Trump and Trade

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The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has released its report assessing the likely impact of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on the U.S. economy as a whole and on specific industry sectors and the interests of U.S. consumers. The report, United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement: Likely Impact on the U.S. Economy and Specific Industry Sectors (Investigation No. TPA-105-003, USITC Publication 4889, April 2019), was prepared at the request of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and required by…
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has released another list of products that have been granted exclusions from the Section 301 tariffs on imported goods from China, granting exemptions in response to 348 separate exclusion requests for products that meet 21 specially prepared product descriptions. The exclusions cover a wide range of products, including certain pumps, roller machines, water oxidizers/chlorinators, ratchet winches, elevators and conveyors, goods used on forklifts and other work trucks, parts…
In a series of actions on April 17, the Trump administration announced the implementation of additional sanctions on the “Troika of Tyranny” in the Western Hemisphere (see Trump and Trade Update of November 16, 2018). President Donald J. Trump and his National Security Advisor John Bolton have long held that Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua are the cause of great human suffering and the impetus of enormous regional instability, and have increasingly focused the administration’s…
On April 10, 2019, the Coalition for Fair Trade in Ceramic Tile (Coalition) filed petitions with the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) and the U.S. International Trade Commission (Commission) seeking antidumping (ADD) and countervailing (CVD) duties on imports of ceramic tile products from the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The Coalition consists of U.S. ceramic tile producers American Wonder Porcelain, Florida Tile, Inc., Crossville, Inc., Florim USA, Dal-Tile Corporation, Landmark Ceramics, Del Conca USA, Inc.…
On April 9, 2019, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced a $639,023,750 settlement with Standard Chartered Bank (SCB), a UK-based financial institution, over potential civil liability related to alleged violations of the now-repealed U.S. economic sanctions on Burma and Sudan and the continuing sanctions on Cuba, Iran and Syria. Separately, SCB agreed to pay $18,016,283 to settle potential liability for alleged sanctions violations involving Zimbabwe. This agreement is…
In recent weeks the U.S. government has taken two notable steps to further sanction and pressure the Islamic Republic of Iran. On March 26, 2019, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action against 25 individuals and entities by placing them on the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) List. This list includes a network of front companies based in Iran, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey that OFAC stated has…
A World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel ruling, Russia – Measures Concerning Traffic in Transit, issued last week on a member’s use of the WTO’s so-called “national security exception” under Article XXI of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) may have a significant impact on the Trump administration’s application of that exception under U.S. law, Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, to impose tariffs on imports worldwide. Currently,…
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has released its annual National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers that addresses the status of foreign trade and investment barriers to U.S. exports around the world. This report is the U.S. government’s major annual report on the barriers to trade, investment and services that U.S. exporters and other businesses encounter around the world. It covers 65 countries, customs territories and regional associations, including each U.S.…
On March 27, 2019, Cooper Natural Resources, Inc., Elementis Global LLC and Searles Valley Minerals, Inc. filed a petition on behalf of the domestic industry with the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) and the U.S. International Trade Commission (Commission) seeking antidumping duties on imports of sodium sulfate anhydrous (SSA) from Canada. According to the petition, SSA imports from Canada are being sold at less than fair value in the United States, causing material injury and…
On March 25, 2019, the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) denied a challenge to the constitutionality of Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 in a lawsuit brought by the American Institute of International Steel and other steel importers. In a 2-1 decision, the three-judge panel in American Institute for International Steel Inc. et al. v. United States et al., case number 1:18-cv-00152, rejected the plaintiffs’ claims that Section 232 “constitutes…