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In the News: Tariff Threat, China Talks, WTO Appeals, Advance Rulings

Friday, July 26, 2019
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Trump threatens tariffs against Guatemala in immigration dispute

“Trump tweeted that Guatemala has been forming caravans of migrants, sending ‘large numbers of people, some with criminal records to the United States.’ In response, Trump warned, his administration would explore imposing a ‘ban,’ tariffs, remittance fees or some combination of all three.”

[Politico]

Mnuchin, Lighthizer to travel to Shanghai for trade negotiations

“‘The discussions will cover a range of issues, including intellectual property, forced technology transfer, non-tariff barriers, agriculture, services, the trade deficit and enforcement,’ the White House said.”

[UPI]

EU and Canada agree WTO appeal court alternative

A joint statement said “The interim arrangement will apply to disputes between us in the event the Appellate Body is unable to hear appeals and will remain in effect until the Appellate Body is fully operational.”

[Government of Canada]

Oman introduces new advance rulings program for customs

“The advance rulings programme allows businesses to request a decision on clearance through the Directorate General of Customs prior to any actual import or export procedure relating to the origin, classification or valuation of the goods. The Directorate General of Customs will then study the request and issue a pre-ruling based on a specific timeframe, in addition to an official letter explaining the correct steps trading partners need to take during the import and export process. These provisions are binding for each customs transaction for a specified period of time, provided that the import and export conditions are the same as those stipulated in the request.”

[Muscat Daily]

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