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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.

USTR ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE FOR COMMENTS ON SECOND LIST OF PRODUCTS TO BE SUBJECT TO SECTION 301 DUTIES

Following recent release by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) of a second list of products from China that it proposes to become subject to an additional 25% duty under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, USTR has issued a schedule for providing comments to the second proposed list. The second proposed list consists of 284 tariff items that cover goods including chemicals, plastics, metal articles, machinery, and vehicles. This list can be accessed at:

https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/enforcement/301Investigations/List%202.pdf.

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

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

U.S. ANNOUNCES THAT INITIAL SECTION 301 TARIFFS ON IMPORTS FROM CHINA WILL BEGIN ON JULY 6

On June 15, 2018, the Trump Administration announced that additional tariffs will be imposed on certain goods from China under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. A press release issued by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), states that beginning on July 6, 2018, an additional 25% tariff will be imposed on 818 tariff lines (“List 1”) of the original 1,333 lines that were included on the proposed list originally published by USTR on April 6.

ARTHUR W. BODEK TO SERVE AS PANELIST AT NEW YORK CITY BAR CLE PROGRAM ON LAWYERING IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY (JUNE 15, 2018)

Arthur W. Bodek will serve as a panelist at the 13th Annual Lawyering In the Fashion Industry program presented by the New York City Bar – Center for CLE Programs.

CUSTOMS VALUATION SEMINAR IN LOS ANGELES

Erik Smithweiss will be conducting a full day seminar on Customs Valuation in Los Angeles for the Foreign Trade Association. The seminar will provide an in-depth review of the rules for customs valuation used in WTO member countries, with a particular emphasis on U.S. Customs regulations and recent developments. It will also cover practical advice for managing compliance with customs valuation rules and for reporting value adjustments. The seminar takes place on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

CIT INVALIDATES COMMERCE’S IMPOSITION OF AD/CVD ON ZINC WALL ANCHORS

This week the Court of International Trade ruled in favor of GDLSK client OMG, Inc. and found that the Department of Commerce had unlawfully treated imported zinc anchors as subject to the antidumping and countervailing duty orders on steel nails from Vietnam.

ARTHUR BODEK TO SERVE AS PANELIST AT THE UNION INTERNATIONALE DES AVOCATS’ NAFTA PROGRAM IN MEXICO CITY (JUNE 7-8, 2018)

Arthur W. Bodek will serve as a panelist at the UIA program titled “Challenges Of The Legal Profession A Result Of The Revision Of The Free Trade Agreements In The International Context” being held in Mexico City from June 7-8, 2018.

FRANK J. DESIDERIO TO BE HONORED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF ITALY

Frank J. Desiderio to be Honored by the Government of Italy On June 5, 2018, Frank Desiderio will be presented with the prestigious Italian decoration ‘Cavaliere’ in the Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana, by the Consul General of Italy, Francesco Genuardi.  A private ceremony will be held at the Consulate General of Italy in […]

DESIDERIO & KLESTADT SPEAK IN PHILADELPHIA

On May 23, 2018, partners Frank J. Desiderio and Alan R. Klestadt served as panelists at the GEODIS Trade Seminar held at the Union League Club in Philadelphia, PA.