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On September 21, 2020, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published in the Federal Register a notice [Docket No. USCBP-2020-0053] that the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) will hold its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT. The meeting will be open to the public via webinar only. There is no on-site, in-person option for this quarterly meeting. Pre-registration by October 6, at the link given in…

On September 15, 2020 the State Council Tariff Commission released Tariff Commission Announcement [2020] No. 8, which extends the exclusions (announced in Tariff Commission Announcement [2019] No. 6) for the first batch of exclusions covering 16 products from the United States  through September 16, 2021.   The original expiration date was September 16, 2020.  The exclusion list was established to exempt products from the tariffs imposed by China in retaliation for the section 301 tariffs on…

On September 1, 2020, the US Department of State’s Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”), and the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security issued a joint advisory on North Korea’s ballistic missile procurement activities (“Advisory”). The Advisory, among other things, identifies key participants of North Korea’s ballistic missile procurement and their deceptive tactics and key items, including materials and equipment, used…

On September 17, 2020, the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) published in the Federal Register a document setting forth the new 12-month cap on duty- and quota-free treatment for certain textile and apparel articles imported from designated beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries. The Trade and Development Act of 2000, as amended, provides duty- and quota-free treatment for apparel articles wholly assembled in one or more beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries from fabric wholly formed…

On September 17, 2020, the Bureau of the Census published in the Federal Register an advance notice of proposed rulemaking [Docket Number: 200810–0213] s seeking public comments on its consideration to remove the Electronic Export Information (EEI) filing requirement for shipments between the United States and Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. For many years, the Census Bureau has received requests, from both the government of Puerto Rico and members of the international trade…

On September 17, 2020, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) posted on its website a notice to be published in the Federal Register, a notice of product exclusion extensions from the List/Tranche 2 ($16 Bn.) action. The notice announces the US Trade Representative’s determination to extend 17 exclusions through December 31, 2020. US Customs and Border Protection will issue instructions on entry guidance and implementation. The exclusions are available for any product…

On September 17, 2020, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) posted on its website a notice to be published in the Federal Register, a notice of product exclusion extensions from the List/Tranche 1 ($34 Bn.) action. The 62 product exclusion extensions announced in the notice apply as of September 20, 2020, and extend through December 31, 2020. US Customs and Border Protection will issue instructions on entry guidance and implementation. The exclusions…

On September 16, 2020, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register a notice of product exclusion extension and amendment. USTR initiated the exclusion process for Tranche 3 (the $200 Bn. action) on June 24, 2019, and has granted 15 sets of exclusions under the $200 billion action. These exclusions expired on August 7, 2020. On May 6 and June 3, 2020 [See 85 FR 27011 (May 6, 2020)…

On 15 September 2020, the WTO panel reviewing “United States — Tariff Measures on Certain Goods from China” (DS543) released its panel report, which found that the section 301 tariffs imposed by the US against certain Chinese goods were prima facie inconsistent with various provisions of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). For the reasons set forth in the Report, the Panel concluded that: a. the parties have not reached a mutually satisfactory…

On September 15, 2020, the US Trade Representative (USTR) announced that it was suspending the 10% additional duty on Canadian non-alloyed, unwrought aluminum retroactively to September 1, 2020 after consultations with the Canadian government. The US originally imposed tariffs on Canadian aluminum and steel in 2018 under section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 through Proclamation 9704 of March 8, 2018. Negotiations with Canada resulted in Proclamation 9893 of May 19, 2019 excluding…