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The Trump administration has announced plans to impose tariff increases on imports of various goods from the European Union and France as well as steel and aluminum products from Brazil and Argentina. It also appears increasingly likely that the tariff increase on List 4B goods from China will take effect Dec. 15 as scheduled.
Updating customs broker requirements, encouraging the use of prior disclosures, and requiring electronic filing of bonds are among the U.S. Customs and Border Protection regulations listed in the semiannual regulatory agendas of the departments of Homeland Security and the Treasury, which list the following regulations affecting international trade that could be issued within the next year.
The Department of Commerce has issued a proposed rule laying out the process and procedures that the agency intends to use to identify, assess, and address certain ICTS transactions that pose an undue risk to critical infrastructure or the digital economy in the U.S., or an unacceptable risk to U.S. national security or the safety of U.S. persons.
Additional exclusions from the Section 301 additional 25 percent tariff on List 3 goods from China have been announced by USTR. Affected products include certain electric lamps, outdoor tables, folding chairs and tables, vacuum cleaners, starter motors, bicycles, carts, canoes, and foldable stepladders.
The Environmental Protection Agency is banning effective Nov. 23 the manufacture (including import), processing, and distribution of methylene chloride in all paint removers for consumer use.
The State Department has imposed a $1 million civil penalty and a number of compliance measures as part of a consent agreement settling charges that a U.S. company registered as a broker, manufacturer, and exporter of defense articles committed ten violations of the Arms Export Control Act and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations.
The amount of trade covered by new import-restrictive measures imposed by major economies during the period May to October 2019 totaled $460.9 billion, a recent World Trade Organization report finds.
The president’s authority to impose national security-related tariffs has limits, the Court of International Trade ruled Nov. 15, a decision that could yield refunds of some Section 232 tariffs on steel products and have an impact on potential tariffs on automobiles and auto parts.
The Bureau of Industry and Security announced Nov. 18 that it will extend for another 90 days, through Feb. 16, 2020, a temporary general license authorizing specific, limited engagements in transactions involving the export, reexport, and transfer of items subject to the Export Administration to Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and 114 of its non-U.S. affiliates on the Entity List.
The Bureau of Industry and Security has imposed a $136,000 civil penalty against a U.S. company to settle charges that it exported electric cattle prods, which are controlled on crime control grounds, to Venezuela, Mexico, South Africa, and the Czech Republic without the required export licenses.
Neither negotiations nor other measures taken as part of the U.S.-China trade dispute now in its second year have yet had any significant impact on resolving “decades of unfair Chinese economic policies and trade-distorting practices,” according to the most recent annual report from the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.
President Trump said Nov. 12 that if the U.S. and China are unable to finalize the “phase one” trade agreement they are currently negotiating he will “substantially raise” existing import tariffs on Chinese goods. He also warned of similar measures against “other countries that mistreat us.”
The amount of antidumping and countervailing duties that have gone uncollected by U.S. Customs and Border Protection since 2001 has increased from $2.3 billion to $4.5 billion in the last three years, according to new information from the Government Accountability Office. CBP and the Commerce Department continue to make efforts to address this problem but with apparently limited success.
The process for submitting petitions for tariff suspensions and reductions under the miscellaneous trade bill process opened Oct. 11 and will close Dec. 10. Petitions may seek new suspensions or reductions or a continuation of those approved in the most recent MTB, which will expire Dec. 31, 2020.
Additional exclusions from the Section 301 additional 25 percent tariff on List 3 goods from China have been announced by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Affected products include certain floor tiles and coverings, pet leashes, fence panels, fabrics and yarns, extension cords, folding chairs and stools, tools, and vehicle wheels.
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U.S. tariff increases have resulted in a substantial decline in imports from China and a corresponding increase in shipments from the European Union, Mexico, Taiwan, and Vietnam, according to a new report from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. The report also finds that the tariffs are hurting the U.S. in the form of higher consumer prices.
China is reportedly pushing harder to roll back U.S. tariffs on its goods as part of the “phase 1” bilateral trade agreement the two sides are currently negotiating. In the meantime, a new World Trade Organization ruling could give Beijing further leverage in the talks.
Footwear importers have until Nov. 15 to file comments in opposition to U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s proposal to change its treatment of textile upper footwear that has been classified as “non-athletic” because the uppers are embroidered or decorated with sequins. Under this proposal the duty rate on such footwear would jump from 9 percent to 20 percent.
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative reports that a World Trade Organization dispute panel has agreed that India provides prohibited export subsidies worth more than $7 billion annually to Indian producers of steel products, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, information technology products, textiles, and apparel.