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On February 11, 2020, the US Trade Representative (USTR) will publish in the Federal Register a notice announcing USTR’s determination to grant additional exclusions to the $34 billion Sec. 301 action (25% additional duties), as specified in the Annex to the notice, and makes amendments to certain notes in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). The USTR will continue to issue decisions as necessary. The product exclusions will apply as of the…

On February 7, 2020, the US Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register a document announcing the country-by-country reallocations of 78,071 MTRV of the fiscal year (FY) 2020 in-quota quantity of the World Trade Organization (WTO) tariff-rate quota (TRQ) for imported raw cane sugar from those countries that stated they do not plan to fill their FY 2020 allocated raw cane sugar quantities. See the notice for country-by-country reallocations.

On February 7, 2020, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published in the Federal Register a final rule [CBP Dec. 20-02] that amends the CBP regulations to reflect the imposition of import restrictions on certain archaeological material from the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (Jordan). These restrictions are being imposed pursuant to an agreement between the United States and Jordan that has been entered into under the authority of the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act.…

On February 7, 2020, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published in the Federal Register a final rule [CBP Dec. 20-01] that amends the CBP regulations to reflect the imposition of emergency import restrictions on certain archaeological and ethnological material from the Republic of Yemen (Yemen). The Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs, US Department of State, has determined that conditions warrant the imposition of emergency restrictions on categories of archaeological material and ethnological…

On February 5, 2020, the Federal Register published Executive Order 13904 of January 31, 2020 – Ensuring Safe and Lawful E-Commerce for United States Consumers, Businesses, Government Supply Chains, and Intellectual Property Rights Holders. The Executive Order (EO) states that e-commerce, including transactions involving smaller express-carrier or international mail packages, is being exploited by traffickers to introduce contraband into the United States, and by foreign exporters and United States importers to avoid applicable customs duties,…

On February 6, 2020, the State Council Tariff Commission announced that “in order to promote the healthy and stable development of Sino-US economic and trade relations,” effective at 13:01 on February 14, 2020, the “Announcement of the Tariff Commission of the State Council on Imposing Tariffs on Certain Imported Products (Third Batch) Originating in the United States” (Tax Commission Announcement [2019 〕 No. 4) would be adjusted by reducing the additional duties.  The additional duty-rate…

On February 5, 2020, the US Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register a notice [Docket Number USTR-2020-0002] requesting comments on whether to extend particular exclusions granted in the $34 billion Action against certain products originating in China.  Effective July 6, 2018, the USTR imposed additional duties on goods of China with an annual trade value of approximately $34 billion as part of the action in the Section 301 investigation of China’s acts, policies,…

On February 5, 2020, the US Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register a notice of product exclusions from the $200 Bn action (List or Tranche 3) against Chinese products under Sec. 301. The USTR initiated a product exclusion process in June 2019, and interested persons have submitted requests for the exclusion of specific products. This notice announces the USTR’s determination to grant certain exclusion requests, as specified in the Annex, and corrects technical…

On February 4, 2020, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued CSMS #41538917 – GUIDANCE: Decrease in Section 301 Duties on Certain Products of China; $300B-Action -Tranche 4A which states: On August 20, 2019, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published a Modification of Section 301 Action in 84 FR 43304 introducing another imposition of additional tariffs on products of China with an annual trade value of approximately $300 billion which is referred to as Tranche 4.…

On February 4, 2020, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued CSMS # 41538803 – GUIDANCE: Additional Duty on Imports of Derivative Aluminum and Steel Articles, excerpts of which are reproduced below: On January 29, 2020, the President issued Proclamation 9980 on Adjusting Imports of Derivative Aluminum Articles and Derivative Steel Articles into the United States under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1862), providing for additional import…