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On May 21, 2019, President Trump signed a Proclamation to Modify the List of Beneficiary Developing Countries Under the Trade Act of 1974 [not yet published in the Federal Register], which terminates the designation of India as a beneficiary developing country, effective June 5, 2019. To reflect this termination, general notes 4(a) and 4(d) and pertinent subheadings of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) are modified as set forth in Annex A…

On June 3, 2019, an advance copy of a Federal Register notice from the US Trade Representative (USTR) to be published on June 4, was made available for public inspection. The notice announces USTR’s determination to grant additional exclusion requests, as specified in the Annex to the notice. USTR will continue to issue decisions on pending requests on a periodic basis.

On May 31, 2019, US Trade Representative (USTR) posted a notice stating that USTR will post a Federal Register notice that extends the amount of time certain goods exported from China have to enter the United States before they will be subject to an additional tariff increase from 10 percent to 25 percent. Covered products that were exported from China to the United States prior to May 10, 2019 will remain subject to an additional…

On May 31, 2019, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published in the Federal Register a notice of intent to distribute for Fiscal Year 2019, pursuant to the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act of 2000, assessed antidumping or countervailing duties (known as the continued dumping and subsidy offset) for Fiscal Year 2019 in connection with countervailing duty orders, antidumping duty orders, or findings under the Antidumping Act of 1921. This document provides the instructions…

On May 30, 2019, President Trump announced that, beginning on June 10, 2019, the United States will impose additional duties on all articles imported into the United States from Mexico (via land, sea or air) on an escalating schedule until Mexico does more to stop the flow of illegal migrants to the United States. This tweet was then followed by a longer statement issued by the White House (available here). That statement accuses Mexico of…

On 21 May 2019, the Belgian Act of 2 May 2019 (Numac : 2019012449) including various financial provisions was published in the Belgian Official Gazette. Title VII The aforementioned act contains a Title VII, implementing the EU Blocking Regulation 2271/96 in Belgium. Under the EU Blocking Regulation, the EU operators are in principle prohibited from complying with the (U.S. Iran – Cuba) sanctions, as specified in its annex. They can, however, be authorised to comply…

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…

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…