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U.S. ANNOUNCES DEAL WITH JAPAN TO PARTIALLY ROLLBACK SECTION 232 STEEL TARIFFS

On February 7, 2022, the USTR announced a deal to partially rollback the Section 232 tariffs on steel from Japan through the use of a tariff rate quota (“TRQ”).  The TRQ will be set to allow for the importation of historically-based volumes of Japan steel products without the assessment of Section 232 tariffs.  Highlights of […]

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 […]

USTR EXTENDS EXPIRING CHINA 301 TARIFF EXCLUSIONS ON CERTAIN MEDICAL CARE PRODUCTS THROUGH NOVEMBER 14, 2021

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) announced that it is temporarily extending the China 301 tariff exclusions on 99 medical care products through November 14, 2021. On December 29, 2020, in response to the evolving COVID-19 situation, the USTR had announced that it was extending expiring China 301 tariff exclusions on certain […]

USTR SEEKS COMMENTS ON THE EXTENSION OF CHINA 301 TARIFF EXCLUSIONS ON CERTAIN MEDICAL CARE PRODUCTS

In a Federal Register Notice of August 27, 2021, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) announced that it is seeking comments on the extension of existing China 301 exclusions on certain medical care products. On December 29, 2020, in response to the evolving COVID-19 situation, the USTR had announced that it was extending […]

USTR EXTENDS CERTAIN CHINA 301 EXCLUSIONS COVERING CERTAIN MEDICAL-CARE PRODUCTS THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2021

In a notice recently posted on its website, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) has announced that it is extending 99 expiring China 301 tariff exclusions on medical-care and/or COVID response products.  The exclusions on the products in question had been previously extended through March 31, 2021.  The USTR has decided to further […]

CBP ISSUES REGION-WIDE WITHHOLD RELEASE ORDER ON CERTAIN PRODUCTS FROM XINJIANG, CHINA

On January 13, 2021, as part of its escalating actions to counter the importation of goods alleged to have been produced using forced labor, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued a Withhold Release Order (WRO) against cotton products (including apparel and textiles) and tomato products (including tomato seeds, canned tomatoes, tomato sauce) produced […]

USTR EXTENDS CERTAIN CHINA 301 EXCLUSIONS AND DESIGNATES ADDITIONAL EXCLUSIONS FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY 1 – MARCH 31, 2021

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) has announced that it is extending certain expiring China 301 tariff exclusions and is designating certain additional such exclusions.  The USTR is taking these actions with respect to certain medical-care products to reflect the rising spread and ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19.  (Notice accessible at: https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/enforcement/301Investigations/COVID_Extensions_December_2020.pdf). In […]

AMENDED REGULATIONS COVERING SECTION 232 EXCLUSIONS ON STEEL AND ALUMINUM PRODUCTS TO BE PUBLISHED

In a notice to be published in the Federal Register on December 14, 2020, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced a new interim final rule amending the exclusion process with respect to steel and aluminum mill products covered by additional duties under Section 232 of the […]

CBP ISSUES DETENTION ORDER ON COTTON PRODUCTS MADE BY XINJIANG PRODUCTION AND CONSTRUCTION CORPS USING PRISON LABOR

In a December 2, 2020 statement, CBP’s Office of Trade directed the issuance of a Withhold Release Order (“WRO”) against cotton and cotton products made by Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (“XPCC”) based on information that reasonably indicates its use of forced labor.  As a result, CBP will detain shipments containing cotton and cotton products […]

CBP ANNOUNCES THE ISSUANCE OF FIVE ADDITIONAL WITHHOLD RELEASE ORDERS (WRO) ON CERTAIN PRODUCTS FROM CHINA

In a sign of the Administration’s ongoing crackdown on imports allegedly the product of forced labor, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued a September 14, 2020 press release announcing the issuance of five Withhold Release Orders (WRO) on certain products from China. The products as identified by CBP (along with the associated rationale) are […]