On October 19, 2018, the U.S. International Trade Commission made affirmative determinations in the preliminary phase of the antidumping duty investigations on Strontium Chromate from Austria and France.
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On May 31, 2017, Petitioner Whirlpool Corporation filed a Petition for Global Safeguard Relief Pursuant to Sections 201-202 of the Trade Act of 1974 on imports of Large Residential Washers. Shipping containers

SCOPE OF INVESTIGATION

The imported products covered by this Petition are all large residential washers and certain parts thereof, which is the same product scope covered by the recently completed antidumping investigation of Large Residential Washers from China. For purposes of this petition, the term “large residential washers” denotes all automatic clothes washing machines, regardless of the orientation of the rotational axis, with a cabinet width (measured from its widest point) of at least 24.5 inches (62.23 cm) and no more than 32.0 inches (81.28 cm), except as noted below. Continue Reading Petition Summary: Section 201 Global Safeguard Investigation on Large Residential Washers

solar panelOn April 26, 2017, Petitioner Suniva, Inc. filed a Petition for Global Safeguard Relief Pursuant to Sections 201-202 of the Trade Act of 1974 on imports of Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells and Modules (Solar Cells).

SCOPE OF INVESTIGATION

The merchandise covered by this petition is crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, and modules, laminates, and panels, consisting of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, whether or not partially or fully assembled into other products, including, but not limited to, modules, laminates, panels and building integrated materials.

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The Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) offers importers the opportunity to eliminate or reduce duties assessed on imported raw materials and intermediate products that are not produced in the United States or are unavailable domestically. The MTB’s goal is to aid U.S. manufacturers by reducing duties on inputs (raw materials, parts, etc.), thereby cutting domestic production costs and increasing the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers. However, MTB duty benefits have also been granted to imported finished goods. For example, the last MTB granted duty benefits to certain shopping bags, basketballs and sports footwear. Duty savings for U.S. manufacturers under the MTB are anticipated to exceed $700 million annually. Interested importers should not miss the December 12, 2016, deadline to take advantage of these cost savings opportunities.

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cargo shipOn September 14, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) launched a new web page to engage American manufacturers who may benefit from the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB). The MTB supports manufacturers by eliminating or reducing import duties on hundreds of materials and products that are not produced domestically, cutting production costs and enhancing global competitiveness.

The American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 (PL 114–159) established a new process for submitting MTB petitions, which traditionally required Members of Congress to introduce bills. Under the new system, likely beneficiaries will submit petitions directly to the USITC within a 60-day period, beginning October 14, 2016. Anticipated revenue loss for each product must be less than $500,000 per year.

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On Tuesday, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) made an affirmative determination in a five-year (sunset) review concerning pressure sensitive plastic tape from Italy. The was welcome news to the U.S. tape manufacturers, which made a priority of  the renewal of this order, which is decades old but still effective. Husch Blackwell’s international trade team of Jeffrey Neeley, Cortney Morgan and Michael Holton represented the Pressure Sensitive Tape Council in this complex matter, ultimately convincing the USITC that injury to the domestic market very much still existed if the finding were lifted. The USITC agreed, determining that revoking the existing duty finding would be likely to lead to injury, therefore the existing antidumping duty finding will remain in place.

At the request of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has launched an investigation to study the economic effects of the statutory and administrative restrictions related to trade with and travel to Cuba on exports of U.S. goods and services.  This investigation follows President Obama’s December 17, 2014 announcement to ease economic and travel restrictions against Cuba.

The USITC report will contain:

  1. A ten-year overview of Cuba’s imports of goods and services, identifying major countries, products, and market segments;
  2. A description of how U.S. restrictions on trade affect Cuban imports of U.S. goods and services; and
  3. An estimate of U.S. exports of goods and services to Cuba should the U.S. lift statutory, administrative, and other trade restrictions on U.S. exports of goods and services and travel to Cuba.

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