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International Trade

  • January 22, 2010

    Thailand Wins WTO Dispute Over US Zeroing

    The World Trade Organization has once again called out the U.S. government for its use of zeroing in calculating certain anti-dumping duties, handing Thailand a victory in its complaint over the way the U.S. came up with duties for imports of plastic retail bags.

  • January 22, 2010

    US, Home Products Defend Ironing Table Duties

    The U.S. and domestic ironing board maker Home Products International Inc. are fighting a Chinese exporter's bid for judgment in a case challenging anti-dumping duty calculations on metal-top ironing tables from China.

  • January 22, 2010

    USTR Taps Jim Sanford For Small-Business Czar

    Less than three months after committing to increasing exports for small- and medium-sized businesses, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk has designated an assistant U.S. trade representative for small business, market access and industrial competitiveness.

  • January 22, 2010

    DOC Begins Investigations Into Chinese Drill Pipe

    In response to a petition from a group of American drill pipe producers, the U.S. Department of Commerce has decided to initiate anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations of drill pipe from China used in oil drilling applications.

  • January 21, 2010

    Clock Ticking For Compliance On New Customs Rules

    An enforcement deadline is looming next week for new U.S. Customs and Border Protection regulations requiring importers to provide the government with more information before shipping cargo by sea, and importers that haven't made an effort to comply face a tough road, lawyers say.

  • January 21, 2010

    USTR To Rethink Duty-Free Status Of Sleeping Bags

    U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to look into the economic impact of removing sleeping bags from the list of articles eligible for duty-free treatment under the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences.

  • January 21, 2010

    WTO To Investigate US Tariff On Chinese Tires

    The World Trade Organization has agreed to commence an inquiry into whether a steep tariff the U.S. has imposed on Chinese tire imports violates international trade policies.

  • January 21, 2010

    Lawmakers Urge USTR To Fight Taiwan's Beef Ban

    Leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives' Ways and Means Committee are urging the U.S. trade representative to pressure Taiwan to lift its ban on American beef imports, reinstated earlier in January in a reversal of a trade agreement the two countries reached in October.

  • January 20, 2010

    Foreign Saw Blade Makers Sue US Over Duty Review

    Foreign manufacturers of diamond saw blades have refiled a lawsuit over anti-dumping duties that had previously been dismissed as premature by the U.S. Court of International Trade.

  • January 20, 2010

    Apple Takes Fresh Aim At Nokia Over Tech Patents

    Apple Inc. has stepped up its patent war with Nokia Corp., lodging a Section 337 action in the U.S. International Trade Commission against the cell phone manufacturer over a slew of patents for technology used in smartphones and computers.

  • January 20, 2010

    Toshiba Seeks ITC Probe Of Wistron Laptops

    Toshiba Corp. has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to conduct a patent probe into Wistron Corp.'s notebook computers, seeking to block certain of its Taiwanese rival's imports into the United States.

  • January 20, 2010

    CIT OKs Dumping Margin On Turkish Steel Imports

    A U.S. Court of International Trade judge has upheld the Department of Commerce's recalculation of the dumping margin for steel concrete reinforcing bars from Turkey after receiving no major resistance from the parties.

  • January 20, 2010

    Japan Extends Clunker Subsidy Program To US Cars

    The government of Japan has announced that it will extend a program that gives subsidies to people who trade old cars in for more fuel-efficient ones to include U.S.-made cars, two weeks after the authors of America's similar Cash for Clunkers program criticized Japan's program as “discriminatory.”

  • January 19, 2010

    Fed. Circ. Denies Chrysler Export Tax Refunds

    A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a lower court's decision to deny Chrysler Corp. more than $782,000, an amount that the automaker had requested as compensation for money paid on a 1986 export tax that the U.S. Supreme Court later ruled to be unconstitutional.

  • January 19, 2010

    High Court Won't Take Up Norgren, SMC Patent Dispute

    The U.S. Supreme Court will not wade into the debate over whether the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit acted correctly in reversing an International Trade Commission finding that SMC Corp.'s devices used in compressed-air systems do not infringe Norgren Inc.'s patent.

  • January 19, 2010

    Patent-Sharing Deal Ends Kodak, LG Camera IP Case

    Citing a settlement, the U.S. International Trade Commission has closed the book on a patent dispute between Eastman Kodak Co. and South Korea-based LG Electronics Inc. over digital camera technology.

  • January 19, 2010

    Funai Seeks Default For Proview In ITC TV Probe

    Funai Electric Co. Ltd. has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to find Proview Technology Inc. in default because the company has not responded to Funai's complaint accusing several electronics companies of infringing a patent for television technology.

  • January 19, 2010

    Ta Chen Returns To Court Over Pipe Fitting Duties

    Ta Chen Stainless Pipe Co. Ltd. is again challenging a determination by the U.S. Department of Commerce to impose anti-dumping duties on certain stainless steel butt-weld pipe fittings from Taiwan.

  • January 19, 2010

    Sens. Call On Russia To Ease Meat Trade Barriers

    Sens. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., have accused the Russian government of imposing “baseless” restrictions on U.S. beef, pork and poultry producers' access to Russian markets, urging U.S. trade officials to take action during talks this week to reopen the critical markets.

  • January 15, 2010

    US Moves To Toss Xerox Suit Over Nu-Kote Products

    The U.S. government is seeking dismissal of Xerox Corp.'s challenge to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's determination that toner cartridges made by Nu-Kote International Inc. are not products of the United States.