International Trade

  • October 21, 2009

    Commerce Increases Duties On Chinese Steel Pipes

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has raised countervailing duties against Chinese welded pipe exporters, having determined on remand that it erred in its calculation of duties against Huludao Steel Pipe Industrial Co. Ltd. and several affiliates.

  • October 21, 2009

    Cuban Bans Eased, But No Cigar Yet For Embargo End

    The end of the U.S. embargo against Cuba will create a host of trade opportunities and challenges for American companies, but whether the decades-long trade restrictions will be lifted anytime soon is open to debate, lawyers say.

  • October 20, 2009

    CIT Again Remands Taiwanese Steel Pipe Case

    The U.S. Court of International Trade has remanded for a second time a U.S. Department of Commerce decision on alleged dumping of steel pipe products from Taiwan, saying the agency failed to adequately address why it excluded an adjustment for imputed costs.

  • October 20, 2009

    ITC Opens Inquiry Into Dual Access Luggage Locks

    Following a complaint by Safe Skies LLC, the U.S. International Trade Commission has decided to launch an investigation into whether 20 Asian and European companies have broken the law by importing airport security-friendly luggage locks that allegedly infringe two patents.

  • October 20, 2009

    Samsung Appeals Stay Order In Spansion Ch. 11

    Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is appealing a bankruptcy judge's decision to stay an infringement complaint the electronics giant filed against bankrupt Spansion Inc. in the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • October 20, 2009

    China Sets New Tariffs For US, Foreign Nylon

    China’s Ministry of Commerce has imposed new tariffs on nylon 6, or polycaprolactam, from the U.S., European Union, Russia and Taiwan, continuing what some consider to be retaliatory tariffs stemming from the U.S.’ recent decision to impose tariffs on Chinese tire imports.

  • October 20, 2009

    WTO Chief Presses For Acceleration Of Doha Talks

    Key trading nations have agreed on a new plan for concluding the long-stalled Doha Development Round talks, but World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy says negotiators must pick up the pace significantly if they want to meet their goal of wrapping things up in 2010.

  • October 20, 2009

    US Shrimpers Seek To Halt Thai Import Duty Collection

    A group of U.S. shrimp producers has asked a federal judge to postpone the collection of lowered anti-dumping duties levied on frozen warmwater shrimp imported from Thailand until after litigation protesting the duties is resolved.

  • October 20, 2009

    GPX Ruling Could Shake Up Duty Calculation Methods

    The tires at issue in the much-discussed Section 421 safeguard case are not the only Chinese-made tires making waves in the international trade community these days. Tires are also at the center of a recent ruling that could change the way anti-dumping and countervailing duties are calculated on exports from nonmarket economy countries.

  • October 20, 2009

    Importers Object To Nucor's 'Broad' Request For Duties

    Several importers of steel fasteners from China and Taiwan have petitioned the U.S. International Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce to limit the scope of their investigation into possible import duties, saying petitioner Nucor Corp. claimed injury to items it does not even manufacture.

  • October 20, 2009

    Senate Urged To Refocus Customs' Trade Mission

    With counterfeit imports costing businesses as much as $1 trillion each year and regulatory uncertainty slowing cross-border traffic, a panel of trade authorities has urged the U.S. Senate Finance Committee to give U.S. customs agents new tools to promote trade facilitation and enforcement.

  • October 20, 2009

    Q&A With Hiscock & Barclay's Richard Paul

    Americans tend to be impatient and are generally driven by arbitrary deadlines that cause them to lose focus on what makes a successful overseas transaction. This tends to frustrate Americans and discourage them from making commitments to foreign business. It also tends to offend foreign companies, who typically have a more patient approach to business, says Richard J. Paul, a partner in Hiscock & Barclay LLP's international business practice group.

  • October 19, 2009

    Long-Dormant Bakeware Duties Case Revived

    Cake decorating equipment and bakeware company Wilton Industries Inc. is reviving several long-dormant import tariff disputes after a federal appeals court issued a favorable ruling for the company in a similar case against the government two years ago.

  • October 19, 2009

    Red Bull Settles Gray Market Suit Against Distributor

    Red Bull GmbH has settled its gray market lawsuit against Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Lamont Distributors Inc. as the Austrian energy drink giant presses its campaign against companies that it says peddle products not intended for sale in the United States.

  • October 19, 2009

    Indian Matchboxes Dumped, Subsidized: ITA

    The U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration has determined that Indian exporters of commodity matchbooks to the U.S. are dumping the product at less than fair market value and having it subsidized by India's government.

  • October 19, 2009

    Seagate, LSI Come Out Ahead In Chip Patent Ruling

    An administrative law judge has largely found in favor of defendants Seagate Technology and LSI Corp. in a patent suit filed by Qimonda AG alleging importation of semiconductor integrated circuit chips that infringe Qimonda’s patents, finding that the defendants either did not infringe the patents-at-issue or that the patents are invalid.

  • October 19, 2009

    ITC Rejects Duties For Argentine Piston Parts

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has decided against imposing countervailing duties on imports from Argentina of piston inserts used in diesel engines, ruling that the imports do not injure or threaten U.S. industry.

  • October 19, 2009

    ITC Jams InterDigital's Section 337 Claims V. Nokia

    Nokia Corp.'s 3G wireless handsets do not infringe patents assigned to InterDigital Communications LLC, the U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled, affirming an administrative law judge's final initial determination in favor of Nokia in August.

  • October 19, 2009

    Apple Can't Add Defense In ITC Action: Spansion

    Bankrupt flash memory provider Spansion Inc. has fired back at Apple Inc., saying it is attempting to sidestep a bankruptcy court's order and add the affirmative defense of express license against Spansion's patent infringement complaint before the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • October 19, 2009

    ITA Tweaks ArcelorMittal Duties On Steel In Coil

    The U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration has said ArcelorMittal's steel plate in coils from Belgium will be subject to a revised anti-dumping duty, following the company's challenge to the preliminary results of a recent review.