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EXTENSION OF CERTAIN COVID-RELATED CHINA 301 EXCLUSIONS

In a notice scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on November 16, 2021, the USTR has announced that it is extending certain China 301 exclusions that had been put in place and/or previously extended to help address the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on a variety of factors, including the consideration of public comments, the USTR […]

PREPARE FOR THE APRIL 2022 CUSTOMS HOUSE BROKER LICENSE EXAM -ONLINE!

New York/New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Assn., JFK Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association, and Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP, one of the nation’s leading law firms specializing in Customs law, are offering courses in preparation for the April 2022 Custom House Broker License Exam.  This course also provides an excellent overview […]

PETITION FOR THE IMPOSITION OF ANTIDUMPING DUTIES ON CERTAIN SUPERABSORBENT POLYMERS FROM KOREA

I.  Type of Action: Antidumping Duty (“AD”): South Korea II.  Product: SAP is a fine white substance that is typically produced in granular, powder form. It is the product of a polymerization of acrylic monomer molecules with crosslinkers to form crosslinked polymer networks, with a high capacity to absorb and retain water and aqueous liquids. […]

THREE COUNTRIES TO BE DROPPED FROM THE AGOA PROGRAM IN THE ABSENCE OF URGENT POLICY CHANGES

On November 2, 2021, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that Guinea, Mali and Ethiopia will be terminated from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) program, effective January 1, 2022, in the absence of urgent internal policy changes. The administration expressed concern over unconstitutional government changes in Guinea and Mali, and gross violations of […]

SECTION 232 TARIFF RELIEF ANNOUNCED ON IMPORTS OF STEEL AND ALUMINUM FROM THE EU AND EU RETALIATORY TARIFFS TO BE LIFTED

On October 31, 2021, the U.S. and the EU announced steps to, among other things, reestablish historical transatlantic trade flows in steel and aluminum and address shared challenges in the steel and aluminum sector. Among the concrete steps to be taken are the following: 1. Replacement of Section 232 tariffs with tariff-rate quotas (TRQ).  Effective […]

GDLSK TO SPEAK ON HOT BUTTON ISSUES IN TRADE WITH CHINA, WITH AN EMPHASIS ON CHINA 301 AND FORCED LABOR ISSUES

On October 20, 2021, GDLSK’s Arthur Bodek and Kristina Barry will be speaking on hot button issues in trade with China, with an emphasis on China 301 and forced labor issues. Trade with China continues to involve a fast-evolving landscape, with the USTR recently laying out the Biden-Harris Administration’s New Approach to the U.S. – […]

PETITIONS FOR THE IMPOSITION OF ANTIDUMPING AND COUNTERVAILING DUTIES ON OIL COUNTRY TUBULAR GOODS FROM ARGENTINA, MEXICO, RUSSIA, AND SOUTH KOREA

I.  Type of Action: Antidumping Duty (“AD”): Argentina,  Mexico, and Russia; Countervailing Duty (“CVD”): Russia, and South Korea II.  Product: The proposed scope of these investigations is as follows: The merchandise covered by the investigation is certain oil country tubular goods (OCTG), which are hollow steel products of circular cross-section, including oil well casing and […]

USTR SEEKS COMMENTS ON THE REINSTATEMENT OF CERTAIN CHINA 301 EXCLUSIONS

On October 5, 2021, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR”) announced that it is seeking comment on the possible reinstatement of certain expired China 301 tariff exclusions. Beginning in 2018, the USTR imposed additional tariffs on specified products of China in response to a finding that certain of China’s acts, policies, and practices […]

USTR REMARKS ON THE ADMINISTRATION’S NEW APPROACH TO THE U.S.-CHINA TRADE RELATIONSHIP – INCLUDES POSSIBILITY OF NEW 301 TARIFFS AND EXCLUSIONS

On October 4, 2021, USTR Katherine Tai spoke to the Center for Strategic and International Studies on the future of the U.S. trade relationship with China.  Highlights of Ambassador Tai’s comments follow: The U.S. will restart a targeted China 301 tariff exclusion process to mitigate the effects of certain Section 301 tariffs that have not […]