International Trade & Supply Chain

In Husch Blackwell’s September 2019 Trade Newsletter you’ll find international trade and supply chain updates including presidential actions, U.S. Department of Commerce Decisions, U.S. International Trade Commission Proceedings, U.S. Customs & Border Protection Decisions, Court of International Trade Decisions, Federal Court of Appeals Decisions, and Export Controls and Sanctions.

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On October 2, 2019, the World Trade Organization (WTO) Arbitrator ruled in favor of the United States and Boeing in its dispute against the European Union and Airbus on the subsidies provided by the E.U. to Airbus. The ruling permits the U.S. to levy retaliatory tariffs on approximately $7.5 billion worth of European exports to

On September 25, 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced a new bilateral trade deal between the U.S. and Japan. According to the Office of the USTR, Japan will reduce or eliminate tariffs for certain American agricultural goods, while the U.S. will reduce or eliminate tariffs for certain agricultural imports from Japan. American agricultural goods

BIS Extends Huawei Temporary General License with Major Changes and Adds New Affiliates to Entity List

In May of 2019, the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) added Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. (“Huawei”) and sixty-eight of its affiliated companies to BIS’s Entity List.  These designations prohibit anyone, anywhere

Court of International Trade

Summary of Decisions

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On August 1, 2019, the CIT remanded Commerce’s remand redetermination in the administrative review of carbon and certain alloy steel wire rod from Mexico. The court found that Commerce’s remand results did not comply with the court’s order and the decision by Commerce to apply a 40.52% AFA-rate to Plaintiff Deacero is unsupported by substantial evidence.

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On August 1, 2019, the court sustained Commerce’s remand redetermination in the first administrative review of steel concrete reinforcing bar from Mexico. The CIT found that Commerce’s decision not to collapse six non-producing fixed asset owning companies on remand complied with the court’s order and was supported by substantial evidence. Additionally, Commerce’s reliance on the cost experiences of the collapsed fixed asset owners to value the non-collapsed companies and decision not to apply total or partial facts available with an adverse inference to the respondent were sustained.


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Section 701/731 Proceedings

Investigations

  • Magnesium from Israel: On August 5, 2019, the ITC released the schedule of the final phase of Countervailing Duty and Antidumping Duty Investigations.
  • Fresh Tomatoes from Mexico: On August 7, 2019, the ITC released the schedule of the final phase of the Antidumping Duty Investigation.
  • Steel Propane Cylinders from the People’s Republic of China and Thailand: On August 9, 2019, the ITC released the final determinations for both the Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty Investigations.
  • Vertical Metal File Cabinets from the People’s Republic of China: On August 21, 2019, the ITC released the schedule of the final phase of the Countervailing Duty and Antidumping Duty Investigations.
  • Glycine from Thailand: On August 21, 2019, the ITC announced in its final determination that it would be terminating the Countervailing Duty Investigation.
  • Glycine from Thailand: On August 23, 2019, the ITC announced the final schedule of the final phase of the Antidumping Duty Investigation.
  • Acetone from Belgium, Korea, Singapore, South Africa, and Spain: On August 26, 2019, the ITC released the schedule of the final phase of the Antidumping Duty Investigation.
  • Carbon and Alloy Steel Threaded Rod from the People’s Republic of China, India, Taiwan, and Thailand: On August 27, 2019, the ITC released the schedule of the final phase of the Countervailing Duty and Antidumping Duty Investigations.
  • Steel Trailer Wheels from the People’s Republic of China: On August 28, 2019, the ITC announced in its final determination that imports of the subject merchandise have caused material injury to a U.S. industry.


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Investigations

  • Glycine from Thailand: On August 5, 2019, Commerce released its final negative Countervailing Duty determination and final negative Critical Circumstances determination.
  • Glycine from Thailand: On August 5, 2019, Commerce released its final determination in the Antidumping Duty Investigation and final affirmative determination of Critical Circumstances in Part.
  • Aluminum Extrusions from the People’s Republic of China: On August 12, 2019, Commerce announced the final affirmative determination of Circumvention of the Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty Orders.
  • Steel Propane Cylinders from the People’s Republic of China and Thailand: On August 15, 2019, Commerce released the amended final determinations in the Antidumping Duty Investigation.
  • Refillable Stainless Steel Kegs from Mexico: On August 19, 2019, Commerce released the final affirmative determination in the Antidumping Duty Investigation and final determination of Critical Circumstances.
  • Certain Polyester Staple Fiber from the Republic of Korea: On August 28, 2019, Commerce issued a notice of the final results of the Antidumping Duty Changed Circumstances Review.


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President Trump Announces Tariffs on $300 Billion of Chinese Products

On Thursday, August 1, 2019, President Trump announced via twitter an additional 10% tariff on $300 billion worth of Chinese products (“List 4”). This is the fourth round of tariffs in the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China. The List 4 tariffs were proposed on May 13, 2019 (see our previous post here).

President Trump indicated that the tariffs will begin on September 1, 2019 at a 10% duty rate and come as a result of China not purchasing large quantities of U.S. agricultural products and its continued sales of fentanyl. To see the full post on President Trump’s tariffs, click here.


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Court of International Trade

Summary of Decisions

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On July 1, 2019, in the ongoing antidumping and countervailing duty orders on aluminum extrusions from the People’s Republic of China, the Court concluded that jurisdiction over this action exists because Plaintiff Perfectus’s complaint seeking review of the scope ruling was filed within thirty days of the mailing by post of that ruling as required by statute and was therefore timely and the Court sustains Commerce’s finding that the pallet products fall within the plain language of the scope of the Orders.

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On July 2, 2019, in the classification case of stringed light sets, the Court granted Plaintiff Target’s motion for summary judgment and denied the Defendant’s cross-motion. The CIT concluded that the subject merchandise based on the principal of use and commercial fungibility with other products was incorrectly classified by Customs. In the Opinion, the CIT stated, “there can be no genuine issue of material fact that the lighting sets at issue are not principally used as Christmas tree lights and are not fungible with Christmas tree lights.”


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U.S. International Trade Commission

Section 701/731 Proceedings

Investigations
  • Quartz Surface Products from the People’s Republic of China: On July 5, 2019, the ITC released the final determinations in the Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty Investigations.
  • Steel Trailer Wheels from the People’s Republic of China: On July 23, 2019, the ITC released the final revised schedule for the Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Investigations.
  • Polyester Textured Yarn from the People’s Republic of China: On July 29, 2019, the ITC released the final schedules for the Final Phase of the Countervailing Duty and Antidumping Duty Investigations.

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