On November 16, the U.S. signed a major multilateral supply chain agreement with its 13 Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) partners – Australia, Brunei, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. As highlighted in the IPEF joint statement, the 14 countries announced the signature of

Confirming the Federal Circuit’s 2011 decision in TianRui, the International Trade Commission has statutory authority over the importation of goods into the US incorporating misappropriated trade secrets, even if the acts of misappropriation occurred wholly outside the US.

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On October 4, 2023, a new ADCVD petition (“the Petition”) covering an estimated $1.5 billion in imports of aluminum exclusions was submitted before the U.S. Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) and the U.S. International Trade Commission (“USITC.”)  The Petition alleges that certain aluminum extrusion from Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, China

Main Idea: HTSUS Chapter 98, Subchapter 17, U.S. Note 4(b) exclusions are determined based on weighing all criteria. Although a product may meet the definition outlined in U.S. Note 4(a), they may fit the criteria outlined in U.S. Note 4(b) and therefore be excluded.

In ruling N330488 (Feb. 9, 2023), Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

Main Idea: When making multiple determinations in a single ruling, the totality of evidence based on each determination contributes to the final decisions.

In ruling N330744 (Feb. 28, 2023), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a decision on the classification, country of origin, marking and eligibility of the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) for a

Main Idea: The regulations used to determine the country of origin of textile and apparel products require the sequential application of rules much like the General Rules of Interpretation (GRIs) in the HTSUS

In ruling N326416 (Feb. 2, 2023), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) determined the country of origin of a prepared painting canvas.

Main Idea: A product’s essential character and primary function are key criteria to keep in mind in for both classification and country of origin determinations.

In ruling N330046 (Feb. 2, 2023), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) determines the classification and the country of origin for a glass water bottle with an aluminum shell.  The

Main Idea: Simple assembly operations will not substantially transform components that give shape and form (i.e., character) to the finished article and define its use.

In ruling N329853 (Jan. 12, 2023), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) considers the country of origin of the Sapper XYZ Arm Assembly (the Sapper).  This product is a monitor mount

Congress failed to pass much needed and anticipated trade legislation last session. Issues the new House and Senate must face include: the extension of the Trade Adjustment Assistance, the future of the Trade Promotion Authority, renewed Generalized System of Preferences, and a new Miscellaneous Tariff Bill.

The Future of the Trade Adjustment Assistance and Trade