Notice of Modification of Section 301 Action

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 covered by the September 2018 Action in this investigation. The rate of additional duty for the products covered by the September 2018 action will remain at 10 percent until further notice. Read More →
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/03/05/2019-03935/notice-of-modification-of-section-301-action-chinas-acts-policies-and-practices-related-to

Commerce Initiates Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty Investigations of Imports of Fabricated Structural Steel from Canada, China, and Mexico

On February 26, 2019, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced the initiation of antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of imports of fabricated structural steel from Canada, China, and Mexico. Read More →
https://enforcement.trade.gov/download/factsheets/factsheet-multiple-fabricated-structural-steel-ad-cvd-initiation-022619.pdf

FDA Import Alert: Detention Without Physical Examination of Seafood Products Due to the Presence of Salmonella

Division of Import Operations and Policy has received recommendations from districts for detention without physical examination of seafood products due to Salmonella contamination from specific manufacturers/shippers. This import alert has been developed for seafood products from firms/countries which do not readily fit into previously existing import alerts.

Districts may detain, without physical sampling and analysis, all shipments of the specified seafood product(s) from the manufacturers/shippers listed in the Red List due to the presence of Salmonella. The attachment for this alert is identified by country. Read More →

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/cms_ia/importalert_49.html

FDA Import Alert: Detention Without Physical Examination of Unapproved New Drugs Promoted In The U.S.

When evidence exists for the marketing or promotion of unapproved drugs to individuals residing in the United States, the products should be considered for detention without physical examination. 

Evidence of marketing or promotion may consist of information contained in: solicitations for mail orders; press releases; internet websites; advertising materials; label indications of US patents or patent applications; or other public announcements directed to persons residing in the U.S. *** Read More →

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/cms_ia/importalert_190.html

Guidance on Entries and Summaries impacted by Vessel Fire on Yantian Express

The vessel Yantian Express, operated by Hapag-Lloyd has been diverted enroute to Halifax and missed its scheduled arrival of January 6, 2019 in New York due to a fire onboard. This fire damaged both the vessel and an unknown number of cargo containers onboard.

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https://csms.cbp.gov/viewmssg.asp?Recid=24055&page=&srch_argv=&srchtype=&btype=&sortby=&sby

Certain Hot-Rolled Flat-Rolled Carbon-Quality Steel Products From the Russian Federation: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2016-2017

The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that Novolipetsk Steel (NLMK) did not make a bona fide sale during the period of review (POR) December 1, 2016, through November 30, 2017; therefore, we are preliminarily rescinding this administrative review. Interested parties are invited to comment on the preliminary results of this review. Read More →

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/02/19/2019-02586/certain-hot-rolled-flat-rolled-carbon-quality-steel-products-from-the-russian-federation-preliminary

Rubber Bands From the People's Republic of China: Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty Orders

Based on affirmative final determinations by the Department of Commerce (Commerce) and the International Trade Commission (ITC), Commerce is issuing antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders on rubber bands from the People's Republic of China (China). Read More →

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/02/19/2019-02783/rubber-bands-from-the-peoples-republic-of-china-antidumping-duty-and-countervailing-duty-orders

Commerce Issues Affirmative Preliminarily Determination in the Countervailing Duty Investigation of Imports of Certain Steel Wheels from the People’s Republic of China

On February 15, 2019, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced the affirmative preliminary determination of the countervailing duty (CVD) investigation of imports of steel wheels 12 to 16.5 inches in diameter (certain steel wheels) from the People’s Republic of China (China)

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https://enforcement.trade.gov/download/factsheets/factsheet-prc-steel-wheels-cvd-prelim-021519.pdf

CBP Commissioner Talks Priorities at ‘Outlook on the Americas’ Event

Huge numbers of immigrants and their families escaping famine, economic problems and violence in Central America are taxing U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s ability to protect America’s borders. CBP is working with government and business partners in the Northern Triangle – Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala – to tackle these issues.

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https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/spotlights/cbp-commissioner-talks-priorities-outlook-americas-event

China to Propose $30 Billion More U.S. Agriculture Purchases

China is proposing that it could buy an additional $30 billion a year of U.S. agricultural products including soybeans, corn and wheat as part of a possible trade deal being negotiated by the two countries, according to people with knowledge of the plan. Read More →

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-02-21/china-said-to-propose-30-billion-more-u-s-agriculture-imports

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

https://csms.cbp.gov/viewmssg.asp?Recid=24000&page=&srch_argv=&srchtype=&btype=&sortby=&sby=

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 →

https://enforcement.trade.gov/download/factsheets/factsheet-tolling-memo-28jan19.pdf


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 →

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/12/28/2018-28319/request-for-comments-and-notice-of-a-public-hearing-regarding-the-2019-special-301-review

 

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 →

https://www.uscc.gov/trade-bulletin/january-2019-trade-bulletin

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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https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/01/14/2019-00064/extension-of-import-restrictions-imposed-on-certain-archaeological-and-ecclesiastical-ethnological

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 →

https://www.usitc.gov/press_room/news_release/2018/er1220ll1048.htm