International Trade

  • August 6, 2009

    US Trade Hit Record High In 2008: ITC

    The U.S. hit a record high for merchandise trade in 2008 and saw the trade deficit for products increase by more than $24 billion, with deficits with Canada and China seeing the largest individual jumps, according to a new report.

  • August 6, 2009

    US, Mauritius Start Bilateral Investment Treaty Talks

    The United States and Mauritius have agreed to work on a bilateral investment treaty aimed at strengthening investor protections and bolstering market-oriented economic reforms in Mauritius, the U.S. trade representative and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton revealed Thursday.

  • August 5, 2009

    DOC Rules To Lift Tariffs Off Thai Shrimp Cos.

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has made an initial determination that Phatthana Frozen Food Co. Ltd. and Sea Wealth Frozen Food Co. Ltd. should be excluded from the agency’s earlier order imposing anti-dumping duties on warm-water shrimp and prawns from Thailand.

  • August 5, 2009

    Senate Supports New Scrutiny For Seafood Imports

    The U.S. Senate has approved a measure directing the Food and Drug Administration to study its seafood import inspection infrastructure and supply chains most vulnerable to contamination in order to fortify its ability to keep tainted foreign seafood products from reaching U.S. consumers.

  • August 5, 2009

    DOC Told To Reconsider Duties On Chinese Tires

    A federal judge has remanded an anti-dumping dispute over off-the-road tires to the U.S. Department of Commerce, based on claims from domestic manufacturers, including Bridgestone Americas Inc., that the agency didn't have enough evidence to cut duties on one Chinese exporter.

  • August 5, 2009

    Ford Fights For Refund Of Unconstitutional Export Tax

    Ford Motor Co. has asked the U.S. Court of International Trade to force the federal government to refund harbor maintenance taxes the automaker paid between 1987 and July 1990, which the U.S. Supreme Court subsequently deemed unconstitutional.

  • August 4, 2009

    Sinochem Wins ITC Ruling In Coolant Case

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has effectively terminated an investigation into whether Sinochem Modern Environmental Protection Chemicals (Xi'an) Co. Ltd.'s refrigerants infringe a patent held by Ineos Fluor Holdings Ltd., deciding to nix an earlier ruling by an administrative law judge upholding the patent.

  • August 4, 2009

    Hynix Got Countervailable DRAM Subsidies: DOC

    The International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce said Tuesday it had preliminarily determined that Hynix Semiconductor Inc. received countervailable subsidies in the dynamic random access memory semiconductor market.

  • August 4, 2009

    Business Groups Push For Green Trade Talks

    Trade groups are urging the Obama administration to pursue multiple avenues to lower trade barriers for green goods and services, even looking beyond the Doha Round of World Trade Organization negotiations if necessary.

  • July 31, 2009

    Food Safety Bill May Put Too Much On FDA's Plate

    The U.S. House of Representatives has signed off on a bill to overhaul how the Food and Drug Administration regulates and tracks food safety throughout supply chains, but experts are asking whether the FDA has the resources to pull off the ambitious new plan.

  • July 31, 2009

    WTO To Investigate US Ban On Chinese Poultry

    A World Trade Organization panel has decided to launch a formal inquiry regarding China's allegation that a U.S. ban on Chinese poultry violates international trade laws.

  • July 31, 2009

    PressTek Wins Early Round In Patent Spat Before ITC

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has given an early nod to printing plate manufacturer PressTek Inc. in its patent dispute with rival VIM Technologies Ltd., ruling that a violation occurred in the import of infringing printing press technology.

  • July 31, 2009

    Oil Contractor To Pay $1M To Avoid FCPA Case

    Oil contractor Helmerich & Payne Inc. has agreed to pay $1 million as part of a nonprosecution deal with the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve improper payments made by company employees to government officials in Latin America in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

  • July 31, 2009

    China Targets EU Over Taxes On Fastener Imports

    China has reportedly launched a trade case claiming the European Union is unlawfully taxing imports of Chinese-made steel fasteners used in a wide array of products, including furniture and automobiles.

  • July 30, 2009

    DOC Eases Anti-Dumping Order Against Chinese Cos.

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has reconsidered a 2004 determination against China-based Gerber Food (Yunnan) Co. Ltd. and Green Fresh (Zhangzhou) Co. Ltd. for allegedly scheming to evade anti-dumping duties and has cut the rate of anti-dumping duties initially imposed on their shipments of mushroom goods exported to the U.S.

  • July 30, 2009

    Insurers, Others Weigh In On US Model BIT Reform

    A range of interest groups has weighed in as the U.S. prepares to update its model bilateral investment treaty for the first time since 2004, including insurance industry representatives urging the government to use the document to push foreign countries to liberalize their own insurance markets.

  • July 30, 2009

    EU Inks Trade Deal With Papua New Guinea

    The European Union and Papua New Guinea signed off Thursday on an interim economic partnership agreement that will allow the South Pacific island to export to Europe without forking over trade charges in exchange for the gradual lifting of duties on most European imports.

  • July 30, 2009

    Food Importers Sue US Over Retaliatory Duties

    French Food Exports Inc. and Universal Trade Services Inc. have targeted the U.S. in a lawsuit, accusing it of unlawfully collecting excessive duties over the last two years on their liver products and other imported preserved French goods.

  • July 29, 2009

    BTG Takes Patent Fight Against Tech Giants To ITC

    BTG International Inc. has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to block the importation of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. flash memory chips and a slew of other manufacturers' products that contain them, opening a new front in a patent infringement fight already under way in federal court.

  • July 29, 2009

    Global Business Explosion Sparks Insurance Needs

    As companies become increasingly global and venture into emerging markets, they are likely to encounter new risks such as economic or political instability and gaps in insurance coverage. Demand for insurance products designed to address those issues is growing, although not all risks involved in international expansions are insurable, according to industry experts.