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On May 23, 2019, the General Services Administration (GSA), Public Building Service (PBS) published in the Federal Register a Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Land Ports of Entry [Notice-PBS–2019–04; Docket No. 2019– 0002; Sequence No. 10]. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and GSA have partnered to develop a program of projects at a number of Land Ports of Entry (LPOEs) so that FMCSA agents can safely and effectively…

On May 19, 2019, President Trump signed Proclamation 9893 of May 19, 2019 on Adjusting Imports of Aluminum into the United States (published in the Federal Register on May 23, 2019) and Proclamation 9894 of May 19, 2019 on Adjusting Imports of Steel into the United States (published in the Federal Registeron May 21, 2019), which remove the 10% duties on aluminum and 25% duties on steel for goods originating in Canada and Mexico, while…

On May 23, 2019, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published in the Federal Register a final rule [Docket No. 181129999–8999–01], which revises the Commerce Control List (CCL) to implement certain changes made to the Wassenaar Arrangement List of Dual-Use Goods and Technologies maintained and agreed to by governments participating in the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies (Wassenaar Arrangement, or WA) at the December 2018 WA…

Effective May 20, 2019, the US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued a final rule creating a 90-day Temporary General License (TGL) authorizing certain transactions involving the export, reexport, and transfer of items subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to Chinese-headquartered Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. (“Huawei”) and its sixty-eight non-US affiliates, which were added to the BIS Entity List effective May 16, 2019 (the “Entity List designation”). The TGL will be effective through August 19,…

On May 20, 2019, the Department of Finance announced that effective today, Canada is lifting its retaliatory countermeasures against the U.S. When the United States imposed unjustified tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, the Government of Canada stood up for our country’s steel and aluminum workers, industries, and communities – imposing reciprocal, dollar-for-dollar countermeasures against imports of steel, aluminum, and other products from the U.S., to encourage the full removal of the U.S. tariffs. “Canada stood firm…

On May 20, 2019, the Diario Oficial published a Decree, signed by President López Obrador, which modifies the earlier Decree (published on June 5, 2018) setting the applicable duty rate for goods originating in the United States and the Decree establishing various Sectoral Promotion Programs. The Decree repeals Articles 1, 2 and 9 of the June 5, 2018 Decree and removes the duties imposed by Mexico in retaliation for steel and aluminum tariffs imposed on…

On May 17, 2019, the US Trade Representative’s Office (USTR) published in the Federal Register a notice [Docket Number USTR–2019–0004] that was made available as an advance copy on May 13, beginning the process of imposing additional duties of up to 25% on all remaining imports from China (i.e., List 4). According to the notice, “[i]n light of China’s failure to meaningfully address the acts, policies, and practices that are subject to this investigation and…

On May 17, 2019, the President of Mexico issued a statement indicating that the US and Mexico had reach an agreement on the aluminum and steel tariffs imposed under Section 232 of the (U.S.) Trade Expansion Act of 1962. An official translation of the statement follows: Agreement between the United States and Mexico on Section 232 Tariffs on steel and aluminum After negotiations between Mexico and the United States on the steel and aluminum tariffs…

After extensive discussions on trade in steel and aluminum covered by the action taken pursuant to Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 (19 U.S.C. §1862), the United States and Canada have reached an understanding as follows: 1. The United States and Canada agree to eliminate, no later than two days from the issuance of this statement: a. All tariffs the United States imposed under Section 232 on imports of aluminum and steel…

On May 16, 2019, President Trump signed a Proclamation on Adjusting Imports of Steel into the United States, which removes the higher 50 percent ad valorem tariff on steel imports from Turkey imposed by Proclamation 9772, and to instead imposes a 25 percent ad valorem tariff on steel imports from Turkey, commensurate with the tariff imposed on such articles imported from most countries. The Proclamation: Modifies subchapter III of chapter 99 of the HTSUS as…