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On May 24, 2021, The Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced its affirmative final determinations in the antidumping duty (AD) investigation and countervailing duty (CVD) investigation of passenger vehicle and light truck tires (PVLT). Notably, in the CVD investigation, Commerce found that exporters from Vietnam received subsidies including through undervalued currency exchange rates. This is the

The U.S. Department of Justice recently intervened in United States ex rel Vale v. Selective Marketplace Ltd., a False Claims Act (FCA) suit brought against a clothing importer for allegedly evading customs duties. United States ex rel Vale v. Selective Marketplace, 2:17-cv-00380, Dkt. 28 (D. Me. March 27, 2019). This lawsuit is just

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The USTR published a Federal Register Notice announcing its yearly “special review” to identify countries that deny adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) or deny fair and equitable market access to U.S. persons who rely on intellectual property protection under Section 301 of

On December 28, 2018, USTR published in the Federal Register the first Section 301 List 1 Product Exclusions. The exclusions apply as of the July 6, 2018 effective date of “List 1,” and will extend for one year after the publication of this notice. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will issue instructions on entry

On July 10, 2018, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer announced that at President Trump’s request, USTR has initiated the process of imposing an additional 10 percent ad valorem duty on approximately $200 billion worth of imports from China including apparel, textiles, chemicals, and agricultural & aquacultural goods.

The USTR statement includes a link to

Media sources are reporting the Department of Commerce will not consider steel and aluminum product exclusions for countries subject to quotas. Only countries facing the tariffs will be considered for product exclusions.

Currently, South Korea, Brazil, and Argentina have agreed to an absolute quota deal on certain steel products that are subject to the Section

On April 30th, the President issued two proclamations extending country exemptions for certain U.S. allies on the steel and aluminum tariffs pursuant to Section 232(b) of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.

The President extended temporary exemptions for Canada, Mexico, and the European Union, granted a permanent exemption on steel tariffs for South

On January 22nd, President Trump imposed new “safeguard” tariffs on imported solar panels and washing machines, which will be in place for the next three years before tapering downward.  For the renewable energy industry, this is another major blow from this administration. Solar panels, most of which currently come from China will have

The Department of Commerce submitted its report on the impact of steel mill product imports on U.S. national security to President Trump on January 11.

In a statement on its website, the Department announced that the long-awaited results of the investigation, commonly known as the Section 232 Report, will not be made public until

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A Federal Register Notice published on April 26 provided additional information to industry on the Department of Commerce’s investigation of steel imports and U.S. national security.

We learned a three-hour public hearing will be held on