International Trade

  • July 20, 2010

    Insurer Takes On Byrd Amendment In Honey Duty Suit

    In another case challenging the government's application of the Byrd Amendment, International Fidelity Insurance Co. is suing the U.S. for denying its protests over duties imposed on honey imported from China.

  • July 20, 2010

    Commerce Defends 14% Duty On Atar Pasta Imports

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has told the Court of International Trade that a 14.45 percent dumping margin on pasta imported by Italy-based Atar S.r.l. was properly tallied, following an order by the court to justify the calculation.

  • July 20, 2010

    WTO To Investigate US Ban On Clove Cigarettes

    The World Trade Organization has reportedly agreed to set up a panel to investigate Indonesia's claim that an American ban on the sale of clove cigarettes, a major Indonesian export, is unfair.

  • July 20, 2010

    Lab Device Co. Fined Over Furnace Export To India

    Chemistry lab equipment provider MTI Corp. has agreed to pay $20,000 to settle allegations that it attempted to export a furnace to India without obtaining the requisite license from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

  • July 19, 2010

    ITC Affirms Loss For O2 In Display Patent Case

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has dealt a blow to power management systems company O2 Micro International Ltd., agreeing with a judge's finding that no Section 337 violation had occurred regarding O2's patent for backlighting technology for liquid crystal displays.

  • July 19, 2010

    WCO Tariff Change Would Hurt Bissell: Lawmakers

    A move by the World Customs Organization to reclassify carpet deep cleaners as “other electrical appliances” rather than vacuums would harm Bissell Homecare Inc.'s ability to compete by raising import tariffs, two Republican lawmakers have told U.S. trade officials.

  • July 19, 2010

    Toyota, Paice Resolve Patent Battle Over Hybrids

    Toyota Motor Corp. has reached a settlement with Paice LLC in the U.S. International Trade Commission that puts an end to the companies' patent litigation over hybrid vehicle technology.

  • July 19, 2010

    EAA Challenges Belong In District Court: DC Circ.

    A challenge to export sanctions imposed on Macedonian sporting goods and military supply company Micei International under the Export Administration Act belongs in a federal district court, a federal appeals court has determined.

  • July 19, 2010

    Commerce Finalizes Duties On Indian Shrimp

    Confirming preliminary results, the U.S. Department of Commerce on Monday assessed anti-dumping duties of up to 4.44 percent on dozens of Indian shrimp companies.

  • July 19, 2010

    Tianjin Steel Oil Pipe Rate Tallied Wrong: US Steel

    United States Steel Corp. has filed a lawsuit alleging a 32.07 percent anti-dumping margin federal authorities placed on oil drill pipe products exported into the U.S. by Tianjin Pipe (Group) Corp. was the product of errors including a failure to properly calculate tax and other costs.

  • July 16, 2010

    ITC Judge Invalidates Cognex Machine Patents

    The judge overseeing Cognex Corp.’s Section 337 case alleging infringement of its machine vision software patents has handed a win to Germany-based MVTec Software GmbH and Japan-based Omron Corp. and Daiichi Jitsugyo Viswill Co. Ltd., holding that the two Cognex patents were invalid.

  • July 16, 2010

    Electronics Co. Seeks $2.5M In TV Receiver Duties Suit

    A domestic electronics manufacturer has fired off a suit alleging the U.S. government owes it more than $2.5 million in dumping offsets based on duties assessed on color television receivers from China.

  • July 16, 2010

    Catfish Farmers Intervene In Anti-Dumping Suit

    A federal court is allowing domestic catfish producers led by the Catfish Farmers of America to intervene in an anti-dumping duties suit brought by QVD Co. Ltd. over frozen fish fillets from Vietnam.

  • July 16, 2010

    Tobacco Importer Sues US Over Tax Rates

    A domestic importer of “gutkha” has sued the U.S. government, challenging an agency action labeling the Indian tobacco product as snuff, rather than chewing tobacco, which comes with a tax rate that is three times as high.

  • July 16, 2010

    USPTO Ruled Patent In 337 Action Valid, Cognex Says

    Cognex Corp. has told the judge overseeing its Section 337 case that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office had confirmed the patentability of a machine vision software patent that the respondents recently said was rendered invalid by Bilski.

  • July 15, 2010

    US Ups Subsidy On Essar Hot-Rolled Steel Imports

    The U.S. Department of Commerce said Thursday that Essar Steel Ltd. received an ad valorem Indian government subsidy of 23.64 percent on imports of certain hot-rolled carbon steel flat products — a higher subsidy than previously determined — in a case on remand from the U.S. Court of International Trade.

  • July 15, 2010

    China To Allow More Copyrighted US Media Imports

    China will ease restrictions on copyrighted media imported from the U.S. by March 19 to comply with a World Trade Organization panel ruling that the barriers violated the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.

  • July 15, 2010

    DOC Trying To Change Dismissal Bid: Estee Lauder

    Estee Lauder Inc. has opposed a bid by the U.S. Department of Commerce to file an amended motion to dismiss in a suit over cosmetic kit tariffs, arguing the government will use it as an opportunity to revise arguments made in the original motion.

  • July 15, 2010

    Peru Inks Free Trade Deal With Norway, 3 Others

    Peru has signed a free trade agreement with the four countries that make up the European Free Trade Association, part of an effort to promote trade and investment between the South American nation and Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

  • July 15, 2010

    EU Lawmakers Urge Turkey To Lift Tariffs, Other Barriers

    European legislators have called on Turkey to lift the remaining tariffs and other barriers to trade with the European Union in order to improve trade relations and negotiations to bring the country into the 27-nation bloc.