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Made in USA Claims: Make Sure that FTC Requirements Are Met

Remember that old song chorus that goes “you don’t tug on Superman’s cape, you don’t spit into the wind”, among some other not-so-good ideas?  Let me add one more: you don’t claim products are “Made in USA” if they’re actually imports that were made elsewhere. That seemingly obvious point was brought home in the Federal Trade Commission’s recent … Read More...

International Trade Commission Seeks Public Comments on Petitions for Temporary Suspensions and Reductions of Import Duties

The United States International Trade Commission has scheduled the next stage of the temporary import tariff suspension process. As established by the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 and discussed here in my previous article December 2016, the Commission received and reviewed petitions for temporary tariff relief filed by … Read More...

New WTO Case Concerning Chinese Primary Aluminum Subsidies

The Office of the United States Trade Representative has requested consultations with China concerning that country's alleged subsidization of its primary aluminum industry. The request, filed before the World Trade Organization, asserts that China's support for the industry violates the WTO's Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures. If … Read More...

“Beef Hormones” Trade Dispute May Be Resurrected

Here’s another one of those cases that just won’t go away.  The U.S. beef industry has asked the Office of the United States Trade Representative to reinstate retaliatory action against the European Union, due to the EU’s continued limits on beef imports from the United States. USTR, in turn, has opened the case for public comments and a hearing. … Read More...

U.S. Sanctions Roundup – Burma, Russia, Iran

Things have been busy lately for United States trade sanctions programs on Burma, Russia and Iran. The last of the sanctions on Burma were lifted, new restrictions were imposed against Russia, and the Office of Foreign Assets Control both expanded permissible transactions with Iran and issued an unsettling clarification to its advice concerning the … Read More...

Lumber Trade Wars, the Sequels

Old trade cases don’t necessarily die, or even fade away, but they may get recycled.  Two new antidumping and countervailing duty petitions will require the United States Commerce Department and International Trade Commission revisit issues they already resolved in the past. Softwood Lumber from Canada The initial iteration of the first case, … Read More...

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