On September 1, 2020 the Office of the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”), Department of Agriculture, and Department of Commerce issued a 32-page report outlining the Trump Administration’s plan to address increased foreign imports of perishable fruits and vegetables.  One of the actions included in the inter-agency plan was for USTR to request that the

On September 1, 2020 the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), Department of Agriculture, and Department of Commerce issued a 32-page report outlining the Trump Administration’s plan to address increased foreign imports of perishable fruits and vegetables.  Following the public hearings held in August, the Administration published this report in hopes to open a dialogue with senior Mexican Government officials over the next 90 days regarding specific produce.
Continue Reading USTR, DOC, and Department of Agriculture Issue Plan to Investigate Foreign Imports of Certain Perishable Produce

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) issued extensions for previously granted product exclusions under List 4 of the Section 301 tariffs on imports from China.  USTR is extending the duty exemptions for only 87 of the approximately 248 product exclusions published to date under List 4, allowing for more than 150 to expire on September 1, 2020. The products for which exclusions have not been extended will be subject to the 7.5% tariff beginning on September 2, 2020.
Continue Reading USTR Grants Extensions to Some Section 301 List 4 Product Exclusions, Allowing Most to Expire

On August 21, 2020, the United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and European Union (EU) Commissioner Phil Hogan issued a joint statement, announcing that both parties would reduce tariffs on certain goods. Specifically, the EU has agreed to eliminate tariffs on imports of U.S. live and frozen lobster products. The elimination of these tariffs

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) issued two (2) new product exclusions pertaining to the Section 301 List 3 tariffs.  The current tariff is 25%.  The new exclusions include 2 specific product descriptions that together cover 2 separate exclusion requests.  According to the USTR, the product exclusions apply retroactively from September 24, 2018

The United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) issued new product exclusions pertaining to the Section 301 List 4A tariffs.  The current tariff is 7.5%.  The new exclusions include one ten-digit HTS subheadings and 9 specific product descriptions that together cover 25 separate exclusion requests.  The full list of excluded products is available here.  According to