World trade took a beating in the depths of the recession, starting in late 2008, but may have bottomed out in the second quarter of 2009 and appears to be improving, according to the World Trade Organization's annual statistical report.
In an initial finding, the U.S. Department of Commerce has determined that certain steel grating imported from China has been unfairly subsidized by the Chinese government.
The U.S. International Trade Commission is asking domestic and foreign paint brush producers and importers to respond to questionnaires as part of a scheduled five-year review on anti-dumping duties imposed on paint brushes from China.
The U.S. Department of Commerce has issued its preliminary determination in its countervailing duty investigation on imports of prestressed concrete steel wire strand from China, finding that the country's exporters have benefited from unfair Chinese government subsidies.
The U.S. Court of International Trade has rejected French ball bearing manufacturer SKF France SA's challenge to the U.S. Department of Commerce's decision to use the production costs of an SKF supplier, rather than SKF's acquisition costs, to calculate anti-dumping duties on SKF's bearings.
Regardless of the recent announcements concerning a wholesale revamping of U.S. export laws, export restrictions have been in place since the Revolutionary War and are unlikely to fundamentally change, says Giovanna M. Cinelli, chair of the export control practice group at Patton Boggs LLP.
A bill aimed at strengthening the trade enforcement efforts at U.S. Customs and Border Protection has been greeted with cautious optimism by trade lawyers, who say it has the potential to put a greater focus on trade at the agency, which now dedicates many of its resources to security issues.
A lobbying group for the American steel industry has urged U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to take a hard line on unfair trade practices by China, including the alleged undervaluing of the yuan, during trade talks between the countries.
The European Commission's top trade official has called on leaders in the U.S. and Europe to break the regulatory glass ceiling inhibiting greater trans-Atlantic trade, saying tariffs are not the problem for European Union exporters.
Contending that it was pushed into financial distress in part by onerous duties related to its manufacturing operations in China, heavy-duty tire producer GPX International Tire Corp. has filed for bankruptcy protection with a plan to break apart and sell its business as three separate units.
U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk has expressed a desire to make India one of the top 10 U.S. trading partners, saying that he expects to formalize a framework for trade and investment between the countries “in the very near future.”
Two Indian shrimp exporters have asked the U.S. Court of International Trade to lift an injunction preventing the U.S. government from implementing a decision retroactively lowering anti-dumping duties on Indian shrimp.
The direction of the practice is toward regulations administered by agencies other than the traditional trade enforcement agencies; for example, food safety, product safety, intellectual property rights and climate change,says Susan Kohn Ross, international trade counsel for Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP.
The U.S. Court of International Trade has denied a temporary injunction to American Signature Inc. while the company appeals an unfavorable ruling against it concerning anti-dumping duties on wooden bedroom furniture from China.
A coalition of forest product companies is asking the Federal Trade Commission to determine whether the green timber standards set by the Forest Stewardship Council, the guidelines favored by many environmentalists, are misleading, deceptive and anti-competitive.
The U.S. Court of International Trade has remanded a suit brought by PSC VSMPO-AVISMA Corp. over a magnesium anti-dumping duty back to the Department of Commerce, finding the DOC should take into account an expert affidavit filed by the Russian metals giant.
The trade experts committee in the European Union is reportedly set to vote on Nov. 19 on whether to extend anti-dumping duties on leather shoes from China and Vietnam.
U.K. authorities are considering bringing civil claims or criminal charges in connection with a Nigerian bribery scheme involving Halliburton Co. and former subsidiary KBR Inc., Halliburton has disclosed.
A U.S. International Trade Commission investigation has affirmed an administrative law judge's finding that flash drive products made and imported by Taiwan-based manufacturers Phison Electronics Corp., Silicon Motion Inc. and Skymedi Corp. do not infringe SanDisk Corp. patents.
Following in the footsteps of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., the U.S. International Trade Commission is appealing a bankruptcy judge's decision to stay an infringement complaint the electronics giant filed before the ITC against bankrupt Spansion Inc.