China Tariffs Dominate Capitol Hill

NCBFAA joined over 100 trade associations in a letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) to express deep concern with the administration’s decision to use tariffs to address China’s unfair trade practices. “We strongly encourage Congress to work…with the Administration to develop and execute a strategic policy to effectively address the longstanding problems in China,” the letter advised. At the same time, the coalition urged Congress…

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Three Countries Under Review for GSP Eligibility; Next Assessment Starts This Fall

Monday, April 16, 2018 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is reviewing the eligibility of India, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan for benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences based on concerns about their compliance with program requirements. These concerns are centered on market access for India (specifically in the dairy and medical device sectors), market access and services and investment for Indonesia, and worker…

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Logistics Committee Information Item Unveiling of the final details of PierPass 2.0

On Monday, April 9, 2018, the final design of PierPass 2.0 and its start date was unveiled by PierPass President, John Cushing. The final design of PierPass 2.0 will mandate a PierPass fee for (virtually) all import and export containers exiting or entering the 12 San Pedro Bay Terminals, regardless of time of day AND will require appointments (with the individual terminals) for ALL import containers (with the exception of…

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Trump Considers More Tariffs on Imports from China

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report President Trump has raised the prospect of increasing tariffs on additional $100 billion worth of imports from China in an escalating trade dispute. However, he also held open the possibility the two sides could work out an agreement to avoid the tariffs. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has proposed a list of more than 1,300 goods imported from…

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Section 232 & 301 Tariffs: Quantifying Your Potential Risk Exposure and Fighting Back

What’s happening right now? The U.S. government’s decision to impose Section 232 and 301 tariffs has received significant attention. Here’s a quick recap: On March 8, 2018, President Trump issued two Presidential Proclamations announcing the imposition of special Section 232 duties on certain steel and aluminum products. Shortly thereafter, on March 19, 2018, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued an interim rule in the…

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WEBINAR INVITATION A Closer Look at the Section 301 Tariffs on Imports from China

Thursday, April 12, 2018 2 – 2:30 pm EDT $50  | 0.5 CCS Credit The Trump administration is proposing to impose an additional 25 percent import duty on approximately 1,300 goods from China in response to a Section 301 investigation concluding that China is coercing U.S. companies into transferring their technology and intellectual property to Chinese enterprises. Affected companies now have a very limited time to seek changes to this…

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Trade Wars: Attack of the Tariffs [Monthly Update] (Webinar)

Thursday, April 19, 2018 2 – 2:30 pm EDT $50  | 0.5 CCS/CES Credit The Trump administration has taken decisive action to unilaterally impose tariffs on solar panels, washing machines, steel and aluminum and is talking about “tariff reciprocity.” What does it mean? What may be the impact? What is Congress doing or not doing? This 30-minute webinar provides an overview of the latest developments and how you might need…

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USTR PUBLISHES 301 PRODUCT LIST / CHINA REACTS WITH ITS OWN LIST

By Susan Kohn Ross The U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) has prepared for publication a Federal Register Notice (“Notice”) that identifies a list of approximately 1,300 tariff lines on which it proposes to levy additional duties of up to 25% on goods made in China. The pre-published copy of the Notice was released yesterday, April 3, 2018, and includes an Annex identifying the products on which USTR proposes to assess the additional…

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Short Deadline for Comments on Chinese Goods to be Hit With Higher Import Duties

Thursday, April 05, 2018 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report The Trump administration has announced a list of approximately 1,300 goods from China on which an additional 25 percent import duty could be imposed. These tariffs are part of the U.S. response to a Section 301 investigation concluding that China is coercing U.S. companies into transferring their technology and intellectual property to Chinese enterprises. Affected companies now have a limited time to…

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USTR Releases Proposed Tariff List on Chinese Products

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has today published a proposed list of products imported from China that may be subject to additional tariffs following its Section 301 Investigation of China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation. USTR has indicated the list of products is based “on extensive interagency economic analysis and would target products that benefit from China’s industrial plans while…

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