Tariffs

10% Tariffs on Chinese List 4 Goods Will Take Effect on September 1st

10% Tariffs on Chinese List 4 Goods Will Take Effect on September 1st with Delayed Implementation for Certain Electronics, Apparel and Footwear

by Melissa Proctor • August 13, 2019

On August 13th, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced the imposition of an additional 10% tariff on certain Chinese-origin exports to the United States valued at roughly $300 billion (the “List 4 Goods”) as part of the ongoing trade dispute between the United States and China. Previously, on May 17th, USTR published a proposed […]


China Devalues Its Currency, Halts Purchases of U.S. Agricultural Products

China Devalues Its Currency, Halts Purchases of U.S. Agricultural Products, and Threatens Additional Tariffs on U.S. Goods

by Melissa Proctor • August 6, 2019

Yesterday, China’s Ministry of Commerce suspended purchases of U.S. agricultural products, lowered the value of its currency and indicated that it may impose import tariffs on U.S. agricultural products. China’s escalation of the trade conflict with the United States is in response to the Trump Administration’s announcement last week that 10% tariffs would be imposed […]


DDTC Requests Public Comments for the Consolidation of ITAR License Exemptions

DDTC Requests Public Comments for the Consolidation of ITAR License Exemptions

by Melissa Proctor • July 26, 2019

On July 26th, the U.S. State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”) published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking public comments on the proposed consolidation and clarification of the various license exemptions in the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”). DDTC is currently working to streamline and clarify the ITAR, and its goal […]


Midsummer Update on U.S. Trade and Tariff Actions under Sections 232 and 301

Midsummer Update on U.S. Trade and Tariff Actions under Sections 232 and 301

by Melissa Proctor • July 11, 2019

As we near the mid-point of the summer, we thought it would be wise to provide an update on the various U.S. trade and tariff actions under Sections 232 and 301 in case either the Arizona heat or the humidity hitting the rest of the country have taken a toll on weary importers. The following […]


Companies May Begin Submitting Their Product Exclusion Requests for List 3 Goods on June 30th

Companies May Begin Submitting Their Product Exclusion Requests for List 3 Goods on June 30th

by Melissa Proctor • June 24, 2019

Today, the USTR published a Notice in the Federal Register outlining the deadlines and procedures for requesting exclusions for specific products from the tariffs imposed upon certain Chinese-origin products imported into the United States (i.e., the List 3 goods) under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974.  See 84 Fed. Reg. 29576 (June 24, […]


Mexican Tariffs Avoided

Mexican Tariffs Avoided

by Melissa Proctor • June 10, 2019

President Trump announced Friday night that the threatened tariffs on Mexican goods scheduled to take effect o Monday, June 10, are “indefinitely postponed”. Approximately 6,000 Mexican National Guard forces will be dispatched to help with immigration enforcement, with priority on Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala.  Also, the Migrant Protection Protocols, known as MMP, that the […]


India to Be Removed from the Generalized System of Preferences as of June 5th

India to Be Removed from the Generalized System of Preferences as of June 5th

by Melissa Proctor • June 3, 2019

On May 31, 2019, President Trump issued a Proclamation “To Modify the List of Beneficiary Developing Countries under the Trade Act of 1974” that will effectively remove India as a beneficiary developing country from the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) as of June 5th.  The GSP is a unilateral preferential trade program that was enacted […]


Tariffs To Be Imposed On All Mexican Goods In Attempt To Stem The Tide Of Undocumented Persons Crossing The Border Into The United States

Tariffs To Be Imposed On All Mexican Goods In Attempt To Stem The Tide Of Undocumented Persons Crossing The Border Into The United States

by Melissa Proctor • June 3, 2019

On the evening of May 30, President Trump announced in a tweet that “. . . the United States will impose a 5% Tariff on all goods coming into our County from Mexico, Until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP.  The Tariff will gradually increase until the immigration […]