China Hikes Tariffs on U.S. Goods for Steel and Aluminum Duties

Wednesday, April 04, 2018 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report Effective April 2, China has increased tariffs on 128 goods imported from the U.S. in response to the additional tariffs Washington imposed on steel and aluminum as of March 23. China sees the U.S. duties as safeguard measures, despite the fact that they were nominally imposed for national security reasons, and believes they are inconsistent with the WTO Safeguards Agreement.…

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Chinese Policies, IPR, Tariffs, Import Restrictions Highlighted in Annual Trade Barriers Report

Tuesday, April 03, 2018 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has issued its annual National Trade Estimate report, which describes significant foreign barriers to U.S. exports of goods and services, foreign direct investment, and intellectual property rights protection as well as the actions being taken to address those barriers. The NTE report covers the most important barriers, including those that may be consistent…

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STEEL/ALUMINUM TARIFFS EXEMPTIONS CLARIFIED

By Susan Kohn Ross In off the record comments on March 28, 2018, an official of the Dept. of Commerce provided some clarification as to how the product exemption process will work relative to steel and aluminum tariffs. Of course, the starting point is: if your product is subject to the steel or aluminum tariffs and is not from an exempted country, the 25% or 10%, respectively, will have to be…

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President Trump Announces Strong Actions to Address China’s Unfair Trade

Washington, DC – Today President Trump announced his decisions on the actions the Administration will take in response to China’s unfair trade practices covered in the USTR Section 301 investigation of China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer initiated the investigation in August 2017 at the direction of President Trump. The President has instructed that the appropriate response to…

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Making e-Commerce Safer: CBP Releases New e-Commerce Strategy

By: Jennifer Diaz, Diaz Trade Law On December 1, 2016, we wrote about U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) new E-Commerce and Small Business Branch, which was created to help consumers and merchants safely navigate the complexities associated with the steady rise of global e-commerce. CBP defines e-commerce as high-volume, low-value shipments purchased via electronic means. E-commerce shipments pose the same health, safety, and economic security risks as containerized shipments,…

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Information Regarding Implementation of the Section 232 Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum

In CSMS #18-000240 released last week, CBP provided background information on recent Presidential Proclamations and duty requirements regarding the additional duty on imports of steel and aluminum under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. The duty requirements of goods entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, are effective as of last Friday, March 23, 2018. Beginning March 23 and running through April 30, all countries of origin…

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KORUS Modifications Agreed; Korea Gets Steel Tariff Exemption

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report The U.S. and South Korea have reached an agreement in principle on modifications to be made to their bilateral free trade agreement. The two sides also announced that Korea will be exempt from the 25 percent additional tariff the U.S. began imposing on imported steel products March 23. No similar agreement appears to have been concluded with respect to the…

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President Plans Tariff Hike on Goods Imported from China

Thursday, March 22, 2018 President Trump announced March 22 his intent to levy additional tariffs of 25 percent on goods imported from China following a Section 301 investigation of China’s acts, policies, and practices on intellectual property. According to press reports, the tariffs could target as many as 1,500 tariff lines representing $50 billion to $60 billion worth of imports. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative states that sectors…

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NEW TARIFFS: DEFINITION & EXCLUSION

By Susan Kohn Ross When President Trump announced the 25% steel and 10% aluminum tariffs on March 8, 2018, he instructed the Secretary of Commerce to issue regulations explaining how American companies could seek exclusions from those tariffs no later than March 19, 2018, and that deadline has been met. These new regulations can be found here. Before we discuss the new regulations, we should start with the data Customs and…

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TRADE TRIFECTA!

March 26, 2018 By Susan Kohn Ross Some events rather significant to international traders occurred in the last few days. First, on Friday, March 23, 2018, President Trump signed the latest spending bill. It includes a provision to renew Generalized System of Preferences (“GSP”) benefits retroactive to December 31, 2017, when the program last expired. GSP is now authorized through December 31, 2020. With history as a guide, we should expect…

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