On September 10, 2018, the U.S. Department of Commerce published a notice initiating new Administrative Reviews for the antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders with July anniversary dates. Continue Reading Commerce Initiates New Administrative Reviews on AD/CVD Cases

Washington, DC — Today, WPC Technologies (“WPC”)  filed a petition with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission, asserting that imports of strontium chromate from Austria and France are being sold in the United States at “dumped prices.” These unfair trade actions are alleged to have caused material injury to the U.S. strontium chromate industry. Continue Reading Husch Blackwell Files Antidumping Duty Petition Against Unfair Imports of Strontium Chromate from Austria and France

On August 29, 2018, President Trump issued proclamations announcing that companies will be able to request exclusions from the Section 232 quantitative limitations (i.e., quotas) for certain steel and aluminum products imported in to the United States.  In particular, this affects steel and aluminum imports from Argentina, Brazil, and South Korea. Continue Reading Opportunity for Quota Exclusion Requests for Steel and Aluminum Products from Argentina, Brazil and South Korea subject to Section 232 Sanctions

As we previously reported, major changes are going into effect tomorrow concerning California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, known as Proposition 65. This law requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in products in their homes or workplaces, that are released into the environment, or that are present at certain public locations. On August 30, new regulations go into effect that impact the obligations of businesses in order to comply with this law. For more details, see our prior post on this topic, and do not hesitate to reach out to us to help guide you through the Prop 65 changes and how they impact your business.

North America MapAfter President Trump announced steel and aluminum tariffs on several of the country’s allies in March 2018, a number of EU countries, Mexico, and Canada immediately announced retaliatory tariffs against American products. Other trade partners and allies have also made plans to seek remedies through the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). With the impending widespread business impact of these retaliatory actions, companies should look closely at their supply chain to determine risk management considerations.

To elaborate on these recent changes, Husch Blackwell is pleased to team up with The Knowledge Group to offer complimentary passes to the first 30 registrants for a timely upcoming webinar: “Retaliatory Actions Against Trump’s Tariffs: What Businesses Should Do When Allies Hit Back.”

The webinar will provide insights on Trump’s tariffs, industry reactions, risk mitigation strategies and an outlook on what lies ahead. The program will take place on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 from 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. (ET) The webinar is led by Husch Blackwell Partner, Nithya Nagarajan and John Peterson, Partner at Neville Peterson LLP.

Register here.

On August 8, 2018,  Petitioners Dexstar Wheel a Division of Americana Development, Inc. filed a petition for the imposition of antidumping duties and countervailing duties on imports of Certain Steel Wheels 12-16.5 Inches in Diameter from the People’s Republic of China. Continue Reading Petition Summary: Certain Steel Wheels 12-16.5 Inches in Diameter from China

On August 7, 2018, the Office of the United States Trade Representative announced the second list of products that will be subject to an additional 25 percent tariff when imported from China.   After a public hearing and comment period, USTR ultimately only removed 5 tariff lines from the list proposed in its notice of June 20, 2018.

The final list can be found here.   The additional tariff will go into effect on August 23.   USTR will publish a Federal Register notice shortly which will include a process by which parties can request exclusions for particular products.    This product exclusion process is expected to be similar to the process announced after the first round of tariff increases. See our blog post here.

For additional information, please contact Robert StangStephen BrophyNithya Nagarajan, Beau Jackson, or Jeffrey S. Neeley.

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As previously reported, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a notice proposing an additional 10 percent tariff on approximately 6,000 8-digit tariff codes estimated to cover approximately $200 billion worth of imports from China. Our blog post can be found here and the list of products can be found here.

On August 1, 2018, the President directed USTR to consider increasing the proposed tariff rate from 10 percent to 25 percent for products on the proposed list.  As a result, USTR extended the timeline for public comment on the proposed product list:

  • August 13, 2018: The due date for filing requests to appear and a summary of expected testimony at the public hearing and for filing pre-hearing submissions has been extended from July 27 to August 13, 2018.
  • September 6, 2018: The due date for submission of written comments has been extended from August 17 to September 6, 2018.
  • September 6, 2018: The due date for submission of post-hearing rebuttal comments has been extended from August 30 to September 6, 2018.

The hearing is still scheduled to take place from August 20-23, 2018.

For additional information, please contact Robert StangStephen BrophyNithya Nagarajan, or Jeffrey S. Neeley.

IranPresident Trump signed a new Executive Order on August 6, 2018, titled “Reimposing Certain Sanctions with Respect to Iran”. The Executive Order was timed to coincide with the last day of the 90-day wind-down period established for activities associated with certain sanctions relief authorized by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”).  As a result, the first round of sanctions against Iran will become effective at 12:01 a.m. on August 7, 2018. Continue Reading United States Announces Re-imposition of First Round of Nuclear Sanctions on Iran