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First Sale Rule Enforcement Increasing in Section 301 Environment

17 Jan 2019

The use of the first sale rule has increased dramatically over the past several months as companies seek to lessen the impact of the additional Section 301 tariffs on imports from mainland China. At t...Read More

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USTR Says No Section 301 Tariff Exclusions on List 3 Goods Until March

17 Jan 2019

The Trump administration will not initiate a process for excluding goods from the Section 301 additional tariff on US$200 billion worth of imports from mainland China until at least March, according t...Read More

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U.S. Industry Coalition Calls on Lawmakers to Exercise Congressional Oversight on Trump Administration

15 Jan 2019

In a letter dated 9 January, the multi-industry coalition Americans for Free Trade urged all new members of the 116th Congress to ensure the legislative body exercises its “ oversight role on trade po...Read More

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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Offers More Details on Trade Priorities for this Year

11 Jan 2019

As previously reported, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley will once again chair the Senate Finance Committee after a 12-year hiatus due to Republican Party term limits for committee chairmen....Read More

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Little Detail on Outcome of U.S.-Mainland China Trade Talks

11 Jan 2019

The United States and mainland China met in Beijing on 7-9 January to hold their first talks since agreeing to a trade ceasefire in December. The negotiations were extended an extra day but reports ha...Read More

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Trade Agencies Continue to Be Impacted by Partial U.S. Government Shutdown

10 Jan 2019

The continuing partial shutdown of the U.S. federal government has begun to affect key trade agencies as it nears its three-week mark. Certain security-related functions, including U.S. Customs and Bo...Read More

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Brazil Could Gradually Cut Duties on All Capital Goods and IT Products

8 Jan 2019

In its last meeting of 2018, Brazil’s Foreign Trade Chamber (CAMEX) adopted a decision to gradually lower from 14 percent to four percent the import duties on capital goods and information technology ...Read More

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Updated Report Details Impact of Retaliatory Tariffs on U.S. Agricultural Exports

8 Jan 2019

The non-partisan U.S. Congressional Research Service issued a report on 31 December focused on the effect of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural exports. After the United States imposed Section 2...Read More

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Senate Bills Would Tighten Restrictions on Mainland China

8 Jan 2019

Sen. Marco Rubio (Republican-Florida) re-introduced legislation on 4 January aimed at correcting the current imbalances in the U.S. trade relationship with mainland China. Most notably, the legislatio...Read More

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Recent Developments in U.S. Trade Discussions with Mainland China

8 Jan 2019

Bi-lateral trade talks between the United States and mainland China began on 7 January in Beijing. The U.S. delegation is chaired by Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish and includes high-...Read More

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Brazilian Government Restructures its Economic and Trade Functions

4 Jan 2019

As expected, effective 1 January the new Brazilian government established a new super-ministry of the economy with seven special secretariats: finance; federal revenue; foreign trade and international...Read More

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U.S. Importers Not Yet Able to Take Advantage of Section 301 Product Exclusions

4 Jan 2019

As previously reported, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative recently announced the first batch of products that will be excluded from the additional 25 percent duty imposed under Section 301 o...Read More

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Import Measures Imposed on Steel Flanges Alleged to Evade AD/CV Duties

3 Jan 2019

CBP has determined that there is a reasonable suspicion that two importers are evading the antidumping and countervailing duty orders on stainless steel flanges from mainland China by transshipping fl...Read More

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Advance Electronic Data Now Required for Postal Shipments from Mainland China and Hong Kong

3 Jan 2019

As required by the Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act, which was enacted into law earlier this year to help prevent the shipment of synthetic opioids into the United States thro...Read More

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Mainland Chinese National Charged with Trade Secrets Theft

2 Jan 2019

The U.S. Department of Justice announced on 21 December that a mainland Chinese national and U.S. legal permanent resident has been charged with theft of trade secrets....Read More

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Grassley Lays Out Senate Finance Committee Priorities for 2019

2 Jan 2019

Republican Senator Chuck Grassley will once again chair the Senate Finance Committee in 2019 after a 12-year hiatus due to Republican Party term limits for committee chairmen. Sen. Grassley is clearly...Read More

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First Batch of Section 301 Product Exclusions Announced

28 Dec 2018

USTR has announced the first batch of products that will be excluded from the additional 25 percent duty imposed under Section 301 on some US$34 billion worth of imports from mainland China. These pro...Read More

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USTR Preparing Annual Report on Intellectual Property Protection and Enforcement

28 Dec 2018

USTR has initiated its annual review of foreign countries’ acts, policies and practices concerning the protection of intellectual property rights. USTR will hold a hearing and gather comments and plan...Read More

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Partial U.S. Government Shutdown in Effect

27 Dec 2018

With the expiration of the most recent “continuing resolution” on 21 December at midnight, there is no longer any appropriated funding for the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Homeland Security, ...Read More

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Mainland Chinese Hackers Charged with Intellectual Property Theft

27 Dec 2018

The U.S. Department of Justice announced on 20 December that two mainland Chinese hackers have been charged with conspiracy to commit computer intrusions, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and aggravat...Read More

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