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Following the U.S. removal of Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum products from Canada and Mexico, both countries have officially lifted their retaliatory tariffs. Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced that effective May 20, 2019, Canada is lifting its retaliatory countermeasures against the U.S. The Mexican Ministry of Economy published, and put into force, a decree on May 20, 2019, eliminating its retaliatory tariffs against the United States. This decree repeals Articles 1, 2, and 9…
Per CBP, “Effective for goods entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time on May 20, 2019, the Section 232 duty on imports of steel and aluminum articles with a country of origin of Canada or Mexico will no longer be in effect.” The Cargo Systems Messaging Service message also provides the following filing information for imports of “steel mill and aluminum articles with a country of…
In a soon to be published Federal Register Notice, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced a proposed additional ad valorem duty of up to 25 percent on products from China with an annual trade value of an estimated $300 billion. The proposed product list (“List 4”) is located in the Annex to the notice and covers 3,805 full and partial tariff subheadings. The USTR indicated in a press release that these proposed tariffs cover…
In a soon to be published Federal Register Notice, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is modifying its May 9, 2019 notice increasing tariffs on Section 301 List 3 goods from 10 percent to 25 percent on May 10. The May 9 notice included an “on water” exception for items exported to the United States that were in transit before May 10 (i.e., they are not subject to 25 percent tariffs). The modification from USTR states all Section…
Published today in the Federal Register is the United States Trade Representative (USTR) notice increasing tariffs on Chinese goods worth $200 billion (also known as “List 3”) from 10 percent to 25 percent effective May 10, 2019. Unlike past Section 301 notices of this type, this contains an “on water” exception. The annex to the notice reads the effective date includes goods (i) entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouses for consumption, on or after 12:01 a.m. eastern…
According to a Federal Register Notice to be published on May 9, 2019, tariffs on Chinese goods worth $200 billion (also known as “List 3”) will be increased from 10 percent to 25 percent effective Friday, May 10, 2019. The notice also announces that the United States Trade Representative (USTR) will establish a formal exclusion request process for products covered by the September 2018 action [List 3] in order to be excluded from the additional duties. USTR “…will publish…
On April 8, 2019, the Trump administration released a list (see Annex) of $11 billion of European goods threatened with tariffs because of the WTO decision finding that “harmful subsidies” support the aircraft manufacturer Airbus. This case had been in litigation at the WTO for 14 years. It began in 2004 when the United States first challenged European government support for Airbus. The EU then challenged U.S. federal and state support for Boeing. The WTO…
Crowell & Moring has issued its fifth annual report on regulatory trends for in-house counsel. “Regulatory Forecast 2019: What Corporate Counsel Need to Know for the Coming Year” explores a diverse range of regulatory developments coming out of Washington and other leading regulatory centers of power, and it takes a deep dive into international trade—examining the challenges and opportunities that will arise in the year ahead as global businesses compete in the digital…
On Sunday, February 24, 2019, President Trump announced that he will be postponing the scheduled Section 301 tariff increase from 10 percent to 25 percent on $200 billion worth of imported Chinese products due to “substantial progress” in ongoing trade negotiations between the two countries. The tariff increase was originally scheduled for this Saturday, March 2, 2019. We cannot confirm that this will occur because the postponement is not official until the Office of the U.S.…
On January 31, 2019, e.l.f. Cosmetics, Inc. (“ELF”) agreed to pay $996,080 to settle its potential civil liability for 156 apparent violations of the North Korea Sanctions Regulations (NKSR). Elf is a cosmetics company headquartered in Oakland, California. (Stephan) ELF appeared to have violated § 510.201(c)1 of the NKSR by importing 156 shipments of false eyelash kits from two suppliers located in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) that contained materials sourced by these…