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On 17 October 2019, the World Trade Organization announced that it is partnering with the International Trade Centre (ITC) and World Customs Organization (WCO) in an initiative which will enable firms to take fuller advantages of benefits under free trade agreements and preferential trade arrangements by helping them comply with product rules of origin requirements. The announcement said in part: Presented to WTO members at a 17 October meeting of the Committee on Rules of…

On October 17, 2019, the International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce published in the Federal Register a document [Docket No. ITA-2019-0007] seeking public comment on any subsidies, including stumpage subsidies, provided by certain countries exporting softwood lumber or softwood lumber products to the United States during the period January 1, 2019, through June 30, 2019. Section 805 of Title VIII of the Tariff Act of 1930 (the Softwood Lumber Act of 2008), mandates that the…

On October 17, 2019, CBP issued CSMS #40281968 – Additional Duty on Products of the Countries of the European Union Under Large Civil Aircraft Section 301 Trade Remedy Action, which is reproduced below: BACKGROUND The U.S. Trade Representative has determined that the EU and certain member states have denied U.S. rights under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement and have failed to implement WTO Dispute Settlement Body recommendations concerning certain subsidies to the EU large…

On October 16, 2019, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking [USCBP-2019-0037] to amend the CBP regulations pertaining to importations of merchandise that violate or are suspected of violating the copyright laws, including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), in accordance with Title III of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA). The proposed amendments set forth in the document are intended to…

On October 14, 2019, President Trump released a statement that said that he would be “issuing an Executive Order authorizing the imposition of sanctions against current and former officials of the Government of Turkey and any persons contributing to Turkey’s destabilizing actions in northeast Syria.” He also said the steel tariffs will be increased back up to 50 percent, the level prior to reduction to 25% in May. The United States will also immediately stop…

On 14 October 2019, the Council of the EU announced that it has extended restrictive measures by the EU addressing the use and proliferation of chemical weapons until 16 October 2020. These sanctions, which consist of a travel ban to the EU and an asset freeze for persons, as well as an asset freeze for entities, currently apply to nine persons – five linked to the Syrian regime and four involved in the Salisbury attack…

On 14 October 2019, the Council of the European Union announced that it adopted a framework for targeted restrictive measures in view of the situation in Nicaragua. The press release stated: This framework provides for the possibility of imposing targeted and individual sanctions against persons and entities responsible for human rights violations or abuses or for the repression of civil society and democratic opposition in Nicaragua, as well as persons and entities whose actions, policies…

On October 11, 2019, President Trump met with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He at the White House and announced the United States and China had come to “a very substantial phase one deal” that will probably take three to five weeks to put into writing. According to the President, the interim agreement includes intellectual property, financial services and an agricultural deal involving the purchase of $40 to $50 billion worth of agricultural products annually [compared…

On October 11, 2019, the US International Trade Commission (USITC) published in the Federal Register a notice as required by section 3(b)(1) of the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 requesting members of the public who can demonstrate they are likely beneficiaries of duty suspensions or reductions to submit to the USITC petitions for duty suspensions or reductions and disclosure forms. Consistent with the Act, the USITC will accept petitions submitted during the 60-day period…

On October 8, 2019, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Trade and the Department of Commerce Office of Enforcement and Compliance announced a newly redesigned Antidumping and Countervailing Duties (AD/CVD) case management module within the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). The new module deployed on October 5. The announcement said in part: This year-long joint effort will streamline the AD/CVD case messages and case reference data functions, resulting in more user-friendly navigation for the…