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In the News: Free Trade Zones, PierPass, Steel Tariffs, Export Control Reform

Monday, March 19, 2018
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Free trade zones are being used to traffic counterfeit goods

“Exports of counterfeit and pirated goods from a country or economy rise in parallel with the number and size of free trade zones it hosts. Comparing growth in free trade zones, measured by the number of firms and employees in the zone, and customs seizure data from around the world shows that establishing a new free trade zone is associated with a 5.9% rise in the value of counterfeit exports from the host economy.”

[Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development]

LA/Long Beach terminals to consider PierPass future

“Last November, PierPass hired two consulting companies … to evaluate two possible reforms to the program. One option was to charge shippers a flat fee, regardless of when they pick up cargo at the port. … The second option … was a port-wide ‘peel-off’ program for containers. … The peel-off operates very similar to the way that taxi drivers at an airport just pick up the next passenger waiting at a taxi stand and then take them to where they want to go, without knowing who they are or what their destination is before they get into the cab.”

[American Shipper]

U.S. wants export caps in return for scrapping tariffs

“The United States has set conditions for scrapping its planned punitive tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe, German magazine Der Spiegel reported, including capping U.S.-bound exports of the metals at 2017 levels. … The conditions named by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer at a Brussels meeting with EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom also included a promise that Brussels take measures against steel dumping from China and cooperate in a wide range of other trade issues, Spiegel reported on Friday.

[Reuters]

Export control reform at risk of reversal

“A combination of a volatile White House, new leadership at the State Department and concerns in Congress that China is after the jewels of U.S. technology may reverse the last eight years of reforms to the U.S. export control regime.”

[National Defense]

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