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New US Action Against Melamine Imports

On February 14, 2024, US melamine producer Cornerstone filed antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) petitions against melamine imports from Germany, India, Japan, the Netherlands, Qatar, and Trinidad and Tobago claimed to be (a) dumped – i.e., sold into the United States at less than fair/normal value prices, and (b) government subsidized.  AD case is … Continue Reading

Forced Labor Legal Developments in Europe: EU Council and Parliament Negotiate Final Text for Proposed Regulation

While many have focused in recent months on the US enforcement of the forced labor import ban (19 U.S.C. 1307) and the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) (Public Law No. 117-78), the EU is working on its own set of regulations prohibiting products made with forced labor from entering the EU market. A proposal … Continue Reading

US ITC to Investigate Global Rice Trade

In a February 5, 2024 letter to the US International Trade Commission (ITC), US House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee Chair Jason Smith (Republican-Missouri) requested that the ITC conduct a Section 332 investigation into the global rice market. The ITC will institute the investigation in the coming weeks, and it could be the first … Continue Reading

New US Action Against Paper Plate Imports

On January 24, 2024, US paper plate producers filed antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) petitions against paper plate imports from China, Thailand and Vietnam claimed to be (a) dumped – i.e., sold into the United States at less than fair/normal value prices and (b) government subsidized.  AD case is against all three countries.  CVD … Continue Reading

New U.S. Action Against Wine Bottle Imports

On December 29, 2023, the U.S. Glass Producers Coalition filed antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) petitions against glass wine bottle imports from China, Mexico and Chile claimed to be (a) dumped – i.e., sold into the United States at less than fair normal value prices and (b) government subsidized.  AD versus China, Mexico and … Continue Reading

USITC Preliminary Injury Decision As To Extruded Aluminum Imports

On November 17, 2023, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) preliminarily decided that the accused imports injure or threaten to injury a domestic industry as to all accused countries except the Dominican Republic (DR). See Aluminum Extrusions from China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab … Continue Reading

Written Argument to ITC In AD/CVD Extruded Aluminum ITC Preliminary Injury Investigation

In post conference written filings, parties argued: U.S. Producer Petitioners Supporting AD/CVD During the 2020 to present U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) period of investigation (POI), a surge in accused imports pummeled the U.S. market, taking huge sales from U.S. producers and inflicting material injury thereon. ITC should define a single like product (i.e., all … Continue Reading

U.S. Antidumping Law On Vietnam

U.S. antidumping (AD) law imposes AD import duties on imports found to be sold at unfairly low prices (such as below cost plus reasonable profit or fair normal value), that injure a U.S. industry.  Many, and increasingly so, Vietnam exports to the United States are subject to such U.S. AD.… Continue Reading

Extruded Aluminum Trade Remedy Update

On October 4, 2023, a trade remedy (antidumping and countervailing duty) petition was filed against claimed dumped and subsidized imports from 15 countries.   It covered a purported $3 billion+ in accused imports.  That makes it one of the largest trade remedy petitions in many years.  The following two alerts: Commerce Initiation and ITC Conference cover … Continue Reading

TRADE ALERT:  New U.S. Action Against Extruded Aluminum Imports

Today, October 4, 2023, the U.S. Aluminum Extruders Coalition and the United Steelworkers (USW) union filed antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) petitions against extruded aluminum imports claimed to be (a) dumped – i.e., sold into the United States at  less than fair normal value prices and (b) government subsidized. The AD petitions cover China, … Continue Reading

TRADE ALERT: New U.S. Action Against Aluminum Lithographic Printing Plates From China and Japan

On September 28, 2023, Eastman Kodak filed antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) petitions against aluminum lithographic printing plates from China claimed to be (a) dumped – i.e., sold into the United States at less than fair normal value prices and (b) government subsidized; and just an antidumping petition against Japan.  Petition available at https://ids.usitc.gov/case/8144/investigation/8462.… Continue Reading

Vietnam Seeks Market Economy Status For Antidumping

On September 8, 2023, the Government of Vietnam requested that the United States treat Vietnam as a Market Economy (ME) for antidumping (AD) law purposes versus the current Non-Market Economy (NME) status (attached). ME status generally means lower and more manageable/predictable (AD) dumping margins, so it is preferred for AD purposes.  Western press (e.g., Financial … Continue Reading

TRADE ALERT: New U.S. Action Against Mattress Imports

On July 28, 2023, U.S. mattress producers filed a third-wave of antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) petitions against certain mattress imports, claimed to be (a) sold into the United States at less than normal value (i.e., at unfairly low prices, that are below home or third-country market prices or below cost plus reasonable profit) … Continue Reading

U.S. Action Against Pea Protein from China

On July 11, 2023, PURIS Proteins LLC filed antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) petitions against pea protein from China, claimed to be (a) sold into the United States at less than normal value (i.e., at unfairly low prices, that are below cost plus reasonable profit, based on market economy standards) and (b) government subsidized … Continue Reading

Trade Alert: US Action Against Certain Paper Shopping Bag Imports

On May 31, 2023, Novolex and union workers filed antidumping duty (AD) petitions against certain paper shopping bags imports claimed to be sold into the US at less than normal value (i.e., at unfairly low prices, such as below cost or home or third-country prices) and requested the imposition of AD import duties of: Offsetting … Continue Reading

Potential EU Retaliatory Tariffs on the Horizon – Is Your Business Prepared?

On October 13, 2020 the World Trade Organization (WTO) issued its latest ruling in the long-standing Boeing-Airbus dispute, granting the EU the authority to impose compensatory tariffs totaling up to US$4 billion on US goods in response to allegedly illegal subsidies provided to Boeing.  Once again, US exporting companies find themselves in the crosshairs, as … Continue Reading

Trump Officials to Probe Produce Imports, Raising the Risk for More Tariffs in 2020

On September 1, the Office of the US Trade Representative, working with the Departments of Commerce (DOC) and of Agriculture (USDA), announced a number of actions aimed at supporting domestic producers of seasonal/perishable produce.  Their plans – which include new trade actions targeting certain fruit and vegetable imports – could have widespread impacts on produce … Continue Reading

It’s August in an Election Year – No Rest for the Trump Administration on Trade Actions

Despite the Congressional recess and continued focus on COVID-19 economic relief, Trump officials announced several major trade actions over the last week that could impact global trade and supply chains.  Here is a quick round-up of recent developments and what may be coming next.… Continue Reading

Imports From Hong Kong May Soon Face Section 301 Tariffs

On Tuesday, August 11, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) is scheduled to publish a notice in the Federal Register that could end the ability of manufacturers based in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (“Hong Kong”) of the People’s Republic of China (“China”) to avoid the tariffs imposed on Chinese products by the Trump … Continue Reading

Does Digital Service Tax Matter To You? New Section 301 Investigation – Comment Period Now Open

On June 2, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) announced that it would be initiating new Section 301 investigations examining digital services taxes (DSTs) adopted or under consideration by Austria, Brazil, the Czech Republic, the European Union, India, Indonesia, Italy, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom.  USTR is requesting comments to inform their … Continue Reading

US Department of Commerce Seeks Input on Section 232 (Steel and Aluminum) Exclusion Process

On May 26, 2020, the US Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced that it would accept comments from the public on the Section 232 exclusion process, including regarding factors considered by agency officials when rendering decisions on exclusion petitions, the efficiency and transparency of the current process, and potential revisions to … Continue Reading

UK Government Releases Custom Duty Rates in the Event of Hard Brexit

The UK government has published the proposed customs duty rates that will apply to imported merchandise entering the UK from third countries after the country has left the European Union (EU) under a so-called no-deal scenario. Unless recent political developments require the UK government to extend that deadline, it has been indicated that the UK … Continue Reading

Section 301 Update: US-China Trade War – List 4 Tariffs To Begin on September 1, 2019

On August 1, 2019, President Trump tweeted that the US will impose a 10% tariff on approximately US$300 billion worth of products from China (“List 4”) beginning on September 1.  This will be in addition to Section 301 tariffs already imposed on US$250 billion worth of Chinese products. … Continue Reading
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