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On May 16, 2019, President Trump signed a Proclamation to Modify the List of Beneficiary Developing Countries Under the Trade Act of 1974. The Proclamation states that the President has determined that, based on its level of economic development, it is appropriate to terminate Turkey’s designation as a beneficiary developing country effective May 17, 2019. The Proclamation: (1) Terminates the designation of Turkey as a beneficiary developing country, effective May 17, 2019. (2) Modifies general…

On May 17, 2019, President Trump signed a Proclamation Adjusting Imports of Automobiles and Automobile Parts Into the United States under Section 232 the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1862). The Proclamation states that the Secretary of Commerce’s (the Secretary) Section 232 report on his investigation into the effects of imports of passenger vehicles (sedans, sport utility vehicles, crossover utility vehicles, minivans, and cargo vans) and light trucks (collectively “automobiles”) and certain…

On May 8, 2019, President Trump issued Executive Order 13871 (the “Iran Metals EO”) imposing sanctions on the iron, steel, aluminum, and cooper sectors of Iran subject to a 90-day wind-down period that will expire on August 6, 2019. Although the sale, supply or transfer to/from Iran of steel and aluminum is already targeted by Section 1245 of the Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of 2012, the Iran Metals EO expands upon those sanctions and further targets…

The High Representative of the European Union and the Foreign Ministers of France, Germany and the United Kingdom released a joint statement today (see here for the full statement) following Iran’s announcement yesterday that it would withdraw from certain commitments as agreed as part of the 2015 nuclear agreement (see our post here on this). The statement urged Iran to continue to implement its commitments under the nuclear agreement, stating that Iran’s compliance would be…

President Hassan Rouhani has announced that Iran will withdraw from certain commitments agreed in the 2015 nuclear agreement; this announcement comes a year after the agreement was abandoned by the US, leading to the re-imposition of US sanctions against Iran. In his 8 May 2019 announcement, Hassan Rouhani declared that Iran will stop exporting its surplus enriched uranium. This decision is contrary to the agreement, under which Iran is required to sell its surplus enriched…

On May 15, 2019, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published in the Federal Register a notice [CBP Dec. 19-04] announcement of the quota quantity of tuna in airtight containers for Calendar Year (CY) 2019. Each year, the tariff-rate quota for tuna described in subheading 1604.14.22, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), is calculated as a percentage of the tuna in airtight containers entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption during the preceding…

On May 14, 2019, CBP issued CSMS # 19-000244, which contains instructions for filing entries subject to the fourth group of product exclusions from Sec. 301 tariffs. It is reproduced below: Background: On May 14, 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative published Federal Register Notice 84 FR 21389 announcing the decision to grant the fourth round of certain exclusion requests from the 25 percent duty assessed under the Section 301 investigation related to goods from China…

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced the 2019 CTPAT Conference is scheduled for June 25 and 26, 2019. June 25, 2019, will be general session with multiple speakers and panel discussions. June 26, 2019, will be a day of workshops. Both days will begin at 8:00 am and conclude around 5:30 pm. Registration for the conference will open during the month of May 2019. An agenda will be provided once open registration is…

On 15 May 2019, the Federal Council announced that it had opened consultation proceedings on the trade agreement with the United Kingdom and on an additional agreement extending the provisions of the trade agreement to the Principality of Liechtenstein. The agreements are intended to ensure to a large extent the continuation of existing trade relations after the UK’s departure from the European Union. The consultation will end on 5 September. The Federal Council will submit…

On May 14, 2019, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published in the Federal Register a notice [Docket No. USCBP-2019-0013] announcing that the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) will hold its quarterly meeting on Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Laredo, Texas. The meeting will be open to the public to attend either in person or via webinar. Meeting participants may attend either in person or via webinar after pre-registering using one of the methods…