International Trade

  • February 2, 2010

    Vietnam Brings US Shrimp Duty Battle To WTO

    Vietnam has launched its first-ever dispute with the World Trade Organization over anti-dumping duties levied by the U.S. on Vietnamese shrimp exports.

  • February 2, 2010

    Fed. Circ. Vacates Review In Rubber Duty Case

    Finding that neither the foreign nor the domestic party seeking a changed circumstances review of an anti-dumping duty order on rubber thread from Malaysia could challenge the U.S. Department of Commerce in federal court, an appeals court has vacated an order directing Commerce to conduct the review.

  • February 2, 2010

    Applikon Fights Customs Over Bioreactor Duties

    Applikon Biotechnology Inc. has sued U.S. Customs and Border Protection to recover duties the Dutch company says were incorrectly imposed on two shipments of bioreactor systems used for the production of cell cultures.

  • February 1, 2010

    Seagate, LSI Trump Qimonda In ITC Chip Patent Spat

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has determined that semiconductor integrated circuit chips imported by Seagate Technology LLC and LSI Corp. do not infringe three Qimonda AG patents.

  • February 1, 2010

    Canadian Lumber Co. Seeks Dismissal Of Import Suit

    A Canadian lumber company has moved for summary judgment in a case brought by the U.S. government, arguing that officials had no right to render imports from 2000 and 2001 subject to quotas under the U.S.-Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement.

  • February 1, 2010

    Kuka Robotics Fights To Recover Import Duties

    Kuka Robotics Corp. has filed suit in an effort to recover duty payments that U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials imposed on a shipment of industrial arc-welding robots and controls imported from Germany.

  • February 1, 2010

    Customs Agrees To Refund GE Turbine Blade Tariffs

    The U.S. government has agreed to refund certain tariffs assessed on General Electric Wind Energy LLC's wind turbine blades at the Port of Houston, resolving a lawsuit GE filed against U.S. Customs and Border Protection last year.

  • February 1, 2010

    CIT Nixes Penalties Against UPS Customhouse

    The U.S. Court of International Trade has ruled that the federal government won't be able to collect penalties imposed on UPS Customhouse Brokerage Inc. over an alleged failure to exercise responsible supervision and control over its customs brokerage business, saying government officials skipped an essential checklist.

  • February 1, 2010

    ITC Launches Sunset Review Of Chinese Tissue Paper

    The U.S. International Trade Commission is considering whether to revoke anti-dumping duties imposed on certain tissue paper from China in 2005, less than four months after one Chinese company lost a bid to get the U.S. Department of Commerce to revoke the duties against it.

  • February 1, 2010

    China Vows To Punish US Cos. For Taiwan Arms Sales

    The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has lashed out at the U.S. government for greenlighting arms sales to Taiwan, promising to delay security talks and bilateral military programs and sanction certain U.S. companies that deal with Taiwan.

  • February 1, 2010

    Importers Join Duty Feud Over China's Fasteners

    A number of leading screw and bolt importers have intervened in Nucor Corp.’s lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Commerce, opposing claims that China’s currency manipulation calls for countervailing duties on the country’s exported metal fasteners.

  • February 1, 2010

    LG, Funai Settle Patent Suit Over Digital Displays

    Funai Corp. Inc. and LG Electronics Inc. have settled litigation in federal court relating to whether digital displays manufactured by Funai infringe three LG patents, though a U.S. International Trade Commission investigation into the matter continues.

  • January 29, 2010

    Customs Won't Modify Treatment Under 2 FTAs

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection has withdrawn two proposals that would have limited preferential treatment for certain imported clothing under U.S. free trade agreements with Singapore and the Dominican Republic.

  • January 29, 2010

    ITC To Weigh In On Impact Of Duty-Free Sleeping Bags

    The U.S. International Trade Commission is reviewing whether certain types of sleeping bags should be duty-free as part of the U.S. trade representative's inquiry into the effects of the policy on a domestic sleeping bag maker.

  • January 29, 2010

    Export Boost Key To Fueling Job Market: USTR

    U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk has hailed President Barack Obama's call for a boost in U.S. exports to foster domestic employment opportunities, saying an aggressive trade policy that increases such exports is key to supporting American job creation.

  • January 29, 2010

    Argentine Media Law Hurts US Exports: HBO

    HBO Latin America Group has filed a brief with the U.S. International Trade Commission urging American officials to take action against a new Argentine law that the company claims arbitrarily discriminates against foreign television programmers.

  • January 29, 2010

    Senate Approves Comprehensive Iran Sanctions

    The U.S. Senate has backed a comprehensive bill that attempts to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions by imposing new sanctions on Iran’s refined petroleum sector and toughening existing penalties against the country and its trading partners.

  • January 29, 2010

    Commerce Raises Steel Plate Duties On Italian Co.

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Friday preliminarily raised anti-dumping duties on steel plates imported by Italian steel manufacturer Evraz Palini Bertoli SpA, in response to the company's request for a review.

  • January 28, 2010

    Trade Preference Reform Faces Uncertain Future

    Though prominent members of Congress have announced plans to overhaul the U.S. trade preference programs, lawyers are skeptical that reform is in the cards this year.

  • January 28, 2010

    Stay Of Samsung, Spansion Patent Spat Approved

    A bankruptcy judge on Thursday signed off on a deal between bankrupt chip maker Spansion Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. to stay multimillion-dollar flash memory patent litigation before the U.S. International Trade Commission and elsewhere until the debtor can complete its reorganization.