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USTR Requests Public Comments Related to Reinstatement of Certain Section 301 Exclusions

As you may already be aware, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) revealed that it is considering the possible reinstatement of previously extended Section 301 product exclusions. Now, the USTR has announced that it is seeking comments from the trade community to help determine which of the 549 exclusions—which previously expired in late […]

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USTR Announces Section 301 Tariff Exclusion Process Revival

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that it will reestablish a process for importers to apply for Section 301 tariff exclusions.  The USTR also confirmed that it has no plans to make any immediate changes to Section 301 tariff targets. No specific details have been announced regarding the exclusion process revival at […]

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USTR Extends Exclusions from Section 301 Tariffs for COVID Treatment Products for 45-Days

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that it will extend for an additional 45 days certain Section 301 tariff exclusions on products used to treat COVID-19. This will give the USTR additional time to review previously submitted comments; these exclusions were originally set to expire on September 30, 2021. The extended exclusions […]

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CIT Extends Section 301 Liquidation and Repository Deadlines for a Third Time

On Monday, August 16, 2021, the Court of International Trade (CIT) announced plans to extend the preliminary injunction preventing the liquidation of unliquidated entries subject to Section 301 List 3 or 4A tariffs from September 2nd until October 4th. In the same announcement, CIT judges also extended the August 20th deadline for US Customs and […]

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CIT Announces Two-Week Postponement of Section 301 Repository

Some of you may recall that the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) announced on July 6, 2021 that it will halt the liquidation of unliquidated entries subject to Section 301 tariffs in wake of the thousands of plaintiffs who filed lawsuits targeting the legality of List 3 and List 4 tariffs on Chinese goods. […]

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US and Vietnamese Officials Reach Agreement Regarding Vietnam’s Currency Practices

Today, U.S. Department of Treasury and State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) officials announced that they have “reached agreement to address Treasury’s concerns about Vietnam’s currency practices as described in Treasury’s Report to Congress on the Macroeconomic and Foreign Exchange Policies of Major Trading Partners of the United States.” Although the announcement falls short of explicitly […]

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CIT Grants Preliminary Injunction in CIT Lawsuit Challenging Legality of List 3 and 4 Tariffs

Today, the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) announced that it will halt the liquidation of unliquidated entries subject to Section 301 tariffs in wake of the thousands of plaintiffs who filed lawsuits targeting the legality of List 3 and List 4 tariffs on Chinese goods. In its preliminary injunction, a majority of judges on […]

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US and EU Reach Deal on Boeing – Airbus Dispute

Today, the US and EU announced that they have reached a deal related to the Boeing – Airbus dispute. This marks the end of the longest running quarrel in the history of the World Trade Organization (WTO). According to the official White House Press release, the US and EU will suspend tariffs for five years and work together […]

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Additional 301 Tariffs Suspended for 6 Countries in the Digital Services Taxes Investigation (DST)

Unites States Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced today the conclusion of the one-year Section 301 investigations of Digital Service Taxes (DSTs) adopted by Austria, India, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. The final determination in those investigations is to impose an additional 25% 301 tariffs on certain goods from these countries.  The USTR announced […]

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CIT Strikes Down Section 232 Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum ‘Derivatives’

On Monday, the Court of International Trade (CIT) announced that it found that Donald Trump had violated his presidential authority when he expanded Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum derivative products back in January 2020. The decision was announced following months of litigation resulting from a lawsuit filed by PrimeSource Building Products – a […]

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USTR Extends Tariff Exclusions for Certain COVID-19 Products through September

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that it will extend certain Section 301 tariff exclusions on products used to treat COVID-19; these exclusions were previously set to expire on March 31, 2021. The extended exclusions will apply to all products meeting the specified criteria until September 30, 2021. Click here to read […]

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US and UK Announce Temporary Suspension of Tariffs on Large Civilian Aircrafts – UPDATE!

On March 4th, 2021, the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and United Kingdom (UK) announced a four-month suspension of additional duties on large civilian aircrafts in an effort to resolve one of the longest running World Trade Organization (WTO) disputes. According to the USTR press release, the UK had already stopped applying retaliatory […]

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US Delays Implementation of the Aluminum Import Monitoring and Analysis System until March 29th

On January 20th, the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced that the ‘Aluminum Import Monitoring and Analysis (AIM) System’ final rule, originally scheduled to go into effect on January 25, 2021, would be delayed until March 29, 2021 to allow incoming Biden Administration officials additional time to review all relevant documentation prior to its implementation. […]

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APHIS Core Message Set Full Implementation Starts January 25th

Effective January 25, 2021, when a Customs entry is filed for Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) regulated plants, plant products, animal products, or live dog imports, APHIS will require the mandatory filing of the PGA Message Set in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). APHIS has flagged more than 2,000 HTS subheadings that may […]

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USTR Releases Section 301 Report on Vietnam: No Additional Duties Being Imposed at this Time

As you may already be aware, in October 2020, the USTR launched two separate investigations into Vietnam’s acts, policies, and practices related to currency valuation pursuant to Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. Today, the USTR released a report concluding that Vietnam’s acts, policies, and practices – including excessive foreign exchange market interventions […]

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US Designates Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism

Earlier today, the US State Department announced that Cuba would be designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism for “repeatedly providing support for acts of international terrorism in granting safe harbor to terrorists.” Cuba now joins three other countries on the list: Iran, North Korea and Syria. Click here to view the full announcement from […]

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USTR Suspends Tariffs on Certain French Goods Scheduled to Begin January 6th

Yesterday, the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced the suspension of additional 25% duties on certain French goods that were originally scheduled to begin on January 6, 2021. According to officials, the decision was made “given that these [Digital Services Tax] investigations are ongoing and have not yet reached any determinations on what, […]

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USTR Announces Additional Section 301 Tariffs on Certain EU Products

On December 30th, in the latest escalation of the on-going dispute over aircraft subsidies, the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that it will impose additional Section 301 tariffs on goods imported from the European Union (EU). An additional 15% tariff will be assessed on aircraft parts, as well as 25% tariffs on […]

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USTR Extends Tariff Exclusions for Certain COVID-19 Products

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that it will extend certain Section 301 tariff exclusions on products used to treat COVID-19. The USTR also announced that it is adding more products to the initial list of goods covered by the exclusions. The extended exclusions will apply to all products meeting the specified […]

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Removal of Hong Kong as a Separate Destination under the EAR

On December 23, 2020, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amended the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to remove the People’s Republic of China (PRC or China) Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong from the list of destinations in the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). This decision is effective immediately. This rule implements a significant change […]

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