14 Jan 2020
USITC Examines Import and Export Effects of Additional Tariffs. The USITC has updated its annual compendium of data and analysis examining changes in trade with key U.S. partners and in important industries. The “Shifts in U.S. Merchandise Trade 2018” report focuses on changes in U.S. imports, exports and re-exports with respect to ten sectors (agricultural products, chemicals and related products, electronic products, energy and related products, footwear, forest products, machinery, minerals and metals, textiles and apparel, and transportation equipment) and five trading partners (mainland China, Mexico, Canada, Japan and South Korea).
Among other things, the USITC found that in all of 2018 U.S. exports of products covered by tariffs imposed by trading partners in retaliation for the Section 232 and Section 301 tariffs declined to mainland China (-17 percent), Russia (-7 percent), Canada (-6 percent), Turkey (-4 percent) and Mexico (-2 percent) but increased to the EU (4 percent) and India (1 percent). For products not covered by retaliatory tariffs, U.S. exports increased to India (38 percent), mainland China (14 percent), the EU (14 percent), Mexico (9 percent), Turkey (8 percent) and Canada (7 percent), but fell to Russia (-3 percent).
With respect to foreign products subject to the Section 232 and Section 301 tariffs, imports fell from Argentina (-14 percent) and South Korea (-11 percent), but increased from Australia (37 percent), Mexico (18 percent), the EU (12 percent), mainland China (10 percent), Brazil (4 percent) and Canada (3 percent). Imports of non-covered products decreased from Australia (-3 percent), but increased from the EU (13 percent), Mexico (11 percent), Canada (7 percent), Brazil (7 percent), mainland China (6 percent), South Korea (6 percent) and Argentina (2 percent).
Schedule for AD/CV Probes on Wood Mouldings and Millwork Products. The USITC has released the schedule for its AD and CV injury investigations of mainland Chinese wood mouldings and millwork products classified under HTSUS 4409.10.4010, 4409.10.4090, 4409.10.4500, 4409.10.5000, 4409.22.4000, 4409.22.5000, 4409.29.4000, 4409.29.4100, 4409.29.5000, 4409.29.5100, 4409.10.6000, 4409.10.6500, 4409.22.6000, 4409.22.6500, 4409.29.6100,4409.29.6600, 4418.99.9095 and 4421.99.9780. Return questionnaires are due to the USITC by 22 January, a conference will be held on 29 January, post-conference briefs may be submitted by 3 February, and the USITC’s preliminary determination vote has been scheduled for 24 February.
Scheduling of Expedited Sunset Review of AD Duty Order on Steel Rod. The USITC has scheduled the expedited sunset review of the AD duty order on steel threaded rod from mainland China. The staff report was placed in the non-public record on 8 January and a public version will be issued thereafter. Comments and statements are due by 16 January and may not contain new factual information.
New IPR Probe of Wearable Monitoring Devices. The USITC has initiated an investigation to determine whether imports of certain wearable monitoring devices, systems and components thereof from various sources, including mainland China, are violating Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act by reason of patent infringement. The complainants request that after this investigation the USITC issue a limited exclusion order as well as cease and desist orders.