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OFAC Brings the Hammer

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Border Security, Controlled Goods Program, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports, Government Procurement, Trade Remedies

In March, there was a good deal of consternation in the general press trying to understand news that President Trump had overruled the actions of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) to impose additional sanctions on North Korea. Beside the oddity of a President overruling actions by a part of the Executive branch after… Continue Reading

Whither Goeth Government Contracting?

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Border Security, Corporate Counsel, Criminal Law, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Government Procurement, Legal Developments

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in March 2019 On the trade with China front this week, the news is Huawei Technologies Co, of China sued the U.S. government regarding provisions in the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (“NDAA”).  The timing of the lawsuit is drawing interest as… Continue Reading

Why Are My Goods Being Inspected?

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Agriculture, Antidumping, Corporate Counsel, Criminal Law, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports, Government Procurement, Imports Restrictions, Legal Developments, tariffs, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in February 2019 Of all the questions asked of trade attorneys, this is likely the most frequent one.  The answer is both a study in current events, but also much more complex.  Let’s start at the obvious beginning point. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) receives advance information about… Continue Reading

No Further Shutdown – Hooray!!!! List 3 Exclusion Process Coming – Hip, Hip Hooray !!!

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Agriculture, Border Security, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Exports, Government Procurement, Imports Restrictions, Legal Developments, tariffs

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019 was signed into law on Friday, February 15, 2019, so the potential for another shutdown was averted, but there was a hidden gem buried in a related document. This new law contains a specific appropriation for the U.S. Trade Representative’s office which reads: “For necessary expenses of the Office… Continue Reading

U.S.-China Deal

Posted in Border Security, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Exports, Government Procurement, Imports Restrictions, Intellectual Property, Legal Developments, Politics, tariffs, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies, World Trade Organization

Over the weekend, President Trump announced a deal with China. The result is the 10% tariff imposed on goods on List 3 of Chinese made goods will remain in place for an additional 90 days rather than increase to 25% on January 1, 2019. The challenge is there was no joint communique issued by the… Continue Reading

Maybe and Maybe Not – IOR Challenges

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Agriculture, Antidumping, Border Security, Controlled Goods Program, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports, Government Procurement, Imports Restrictions, Legal Developments, NAFTA, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies, USMCA

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in November 2018 One of the many frustrations facing international traders trying to import goods into the U.S. is whether or not they will be accepted as importer of record by Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”).   CBP established a program to deal with what it views as the… Continue Reading

Canada Retaliates

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Antidumping, Border Security, Buy America, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Government Procurement, Imports Restrictions, Legal Developments, NAFTA

On June 29, 2018, Canada released its list of products on which retaliation will be taken against the 232 steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by the U.S. Table 1 products are subject to a 25% surcharge. While the products listed on Tables 2 and 3 are subject to a 10% surcharge. See Canada 232 Retaliation… Continue Reading

To Tariff or Not to Tariff – That Is The Question!

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Agriculture, Border Security, Buy America, Controlled Goods Program, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Government Procurement, Legal Developments, NAFTA, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies

In the current tit for tat environment that overhangs international trade, below is an update regarding the 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum, the 301 tariffs related to China’s intellectual property rights and other business practices, and the 232 tariffs threatened on automobiles and parts. Steel and Aluminum Tariffs: As everyone by now knows, effective… Continue Reading

Where Do Your Goods Originate?

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Agriculture, Antidumping, Border Security, Buy America, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Exports, FCPA/Anti-Corruption, Government Procurement, Imports Restrictions, Legal Developments, origin, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in April 2018 The brewing trade war between the U.S. and China serves as a reminder to international traders that knowing where your goods are made and being able to prove it are two very different issues.  At a time when it remains common place for U.S. Customs… Continue Reading

USTR Publishes 301 Product List / China Reacts

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Agriculture, Antidumping, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Government Procurement, Imports Restrictions, Legal Developments, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies, World Trade Organization

Since this article was originally published by MSK, we have learned China filed a complaint at the WTO challenging imposition of the threatened 301 tariffs. This WTO challenge is in addition to the one previously filed challenging the 232 tariffs the U.S. imposed. The U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) has prepared for publication a Federal Register… Continue Reading

Ontario Adopts “Don’t Buy New York Steel” Provisions

Posted in Buy America, Government Procurement

On March 28, 2018, the Wynne Government of Ontario promulgated a regulation, “Suppliers from New York“, O.Reg 117/18, to prevent the Ontario Government from buying steel from the State of New York.  The Suppliers from New York Regulation was made pursuant to the Fairness in Procurement Act, 2018, that was passed on March 8, 2018. … Continue Reading

Steel/Aluminum Tariffs Exemptions Clarified

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Antidumping, Border Security, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Government Procurement, Imports Restrictions, Legal Developments, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies

In off the record comments on March 28, 2018, an official of the Dept. of Commerce provided some clarification as to how the product exemption process will work. Of course, the starting point is if your product is subject to the steel or aluminum tariffs and is not from an exempted country, the 25% or… Continue Reading

Trade Trifecta!

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Agriculture, Antidumping, Border Security, Buy America, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Government Procurement, Imports Restrictions, Legal Developments, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies, World Trade Organization

Since the original publication of this Alert, South Korea and the U.S. have concluded their negotiations regarding the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, and, as a result, South Korea has been permanently excluded from the steel and aluminum tariffs. ————— Some events rather significant to international traders occurred in the last few days. First, on Friday,… Continue Reading

New Tariffs : Definition and Exclusion

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Antidumping, Border Security, Buy America, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Government Procurement, Imports Restrictions, Legal Developments, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies

When President Trump announced the 25% steel and 10% aluminum tariffs on March 8, 2018, he instructed the  Secretary of Commerce to issue regulations explaining how American companies could seek exclusions from those tariffs no later than March 19, 2018, and that deadline has been met.  These new regulations can be found at:  https://www.commerce.gov/sites/commerce.gov/files/federal_register_vol_83_no_53_monday_march_19_2018_12106-12112.pdf Before… Continue Reading

Knock, Knock: The Tariffs Are Coming! The Tariffs Are Coming!

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Agriculture, Anti-Trust/Competition Law, Antidumping, Border Security, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Government Procurement, Legal Developments, Politics, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies, World Trade Organization

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in March 2018 As has been widely reported, on March 8, 2018, President Trump signed one Presidential Proclamations imposing a 25% additional tariff on defined steel products, and a second one imposing an additional 10% tariff on defined aluminum products.  The only countries exempted from the outset are… Continue Reading

The new Trump tariffs – the tip of the trade iceberg

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Agriculture, Antidumping, Border Security, Buy America, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Exports, Government Procurement, Legal Developments, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies

Our good friend and Australian lawyer – Andrew Hudson – has published an article about the U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs with an interesting take based on current events in Australia. Andrew’s article can be found on the Rigby Cooke website at http://www.rigbycooke.com.au/latest/new-trump-tariffs-tip-of-trade-iceberg. It has also been published in the DCN at http://www.thedcn.com.au/the-new-trump-tariffs-the-tip-of-the-trade-iceberg/ (subscription required)…. Continue Reading

BEWARE OF THE WHISTLEBLOWER!

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Anti-Trust/Competition Law, Antidumping, Border Security, Buy America, Corporate Counsel, Criminal Law, Cross-border litigation, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Excise Duty, Excise Tax, Government Procurement, Legal Developments, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies, U.S. Federal Government, Uncategorized

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in February 2018 Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) and other federal enforcement agencies seizing goods or imposing penalties is not unexpected. However, there are other consequences triggered by the actions of private actors which present equal danger to importers. In particular,  there is the False Claims Act (“FCA”),… Continue Reading

The Government of Canada Has Not Appointed Needed Canadian International Trade Tribunal Members

Posted in Antidumping, Canada's Federal Government, Customs Law, Government Procurement

Canada is nearing a trade law crisis point that, quite frankly, is avoidable and easily solved.  There are too few permanent members of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (“CITT”) for the workload.  Section 3 of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal Act provides for the appointment of a Chairman and six (6) permanent members to the… Continue Reading

He Said What ?????

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Agriculture, Antidumping, Controlled Goods Program, Corporate Counsel, Criminal Law, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Currency Reporting, Customs Law, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports, FCPA/Anti-Corruption, Government Procurement, Harmonization, Imports Restrictions, Intellectual Property, Legal Developments, Proceeds of Crime/Money Laundering, Trade Remedies

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in December 2017 While Special Counsel Robert Mueller continues his investigation, the recent guilty plea entered by Trump former National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (Ret.) serves as a reminder that when you are interviewed by a law enforcement agent, you better be sure what you say… Continue Reading

What is the Canadian International Trade Tribunal?

Posted in Antidumping, Canada's Federal Government, Customs Law, Government Procurement, origin, tariff classification, Trade Remedies, valuation

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (also known as the “CITT”) is an independent, Canadian quasi-judicial administrative tribunal that adjudicates a variety of international trade cases and matters. The CITT is the place to go to receive a fair, timely, transparent and effective resolution of a trade-related dispute and/or government-mandated inquiry/dispute, provided that the trade-related dispute is… Continue Reading

What Should Canadian Companies Due Between NAFTA Modernization Rounds?

Posted in Agriculture, Antidumping, Border Security, Buy America, Canada's Federal Government, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Energy, Environment, Government Procurement, Immigration law, Imports Restrictions, Intellectual Property, International Arbitrations, NAFTA, NAFTA Chapter 11, NAFTA Renegotiations, Politics, Softwood Lumber, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies

In the week of August 16, 2017, Canada’s NAFTA modernization team met in Washington D.C. with the United States Trade Representative’s NAFTA renegotiation team and Mexico’s NAFTA modernization team. At the end of the meeting, they issued a Trilateral Statement on the Conclusion of NAFTA Round One and indicated that Round Two will be held in… Continue Reading

What is in a Name?

Posted in Border Security, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports, Government Procurement, Imports Restrictions, Legal Developments, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies, Uncategorized

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in August 2017. We are now a few months (almost 7) into Mr. Trump’s Presidency and it is still not clear  – what is the Administration’s trade policy?   The general press is rife with stories about the warring factions within the Administration – those who xenophobically want to… Continue Reading

How To Start A Trade Compliance Program? Who, What, When, Where, How Questions To Ask

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, AMPs, Border Security, Canada's Federal Government, Canada-EU CETA, Canada-Ukraine FTA, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border trade, Currency Reporting, Customs Law, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports, FCPA/Anti-Corruption, Government Procurement, NAFTA Renegotiations, Proceeds of Crime/Money Laundering

The trade landscape is changing for many Canadian companies. Canada is involved in the renegotiation of NAFTA.  The Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement comes into effect on August 1, 2017.  The Canada-EU CETA enters into provisional effect on September 21, 2017.  The Government of Canada is updating export controls and economic sanctions laws and Global Affairs… Continue Reading

What Might Be The First Trade Issues Under The Canada-EU CETA?

Posted in Agriculture, Canada's Federal Government, Canada-EU CETA, Cross-border litigation, Cross-border trade, Government Procurement, Imports Restrictions, Trade Agreeements, World Trade Organization

The Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (the “Canada-EU CETA”) will come into provisional effect on September 21, 2017.  Sometimes, disputes that have arisen prior to the implementation of a free trade agreement, which are left unresolved at the time of implementation, turn into full disputes between the parties. What could those disputes be? The… Continue Reading