International Trade

  • October 2, 2009

    Totes-Isotoner, US To Debate Gender Bias In Duties

    Totes-Isotoner Corp. will square off with the U.S. government Monday in a case alleging that higher customs duties for men's gloves are unconstitutional because they discriminate on the basis of sex and age.

  • October 2, 2009

    ITA Weighs In On Chinese Garlic Dumping Duties

    The U.S. International Trade Administration has issued a final review on duties for fresh garlic imported from China, finding that at least two exporters made sales at prices below normal values on a bona fide basis.

  • October 2, 2009

    WTO Sets Deadline For Colombian Duty Reforms

    A World Trade Organization arbitrator has ruled that Colombia has until February 2010 to bring its duty-pricing rates and port-of-entry barriers related to Panama into conformity with WTO regulations, splitting the difference between dates proffered by Colombia and its Latin American neighbor.

  • October 2, 2009

    Samsung's ITC Case Against Spansion Stayed

    Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.'s complaint against Spansion Inc. in the U.S. International Trade Commission over flash memory patents has been stayed by the bankruptcy court overseeing Spansion's Chapter 11 case.

  • October 2, 2009

    CIT Calls For 'Drastic Remedy' In Anti-Dumping Case

    Applying what it called a “drastic remedy,” the U.S. Court of International Trade has ordered the government to immediately issue anti-dumping duty orders on diamond saw blades from China and Korea.

  • October 2, 2009

    Q&A With Paul Hastings' Hamilton Loeb

    The trade sanctions field used to have a stable and well-known population of bad guys — Cuba, North Korea, Libya, Iraq, China, the Soviets. Not any more. The future will bring more refined trade sanctions, such as the Sudan/Darfur rules and the on-off restrictions on Syria, says Hamilton Loeb, head of the international trade practice at Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker LLP.

  • October 2, 2009

    US Poultry Groups Push For WTO Probe Of EU Ban

    A coalition of poultry industry groups is urging the U.S. Trade Representative to push the World Trade Organization to examine the European Union's long-standing refusal to accept U.S. poultry exports because of antimicrobials used in processing.

  • October 2, 2009

    USTR Seeks Input On China-US Tire Tariff Dispute

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is seeking public comments on objections raised by China over a tire tariff hike introduced by the United States in September, following Beijing's request for consultation with the U.S. over the disagreement.

  • October 2, 2009

    Commerce Secretary Urges Export Control Reforms

    U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke has proposed reforms to U.S. export controls, saying the current system is outdated and unnecessarily puts U.S. technology firms at a significant disadvantage to foreign rivals.

  • October 2, 2009

    China's Plea For Status Change To Fall On Deaf Ears

    China is by far the largest and most important U.S. trading partner to be designated a nonmarket economy by the U.S. Department of Commerce, but despite pleas from Chinese officials that the U.S. reconsider that designation, lawyers say China is likely to remain a nonmarket economy in American eyes for quite some time.

  • October 1, 2009

    Duties Sought On Mexican, Chinese Copper Tube

    A group of copper pipe manufacturers that produce the bulk of the U.S.' seamless refined copper pipe and tube has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to impose anti-dumping duties on imports from China and Mexico.

  • October 1, 2009

    Elimination Of Some Tariffs Would Aid US Trade: ITC

    U.S. exports would expand by $5.5 billion and imports by $13.1 billion over the next four years if tariffs were eliminated in the sugar, dairy, tobacco, textile and other manufacturing sectors, according to a new report from the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • October 1, 2009

    Q&A With White & Case's Walter Spak

    In the next few years, with increased trade friction between governments and more trade remedy cases as companies try to keep alleged “unfairly traded” goods out of their markets, it is likely that more law firms will try to establish global international trade practices, says Walter J. Spak, head of White & Case LLP's international trade group.

  • October 1, 2009

    UK Agency Goes On Attack Against BAE Systems

    The U.K.'s Serious Fraud Office said Thursday that it intended to prosecute defense contractor BAE Systems PLC for offenses related to overseas corruption in Africa and Eastern Europe.

  • October 1, 2009

    Commerce Department Revokes Argentine Wire Duty

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has revoked an anti-dumping duty order on imports of Argentine barbed wire and barbless fencing wire, originally instituted in 1985, following the department's third sunset review of the order.

  • October 1, 2009

    Shotgun Maker Fined For Export Control Violations

    Firearm maker Griffin & Howe Inc. has agreed to pay a $67,000 penalty to settle allegations that it shipped classified firearms and related devices to Zambia, Canada and Chile without the required licenses in violation of federal export control regulations.

  • October 1, 2009

    Task Force Report Urges Changes To US Model BIT

    Charged with taking a fresh look at the U.S. model bilateral investment treaty, a U.S. Department of State task force has prepared a broad overview of conflicting views on provisions in the current model BIT, recommending cautious changes while avoiding a protectionist stance.

  • September 30, 2009

    Experts Skeptical About G-20's Doha Statement

    Among numerous declarations about the economy, world leaders vowed last week at the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh that they would fight trade protectionism and that they were committed to concluding the Doha Round by the end of 2010. Many experts remain skeptical, however, saying there are too many big differences to overcome.

  • September 30, 2009

    US, Canada Eye End To 'Buy American' Stimulus Flap

    U.S. and Canadian trade officials are working on a deal to exempt Canada or otherwise address the country's concerns with the “Buy American” provisions in Washington's massive economic stimulus package, a high-level official said Wednesday.

  • September 30, 2009

    Saxon, RIM Resolve ITC Wireless Patent Dispute

    Saxon Innovations LLC has reached a settlement with Research In Motion Ltd. in the patent suit it brought before the U.S. International Trade Commission over wireless communication devices.