DOC News: Export Regulations Meeting, Softwood Lumber Subsidies
Export Regulations Committee to Meet
The Bureau of Industry and Security’s Regulations and Procedures Technical Advisory Committee will hold a partially open meeting June 4 in Washington, D.C. This committee advises BIS on the implementation of the Export Administration Regulations and provides for continuing review to update the EAR as needed.
The public session of this meeting will include updates on export enforcement, export regulations, and the Automated Export System as well as working group reports. Those wishing to participate in this meeting in person or via teleconference should notify BIS no later than May 29.
Softwood Lumber Subsidy Programs Subject of Comment Request
The International Trade Administration is inviting public comments by June 10 on any subsidies provided by certain countries exporting softwood lumber or softwood lumber products to the U.S. during the period July 1 through Dec. 31, 2018. Comments should include the name of the country that provided the subsidy, the name of the subsidy program, a brief (no more than three to four sentence) description of the subsidy program, and the government body or authority that provided the subsidy.
Given the large number of countries that export softwood lumber or softwood lumber products to the U.S., the ITA is only interested in subsidies provided by countries whose exports accounted for at least one percent of total U.S. imports of softwood lumber by quantity, as classified under HTSUS 4407.10.01, 4407.11.00, 4407.12.00, 4407.19.05, 4407.19.06, and 4407.19.10, during this period. Official U.S. import data published by the International Trade Commission indicate that only Brazil, Canada, Germany, and Sweden met this criterion.