U.S. Customs delays the Processing of Commercial User Fee Payments

The government shutdown has impacted the National Finance Centers ability to process the annual user fee payments for commercial vehicles. This has caused a delay, and some commercial conveyances are being flagged as not having paid the annual user fee, when in fact they have. Read More


Deadlines Affected by the Shutdown

As a result of a partial shutdown of the Federal Government, the Department of Commerce was closed on December 22, 2018, and resumed operations on January 28, 2019. After careful consideration, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, has determined that any delay and confusion caused by the closure of the Federal Government will best be minimized by the uniformly tolling all Enforcement and Compliance deadlines for the effective duration of the recent closure (i.e., 40 days), with the exception of requests for administrative reviews of suspension agreements and antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders, as discussed below. Read More →


Deadline Approaching on the Request for Comments & Notice for the 2019 Special 301 Review

Each year, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) conducts a Special 301 review to identify countries that deny adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) or deny fair and equitable market access to U.S. persons who rely on intellectual property protection. Based on this review, the United States Trade Representative (Trade Representative) determines which, if any, of these countries to identify as Priority Foreign Countries. Read More →



U.S. – China Economic and Security Review Commission

Policy trends in China’s economy: At the Central Economic Work Conference, Chinese leaders promise increased economic support measures as trade tensions with the United States and flagging domestic consumption weigh on China’s economy; the Chinese government seeks to stabilize growth by cutting the bank’s reserve requirement ratio, increasing infrastructure spending, and expanding local government debt; weak consumer demand heightens attention on surprising official estimates that China’s population could start declining by 2027. Read More →


Extension of Import Restrictions Imposed on Certain Archaeological and Ecclesiastical Ethnological Material From Bulgaria

This document amends the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations to reflect an extension of import restrictions on certain archaeological and ecclesiastical ethnological material from Bulgaria. The restrictions, which were originally imposed by CBP Dec. 14-01, are due to expire on January 14, 2019.

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USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation of Certain Cartridges for Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems and Components Thereof

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain cartridges for electronic nicotine delivery systems and components thereof.  The products at issue in the investigation are described in the Commission’s notice of investigation. Read More →


Modifications of Section 301 Action: China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Notice of modification of action.

SUMMARY: In accordance with the direction of the President, the U.S. Trade Representative (Trade Representative) has determined to modify the action being taken in this Section 301 investigation by postponing the date on which the rate of the additional duties will increase to 25 percent for the products of China…Read More →


Shutdown Due to Lapse of Congressional Appropriations

Funding for a portion of the federal government expired on December 21, 2018. The Department is prepared for a lapse in funding that would necessitate a significant reduction in operations and is currently implementing its plan. Read More →