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In the News: Trade War, 232 Tariffs, Shipping Act Changes, New WCO Member

Monday, December 10, 2018
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Huawei exec’s arrest opens new front in U.S.-China trade war

“Huawei's smaller rival, ZTE, provides an example of how the US government could go further. The Chinese company was crippled for months after the US Commerce Department blocked it from buying vital parts from American companies. The ban threatened to put ZTE out of business and highlighted China's continued reliance on American technology, a vulnerability Beijing is eager to reduce. … A similar ban on Huawei would have a bigger impact because its equipment is more widely used.”

[CNN]

Nine WTO dispute panels now reviewing Section 232 duties

The two most recent cases by Switzerland and India “said the U.S. actions are safeguard measures and challenged repeated U.S. assertions that the duties fall under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) Article XXI national security exception.”

[American Shipper]

President enacts bill that revises Shipping Act

“The law grants the FMC authority to investigate any ocean carrier alliances that engage in anti-competitive action during negotiations with other maritime industry players such as stevedores and marine terminal operators, tug boat companies that berth ships and bunkering companies.”

[American Shipper]

U.S., Moldova discuss tariffs, GSP, IPR

[USTR]

Suriname joins WCO

[World Customs Organization]

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