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A cross-practice C&M team scored two major victories for Invenergy Renewables LLC in related cases challenging the Trump Administration’s attempts to re-impose tariffs on bifacial solar panels. This was the government’s third attempt to re-instate tariffs on bifacial solar panel imports and the history of these cases is long and tortured. As background, the U.S.

On June 23, 2021, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) announced its final determination in the antidumping and countervailing duty investigation into passenger vehicle and light truck tires (PVLT). The ITC voted in the affirmative, finding that imports of products from Vietnam harmed the domestic industry. The decision marks the final hurdle for Commerce to

On January 15, 2021, The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released a Section 301 report on Vietnam’s currency valuation practices. The report follows the conclusion of public hearings and submission of rebuttal comments in late December of 2020 and early January of 2021.

Notably, USTR’s press release states that “ USTR is not taking any specific

On Friday, October 2, 2020, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced that, at the direction of the President, a two-part investigation is being initiated into Vietnam under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. USTR, in conjunction with the Department of the Treasury, will review policies related to the import and use of

Last week, the U.S. Court of International Trade(CIT) granted a preliminary injunction prohibiting the federal government, including U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan, from implementing the withdrawal of a tariff exclusion for bifacial solar panels without due process. The government’s withdrawal comes only months after

On March 22, President Trump issued two new Proclamations exempting Australia, Argentina, South Korea, Brazil, and EU member countries from the Section 232 aluminum and steel tariffs, which enter into force March 23, until May 1, 2018.

A statement issued by the White House said the president made the decision “based on factors including ongoing

On August 18, 2017, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) launched a formal investigation pursuant to Section 301 of the Tariff Act of 1974 on the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The probe sought to determine whether the acts, policies, and practices of the PRC related to technology transfer, intellectual property, trade

On March 19, Commerce published a Federal Register Notice which detailed the procedure to request product exclusions from the new imported steel and aluminum tariffs.

In addition, the agency established two web pages and accompanying exclusion request forms, one each for steel and aluminum, explaining the process, how to file exclusion requests, the detailed

The European Commission released a list of U.S. products on Friday, March 16, that could be subject to tariffs if the President does not exclude the EU from the Section 232 tariffs. The list was released a week after President Trump signed the proclamations to impose a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a

The president’s decision last week to impose a 25 percent global tariff on certain steel imports, and a 10 percent global tariff on certain aluminum imports, includes the following products:

Aluminum products within the scope of the global tariffs:

  • Primary unwrought aluminum, not alloyed – 7601.10
  • Primary unwrought aluminum, alloyed – 7601.20
  • Semi-finished aluminum bars,