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6/3/2020

The Trump administration announced June 2 a new Section 301 investigation into digital services taxes adopted or under consideration by Austria, Brazil, the Czech Republic, the European Union, India, Indonesia, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. This investigation could result in tariffs or other restrictions on imports from these trading partners if consultations do not yield a successful resolution.

6/3/2020
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6/2/2020

An extension for up to 12 months of three additional sets of exclusions from the Section 301 tariff on List 3 goods from China is under consideration by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Comments may be submitted from June 8 through July 7.

6/2/2020
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6/1/2020

President Trump announced May 29 a change in U.S. policy that will have a significant impact on imports from and exports to Hong Kong.

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5/29/2020

U.S. Customs and Border Protection saw a major rise in duties collected on textile goods in the second quarter of fiscal year 2020 as well as increases in some enforcement measures over the previous year.

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5/28/2020

Criteria for determining which foreign investment transactions involving U.S. critical technology are subject to mandatory declaration requirements would be revised under a new Treasury Department proposed rule.

5/28/2020
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5/25/2020

Dozens of additional goods are being excluded from the Section 301 additional 25 percent tariff on List 3 goods from China. Importers of covered goods should act now to obtain refunds of any tariffs paid on such goods since Sept. 24, 2018.

5/25/2020
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5/22/2020

Importers, exporters, and others have a new avenue for seeking relief from pending and future federal enforcement actions under an executive order signed May 19 by President Trump as part of an expanding effort to restore U.S. economic health in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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5/21/2020

U.S. importers anticipating significant downward adjustments in the price of their goods due to COVID-19 and other market disruptions may have a unique opportunity to achieve substantial duty savings.

5/21/2020
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5/20/2020

Effective May 15, the Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs has amended its procedural guidelines for the development and maintenance of a list of foreign-made goods it has reason to believe are produced by child labor or forced labor in violation of international standards.

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5/18/2020

The U.S. has announced an unprecedented step that will further restrict exports to China’s Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and is warning of possible limitations on a temporary license allowing some exports to Huawei and its affiliates.

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5/15/2020

Companies importing goods from China may be eligible and can apply for retroactive refunds of Section 301 duties, but time is running short and the process is proving to be complicated and burdensome.

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5/14/2020

These exclusions are available for any product that meets the specified product description, regardless of whether the importer filed an exclusion request.

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5/13/2020

The U.S. should take steps to improve the effectiveness of the trade transparency units it has set up to combat trade-based money laundering, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

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5/11/2020

The U.S. trade deficit in goods and services jumped 11.6 percent in March as trade volumes continued to plummet amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, China did not top the list of trading partners with which the U.S. has a monthly trade deficit for the first time in many years.

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5/8/2020

Auto parts, furniture, household items, and bags are among the latest exclusions from the Section 301 additional 25 percent tariff on List 3 goods from China announced by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

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5/7/2020

Utilizing CBP’s reconciliation program and ensuring that their related-party prices meet CBP’s requirements not only permit companies to take advantage of any retroactive transfer price adjustments by reducing previously declared dutiable values, thereby lowering duty liability, but they also help provide much needed liquidity.

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5/6/2020

Lawmakers and business groups are intensifying their calls for tariff relief in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, aided by a new International Trade Commission report.

5/6/2020
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5/5/2020

An extension for up to 12 months of almost all the exclusions granted thus far from the Section 301 tariff on List 3 goods from China is under consideration by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Comments may be submitted until June 8.

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