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Importers, foreign governments, and others have until March 26 to request changes to the lists of products and countries eligible for duty-free treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences.
President Trump recently announced that he will not impose national security-related import restrictions on titanium sponge, and the reason he gave offers some hope that he will refrain from similar measures against automobiles and auto parts.
An extension for up to 12 months of the fourth set of exclusions from the Section 301 additional tariff imposed on List 1 goods from China is under consideration by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Comments may be submitted between March 12 and April 12.
A long-awaited regulatory change is reducing the number of goods containing plant materials that will require an import declaration under the Lacey Act.
The phase one trade agreement the U.S. recently concluded with China does not sufficiently address many of the most significant problems in the bilateral trade relationship, lawmakers and witnesses said during a Feb. 26 hearing before the House Ways and Means Committee. However, some witnesses said prospects for concluding a subsequent phase two agreement that does tackle those problems are uncertain at best.
The U.S. and India said this week they are working to conclude a bilateral trade agreement despite the persistence of disagreement on key issues.
China has taken a number of actions, on schedule, to begin implementing its agriculture-related commitments under the U.S.-China phase one trade agreement, according to information from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the Department of Agriculture.
Requirements for certain exports to Russia and Yemen will be toughened under a new Bureau of Industry and Security final rule that takes effect Feb. 24. BIS states that this rule is the first step in a larger effort to restructure and realign the country groups set forth in Supplement No. 1 to Part 740 of the Export Administration Regulations.
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. ACE functionality, including data reports, can help importers and others boost compliance and duty savings efforts.
Affected products include titanium dioxide, rubber sunroof stoppers, stuff sacks, leather mobile device covers, wood flooring, desk accessories, various fabrics, portable outdoor cookers, aluminum shovels, car polishing devices, fuel filters, digital scales, steel jacks, irrigation canal valves, AC motors, power supplies, electrical inverters, copper cable lugs, printed circuit board assemblies, electric conductors, wooden toddler beds, wooden fireplace mantels, and office furniture parts.
Higher import tariffs recently imposed on steel and aluminum derivative products remain in effect despite a recent court ruling suspending the collection of such tariffs with respect to one company.
The U.S. is revising the list of European Union goods subject to additional tariffs in a long-running aircraft subsidy dispute and increasing the additional tariff on large civil aircraft. These changes will take effect March 5 and March 18, respectively.
The Bureau of Industry and Security announced Feb. 13 that it will extend for 45 days, through April 1, a temporary general license authorizing certain exports to Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and 114 of its non-U.S. affiliates on the Entity List. The announcement came as the Department of Justice announced new criminal charges against Huawei and legislation that would further restrict exports to Huawei was introduced in the Senate.
Importers should review the list of affected goods and apply for refunds of any tariffs paid on such goods since July 6, 2018. These exclusions are available for any product that meets the specified product description, regardless of whether the importer filed an exclusion request.
In response to a recent reduction in the U.S. Section 301 tariffs on imports from China, that country’s Ministry of Finance has announced a reciprocal reduction in its additional tariffs on U.S. goods.
A recent regulatory change will make it easier for the U.S. to impose countervailing duties on imports from Brazil, India, South Africa, and a number of other countries.
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the U.S. wants a “comprehensive, high-standard” deal “that can serve as a model for additional agreements across Africa.” Press sources note that the U.S. is looking to the Kenya deal, and others it could spawn across the continent, to help counter the growing influence of China in the region.
An extension for up to 12 months of the third set of exclusions from the Section 301 additional tariff imposed on List 1 goods from China is under consideration by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Comments may be submitted between Feb. 16 and March 16.
New enforcement actions aimed at e-commerce are the focus of a recent executive order from President Trump, who said this sector “is being exploited by traffickers to introduce contraband into the United States, and by foreign exporters and United States importers to avoid applicable customs duties, taxes, and fees.”