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International Trade

  • December 23, 2009

    Senate Approves Extension For Trade Preferences

    The U.S. Senate has signed off on one-year extensions for two trade programs allowing certain developing nations, including Ecuador, to export thousands of goods to the U.S. duty-free, clearing the bill for the president's signature.

  • December 22, 2009

    ITC Won't Review Ruling On Railway Tariff Violations

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has refused to review an administrative law judge's initial determination that two American and two Chinese railway supply companies violated tariff laws by misappropriating trade secrets related to the manufacture of cast-steel railway wheels.

  • December 22, 2009

    CIT Partially Affirms DOC Rule On Ball Bearings Duties

    The U.S. Court of International Trade has issued a 99-page opinion primarily upholding the U.S. Department of Commerce's final determination for anti-dumping duties on ball bearings from France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom despite objections from ball bearings manufacturers claiming the department should have used different methodology to calculate the duties.

  • December 22, 2009

    Lloyds Agrees To $217M Deal Over Iran Transactions

    Lloyds TSB Bank PLC has agreed to a $217 million fine for manipulating money transfers in a bid to help customers avoid sanctions placed on Iran, Sudan, Libya and other countries, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control announced Tuesday.

  • December 22, 2009

    WTO Panel To Probe Chinese Export Restrictions

    The World Trade Organization has acceded to requests from the U.S., the European Union and Mexico to form a dispute settlement panel to examine complaints that China is restricting exports of raw materials, such as zinc and silicon metal, through various trade measures.

  • December 22, 2009

    EU Reopens ASEAN Trade Talks, 1 Country At A Time

    European Union member states gave the go-ahead Tuesday for bilateral trade negotiations with individual member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, beginning with Singapore, just months after the two regional groupings put negotiations for an overall free trade agreement on hold.

  • December 22, 2009

    Chinese Paper Co. Wins Injunction On Duties

    Chinese paper maker the Watanabe Group has secured a preliminary injunction barring the U.S. Department of Commerce from liquidating duties on imports of lined paper products, in a suit over anti-dumping duties of more than 250 percent.

  • December 22, 2009

    Commerce Sets Dumping Margins For Chinese Pencils

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has issued a preliminary determination that certain pencils from China are being dumped in the U.S. at less than fair value, but has set lower dumping margins for several companies that showed they were not under government control.

  • December 22, 2009

    Chinese Cos. Dumping PC Strand In US: DOC

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has issued a preliminary finding that Chinese producers and exporters of prestressed concrete steel wire strand have been dumping the product in the U.S. at significantly less than normal value.

  • December 22, 2009

    2 US Cos. Face Penalties For Export License Violations

    U.S. companies Keithley Instruments International Corp. and Tara Technologies Corp. have agreed to pay penalties for exporting controlled items to India and China, respectively, without the proper authorization.

  • December 21, 2009

    Kiswel Settles Lincoln ITC Case Over Welding Wire

    Lincoln Electric Co. Inc. and sister company Lincoln Global Inc. have asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to terminate its investigation of Kiswel Ltd. after the two sides reached a settlement agreement in the dispute over allegedly infringing bulk wire containers.

  • December 21, 2009

    China Loses Appeal Of WTO US Media Import Ruling

    The World Trade Organization's Appellate Body has affirmed a WTO dispute resolution panel's ruling ordering China to relax its import restrictions on films, books and other copyright-intensive media products coming from the U.S.

  • December 21, 2009

    US, China Strike Deal Over 'Famous' Export Subsidies

    The United States and China have reached an agreement to resolve a trade dispute involving the subsidized export of “famous brands” merchandise from China.

  • December 21, 2009

    Fuji Resolves 21 Suits Over Semiconductor Duties

    Fuji America Corp. has agreed to accept a refund from the U.S. government to settle 21 lawsuits that alleged the company was overcharged duties on semiconductor products in 2001 and 2002.

  • December 21, 2009

    Bryan Cave Partner Picked For Key BIS Position

    Bryan Cave LLP partner Kevin Wolf has been nominated to serve as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he will oversee controls on the export of dual-use items.

  • December 21, 2009

    OFAC Asked To Give Export License To Iran For E-mail

    The U.S. Department of State has recommended that the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control issue a general license that would authorize downloads of free communications software in Iran, saying current sanctions are having an “unintended chilling effect” on the flow of information among Iranian citizens.

  • December 21, 2009

    Ardebili Accomplice Pleads Guilty To Export Violation

    An accomplice of Amir Hossein Ardebili, the Iranian arms trafficker who last week was sentenced to five years in prison for illegally purchasing and exporting dual-use military items to Iran, has pled guilty to violating federal law by attempting to export two pieces of controlled camera equipment to that country.

  • December 18, 2009

    Samsung Devices Infringe Kodak Camera Patents: ITC

    Eastman Kodak Co. has won out over Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. in a suit before the U.S. International Trade Commission seeking to block imports of products that allegedly infringe its digital camera technology.

  • December 18, 2009

    Blackboard, Rival Settle Online Course Software Suits

    Blackboard Inc. and Canadian educational software rival Desire2Learn Inc. have resolved their qualms, asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to end its Section 337 investigation of Desire2Learn’s online course management system and agreeing to settle several pending lawsuits.

  • December 18, 2009

    ITC Launches 337 Probe Into Analog's Microphones

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has elected to initiate an investigation into acoustic component maker Knowles Electronics LLC's accusations that semiconductor company Analog Devices Inc. has imported silicon microphone packages that infringe two patents.