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International Trade

  • January 13, 2010

    Canadian Inuit Sue EU To Overturn Seal Products Ban

    Canadian Inuit on Wednesday sued the European Union seeking to overturn a near-total ban on the import of seal products into EU countries, saying a “shrill” campaign by anti-sealing lobby groups lacked valid conservation arguments.

  • January 13, 2010

    Biz Group Says Export Control Regs Hurt US Tech Cos.

    A consortium of industry groups is recommending that the federal government revise and reduce the technologies subject to export control regulations, saying current controls are outdated and fail to account for changes globalization brought to world commerce.

  • January 13, 2010

    ITC Weighs Trade Perks For Thai Tires

    The U.S. International Trade Commission will investigate the impact of granting duty-free preferences to Thailand for new pneumatic radial tires made of rubber, part of a proposed modification to the U.S. trade preferences guidelines.

  • January 13, 2010

    USTR Calls For Comments On Overseas IP Protection

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is seeking input from the public as it prepares its annual “Special 301” report on the effectiveness of intellectual property enforcement in other countries.

  • January 13, 2010

    Iranian Scientist Gets 4 Years For Trade Violations

    A federal grand jury has sentenced an Iranian-American chemical engineer to four years in prison and five years of supervised release for fraud and conspiracy in connection with illegal payments to Iranian businesses and institutions in violation of U.S. trade sanctions against the country.

  • January 13, 2010

    Philips Drops Set-Top Box NAFTA Refund Spat

    Philips Electronics North America Corp. has dropped its case challenging U.S. Customs and Border Protection's decision that set-top boxes the electronics giant imported from Mexico did not qualify to receive preference under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

  • January 13, 2010

    ITC Investigates Trans-Pacific Trade Deal

    The U.S. International Trade Commission is seeking input from stakeholders as it begins investigating the economic consequences of a potential U.S. free trade agreement being negotiated with seven countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

  • January 12, 2010

    US, Insurers Fight Dumping Duty Surety Action

    The U.S. Department of Commerce and a group of insurers have challenged the jurisdiction of a $723 million purported class action by domestic producers of honey, garlic, crawfish and mushrooms over the government's alleged failure to collect anti-dumping duties covered by surety bonds issued to Chinese importers.

  • January 12, 2010

    Ford Suit Over NAFTA Import-Duty Refunds Tossed

    Ford Motor Co. has lost its bid to recoup import duties the company paid on merchandise it said should have been exempt under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

  • January 12, 2010

    CIT Denies US Steel Challenge Of S. Korean Duties

    A judge has shot down a challenge by United States Steel Corp. and Nucor Corp. to the government's calculation of anti-dumping duties on corrosion-resistant carbon steel flat products from South Korean company Hyundai Hysco.

  • January 12, 2010

    Atlantic China Welding Let Out Of Lincoln ITC Case

    An administrative law judge of the U.S. International Trade Commission has preliminarily agreed to let Atlantic China Welding Consumables Inc. out of an investigation over bulk welding wire equipment patents.

  • January 12, 2010

    Hebei Wins Injunction On Duty, Despite US Objections

    Over the objections of the U.S. government, the U.S. Court of International Trade has granted a preliminary injunction to Hebei Foreign Trade and Advertising Corp. in the Chinese activated carbon exporter's challenge to its anti-dumping rate.

  • January 11, 2010

    More Chinese Carbon Cos. Cry Foul On Import Duties

    Yet another group of Chinese chemical producers has challenged the U.S. Department of Commerce’s findings in an administrative review of anti-dumping duties levied on activated carbon imported from China.

  • January 11, 2010

    DOC Recalculates Duties For Chinese Tire Exporter

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has recalculated anti-dumping duties for a Chinese exporter of off-road tires in response to complaints from domestic producers Bridgestone Americas Inc. and Titan Tire Corp.

  • January 11, 2010

    Commerce Slashes PSF Duties For 2 Chinese Cos.

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has slashed anti-dumping duties on polyester staple fiber for two Chinese companies over a two-year period, concluding an administrative review.

  • January 11, 2010

    Sharp Returns Fire In Samsung LCD Patent Battle

    Sharp Corp. has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to investigate whether rival Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is infringing five patents used in liquid crystal display technology, the latest salvo in the ongoing battle between the two electronics giants.

  • January 11, 2010

    ITC Hands Mitsubishi Win In GE Wind Turbine Case

    In a reversal of an administrative law judge's ruling, the U.S. International Trade Commission has terminated a Section 337 complaint filed by General Electric Co. against Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., finding no violation of GE patents by Mitsubishi wind turbine components.

  • January 11, 2010

    NY Consultant Charged With Sending $4.7M To Iran

    A management consultant for a major New York consulting firm has been charged with violating the U.S. trade embargo against Iran by wiring around $4.7 million to the Mideast country.

  • January 8, 2010

    DOC Raises AFA Rates On Shandong Hand Tool Imports

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has raised the dumping margin on certain heavy forged hand tools made by Shandong Machinery Import & Export Co. pursuant to a remand order issued in the Chinese machinery company's suit challenging the department's final determination of the rates.

  • January 8, 2010

    Liz Claiborne To Get Refund In Lyocell Duties Dispute

    Women's clothing retailer Liz Claiborne Inc. has said it will accept a refund from the U.S. government in order to put an end to a slew of suits challenging duty rates the company paid for garments made with lyocell.