Tariff Hikes More Likely to Divert Trade Than Reshore Manufacturing, Report Says

Friday, February 22, 2019 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report The increased tariffs the U.S. and China are imposing on each other’s products are not likely to be very effective in protecting domestic companies and instead will mostly divert trade to other countries, according to a new study from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. The study estimates that of the $250 billion in Chinese exports currently subject…

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CBP is ending its delayed enforcement period for ISF-5 violations and will begin issuing liquidated damages claims for violations of the ISF-5 requirements on March 15, 2019

CBP published a rule on April 12, 2018 (effective May 14, 2018) which expanded the definition of Importer Security Filing (ISF) Importer for certain types of shipments.  The changes were necessary to ensure that the ISF Importer included parties that have a commercial interest in the cargo and have best access to the required data. CBP is ending its delayed enforcement period for ISF-5 violations and will begin issuing liquidated…

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GSP for India in Danger as Trade Irritants Fester

Thursday, February 21, 2019 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report A growing list of trade irritants has stalled U.S.-India trade talks and could prompt the White House to narrow or suspend India’s eligibility for duty-free exports to the U.S., according to press reports. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is nearing the completion of a review of India’s eligibility for the Generalized System of Preferences, which reduces or suspends…

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NO FURTHER SHUTDOWN; LIST 3 EXCLUSION PROCESS COMING

Photo credit: iStock.com/Darwel By Susan Kohn Ross The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019 was signed into law on Friday, February 15, 2019, so the potential for another shutdown was averted, but there was a hidden gem buried in a related document. This new law contains a specific appropriation for the U.S. Trade Representative’s office which reads: “For necessary expenses of the Office of the United States Trade Representative, … $53,000,000, …”…

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Auto Import Review Results Sent to White House; No Word on Recommendations or Response

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report The results of the Department of Commerce’s section 232 investigation into the effect of automobile and auto parts imports on U.S. national security were submitted to President Trump Feb. 17. However, neither those result nor the DOC’s recommendations have yet been made public. The president now has up to 90 days to decide whether to take action in this case.…

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Exclusion Process Directed for Tariffs on $200 Billion in Goods from China; Prepare Now to Submit Petitions

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report Congress has directed the creation of a long-awaited process for requesting product-specific exclusions from the Section 301 additional tariffs on $200 billion worth of imported goods from China. These tariffs are currently 10 percent but are scheduled to be increased to 25 percent as of March 2. In an explanatory statement accompanying appropriations legislation signed into law Feb. 15, Congress…

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Tariff Actions Resource Page

Updated February 13, 2019 Subscribe to receive news & updates on tariff actions directly in your inbox Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report This page features information, deadlines and resource documents on the various U.S. tariff actions and the responses by the rest of the world. The “U.S. Actions” section includes information on the Section 232 investigations of steel and aluminum, automobiles and auto parts, and uranium. It also includes…

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China Tariff Increase Could be Pushed Back, Trump Says

Thursday, February 14, 2019 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report President Trump said Feb. 12 that he might postpone a planned tariff increase on $200 billion worth of imports from China if the two sides are “close to a deal.” The so-called List 3 goods were hit with an additional 10 percent tariff as of Sept. 24, 2018, as part of the Trump administration’s response to a Section 301 determination…

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No Plans to Delay China Tariff Increase as Talks Continue

Tuesday, February 05, 2019 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report After recent talks between U.S. and Chinese officials, President Trump said he currently has no plans to push back an increase in tariffs on imports from China. Unless the two sides reach an agreement on issues such as forced technology transfer, intellectual property protection, non-tariff barriers, and cyber theft, the U.S. is expected to increase from 10 percent to 25…

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EU Sees Progress in U.S. Trade Talks but Warns on Tariffs on Autos, Steel, Aluminum

Friday, February 01, 2019 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report The European Union reports that it has made progress on a number of trade-related issues in talks with the U.S. since last summer but warns that additional movement would be jeopardized if the U.S. increases tariffs on imports of automobiles and auto parts from the EU. A decision on that issue could come as early as mid-February. The U.S. and…

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