The President signed on Friday, February 15, 2019, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, an appropriations bill to keep the government fully open. In the Joint Explanatory Statement (JES) from the House Appropriations Committee that accompanied the bill, Congress directs the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to create an exclusion process for the third tranche of Section 301 tariffs on China “no later than 30 days after the enactment of this Act, following the same procedures as those in rounds 1 and 2….”  This language does not tie a round 3 exclusion process to the level of the tariff (10% or 25%).  Significantly, though, this language in the JES was not included as part of the bill signed by the President and is therefore not legally binding.  Nevertheless, the JES expresses Congress’ intent and indicates that Congress expects USTR to begin an exclusion process covering goods on List 3 no later than March 17, 2019. Continue Reading Congress Directs USTR to Implement List 3 Exclusion Process by March 17, 2019

Yesterday, Beau JacksonRobert Stang and Linda Tiller joined manufacturers, distributors and service providers in Kansas City for a discussion about the impact of tariffs on the business community. This insightful program included economic, industry and legal perspectives on current trade conditions and the various implications of recently-imposed tariffs.

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2019 Kansas City Manufacturing & Distribution Summit

 

The U.S. is expected to make an announcement on whether India will retain eligibility under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program within the next two weeks according to unidentified sources cited by Reuters. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is currently reviewing the eligibility of Indian products for duty-free entry into the U.S. under GSP as a response to petitions from the dairy and medical device industries. On November 1, 2018, USTR suspended GSP tariff reductions on 90 imports from India worth $75 billion including textiles, chemicals, and musical instruments. Continue Reading GSP Status for India in Question

Carlos Rodriguez, Husch Blackwell LLP partner and Transportation Counsel for the New York/New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association Inc., will be participating in a panel on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. Continue Reading Upcoming Transportation and Trade Forum with NY/NJ Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association

On February 4, 2019, Petitioner American Institute of Steel Construction, LLC filed a petition for the imposition of antidumping and countervailing duties on imports of Certain Fabricated Structural Steel from Canada, Mexico, and China. Continue Reading Petition Summary: Certain Fabricated Structural Steel from Canada, Mexico, and China

On Sunday, January 27, 2019, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) announced the lifting of sanctions imposed on En+ Group plc (“En+”), UC Rusal plc (“Rusal”) and JSC EuroSibEnergo (“ESE”).  As previously reported here, this announcement follows the Administration’s notification submitted to Congress on December 19, 2018. Continue Reading OFAC Lifts Sanctions on EN+, Rusal and EuroSibEnergo

President Trump announced on Friday, January 25, that he and Congress reached a deal to temporarily fund the agencies affected by the partial government shutdown until February 15, 2019. Congress voted to pass the funding bill late Friday night. Continue Reading Furloughed Government Agencies Reopen…Temporarily

With the government shutdown entering its fourth week and with no end in sight, a number of federal agencies are feeling the pressure. The Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission have been effectively shuttered for the past four weeks and recently the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released a short statement indicating that they had begun furloughing nonessential personnel. A number of other agencies and departments have also had their work affected or completely suspended. Outlined below is a brief analysis the current shutdown is having on those federal agencies which are critical to imports, exports, and international trade.

Continue Reading How Does the Government Shutdown Affect Trade?