U.S. Miscellaneous Trade Bill Temporarily Reduces Duty for Some Imports

On September 13, 2018, Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) of 2018 was signed into the law by the President. Included in the bill are temporary duty reductions for certain products imported into the U.S. between October 13th, 2018 and December 31st, 2020. This type of trade bill is used for products that are designated ‘non-controversial’ or…

U.S. Cotton Fee to Increase October 16, 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently published a final rule increasing its cotton fee assessed on applicable imports effective October 16, 2018 – subject to any adverse comments being received by the department. As of that date, the rate assessed will increase from $0.011510 per kilogram to $0.011905 per kilogram or by 3.4%. This fee…

U.S. Considering Increase in Section 301 Duties to 25% on Chinese Imports

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has been asked by the President to consider an increase in additional Section 301 duties to be assessed against $200 billion in Chinese imports. The applicable products related to this possible duty increase may be found here. This is the third list (‘List 3’) of Chinese products…

China Announces Additional Tariffs Covering $60 Billion of U.S. Imports

In response to the United States recently announcing additional duties covering $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, China has announced its own tariffs covering an additional $60 billion in U.S. products. The Chinese government statement is available here (not translated). China states it has targeted over 5,000 U.S. products – all of which would attract…

U.S. Announces Comment Period and Hearings on China Section 301 ‘List 3’

On July 17th, 2018, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced a comment period and public hearings concerning its third list (‘List 3’) of products identified for additional import tariffs or duties of 10% under its ongoing Section 301 Chinese trade action. The USTR notice is available here. List 3 covers over…

U.S. Announces List of Chinese Products Targeted Under Section 301 Action

On April 3rd, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced additional details related to its recent Section 301 investigation of Chinese trade practices. The USTR provided an official Notice of Determination specifically identifying those Chinese products to be targeted with an additional duty of 25%. Products targeted for the additional duty may be found in…