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U.S. Finalises Third Tranche of Additional Tariffs on Mainland Chinese Products, Threatens Tariffs on More Goods

19 Sept 2018

The United States has finalised a proposal to impose effective from 24 September additional tariffs on some US$200 billion worth of imports from mainland China. The tariffs have initially been set at ...Read More

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Mid-December Deadline to Request Exclusions from 25 Percent Tariff on Second Tranche of Mainland Chinese Products

18 Sept 2018

Requests for exclusions from the additional 25 percent tariff imposed as of 23 August on mainland Chinese goods classified under 284 tariff lines are due by 18 December. Any exclusions granted will be...Read More

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MTB Duty Suspensions to Apply from 13 October

17 Sept 2018

President Trump on 13 September signed into law the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of 2017 (H.R. 4318), which reduces or suspends import duties through 31 December 2020 on nearly 1,700 products that ar...Read More

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Mainland China Seeks Permission to Retaliate in WTO Case Against U.S. Dumping Methodology

13 Sept 2018

Mainland China is asking the WTO Dispute Settlement Body for permission to retaliate on US$7 billion worth of U.S. goods for the alleged failure of the United States to comply with an Appellate Body r...Read More

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Industry Associations Voice Opposition to Additional Section 301 Tariffs as Trump Threatens to Further Escalate the Dispute

10 Sept 2018

With rumours swirling in Washington that the White House could soon greenlight additional Section 301 tariffs on a third tranche of mainland Chinese products, a coalition of more than 150 U.S. industr...Read More

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Congress Approves Miscellaneous Tariff Bill

6 Sept 2018

The House has approved the Senate version of legislation to reduce or suspend import duties through 31 December 2020 on nearly 1,700 products that are not otherwise available in the United States. The...Read More

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California Legislature Approves Broad Restrictions on Flame Retardant Chemicals

5 Sept 2018

Despite facing strong opposition from industry groups, the California legislature recently approved a bill (AB 2998) banning the use effective from 1 January 2020 of most flame retardant chemicals in ...Read More

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New Bill Would Target Alleged Circumvention of AD/CV Duty Orders by Mainland China

3 Sept 2018

Two lawmakers introduced legislation on 23 August aimed at thwarting what they allege is a “sophisticated and government-backed effort” by mainland China to circumvent U.S. AD and CV duty orders. Acco...Read More

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Talks Begin with Canada on Preliminary U.S.-Mexico Trade Agreement

30 Aug 2018

The United States has begun discussions with Canada on that country’s possible inclusion in the preliminary trade agreement that the United States and Mexico announced on 27 August....Read More

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U.S. and Mexico Reach Preliminary Trade Deal

28 Aug 2018

The White House announced on 27 August that the United States has secured a preliminary trade agreement in principle with Mexico that modernises and rebalances the bi-lateral trade relationship. While...Read More

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Little Progress in U.S.-Mainland China Talks as Trade Restrictions Increase

27 Aug 2018

No agreements were announced following two days of talks in Washington during the week of 20 August on resolving trade irritants between the United States and mainland China....Read More

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U.S. Think Tank Urges USTR to Use GSP Benefits as Trade Enforcement Tool

23 Aug 2018

A U.S. think tank is calling on USTR to terminate the GSP duty-free benefits of nations that “utilize mercantilist trade policies, including those that enact modern barriers to trade, such as data loc...Read More

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U.S. to Talk Trade with Mainland China but Expectations Should be Kept in Check

20 Aug 2018

The United States will host a mainland Chinese delegation in Washington during the week of 20 August to discuss various trade issues of concern. The U.S. delegation will be chaired by David Malpass, u...Read More

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Section 301 Tariff Exemption for U.S. Goods Returned Narrowed Significantly

16 Aug 2018

Effective 23 August, the use of a provision allowing goods assembled abroad from U.S. components to avoid the additional 25 percent tariff imposed on imports from mainland China will be narrowed signi...Read More

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FIRRMA/CFIUS Legislation Enacted into Law

16 Aug 2018

President Trump on 13 August signed into law a defence authorisation bill that also includes the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) to reform and expand the operation of the Com...Read More

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U.S. Flexes Trade Muscle Against Turkey as High-Ranking Senate Lawmaker Voices Concern About Section 232 Product Exclusion Process

14 Aug 2018

President Trump announced in a 10 August tweet that he has authorised the doubling of Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminium from Turkey, showcasing his willingness to play hardball on trade matte...Read More

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Reminder: New California Proposition 65 Warning Requirements to Enter into Force 30 August

14 Aug 2018

California’s new warning requirements under Proposition 65 are slated to enter into force on 30 August. The new regulations will require more detailed information in Proposition 65 safe harbour warnin...Read More

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Multiple Bills Propose to Delay or Prevent Section 232 Auto Tariffs

10 Aug 2018

A bi-partisan group of senators led by Sen. Doug Jones (Democrat-Alabama), along with four Republican lawmakers, introduced on 25 July the Automotive Jobs Act of 2018 (S. 3266)....Read More

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USTR Finalises Second Tranche of Additional Tariffs on Mainland Chinese Products

8 Aug 2018

USTR has finalised a proposal to extend the 25 percent tariff that the United States imposed 6 July on US$34 billion worth of mainland Chinese goods to an additional US$16 billion worth of imports fro...Read More

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Deadline for Input on Proposed 25 Percent Tariff on US$200 Billion Worth of Imports from Mainland China Now 6 September

8 Aug 2018

USTR has set 6 September, rather than the previously announced 5 September, as the new deadline to submit written comments and post-hearing rebuttal comments in connection with a proposal to increase ...Read More

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