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Views and Input Sought From Stakeholders by May 31, 2019. The European Union (EU) has published its preliminary list of U.S. goods that will be targeted for retaliatory tariffs over subsidies to Boeing. The preliminary list is focused on farm products. Some of the products include: Fish, cheese, agricultural goods such as fruits and vegetables, chocolate, wine, spirit alcohols, lobster, handbags/wallets, tractors, motorcycles/motorcycle parts, helicopters, planes, video game consoles, exercise machines, tobacco, etc. The World…
The UK could receive an extension to the withdrawal period by 3 months or up to 2021 under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. The House of the Commons will have a “meaningful vote” on Theresa May’s revised Brexit deal no later than March 12th, a yes-or-no vote to approve the PM’s plan.   If it fails, then the UK will allow a vote on whether to have a no-deal Brexit and leave…
On February 14, 2019, the House of Commons rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s motion on her approach to Brexit by a majority vote of 303 to 258. While the defeat will have no impact on the March 29th deadline by which time there either needs to be agreement with the EU on the terms for withdrawal or the UK will crash out of the EU with no deal, the loss will make it more difficult…
The European Commission voted to adopt definitive measures on imported steel products from all non-European Economic Area (EEA) countries following the safeguard proceeding launched in March 2018. However, certain countries in which the Commission has signed an Economic Partnership Agreement will be exempted from the scope of the measures. This list includes countries such as Botswana, Cameroon, Fiji, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland. The measures will consist of a country-specific…
Last update on 5/20/2019: Updated China retaliatory tariffs effective June 1; added Canada and Mexico are now exempt from Section 232 Steel and Aluminum tariffs as of 5/20/2019; added Canada and Mexico announcements ending Section 232 retaliatory tariffs as of 5/20/2019; and updated status of Section 232 Autos and Automotive parts investigation. Unofficial spreadsheet with Section 301 List 4 Unofficial spreadsheet with Final 301 list, partial list, and HTS’ removed added. U.S. Trade Actions Action…
The USTR announced on August 3rd that it will review Turkey’s eligibility for the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program that grants duty-free access to the U.S. market. GSP is a U.S. trade program designed to promote economic growth in the developing world by providing preferential duty-free entry for up to 4,800 products from 129 designated beneficiary countries and territories. Concern over Turkey’s “compliance with the GSP market access criterion,” led the USTR to initiate…
On July 24-25, 2018, the Office of the United State Trade Representative (USTR) held public hearings regarding proposed tariffs on approximately $16 billion of Chinese products. Rebuttal comments are due on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. The list identifying these products (also known as “List 2”) was released last month and represents 284 new tariff lines identified by the interagency Section 301 Committee as “benefiting from Chinese industrial policies, including the “Made in China 2025” industrial…
On July 11, 2018, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) opened the docket for China 301 Product Exclusion Requests on regulations.gov. The Docket ID is USTR-2018-0025. The docket includes USTR’s ‘China 301 Product Exclusion Form’. In its July 11 Federal Register Notice describing the procedures to use for product exclusion requests, USTR states, “To assist in review of requests for exclusion, USTR has prepared a request form that will be posted on…
In a notice published on June 20, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced the imposition of an additional ad valorem duty of 25 percent on products from China classified in the 818 subheadings of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) set out in Annex A of the notice in response to China’s alleged acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation included. Note that Annex B…
On June 15, China’s State Council announced it would retaliate against new U.S. tariffs stemming from its Section 301 investigation of China’s unfair trade practices related to the “forced transfer of American technology and intellectual property”. The list of retaliatory tariffs expanded some 106 types of products China originally disclosed in April in response to the U.S. Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum products. China announced that the added tariffs would target $50 billion…