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UPDATE: USTR ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL EXCLUSION GRANTED / MODIFICATIONS TO SEC. 301 PRODUCTS

On July 15, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) announced that an additional item will be excluded from the Section 301 trade remedies imposed on Chinese-origin products while the scope of eight existing exclusions is being modified. The newly announced exclusion relates to China 301 List 2 (which is part of the $16 billion trade […]

UPDATE: USTR ANNOUNCES THE MODIFICATION OF VARIOUS CHINA 301 LIST 3 EXCLUSIONS

On July 14, 2020, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) announced the modification of 17 China 301 List 3 exclusions as described below: Original Language Amended Language Bolts of alloy steel other than stainless steel, with shanks or threads with a diameter of 6 mm or more, valued not over $0.10 per kg (described in […]

PREPARE FOR THE OCTOBER 2020 CUSTOMS BROKER LICENSE EXAM

The Foreign Trade Association is offering a virtual course in preparation for the October 2020 Customs Broker License Exam.  The 11 week exam preparation course is taught by Erik Smithweiss of Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP (GDLSK), a resident partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. The course starts on Monday, July 20, 2020.  This […]

ADDITIONAL 25% SECTION 301 DUTIES ON FRENCH HANDBAGS AND COSMETICS IN RETALIATION FOR DIGITAL SERVICES TAX

On July 10, 2020, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) announced an additional 25% Section 301 duties on various handbag and cosmetic products from France effective January 6, 2021. These retaliatory duties will be imposed in response to France’s planned Digital Services Tax (“DST”), which the USTR determined is discriminatory and unreasonably […]

WEBINAR – ANTIDUMPING DUTY AND COUNTERVAILING DUTY (AD/CVD) COMPLIANCE FOR BROKERS AND IMPORTERS

Erik Smithweiss will be conducting a webinar for the Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association on antidumping duty and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) compliance on July 15, 2020.  This webinar will explain the AD/CVD process in simple terms that will allow importers, shippers, and brokers to effectively communicate as well as address common compliance […]

UPDATE: USTR ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL EXCLUSIONS GRANTED ON SEC. 301 LIST 4 PRODUCTS AND MODIFICATIONS OF EXISTING EXCLUSIONS

On July 9, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) announced that an additional 61 items will be excluded from the Section 301 trade remedies imposed on Chinese-origin products.  The newly announced exclusions all relate to items on China 301 List 4A (which is part of the $300 billion trade action) which, unless excluded, are currently […]

PETITIONS FOR THE IMPOSITION OF ANTIDUMPING AND COUNTERVAILING DUTIES ON CERTAIN METAL LOCKERS AND PARTS THEREOF FROM THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

I.  Type of Action: Antidumping Duty (“AD”): China ; Countervailing Duty (“CVD”): China II.  Product: The scope of this investigation covers certain metal lockers, with or without doors, and parts thereof. The subject certain metal lockers are metal storage devices less than 27” wide and less than 27” deep, whether floor standing, installed onto a […]

PETITIONS FOR THE IMPOSITION OF ANTIDUMPING AND COUNTERVAILING DUTIES ON SEAMLESS CARBON AND ALLOY STEEL STANDARD, LINE, AND PRESSURE PIPE FROM THE CZECH REPUBLIC, THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA, RUSSIA, AND UKRAINE

I.  Type of Action: Antidumping Duty (“AD”): Czech Republic, the Republic of Korea, Russia, and Ukraine; Countervailing Duty (“CVD”): Russia, the Republic of Korea II.  Product: The merchandise covered by the scope of these investigations is seamless carbon and alloy steel (other than stainless steel) pipes and redraw hollows, less than or equal to 16 […]

USTR ANNOUNCES THE EXTENSION OF CERTAIN EXPIRING CHINA SECTION 301 LIST 1 EXCLUSIONS

On July 8, 2020, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) announced extensions for certain expiring exclusions from the China 301 List 1 tariffs (the $34 billion trade action). To date, ten sets of exclusions have been issued in connection with List 1. The sixth set of exclusions is scheduled to expire on […]

POSSIBLE ADDITIONAL RETALIATORY TARIFFS ON PRODUCTS FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION IN CONNECTION WITH THE U.S. ENFORCEMENT OF WTO RIGHTS IN LARGE CIVIL AIRCRAFT DISPUTE

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) is considering a modification to the list of products from the European Union (“EU”) and United Kingdom (“UK”) subject to Section 301 tariffs and an increase of the additional duties up to 100%. The tariffs were initially imposed on October 18, 2019 in response to a […]