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SECTION 232 NATIONAL SECURITY TARIFFS ON EU STEEL AND ALUMINUM CONVERTED TO TARIFF RATE QUOTAS – TARIFFS ELIMINATED ON IN-QUOTA AMOUNTS; REMAIN ON OVER QUOTA AMOUNTS

Pursuant to two Presidential Proclamations, the Section 232 national security tariffs in place with respect to imports of steel and aluminum articles from member countries of the EU (that are melted and poured in the EU in the case of steel) have been eliminated with respect to quantities specified in new tariff rate quotas.  Imports […]

PREPARE FOR THE APRIL 2022 CUSTOMS BROKER LICENSE EXAM

The Foreign Trade Association is offering a virtual course in preparation for the April 2022 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, January 24, 2022.  This […]

PETITION FOR THE IMPOSITION OF ANTIDUMPING DUTIES AND COUNTERVAILING DUTIES ON CERTAIN STEEL NAILS FROM INDIA, OMAN, SRI LANKA, THAILAND AND TURKEY

I. Type of Action: Antidumping Duty (“AD”): India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Turkey Countervailing Duty (“CVD”); India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Oman and Turkey II. Product: The merchandise covered by this investigation is certain steel nails having a nominal shaft or shank length not exceeding 12 inches. Certain steel nails include, but are not limited to, […]

UYGHUR FORCED LABOR PREVENTION ACT SIGNED INTO LAW

On December 23, 2021, the President signed into law the compromise version of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, passed by the House of Representatives on December 14th and by the Senate on December 16, 2021. The text of the legislation can be accessed here. GDLSK’s summary of the provisions of the legislation can be […]

COMPROMISE UYGHUR FORCED LABOR PREVENTION ACT PASSED BY HOUSE, TO BE TAKEN UP BY THE SENATE

On December 14, 2021, Representative Jim McGovern and Senator Marco Rubio announced agreement on a compromise version of the proposed Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act.  The bill was promptly passed unanimously by the House of Representatives and is expected to be taken up by the Senate very shortly with an eye towards forwarding it to […]

COURT INVALIDATES SECTION 201 TARIFFS ON BIFACIAL SOLAR MODULES AND RATE INCREASE ON MONOFACIAL SOLAR MODULES

The U.S. Court of International Trade (“CIT”) on November 16, 2021 invalidated the government’s imposition of Section 201 safeguard tariffs on “bifacial” solar modules, as well as the increase in 201 tariffs from 15% to 18% on monofacial solar modules. Solar Energy Indus. Ass’n v. United States, Slip Op. 21-154 (CIT Nov. 16, 2021) (“SEIA”): […]

REMOVAL OF CERTAIN GENERAL APPROVED EXCLUSIONS UNDER THE SECTION 232 STEEL AND ALUMINUM TARIFF EXCLUSION PROCESS

In a notice to be published in the Federal Register on December 9, 2021, the Bureau of Industry and Security of the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announces the removal of thirty General Approved Exclusions (GAEs) under the Section 232 Steel and Aluminum Tariff action. By way of background, a series of Presidential Proclamations issued […]

UTAH IMPLEMENTS NEW STERILIZATION AND LABELLING REQUIREMENTS FOR QUILTED CLOTHING

The state of Utah is implementing new sterilization and labelling requirements for quilted apparel (filled with feather and down, wool, or animal hair).  The new rules require specific sterilization processes and advance licensing of sterilization facilities.  Additionally, the sterilization license number and type of fill must be included on a permanent label.  The new rules are […]

AMENDMENTS TO THE HARMONIZED TARIFF SCHEDULE OF THE UNITED STATES TAKE EFFECT JANUARY 1, 2022

Significant amendments to the Harmonized Tariff Schedules of the United States (HTSUS) will take effect on January 1, 2022.  These changes implement a major revision to the Harmonized System (HS) nomenclature adopted by the World Customs Organization (WCO) known as “HS 2022.”  A complete list of all the HS 2022 amendments published by the WCO […]

PETITION FOR THE IMPOSITION OF ANTIDUMPING DUTIES ON IMPORTS OF EMULSION STYRENE-BUTADIENE RUBBER FROM CZECH REPUBLIC, ITALY, AND RUSSIA

I.  Type of Action: Antidumping Duty (“AD”): Czech Republic, Italy, and Russia II.  Product: The product covered by this investigation is cold-polymerized emulsion styrenebutadiene rubber (“ESB rubber”). The scope of the investigation includes, but is not limited to, ESB rubber in primary forms, bales, granules, crumbs, pellets, powders, plates, sheets, strip, etc. ESB rubber consists […]