International Trade

  • April 22, 2010

    Ford Seeks $3M In Duty Refunds On Jaguar Imports

    Ford Motor Co. has lodged a new suit demanding refunds on duties paid on nearly $780 million worth of imported Jaguar vehicles, accusing the U.S. government of liquidating the entries in an inaccurate and untimely manner.

  • April 22, 2010

    ITC Votes To Maintain Duties On Chinese Crepe Paper

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has voted to sustain an anti-dumping duty order on crepe paper products from China, finding that revocation of duties would likely lead to the continuation or recurrence of injury to American producers.

  • April 21, 2010

    DOC Initiates Probe Into Chinese Aluminum Extrusions

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Wednesday announced its initiation of anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations of imports of aluminum extrusions from the People's Republic of China, 20 days after the U.S. International Trade Commission launched its own investigation into the same products.

  • April 21, 2010

    EU Trade Plan Targets Commercial Infringement

    In a draft version of the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement released Wednesday, the European Commission outlined a plan aimed at policing large-scale intellectual property violations without infringing consumers' civil liberties.

  • April 21, 2010

    Man Sentenced To 7 Years In Panama Bribery Case

    A Virginia man who was found to have bribed Panamanian government officials in exchange for a no-bid contract to maintain buoys and lighthouses along Panama's waterways has been sentenced to seven years in prison, the longest term ever imposed for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

  • April 21, 2010

    Airport's Double-Billing Suit Against US Lands In CIT

    In a case that could be the first of its kind, the Fresno-Yosemite International Airport is suing the U.S. government for about $1 million dollars over alleged double billing for three customs officers contracted to work at the airport.

  • April 21, 2010

    Sens. Seek To Extend Ethanol Industry Tax Credits

    Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Kent Conrad, D-N.D., are pushing to extend several tax credits and a tariff designed to support domestic ethanol and biodiesel producers, in hopes of bolstering the domestic alternative fuel industry while jump-starting job creation.

  • April 21, 2010

    Delta, Others Exit Cognex's 337 Case Over Software

    A U.S. International Trade Commission administrative law judge has granted Cognex Corp.'s bid to dismiss Delta Design Inc. and four other respondents from a Section 337 investigation over machine vision software patents.

  • April 21, 2010

    CIT Backs Remand Results In Chinese Pipe Duty Suit

    Finding that the U.S. Department of Commerce used reasonable surrogate values in calculating anti-dumping duties on a Chinese company's pipe imports, a federal judge has sustained Commerce's remand results and shut the door on the case.

  • April 20, 2010

    Gates Wants 1 Agency To Handle Dangerous Exports

    Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has set forth a plan to reform the U.S.' export control system, calling for the creation of a single agency to license the export of potentially dangerous goods such as weapons and weapon components.

  • April 20, 2010

    Sens. Call For ITC Probe Of Chinese IP Infringement

    Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., and ranking member Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, have asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to investigate the impact of Chinese intellectual property infringement on the American economy, arguing that it is killing U.S. jobs.

  • April 20, 2010

    USTR Eyes Abandonment Of Tariffs On Green Goods

    Amid ongoing efforts to strengthen foreign trade relations, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk has directed the International Trade Commission to study the economic impact of removing tariffs on environmental goods.

  • April 20, 2010

    Brainard Confirmed To Treasury Post After Delay

    The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Lael Brainard as undersecretary for international affairs at the Department of the Treasury, more than a year after President Barack Obama nominated her for the post.

  • April 20, 2010

    Georgia-Pacific Unfurls Towel Dispenser 337 Action

    Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP has targeted several competitors in a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission, claiming that they are unlawfully importing electronic paper towel dispensers that infringe four patents.

  • April 20, 2010

    Big Fish Duties May Get Away From Commerce

    A federal court has told the U.S. Department of Commerce to reassess anti-dumping duties assigned to Vietnamese fish producer East Sea Seafoods LLC and to consider evidence that addresses the extent to which the company is independent from the control of the Vietnamese government.

  • April 20, 2010

    Ford, US Reach Agreement On Disputed Drawbacks

    The federal government has agreed not to review a handful of drawback claims on imports by Ford Motor Co. until the completion of pending litigation, admitting it erroneously charged Ford more than $91,000 in repayment orders in January.

  • April 20, 2010

    Brazilian Steel Cos. Appeal Loss In Price-Fixing Suit

    Brazilian steel companies CBCC, Minasligas and Ferbasa have appealed the dismissal of a lawsuit that said their rivals in the U.S. formed a cartel, jacked up prices on ferrosilicon then complained to U.S. trade authorities about foreign “dumping.”

  • April 20, 2010

    Thai Shrimp Import Duty Rate Not Realistic: Fed. Circ.

    A federal appeals court has overturned the U.S. Court of International Trade's anti-dumping duty rate determination for Gallant Ocean Co. Ltd.'s frozen warmwater shrimp imports from Thailand on the grounds that the rate is not consistent with commercial reality.

  • April 19, 2010

    O2 Micro Backlighting Patent Not Infringed: ITC Judge

    A U.S. International Trade Commission administrative law judge ruled Monday that Monolithic Power Systems Inc., Asus Computer International Inc. and Microsemi Corp. have not infringed an O2 Micro International Ltd. patent covering backlighting technology for liquid crystal displays.

  • April 19, 2010

    US Wins Stay Of Diamond Saw Blades CIT Suit

    A suit from domestic saw blade makers challenging duty rates on Chinese exporters will not move forward until a federal appeals court adjudicates a related appeal, a U.S. Court of International Trade judge has ruled.