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After an exhaustive process of negotiation, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will enter into force on July 1, 2020. Join Baker McKenzie on a 75-minute webinar to understand the impact of the agreement from a customs perspective in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. This webinar will bring together trade experts from the United States, Canada and Mexico for a discussion about the agreement’s most pressing issues in the customs landscape, including: • Changes in…

On May 19, the US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued an interim final rule effective on May 15, 2020, amending the Export Administration Regulations’ (EAR) General Prohibition Three (the “foreign-produced direct product rule”) and Entity List to impose new controls on the reexport, export from abroad, and transfer (in-country) of certain foreign-produced semiconductor-related items when such items are the direct product of certain designated US technology or software and are destined to Huawei…

On May 15, 2020, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register a notice that announces the USTR’s determination to extend until December 31, 2020 certain exclusions from the 25% additional duties imposed in the first round [Tranche 1 ($34 Bn.)] of Sec. 301 actions against certain Chinese goods. These exclusions were due to expire on May 14, 2020. Although the Federal Register notice requesting comments on possible extensions stated…

On May 8, 2020, CBP issued CSMS #42693720 – GUIDANCE: Section 301 Tranche 3 – $200B: 13th Round of Product Exclusions from China. The operative sections of the message are shown below: Background On May 8, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) published Federal Register (FR) Notice 85 FR 27489 announcing the decision to grant the 13th round of certain requested exclusions from the Section 301 duty related to goods from China ($200B Action -…

The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) has posted on its website an advance copy of a Federal Register notice that announces the USTR’s determination to extend until December 31, 2020 certain exclusions from the 25% additional duties imposed in the first round [Tranche 1 ($34 Bn.)] of Sec. 301 actions against certain Chinese goods. These exclusions were due to expire on May 14, 2020. Although the Federal Register  notice requesting comments on possible…

Shelter-in-place or stay at home orders have been prevalent throughout the United States since March 2020 as state and local governments have sought to protect their citizens from the spread of the COVID-19 virus. With the spread appearing to slow, several states are now implementing plans to revise and scale back these orders to re-open their economies. Keeping abreast of the evolving nature of these orders and plans is critical to the functioning of all…

The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) has posted on its website an advance copy of a notice to published in the Federal Register that announces the USTR’s determination to grant certain exclusion requests for products covered by Tranche 4 (approximately $300 Bn.) of the Section 301 action against goods from China, as specified in the Annex to the notice, and corrects a technical error in a previously announced exclusion. The product exclusions announced…

The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) has posted on its website advance copies of a notice to published in the Federal Register that announces USTR’s determination to make certain technical amendments to previously granted exclusions to Tranche 1 ($34 Bn.) and a separate notice to be published in the Federal Register that announces USTR’s determination to make certain technical amendments to previously granted exclusions to Tranche 2 (16 Bn). The technical amendments announced…

On May 6, 2020, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register a notice requesting comments on whether to extend certain exclusions from the action against approximately $200 Bn. of goods from China [Tranche 3] subject to 25% additional duties imposed on September 24, 2018. At this time, USTR is not considering product exclusion notices issued after March 26, 2020. USTR initiated an exclusion process for the $200 billion action…