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EU’s First M&A Investigation: A Step Forward in Foreign Subsidies Oversight

The European Union is intensifying its scrutiny of foreign investments under the 2023 Foreign Subsidies Regulation (FSR). As the latest development, the European Commission has announced this week that it has opened an investigation into a proposed acquisition by e&, the UAE state-owned telecom operator, of the assets of the Czech telecom company PPF Telecom. … Continue Reading

New US Trade Action Against Disposable Aluminum Containers, Pans, and Trays from China

On May 16, 2024, U.S. producers filed antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) petitions against imports of disposable aluminum containers, pans, and trays 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. The petition alleges dumping import duty margins of … Continue Reading

White House Issues Executive Order to Strengthen Cybersecurity at US Ports

On February 21, 2024, the White House issued an executive order implementing various measures to bolster the security of US ports by expanding the US Coast Guard’s authority to regulate maritime cybersecurity, requiring the reporting of cyber incidents and investing in the US port critical infrastructure. With the increasing use of connected systems in the … Continue Reading

US ITC Launches Global Rice Trade Investigation

On March 1, 2024, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) officially announced the initiation of a new factfinding investigation into the global rice market. The investigation, titled “Rice: Global Competitiveness and Impacts on Trade and the U.S. Industry” (Investigation No. 332-603), was requested by US House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means Chair Jason … 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

Department of Defense Updates Section 1260H Chinese Military Companies List

On January 31, 2024, the Department of Defense (DOD) released an update to the Chinese Military Company (CMC) List in accordance with Section 1260H of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021. DOD added sixteen entities to the 1260H CMC List and removed three previously designated entities that no longer met “some … 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

Upcoming Changes in U.S. Export Controls on Advanced Semiconductors & Related Tooling and Recent Development on U.S. Relief Given to Asian Chips Manufacturers 

The landscape of U.S. export controls on advanced semiconductors and related toolings is evolving, with anticipated changes potentially impacting the business operations of companies throughout the global supply chain for products driven by advanced semiconductors and the development of similarly supported technologies. … Continue Reading

U.S. Commerce Secretary’s Meetings in China Reinforce Trade Relations and Deepen Bilateral Discussions

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Raimondo’s recent visit to China in late August was “part of ongoing efforts to deliver on President Biden’s directive following his meeting with President Xi in November 2022 to deepen bilateral discussions.” (Commerce Press Release, Aug. 28, 2023.)  Throughout the meetings, the Commerce Secretary sought to reinforce U.S. economic interests in … 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

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

Trade Alert: New Antidumping (AD) and Countervailing Duty (CVD) Petitions on Certain Tin Mill Products from Canada, China, Germany, Netherlands, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey and the United Kingdom

On January 18, 2023, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. and the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union, filed a petition to impose (a) antidumping (AD) duties on imports of Certain Tin Mill Products from Canada, China, Germany, Netherlands, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey and the United Kingdom; and, (b) countervailing … Continue Reading

Made in Italy – International Opportunities and Challenges

There is a rising tide of positivism around the Made in Italy tag. Assisted by the appointment of the Draghi government, the prospect (at least, from the perspective of many foreign investors) of a period of political stability, anticipation of a rise of consumer spending pent-up during the global lockdown, the economic boost to the … Continue Reading

Biden New EO on Chinese Military Companies Creates New Substantive Test for Listing

On June 3, 2021, US President Joseph Biden issued Executive Order 14032, “Addressing the Threat From Securities Investments that Finance Certain Companies of the People’s Republic of China” (EO 14032), substantially amending the prohibitions originally contained in Executive Order 13959 (EO 13959), issued by President Trump on November 12, 2020 (amended January 13, 2021).… Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade Week in Rewind (Week of February 1, 2021)

In the week of February 1, 2021, here are key developments in transatlantic trade: The EU’s COVID-19 vaccine export control mechanism is unable to escape ongoing criticism and a proposal was raised that would invoke Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol, increasing UK-EU tension Lawmakers in the US attempt to move the “American Rescue … Continue Reading

This Week in Transatlantic Trade

This week in transatlantic trade: Countries on both sides of the Atlantic are accelerating their efforts to stave off the spread of the COVID-19 variants by speeding up vaccination and adding travel restrictions The EU intends to increase export transparency on COVID experimental vaccines produced within its boundaries; and the European Commission is going to … Continue Reading

AfCFTA – The Key to Ushering Trade and Investment to Africa

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the African continent has seen challenges like other parts of the world that are affecting trade. This includes a moving effective date for the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), which slid from July 1 to possibly January 1, 2021, to avoid distracting African leaders as they respond to the pandemic. … 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

Considerations for Post-COVID-19 Trade in the World of New Normal

The corona pandemic, the ongoing Brexit and the emerging dominance of China in global markets are among the issues that pose multifaceted challenges for international trade relations. At a time when new Free Trade Agreements are being negotiated, we would like to examine how international trade can be shaped in the “World of New Normal” … 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
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