The U.S. Trade Representative is seeking comments regarding the continuation of Section 301 duties for products from China. The additional duties were set to expire starting in July if this required four-year review did not take place., click here.
Toll Holdings Limited, an Australian freight forwarder, agreed to a $6,131,855.00 settlement with the Department of Treasury for 2,958 violations of multiple U.S. sanctions and executive orders. The violations occurred when payments for transportation services involving prohibited destinations or sanctioned entities originated in, or were received through, financial institutions in the United States or with foreign branches of U.S.-incorporated financial institutions. This settlement highlights the need for U.S. companies to assure all foreign operations, including financial services, are in compliance with U.S. sanctions, embargoes, and other restrictions.
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The Court of International Trade issued its opinion in response to the over 3,600 plaintiffs challenging Lists 3 and 4A of the Section 301 Chinese tariffs. The CIT ruled that the U.S. Trade Representative did in fact have the authority to impose the List 3 and List 4A duties. However, the Court did remand the matter back to the USTR stating that the comments received in response to the proposed lists were not adequately reviewed or considered before finalizing List 3 and List 4A., click here.
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is requesting public comments on the current automotive provisions of the USMCA. Under the USMCA Implementation Act and related Executive Order, the USTR is to conduct a biennial review of the automotive provisions of the agreement and report its findings to Congress; this is the first of the these required reviews. The USTR is requesting public input regarding areas such as the current operation of the USMCA, steps taken by automotive companies to demonstrate compliance with the automotive rules of origin, and if the current rules of origin are effective and relevant. To review this article in its entirety, please see the following link., click here.
The Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) has assessed an $80,000.00 penalty and audit requirements for a company charged with unlicensed exports of EAR99 items to Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and two subsidiaries. While products falling under EAR99 generally do not require a license, Huawei and the two subsidiaries were on the BIS’s Entity List that requires a license for all exports. , click here.