International Trade

  • August 16, 2010

    Barclays To Pay $298M Over US Sanctions Violations

    British banking giant Barclays PLC has agreed to pay $298 million to settle criminal charges by the U.S. Department of Justice that it facilitated transactions for banks in Cuba, Iran and other countries in violation of U.S. sanctions.

  • August 16, 2010

    Rubbermaid Can't Sue Over Freshener Duties, US Says

    The U.S. government is claiming Rubbermaid Commercial Products LLC does not have standing to bring a suit that seeks to lift duties on imports of liquid dispensers used to clean restrooms and control odors.

  • August 16, 2010

    WTO Rejects EU Duties On High-Tech Goods

    The World Trade Organization has sided with the U.S., Japan and Taiwan in a trade battle with the European Union over controversial tariffs on cable boxes, computer monitors and other high-tech goods, ordering the EU to bring its policies in line with its WTO obligations.

  • August 13, 2010

    ITC Opens 337 Probe Into LG Digital TVs

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has decided to investigate LG Electronics Inc.'s imports of flat-panel digital televisions, in response to a complaint from Vizio Inc. that the products infringe several of its patents.

  • August 13, 2010

    Aromont Wins Challenge Of Meat, Veggie Stock Tariffs

    A federal judge has granted food importer Aromont USA Inc. summary judgment in its challenge to a 100 percent duty rate assessed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on meat and vegetable stock products.

  • August 13, 2010

    CIT Remands Chinese Hand Tool Duties For 2nd Time

    Finding the U.S. Department of Commerce's doubling of the duty margin for heavy forged tools imported by Shandong Machinery Import & Export Co. to be “aberrational and punitive,” the U.S. Court of International Trade has again remanded the results for recalculation.

  • August 13, 2010

    China Slaps Korea, Thailand With Chemical Duties

    China's Ministry of Commerce has imposed anti-dumping duties on pure terephthalic acid, a compound used to make polyester, that is imported from South Korea and Thailand.

  • August 13, 2010

    Chinese, Taiwanese Ribbon Harms US Industry: ITC

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has found that U.S. industry is being harmed by subsidies on narrow woven ribbon used for gift wrapping and clothing from Taiwan and China, paving the way for U.S. Customs and Border Protection to issue duties on imports of the products.

  • August 12, 2010

    US-Bahrain Trade Pact Changes Won't Hurt US: ITC

    Changing the U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement rules of origin for certain home furnishings containing combed cotton yarns would likely have little or no impact on total U.S. trade and no effect on U.S. producers of cotton yarns, according to a U.S. International Trade Commission report released Thursday.

  • August 12, 2010

    US Aims To Ease Up Licensing On Defense Exports

    The U.S. Department of State has put forth rule changes to alleviate the licensing burden on exports of defense items to foreign end-users that employ dual nationals or third-country nationals, a step in the Obama administration's effort to overhaul the export control system.

  • August 12, 2010

    Tianjin Wants Duties Nixed After GPX Tires Ruling

    Tianjin United Tire & Rubber International Co. Ltd. has asked a judge to block the U.S. Department of Commerce from liquidating a 6.85 percent countervailing duty on the Chinese company's off-road tires following the U.S. Court of International Trade's rejection of the same markup on GPX International Tire Corp.

  • August 12, 2010

    Covington Nabs Former Senior Commerce Official

    Covington & Burling LLP's international trade practice group has added to its roster of ex-government officials former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration Peter Lichtenbaum, who joins the firm after a four-year stint at BAE Systems Inc.

  • August 12, 2010

    Panasonic, JVC Units Exit 337 Probe Over Circuits

    A U.S. International Trade Commission administrative law judge has dropped respondents Panasonic Semiconductor Discrete Devices Co. Ltd. and JVC Kenwood Holdings Inc. from an investigation over three Freescale Semiconductor Inc. chipset and integrated circuit patents.

  • August 12, 2010

    Commerce Kills Duties For Thai Plastic Bags Group

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has eliminated anti-dumping duties on plastic bags from three affiliated companies that make up the Thai Plastic Bags Group, following an order by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to bring the margins in line with a World Trade Organization decision.

  • August 11, 2010

    ITC Explains Mixed Ruling In Rambus-Nvidia IP War

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has announced the reasoning behind its July decision that three memory controller patents held by Rambus Inc. were valid and that Nvidia Corp. infringed those patents, saying the patents were substantively different from prior art alleged to invalidate them.

  • August 11, 2010

    Customs To Refund Berwick For Misclassified Bows

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection has conceded that it misclassified certain shipments of Chinese-manufactured Christmas bow decorations imported by Berwick Offray LLC, following the company's argument that the products should not be subject to any duties because they are “festive articles.”

  • August 11, 2010

    Slew Of Chinese Cos. Cut From Carbon Duty Review

    The U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration on Wednesday rescinded its administrative review of an anti-dumping order on certain activated carbon from China with respect to a slew of Chinese companies, after the American petitioners that requested the review withdrew their request.

  • August 11, 2010

    Obama Inks Tariff Relief Bill

    President Barack Obama signed into law Wednesday legislation that reinstated the suspension of tariffs on hundreds of products in a bid to boost the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers.

  • August 11, 2010

    US Agrees To Slash Lutavit Tariffs In BASF Cases

    The government has given in to BASF Corp. by agreeing to lower tariffs on the German industrial products giant's Lutavit A 500 S fortified animal feed from 6.4 percent to 1.4 percent in seven related actions dating back more than five years.

  • August 11, 2010

    Global Sourcing Close To Winning CIT Binder Cases

    The government has agreed to drop tariffs on looseleaf ring binders imported by Global Sourcing Group LLP in a move that puts the telecommunications outsourcing company on track to prevail in five related legal challenges that began nearly five years ago.