USITC Releases Report Concerning the Likely Impact of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) today released its report assessing the likely impact of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) that the President entered into with Mexico and Canada on November 30, 2018.

As requested by the U.S. Trade Representative and required by the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015, the USITC’s report, United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement: Likely Impact on the U.S. Economy and Specific Industry Sectors, provides an assessment of the likely impact of the agreement on the U.S. economy as a whole and on specific industry sectors and the interests of U.S. consumers.

In making its assessment, the Commission investigated the impact the agreement would have on the U.S. gross domestic product; exports and imports; aggregate employment and employment opportunities; and the production, employment, and competitive position of industries likely to be significantly affected by the agreement. In addition, as requested, the Commission, in making its assessment, has reviewed available economic literature regarding the agreement, including literature concerning any substantially equivalent proposed agreement. The Commission provides a description of the analytical methods used and conclusions drawn in such literature as well as a discussion of areas of consensus and divergence between the Commission’s analyses and conclusions of other economic assessments reviewed.

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https://www.usitc.gov/press_room/news_release/2019/er0418ll1087.htm

USITC Votes To Continue Investigations On Carbon and Alloy Steel Threaded Rod From China, India, Taiwan, and Thailand

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of carbon and alloy steel threaded rod from China, India, Taiwan, and Thailand that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value and subsidized by the governments of China and India.

Chairman David S. Johanson and Commissioners Irving A. Williamson, Meredith M. Broadbent, Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, and Jason E. Kearns voted in the affirmative. 

As a result of the Commission’s affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue with its antidumping and countervailing duty investigations concerning imports of this product from China, India, Taiwan, and Thailand. Read More → 

https://www.usitc.gov/press_room/news_release/2019/er0405ll1079.htm

USITC Makes Determinations in Five-Year (Sunset) Reviews Concerning Utility Scale Wind Towers from China and Vietnam

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that revoking the existing antidumping and countervailing duty orders on imports of utility scale wind towers from China and Vietnam would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time. 

As a result of the Commission’s affirmative determinations, the existing antidumping duty orders on imports of these products from China and Vietnam and the existing countervailing duty order on imports of these products from China will remain in place. Read More → 

https://www.usitc.gov/press_room/news_release/2019/er0409ll1081.htm

Second Joint Committee Meeting Under The Bilateral Agreement Between The United States Of America And The European Union On Prudential Measures Regarding Insurance And Reinsurance

WASHINGTON - On April 2, 2019, the United States and the European Union held the second meeting of the Joint Committee established under the U.S.-EU agreement on prudential measures regarding insurance and reinsurance (“the Agreement” hereafter). The United States and the European Union signed the Agreement on September 22, 2017, and the Agreement entered into force on April 4, 2018.

The Agreement—which is a ‘covered agreement’ as defined by the Dodd-Frank Act for the United States and an Agreement under Article 218 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union for the European Union—addresses three areas of prudential insurance oversight: (1) reinsurance; (2) group supervision; and (3) the exchange of insurance information between supervisors. Read More → 

https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/press-releases/2019/april/second-joint-committee-meeting-under

USTR Proposes Products for Tariff Countermeasures in Response to Harm Caused by EU Aircraft Subsidies

The United States Trade Representative (Trade Representative) is initiating an investigation to enforce U.S. rights in the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute against the European Union (EU) and certain EU member States addressed to EU subsidies on large civil aircraft. The Trade Representative proposes determinations that the EU and certain member States have denied U.S. rights under the WTO Agreement and have failed to implement WTO Dispute Settlement Body recommendations. The Trade Representative proposes to take action in the form of additional duties on products of the EU or certain member States, to be drawn from the preliminary list annexed to this Notice. The interagency Section 301 Committee is seeking public comments and will hold a public hearing in connection with the proposed determinations. Read More → 

https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/enforcement/301Investigations/Preliminary_Product_List.pdf

Rubber Bands from Thailand Injure U.S. Industry, Says USITC

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of rubber bands from Thailand that the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman David S. Johanson and Commissioners Irving A. Williamson, Meredith M. Broadbent, Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, and Jason E. Kearns voted in the affirmative. 

As a result of the USITC’s affirmative determination, Commerce will issue an antidumping duty order on imports of this product from Thailand. Read More → 

https://www.usitc.gov/press_room/news_release/2019/er0409ll1082.htm

Create/Update Importer Identity Form (CBP Form 5106)

The Create/Update Importer Identity Form (CBP Form 5106) is the form used to create or update importers' unique identification information within CBP's systems, per 19 CFR 24.5.  CBP is currently in the process of revising the form and incorporating those changes into ACE and will post information about the updates being made to the 5106 on this webpage.

CBP Form 5106 Information

  • Frequently Asked Question

  • Importer Account (CBP Form 5106) Webinar Recording

  • ACE CATAIR: Create/Update Importer Identity Form

  • ACE 5106 Error Dictionary

  • Create/Update Importer Identity Form (CBP Form 5106)

Other CBP Form 5106 Resources

  • ACE 5106 Information Notice

  • 5106 Policies and Procedures Guide

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https://www.cbp.gov/trade/programs-administration/entry-summary/cbp-form-5106

U.S.-CHINA ECONOMIC AND SECURITY REVIEW COMMISSION

Highlights of This Month’s Edition

• Bilateral trade: In January 2019, U.S. exports of goods to China fell 27.5 percent year-on-year to $7.1 billion—a record-setting decline; the monthly U.S. trade deficit in goods with China totaled $34.5 billion.
• Bilateral policy issues: On March 6, Huawei sued the U.S. government, alleging it had been unlawfully and incorrectly banned from U.S. government procurement.
• Policy trends in China’s economy: The Chinese government set an annual GDP growth target of between 6 and 6.5 percent in 2019 amid slowing global economic growth projections and ongoing trade tensions with the United States; China’s new Foreign Investment Law aims to address U.S. concerns about intellectual property theft and forced technology transfers; observers expressed concern the law will serve as window dressing and not result in meaningful change. Read More →

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

USITC Votes To Continue Investigations On Carbon and Alloy Steel Threaded Rod From China, India, Taiwan, and Thailand

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of carbon and alloy steel threaded rod from China, India, Taiwan, and Thailand that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value and subsidized by the governments of China and India. Read More →

https://www.usitc.gov/press_room/news_release/2019/er0405ll1079.htm

U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration and Amcham Korea Sign MOA to Promote Small Business Exports

Today, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) has been signed between the U. S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration (ITA) and The American Chamber of Commerce in Korea (AMCHAM Korea) to support export growth of U.S. small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to South Korea.

This MOA signing is the first of its kind between ITA and a foreign-based American Chamber of Commerce for the specific purpose of expanding the number of U.S. small businesses exporting to another country. South Korea is currently the sixth largest trading partner in goods to the U.S. and is ably placed to support U.S. SMEs seeking an international market. Read More →

https://www.trade.gov/press/press-releases/2019/U.S.%20DEPARTMENT%20OF%20COMMERCE'S%20INTERNATIONAL%20TRADE%20ADMINISTRATION%20AND%20AMCHAM%20KOREA%20SIGN%20MOA%20TO%20PROMOTE%20SMALL%20BUSINESS%20EXPORTS.asp

CSMS# 19-000155- Submitting Imports of Second Group of Products Excluded from Section 301 Duties

On March 25, 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative will publish a Federal Register Notice announcing the decision to grant the second group of certain exclusion requests from the 25 percent duty assessed under the Section 301 investigation related to goods from China (Tranche 1). The product exclusions announced in this notice will be retroactive as of the July 6, 2018 effective date (see 83 FR 28710). The exclusions will extend for one year after the March 25, 2019 Federal Register notice. The exclusions are available for any product that meets the description in the Annex to the Federal Register notice, regardless of whether the importer filed an exclusion request. Further, the scope of each exclusion is governed by the scope of the 10-digit headings and product descriptions in the Annex, and not by the product descriptions set out in any particular request for exclusion. The functionality for the acceptance of the second group of products excluded from Section 301 duties will be available in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) on March 22, 2019. Read More →

https://csms.cbp.gov/viewmssg.asp?Recid=24140&page=&srch_argv=19-000155&srchtype=all&btype=&sortby=&sby

Commerce Initiates Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty Investigations of Imports of Carbon and Alloy Steel Threaded Rod from China, India, Taiwan, and Thailand

On March 14, 2019, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced the initiation of antidumping duty (AD) investigations of imports of carbon and alloy steel threaded rod from China, India, Taiwan, and Thailand and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of imports of carbon and alloy steel threaded rod from China and India. Read More →

https://enforcement.trade.gov/download/factsheets/factsheet-multiple-carbon-alloy-steel-threaded-rod-ad-cvd-initiations-031419.pdf

List of frequently asked questions about the Create/Update Importer Identity Form (CBP Form 5106)

The Importer Accounts user interface (UI) for viewing and editing importer data within ACE has been updated. While you will still log into the ACE Secure Data Portal to locate an importer account, there is now a View Importer in New ACE button to launch a new application for accessing the importer’s data. Users with the Trade User or CBP Importer Account Portal User role will be able to view importer account data in New ACE. For directions on how to log into the ACE Secure Data Portal, visit the ACE Training and Reference Guides webpage at https://www.cbp.gov/trade/ace/training-and-reference-guides#portal and select the Account – Initial Access hyperlink. Read More →

https://www.cbp.gov/sites/default/files/assets/documents/2019-Mar/Trade-Importer-Accounts-QRG.pdf

Preliminary Results of Countervailing Duty Administrative Review and Intent To Rescind, in Part; 2017

The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that countervailable subsidies have been provided to producers and exporters of aluminum extrusions from the People's Republic of China (China) for the period of review (POR) January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. Interested parties are invited to comment on these preliminary results. Read More →

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/03/15/2019-04881/aluminum-extrusions-from-the-peoples-republic-of-china-preliminary-results-of-countervailing-duty

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