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VIETNAMESE WIND TOWER PRODUCER EXCLUDED FROM AD ORDER AFTER PROTRACTED LEGAL BATTLE

GDLSK client CS Wind Vietnam Co., Ltd./CS Wind Corporation was investigated by the Department of Commerce throughout 2012, leading to a 51.50% antidumping duty margin being assigned to wind towers that the company produced in Vietnam and exported to the United States.

USTR ANNOUNCES THIRD PROPOSED LIST FOR SECTION 301 TARIFFS

In response to China’s imposition of retaliatory duties on goods from the United States, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has released a third proposed list of tariff items to become subject to an additional 10% duty under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974.

USTR RELEASES EXCLUSION REQUEST PROCESS FOR CHINESE PRODUCTS SUBJECT TO SECTION 301 TARIFFS

By Arthur W. Bodek
Joseph M. Spraragen

In a July 6th press release, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced an application process for product exclusions from the additional Section 301 tariffs imposed by the United States on certain products imported from China. These tariffs were imposed in response to allegations of unfair trade practices by China related to the forced transfer of U.S. technology and intellectual property.

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.