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Energizer Battery Decision, Part Deux

US Customs and Border Protection - Rules of Origin

There’s so much going on: Trade wars! NAFTA rewrites! National security investigations of steel imports! So what’s today’s topic? The country of origin of a network tap. While it seems mundane by comparison with these headline-grabbing events, a recent U.S. Customs and Border Protection ruling may signal a more restrictive approach to government … Read More...

AD/CVD Potpourri

Things are hopping in the ever-exciting world of antidumping and countervailing duties. First we got an Executive Order requiring tightened enforcement, after that an appellate court decision regarding aluminum extrusions, and then a possible change to the Commerce Department’s treatment of China as a non-market economy country. Executive Order … Read More...

BIS and OFAC Recent Penalty Roundup

“Compliant exporters are all alike; every non-compliant exporter is non-compliant in its own way.” Leo Tolstoy never wrote those words, but if the plot of Anna Karenina involved export control compliance instead of a doomed love triangle, perhaps something similar would have been in there. The point is, we rarely see stories about exporters that … Read More...

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...

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