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USTR Issues First Round of Tariffs on Chinese Products

Last update on June 15, 2018.

USTR Issues First Round of Tariffs on Chinese Products

USTR Issues First Round of Tariffs on Chinese Products

As announced May 29, 2018, President Trump stated the USTR will announce by June 15 the list of products subject to an additional 25 percent duty rate for goods from China. The first list of tariffs include 1102 separate US tariff lines, 818 of which were included in the original 1333 lines that were originally proposed on April 6. CBP will begin collecting the additional 25 percent duty rate effective July 6, 2018. The second set of tariffs will undergo further review in a public notice and comment process, including an ...

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APHIS Proposes to Allow Imports of Fresh Avocado Fruit from Continental Ecuador

Last update on June 15, 2018.

APHIS Proposes to Allow Imports of Fresh Avocado Fruit from Continental Ecuador

Washington, D.C., June 14, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing to allow imports of fresh avocado fruit from continental Ecuador into the continental United States. After a thorough review, APHIS scientists determined the fruit can be safely imported under a systems approach to protect against the introduction of pests of concern.
A systems approach is a series of measures taken by growers, packers, and shippers that, in combination, minimize pest risks prior to importation into the United States. In this case, the systems approach includes production site requirements ...

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FMC Grants NCBFAA Petition on NRAs and NSAs

Last update on June 8, 2018.

FMC Grants NCBFAA Petition   on NRAs and NSAs

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Since the enactment of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 1998, the NCBFAA has been urging the FMC to lift archaic, burdensome regulatory barriers on the NVOCC industry. The Association's efforts were pursued through a series of petitions that asked the FMC, among other things, to use its authority to exempt NVOCCs from the obligation to file or publish the rates in tariffs. Consistent with the FMC's exemption statute, the NCBFAA has contended that granting this exemption would not be detrimental to commerce or reduce competition. To the contrary, the Association has been arguing ...

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Presidential Proclamation Adjusting Imports of Aluminum into the United States

Last update on June 1, 2018.

Presidential Proclamation Adjusting Imports of Aluminum into the United States

Source: https://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/economy-jobs/
On January 19, 2018, the Secretary of Commerce transmitted to me a report on his investigation into the effect of imports of aluminum articles on the national security of the United States under section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1862).
In Proclamation 9704 of March 8, 2018 (Adjusting Imports of Aluminum Into the United States), I concurred in the Secretary’s finding that aluminum articles are being imported into the United States in such quantities and under such circumstances as to threaten to impair ...

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President Donald J. Trump Approves Section 232 Tariff Modifications

Last update on June 1, 2018.

President Donald J. Trump Approves Section 232 Tariff Modifications

Source: https://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/economy-jobs/
Today, President Donald J. Trump signed two proclamations, which note that measures are in place to address the impairment to the national security threatened by imports of steel and aluminum from Argentina, Brazil, and Australia.
At this time, similar measures are not in place with respect to steel or aluminum imports from Mexico, Canada, or the European Union. Therefore, as of June 1, 2018, tariffs will no longer be suspended for steel or aluminum imports from those countries. The Administration will continue discussions with them and remains open to discussions with other countries ...

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