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A phase one trade agreement with China, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, and other trade deals and negotiations helped lower foreign trade barriers to U.S. exports in 2019, according to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s annual National Trade Estimate report.
Left without a functioning method for resolving trade disputes at the World Trade Organization after the Appellate Body ceased to function in December 2019, more than a dozen WTO members announced March 27 their own arrangement that they said will provide an “independent and impartial” appeal mechanism.
Trade policy can be a tool to decrease the economic harm to the U.S. from the COVID-19 pandemic, 12 senators told President Trump in a March 25 letter. In particular, they said, the U.S. should continue to focus on creating new export opportunities while considering short- and long-term measures to restore confidence in the global economy.
Federal trade regulatory agencies have recently announced the following with regard to their operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Countries around the world are taking a variety of measures to ensure adequate access to and supplies of medical goods to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Just days after announcing that importers could submit individual requests for duty payment delays in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has reversed course and said it is no longer accepting such requests.
Companies are beginning to push for legislation directing U.S. Customs and Border Protection to suspend all import tariffs for 90 days as part of broader efforts now underway to aid the U.S. economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Foods, bags, clothing, auto parts, and more 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.
Federal trade regulatory agencies have announced the following with regard to their operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has made the following announcements in response to the operational impacts that COVID-19 is having on the agency and the trade community.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced that, effective March 11, it is limiting a court decision on the classification of locking pliers to (a) the goods in the specific entries before the court in that case and (b) locking pliers identical to those goods in all material respects.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has added some functionality to its Automated Commercial Environment deployment schedule, delayed the deployment of some other functions, and confirmed the deployment of still others.
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More exclusions from the Section 301 additional tariffs on List 3 goods (currently 25 percent) and List 4A goods (currently 7.5 percent) from China have been announced by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s annual report on China’s compliance with its World Trade Organization accession commitments details complaints on a number of issues the U.S. wants to address in a phase two trade agreement.
The Bureau of Industry and Security announced March 10 that it will extend for another 45 days, through May 15, a temporary general license authorizing certain exports to Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and 114 of its non-U.S. affiliates on the Entity List. BIS is also seeking input by March 25 on future extensions of a TGL under the EAR.
USTR has announced the first exclusions from the Section 301 additional tariff on List 4A goods from China. The exclusions cover various medical and related products, such as plastic laboratory ware, medical gloves, certain surgical drapes, certain soap and organic surface-active products and preparations, and nonwoven disposable apparel designed for use in hospitals, clinics, laboratories, or contaminated areas.
USTR and the departments of Commerce and Agriculture will hold separate field hearings in Plant City, Florida (April 7) and Valdosta, Georgia (April 9) to hear from interested parties on trade distorting policies that may be causing harm to U.S. seasonal and perishable producers and contributing to unfair pricing in the U.S. market.
The Trump administration plans to continue its tough trade policies in 2020 but also intends to pursue several high-profile trade liberalization initiatives, according to the administration’s fourth annual trade policy agenda.