition with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) seeking the issuance of a withhold release order (“WRO”) on all cotton-made goods linked to the Xinjiang region of China based on purported evidence of widespread forced labor associated with such goods. (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jphCR6KMvzh-4Iw58eTkk57ZhZbVkU1M/view).  The issuance of […]

USTR ANNOUNCES THE EXTENSION OF CERTAIN EXPIRING CHINA SECTION 301 LIST 4 EXCLUSIONS

On August 31, 2020, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) announced extensions for certain exclusions from the China 301 List 4 tariffs (the $300 billion trade action) set to expire of September 1, 2020.  The extensions will run through December 31, 2020. Unless extended under the current action or prior actions, exclusions […]

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 […]

UPDATE: USTR ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL EXCLUSIONS GRANTED / MODIFICATIONS ON SEC. 301 LIST 3 PRODUCTS

On August 21, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) announced that an additional two items will be excluded from the Section 301 trade remedies imposed on Chinese-origin products. In addition the scope of eight existing exclusions is being modified.  The newly announced exclusion / modifications all relate to items on China 301 List 3 (which […]

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 […]

USTR AMENDS THE SCOPE OF TWO CHINA 301 EXCLUSIONS

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) has issued two notices, each amending the scope of an existing China 301 exclusion. In its first notice involving an exclusion issued under China 301 List 1 (the $34 billion trade action), the USTR has amended the exclusion (within U.S. note 20(x)(21) to subchapter III of chapter […]