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A California company and its CEO have been assessed a $221,000 civil penalty by the Bureau of Industry and Security to settle a claim that they violated the Export Administration Regulations. BIS is also requiring these two entities to ensure that an unaffiliated third-party consultant with expertise in U.S. export control laws completes two audits of the company’s export controls compliance program.
The U.S. rescinded June 1 the exemptions it had temporarily provided to the European Union, Canada, and Mexico from the additional import duties on steel and aluminum that were imposed as of March 23. As a result, these trading partners have threatened to retaliate against a broad range of U.S. products within the next few weeks.
In a final determination under the Enforce and Protect Act, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has found substantial evidence that a U.S. company evaded the antidumping duty order on oil country tubular goods from Vietnam.
A new program to facilitate imports will not launch this year as expected, but the Food and Drug Administration is encouraging importers to get a head start on the application process for next year to improve their chances of being approved to participate.
Just a week after saying it would suspend the imposition of an additional 25 percent tariff on $50 billion worth of imports from China, the Trump administration has announced plans to move ahead on this and other measures in response to a Section 301 investigation concluding that Beijing is coercing U.S. companies into transferring their technology and intellectual property to Chinese enterprises.
A press release from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative suggests that the U.S. wants to resolve several outstanding trade issues before it will seriously consider a potential free trade agreement with the Philippines.
The Department of Commerce announced May 23 its self-initiation of an investigation under section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 to determine whether imports of automobiles (including SUVs, vans, and light trucks) and auto parts are harming U.S. national security.
Enhancements to the Automated Commercial Environment for de minimis shipments, the importer ID form, foreign-trade zone entries, Centers of Excellence and Expertise, and customs broker national permits are among those that U.S. Customs and Border Protection anticipates making in fiscal year 2018 thanks to a congressional appropriation of $30 million.
New rules on seafood trade as well as proposed and final rules on topics such as the International Trade Data System, export procedures, and food facility registration are among the regulations set forth in the semiannual regulatory agendas recently issued by a number of federal agencies.
The White House will suspend plans to levy an additional 25 percent tariff on $50 billion worth of imports from China in response to a Section 301 investigation concluding that Beijing is coercing U.S. companies into transferring their technology and intellectual property to Chinese enterprises.
The European Union has notified to the World Trade Organization two lists of U.S. exports to the 28-member bloc that could be hit with higher tariffs unless the U.S. exempts the EU from additional import duties on steel and aluminum that were imposed as of March 23.
The Trump administration is expected to begin taking steps to ease the United States’ dependency on imports of 35 minerals deemed by the Department of the Interior to be critical to U.S. security and economic prosperity. Such steps are likely to include efforts to reduce imports, boost domestic production, and find viable alternatives.
The Trump administration said May 15 it “will have to move forward with countermeasures” on European Union products if the EU does not end subsidies to large aircraft manufacturer Airbus.
In an unusual move that elicited bipartisan criticism, President Trump said he is directing the Commerce Department to help a Chinese company recently hit with a seven-year export ban “get back into business, fast.”