Tariff Bill Offers Duty Saving Opportunities

On October 14, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) will start accepting petitions from companies seeking duty reductions or suspensions under the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB). The MTB provides temporary relief from ordinary import duties on goods that are not produced domestically to improve the competitiveness of U.S. companies.  U.S. importers interested in having one or more of its products potentially included in the MTB will have a limited window of time to file a petition.

CBP Initiating Quicker, More Transparent Investigations for AD/CVD Enforcement

On August 22, 2016, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published long-awaited interim regulations implementing the procedures for conducting investigations of alleged antidumping (AD) or countervailing duty (CVD) evasion. These new investigatory procedures were enacted to address ongoing concerns by U.S. producers that AD/CVD duties have been illegally avoided.

The Sanctions Shuffle: U.S. Offers Iran Relief While Imposing New Sanctions One Day Later

The complicated relationship between the U.S. and Iran continued to evolve after a flurry of events over this past weekend.  The U.S. lifted sanctions on targeted sectors of the Iranian market as part of implementing a key part of a multi-lateral agreement concerning Iran’s nuclear enrichment program, while new sanctions were imposed on persons and entities involved in ballistic missile testing from last December.  The sanctions relief opens up a new potential market for billions of dollars in trade, but also presents a reminder to those looking to do business in Iran that vigilance over the complex web of sanctions and export controls is essential.

U.S. Reaches Trade Accord with Pacific Partners

The U.S. and 11 partner nations have reached an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The agreement will lower trade barriers and set commercial rules for the participants, which make up 40% of the global economy.
 
The U.S. Trade Representative and international counterparts concluded negotiations on Monday over several contentious issues, including the opening of U.S. agricultural markets in Japan and Canada, and the tightening of intellectual property rules for pharmaceuticals and technology.