International Trade & Supply Chain

In Husch Blackwell’s January 2020 Trade Law Newsletter, you’ll learn about the following updates in international trade and supply chain law.

  • President Trump Signs USMCA
  • Expansion of Section 232 Steel and Aluminum tariffs to cover certain derivative articles
  • U.S. and China Sign Phase One Trade Agreement
  • U.S., EU, and Japan Trade Ministers Issue Joint

President Trump signed the implementing legislation for the USMCA yesterday, making the United States the second of the three countries, after Mexico last December, to sign the agreement.  The USMCA will not take effect until 90 days after it is ratified by Canada. The Liberals currently operate a minority government, and while the Conservatives have

In a surprise announcement after hours on Friday January 24, 2020, the White House announced that it plans to impose an additional 25 percent tariff on some steel articles and 10 percent on some aluminum articles starting February 8, 2020 under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.  A proclamation issued by the

On January 23, 2020, Petitioner Arkema Inc. filed a petition for the imposition of antidumping duties on imports of difluoromethane (R-32), a hydrofluorocarbon gas, from the People’s Republic of China.


Based on the product description and production process described in the sections below, this petition requests the following scope language:


In a January 10th Executive Order, President Trump expanded sanctions on Iran after a ballistic missile attack on two American military bases in Iraq.  Executive Order 13902 expands secondary sanctions on Iran to include “significant” or “material” support transactions between non-U.S. persons and Iran’s construction, mining, manufacturing, and textiles sectors as potentially sanctionable

Today, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) passed the U.S. Senate by a vote of 89 to 10.  While some Senators expressed disapproval over the deal for various reasons, passage of the USMCA enjoyed a great deal of bipartisan support after Democrats in the House of Representatives negotiated for more labor enforcement mechanisms that earned the endorsement

White HouseAt a White House ceremony on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He met to sign Phase 1 of the Trade Deal that has been negotiated since May 2019 in order to end any further escalation in the trade war between the two countries.  The agreement consists of

On January 15, 2020, Petitioner Coalition of American Vertical Engine Producers filed a petition for the imposition of antidumping and countervailing duties on imports of vertical shaft engines between 225cc and 999cc, and parts thereof from the People’s Republic of China.


The physical characteristics of the covered products, which define the

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued a joint statement with the trade ministers of Japan and the European Union (EU) following a meeting between the three ministers on January 14, 2020.  The joint statement announces the three economic powers’ frustrations with the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) current countervailable subsidy measures and their

On January 9, 2020, the Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) initiated the antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of imports of forged steel fluid end blocks from China (CVD only), Germany, India, and Italy.  For more detailed information, please refer to the Department’s Factsheet.

The investigations will now proceed to the next step,