And Then There Were Three: The U.S., Mexico and Canada Agree to Sign the New USMCA

by Melissa Proctor • October 2, 2018

Canada just joined the United States and Mexico in agreeing to sign on to a modernized NAFTA, which will become known as the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (“USMCA”). The U.S. and Mexico entered their agreement a little over a month ago, and there was a concerted push to conclude the agreement (with or without Canada) before Mexican […]

The Game of Chicken Continues – Latest Developments in the Section 301 Tariffs & China

by Melissa Proctor • September 24, 2018

[September 24, 2018] On September 24th, the third set of tariffs imposed against certain Chinese-origin goods valued at $200 billion went into effect. By way of background, the United States has imposed a series of increased tariffs under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 as the result of an investigation into China’s practice […]

USTR Publishes Specific Exclusion Request Process for the List 2 Tariffs against China

by Melissa Proctor • September 19, 2018

[September 18, 2018] Earlier today, the USTR published a Notice and Request for Comments in the Federal Register with respect to the product specific exclusion request process for the Section 301 tariffs that went into effect on August 23, 2018. Interested persons may submit exclusion requests to the USTR until December 18, 2018. Per the […]

List 3 Tariffs under Section 301 Action against China Slated to Take Effect on September 24th

by Melissa Proctor • September 19, 2018

[September 18, 2018]  On September 17th, the USTR issued the final list of items that will be subject to the new set of tariffs to be imposed under the Section 301 action against China. On the same day, the President issued a statement that the new tariffs will go into effect on September 24, 2018. […]

Upcoming ECTI Webinar on September 12th: Understanding the Tariff Wars

by Melissa Proctor • September 11, 2018

Date/Time: September 12, 2018, 1:00-2:30pm EDT May You Live in Interesting Times. Page through any history book and you will find that the most intriguing and compelling eras were those filled with turmoil, confusion, and uncertainty. But the people living back then, like many of today’s importers, manufacturers, and retailers, would most certainly have traded those […]

NAFTA Is Dead – Long Live the “U.S. – Mexico Trade Agreement” in Principle?

by Melissa Proctor • August 28, 2018

Today, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that the United States and Mexico reached a “preliminary agreement in principle,” subject to finalization and implementation, to update the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The USTR stated that the preliminary accord contains “modern provisions representing a 21st century, high-standard agreement.” The agreement, which will […]

Who Will Blink—U.S. or China? U.S. Proposes to Retaliate against China’s Retaliatory Measures

by Melissa Proctor • July 12, 2018

The U.S. appears to be moving deeper into its trade dispute with China. Late in the day on July 11th, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that the United States may impose additional 10% ad valorem duties on an entirely new list of Chinese-origin goods valued at $200 billion. The new list covers certain Chinese […]

USTR Set to Announce Process for Requesting Exclusions from Section 301 Tariffs

by Melissa Proctor • July 9, 2018

On July 6, 2018, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) issued a press release on its website and an advanced copy of the Federal Register Notice that will detail the new process for requesting exclusions from the additional Section 301 tariffs assessed on certain products from China. The Federal Register is expected to […]

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) […]

Chicken or Chess? The Games Continue: Increased U.S. Tariffs and Retaliation by Key Trading Partners

by Melissa Proctor • June 12, 2018

In March of this year, the U.S. imposed increased tariffs on certain steel and aluminum products imported into the United States from all countries for national security reasons in response to an investigation conducted by the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. Later […]