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On March 26, 2020, the US Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register a noticethat announces USTR’s determination to grant certain exclusion requests to the $200 Bn action against certain products from China, as specified in the Annex to the notice, and corrects technical errors in previously announced exclusions. The exclusions are reflected in one 10-digit HTSUS subheading, which covers one exclusion request, and 176 specially prepared product descriptions, which cover 202 separate exclusion…

On March 26, 2020, the Enforcement and Compliance Unit (E&C), International Trade Administration (ITA), Commerce, published in the Federal Register a temporary final rule [Docket No.: 200320-0083] modifying certain requirements for serving documents containing business proprietary information in antidumping and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) cases to facilitate the effectuation of service through electronic means. The goal is to promote public health and slow the spread of COVID-19. These temporary modifications will be in place until May…

Following the adoption by the European Commission of Regulation (EU) 2020/402 on 15 March 2020, as amended on 20 March 2020, introducing a prior licensing requirement for exports of medical protective equipment from EU Member States to third countries (except for exports to EFTA Member States, namely including Switzerland), the Swiss Government has on 25 March 2020, as part of its COVID-19 regulatory framework, adopted a Regulation, taking effect on March 26, 12:00am, requiring a prior license…

On March 25, 2020, the US Trade Representative (USTR) posted an advance copy of a notice to be published in the Federal Register that announces USTR’s determination to grant certain exclusion requests to the $300 Bn action against certain products from China, as specified in the Annex to the notice. : These product exclusions will apply as of September 1, 2019, the effective date of List 1 of the $300 billion action, and will extend…

On March 25, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), published in the Federal Register an interim final rule with a request for comments [Docket No. CDC-2020-0033] to amend its Foreign Quarantine Regulations. This interim final rule provides a procedure for CDC to suspend the introduction of persons from designated countries or places, if required, in the interest of public health. Current regulations permit CDC to…

On March 24, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), published in the Federal Register notification of an Order pursuant to section 362 of the Public Health Service Act, 42 U.S.C. 265, suspending the introduction of persons into the United States as of 11:59 pm EDT on March 20, 2020. The Order suspends the introduction of certain persons into the United States because the CDC Director…

On March 24, 2020, Office of the Secretary, US Department of Homeland Security published in the Federal Register a document that announces the decision of the Secretary of Homeland Security to temporarily limit the travel of individuals from Mexico into the United States at land ports of entry and ferries along the US-Mexico border and a separate document temporarily limiting the travel of individuals from Canada into the United States at land ports of entry…

On 20 March 2020, the Commission published Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/426, amending the measures introduced on 15 March 2020 by Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/402, which made the export of certain personal protective equipment (PPE) to outside the EU subject to an authorization requirement (please see our previous post here). These amendments modify the existing measures to exclude exports to EFTA Member States (Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland), and to certain “overseas countries and territories” (the Faroe Islands,…

On March 25, 2019, the US Trade Representative (USTR) will publish in the Federal Register a notice [Docket No. USTR-2020-0014] requesting public comments on possible further modifications to remove duties from additional medical-care products needed to address the COVID-19 outbreak. Section 301 duties have been imposed in four tranches. For each tranche, USTR established a process by which US stakeholders could request exclusion of particular products classified within an eight-digit Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the…