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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 2, 2019, USTR announced that the United States has requested that the WTO schedule a meeting on October 14 to approve a US request for authorization to take countermeasures against the EU in connection with the arbitrator’s decision in the WTO dispute entitled “European Communities and Certain member States — Measures Affecting Trade in Large Civil Aircraft” (DS316). Earlier in the day, the WTO announced that a WTO arbitrator issued its decision finding…

On October 9, 2019, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register its Notice of Determination and Action Pursuant to Section 301: Enforcement of U.S. WTO Rights in Large Civil Aircraft Dispute [Docket No. USTR-2019-0003] (originally posted by USTR on its website on October 4 as an advance copy). The notice states that USTR has determined that the European Union (EU) and certain member States have denied US rights under…

On October 2, 2019, USTR announced that the United States has requested that the WTO schedule a meeting on October 14 to approve a US request for authorization to take countermeasures against the EU in connection with the arbitrator’s decision in the WTO dispute entitled “European Communities and Certain member States — Measures Affecting Trade in Large Civil Aircraft” (DS316). Earlier in the day, the WTO announced that a WTO arbitrator issued its decision finding…

On October 4, 2019, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) posted on its website an advance copy of the Federal Register Notice of Determination and Action Pursuant to Section 301: Enforcement of U.S. WTO Rights in Large Civil Aircraft Dispute [Docket No. USTR-2019-0003], which states that USTR has determined that the European Union (EU) and certain member States have denied US rights under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement and have failed to…

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 April 3, 2019, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published in the Federal Register a notice [Docket No.: USCBP–2019–0012] that it has received a petition submitted on behalf of a domestic interested party requesting the reclassification, under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), of certain steel special profiles from the United Kingdom and Germany, imported for use in manufacturing forklift masts or carriages.

On May 8, 2018, President Trump announced that the United States will be withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”), culminating months of uncertainty around the fate of the Iran nuclear deal. The announcement came ahead of a May 12 deadline for the renewal of a key sanctions waiver.  As described here, the last sanctions waiver occurred on January 12, 2018 amidst statements by President Trump that the waiver would be the last unless what President Trump considered “flaws” in the deal were fixed.  In his May 8 speech, President Trump announced that the United States would re-impose nuclear sanctions against Iran.