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International Trade

  • March 17, 2010

    Toyota Fights Claim Preclusion In Hybrid Patent Spat

    Toyota Motor Corp. is challenging an administrative law judge's initial determination siding with Paice LLC in a Section 337 case over hybrid vehicles, arguing the decision rests on a fundamental legal error regarding claim preclusion.

  • March 17, 2010

    Bunning Plays Hardball With USTR On Trade Nominees

    Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., is taking heat for his efforts to block two key trade nominees from going up for a final vote before the U.S. Senate, as he attempts to pressure the U.S. trade representative into taking formal action to oppose an anti-smoking law in Canada.

  • March 17, 2010

    Pipe Maker Takes On US Over Countervailing Duties

    A Chinese pipe manufacturer is seeking review of the U.S. Department of Commerce's final countervailing duty determination on certain oil country tubular goods, arguing that a rate higher than 10 percent is not supported by substantial evidence.

  • March 16, 2010

    ITC Finds Italy's Plastic Tape Surplus Requires Duties

    Italy produces larges surpluses of pressure-sensitive plastic tape available for export, the U.S. International Trade Commission has said in a new report that explains why anti-dumping duties on the product have been maintained.

  • March 16, 2010

    US Begins Talks On Pacific Free-Trade Area

    The U.S. is kicking off the first round of negotiations on joining the four-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement, though one observer said he did not expect any major results to come from this week's talks.

  • March 16, 2010

    Sens. Push For End To Japan's Beef Restrictions

    Two U.S. senators have introduced a resolution calling for Japan to end its partial ban on imports of American beef and for the Obama administration to push for wider market access in Japan.

  • March 16, 2010

    Emcore Infringes Avago Fiber Optics Patent: ITC

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has preliminarily determined that Emcore Corp. has imported optoelectronic devices that infringe one of the patents asserted against it by Avago Technologies Ltd., while clearing the semiconductor company of infringing a second patent.

  • March 16, 2010

    US Seeks Remand Of DOC Antiseptic Chemical Ruling

    Echoing similar challenges levied by Chinese and domestic manufacturers, the U.S. government has requested that the byproduct offset calculations in the U.S. Department of Commerce's revised rate determination for chlorinated isocyanurates be remanded to the agency for reconsideration.

  • March 16, 2010

    Obama Faces Backlash Over Iran Sanctions Exemptions

    A group of U.S. senators is urging the Obama administration to stop pushing for exemptions for Russia and China from comprehensive sanctions that target companies doing business in key Iranian economic sectors, including oil and gas.

  • March 15, 2010

    CORRECTED: 130 US Reps Urge Action On Chinese Currency Flap

    A bipartisan group of 130 legislators has penned a letter to U.S. financial officials urging them to immediately confront alleged currency manipulation by China as tension continues to escalate in one of the world's most crucial bilateral relationships.

  • March 15, 2010

    DOC Seeks To Sustain Duties On Korean Steel Imports

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has asked the Court of International Trade to uphold Commerce's decision not to modify anti-dumping duties on corrosion-resistant carbon steel flat products from South Korea.

  • March 15, 2010

    Amazon, Others Seek To Nix 337 Probe Over Stools

    Amazon.com Inc., Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. and several other companies have asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to terminate an investigation into their alleged infringement of a step stool design patent, arguing that the patent-in-suit is invalid due to obviousness.

  • March 15, 2010

    ADM, Cargill OK'd To Join Citric Acid Duty Suit

    A judge has allowed Archer Daniels Midland Co., Cargill Inc. and Tate & Lyle Americas Inc. to intervene on behalf of the U.S. International Trade Commission in a suit filed by several Chinese companies challenging duties on imports of citric acid and citrate salts from Canada and China.

  • March 15, 2010

    US Asks CIT To Affirm BP Petroleum Import Duties

    In response to a challenge brought by BP Products North America Inc., the U.S. government is urging the U.S. Court of International Trade to uphold the tariff classification of two premium grade gasoline entries.

  • March 15, 2010

    Commerce Adjusts Duties On Chinese Garlic Cos.

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has recalculated anti-dumping duty margins for about a half-dozen Chinese garlic producers following a court's remand of several issues — including the valuation of garlic seed.

  • March 12, 2010

    Commerce Can Cut Korean Saw Blade Duties: CIT

    The U.S. Court of International Trade has allowed the U.S. Department of Commerce to reduce duties on South Korean diamond saw blades over an objection from a group of domestic saw blade producers.

  • March 12, 2010

    Obama Says Export Control Reform Plan Imminent

    The Obama administration will outline its proposal to reform the U.S. export control system within weeks, according to the president, who provided several details of the plan.

  • March 12, 2010

    Chinese Phosphate Salts Dumped In US: Commerce

    A week after finding that Chinese potassium phosphate salts are being subsidized at a rate greater than 100 percent, the U.S. Department of Commerce had handed down a preliminary determination that Chinese producers are also dumping those salts into the U.S. market.

  • March 12, 2010

    Conference Committee Picked For Iran Sanctions Bill

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has named seven senators to the conference committee that will work to combine the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate versions of legislation to toughen trade sanctions against Iran, particularly in the petroleum industry.

  • March 12, 2010

    Avid Unit Claims Digital Mixers Should Be Duty-Free

    Avid Technology Inc.'s Digidesign Inc. unit has filed a complaint claiming U.S. Customs and Border Protection assessed a 2.6 percent duty on imported devices used to digitally edit music, when those items should have been duty-free.