International Trade Law

Preparing to Import and Export under the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA): Strategies for Using the New USMCA to Gain a Competitive Edge

by Melissa Proctor • June 11, 2020

A Virtual Conversation Wednesday, June 17, 2020 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET Please join the World Trade Center Delaware, Miller Proctor Law PLLC, and the U.S. Commercial Service to receive an in-depth overview of the USMCA, a firm understanding of the relevant rules and requirements,  effective strategies for taking full advantage of this free trade […]

COVID-19 Agency Announcements Impacting Trade

COVID-19 Agency Announcements Impacting Trade

by Melissa Proctor • March 20, 2020

U.S. importers and exporters take note: Customs and Border Protection, the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Industry and Security have issued announcements or taken actions as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 virus on their ongoing operations. Specifically— • Requests to Delay the Payment of Duties: […]

2020 Trade Policy and Annual Report to Congress

USTR Submits the 2020 Trade Policy and Annual Report to Congress

by Melissa Proctor • March 6, 2020

On February 28, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) submitted President Trump’s 2020 Trade Policy Agenda and Annual Report to Congress. The 300-page report details how the Administration’s follow-through on promises made to change U.S. trade policy has resulted in an economic “blue-collar boom” with higher wages, more jobs and a stronger economy.  The report […]

Dirty Tricks and Sneaky Tactics: U.S. Issues Advisory on Sanctions Risks Involving North Korea

by Melissa Proctor • July 24, 2018

[July 23, 2018)] On July 23, 2018, the U.S. Departments of State, Treasury and Homeland Security issued an advisory that warns companies of the tactics used by North Korea to evade U.S. and United Nations economic sanctions. Today’s advisory does not impose any new sanctions on North Korea. Rather, the sanctions on North Korea remain […]

Section 301 Tariffs on Chinese-Origin Goods Imported into the United States Are Now in Effect

by Melissa Proctor • July 6, 2018

On July 6th (12:01 a.m.), the Section 301 tariffs on imports of certain Chinese goods into the United States officially went into effect. Goods classified in one of the covered subheadings that are products of China are now subject to a 25% ad valorem rate of duty in addition to the applicable general (Column 1) […]

State and Commerce Departments Publish Long-Awaited Proposed Rules for U.S. Export Controls on Firearms, Ammunition and Related Equipments

by Melissa Proctor • June 12, 2018

On May 24th, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) and the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”) published the long-awaited proposed rules for the export control of firearms, guns, ammunition and related articles under the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”). These are just […]

Commerce Department and ZTE Reach New Agreement on U.S. Export Violations

by Melissa Proctor • June 12, 2018

On June 7th, the Commerce Department announced that Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation and ZTE Kangxun Telecommunications Ltd. (collectively “ZTE”) agreed to additional civil penalties and compliance measures in exchange for their removal from the Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) Denied Persons List, thereby allowing them to regain access to the U.S. market. ZTE, the […]

U.S. Announces Withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal and the Snap-Back of Previously Lifted Sanctions

by Melissa Proctor • May 9, 2018

On May 8, 2018, the President announced that the United States would withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”), and begin reimposing the nuclear-related sanctions that were lifted in 2015. He also issued a National Security Presidential Memorandum (“NSPM”) directing the U.S. Treasury Department and other departments and agencies to begin taking the […]

A Game of Chicken or Chess: The U.S. and China Increase Import Tariffs

by Melissa Proctor • April 10, 2018

Last month, the Trump Administration increased tariffs on certain steel and aluminum products imported into the United States for national security reasons under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 (19 U.S.C. Ch. 7). Three weeks later, the United States announced that it would also increase tariff rates on additional goods imported from […]

OFAC Adds Russian Oligarchs, Senior Government Officials and Russian-Owned Companies to the Specially Designated Nationals List

by Melissa Proctor • April 10, 2018

On April 6th, pursuant to the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) and various Executive Orders, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) added 36 parties to the Specially Designated Nationals (“SDN”) List including: 7 Russian oligarchs and the 12 companies that they own or control; 17 senior Russian government officials; and, […]