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International Trade

  • December 17, 2009

    Judge Tosses Hartford's CIT Suit Over Crawfish Bonds

    Dealing a defeat to The Hartford Fire Insurance Co., a judge has ruled that the U.S. Court of International Trade has no jurisdiction to declare unenforceable $270,000 worth of surety bonds connected to a Chinese company that was busted for evading crawfish duties.

  • December 16, 2009

    Credit Suisse Pays $536M Over Iran Transactions

    Credit Suisse AG has reached a $536 million settlement with U.S authorities, putting to rest allegations that the Swiss banking firm helped clients from countries currently subject to U.S. economic sanctions, including Iran, access the U.S. banking system.

  • December 16, 2009

    ITA Issues, Rescinds Taiwanese Pipe Fitting Duties

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has issued the final results and partial final rescission of its administrative review of the anti-dumping duty order on certain stainless steel butt-weld pipe fittings from Taiwan, in response to a Taiwanese producer's challenge.

  • December 16, 2009

    USTR Issues Finding On Sugar Trade Surpluses

    The U.S. trade representative has released a determination on trade surpluses for sugar and syrup goods from Chile, Morocco, the Dominican Republic and Peru — which will not be allowed to import any sugar products duty-free — and El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, which may import limited quantities duty-free.

  • December 16, 2009

    CIT Rules For ThyssenKrupp In Steel Duty Dispute

    ThyssenKrupp Mexinox SA de CV has prevailed in its challenge to the U.S. government's collection of anti-dumping duties on stainless steel sheet and strip products from Mexico and redistribution of those duties to domestic steelmakers, which the Mexican steelmaker said violated laws enacting the North American Free Trade Agreement.

  • December 16, 2009

    ITC To Review Ruling On Coaxial Cable Connectors

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has decided to review part of a ruling that a Connecticut-based manufacturer of coaxial cable connectors and its Taiwanese supplier did not infringe a patent held by PPC Inc.

  • December 16, 2009

    Indian Nuclear Market Slippery, But Within US' Grasp

    While a U.S.-India nuclear deal could mean a veritable bonanza for U.S-based companies in the nuclear sector, regulatory hurdles on the parts of both countries and steep competition from other countries could hinder American efforts to enter the Indian market, according to experts.

  • December 16, 2009

    Fed. Circ. Allows Reliquidation Of Agro Mushrooms

    In a setback for the U.S. Department of Commerce, a federal appeals court has affirmed the reliquidation of Agro Dutch Industries Ltd.’s imported mushrooms.

  • December 16, 2009

    House Urges USTR To Keep Ecuador Trade Benefits

    Members of the U.S. House of Representatives have urged the U.S. trade representative not to cancel trade benefits to Ecuador despite questions Chevron Corp. — involved in a multibillion-dollar environmental lawsuit with the country — has raised about compliance with a trade program.

  • December 16, 2009

    Delphi Wins Import Fee Drawbacks On Petroleum

    Delphi Petroleum Inc. has won summary judgment in a suit seeking drawbacks on maintenance and processing fees paid on imported petroleum, distinguishing its claims from a prior test case that would have precluded it from recovering any amount.

  • December 15, 2009

    Rubber Glove Patent ITC Claims Invalid: Fed. Circ.

    A federal appeals court has affirmed the U.S. International Trade Commission's finding that infringement claims made by Tillotson Healthcare Corp. are invalid, marking a defeat for the Orangeburg, N.Y.-based medical rubber glove maker that sued dozens of rivals.

  • December 15, 2009

    House Passes Iran Gas Sanctions Bill By Wide Margin

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed by 412-12 a bill that would ban companies that provide Iran with assistance in refining petroleum into gasoline and other products from accessing U.S. markets.

  • December 15, 2009

    Sun Sets On Banana Wars As EU Agrees To Cuts

    Ambassadors from the European Union and Latin American countries have formally resolved their 15-year-old tussle over banana imports, clearing the path to end one of the longest-running trade disputes since World War II.

  • December 15, 2009

    Commerce Affirms Anti-Dumping Rate On Furniture

    In another blow to importers, the U.S. Department of Commerce has affirmed a 216 percent anti-dumping duty rate on wooden bedroom furniture from China but also decided that combination rates are not called for in the matter.

  • December 15, 2009

    SKF Takes Fight Over Ball Bearing Duties To Fed. Circ.

    The French subsidiary of Swedish bearing company SKF AB has appealed a U.S. Court of International Trade decision affirming the U.S. Department of Commerce's use of suppliers' production costs, rather than exporters' acquisition costs, to calculate anti-dumping duties on ball bearings.

  • December 15, 2009

    Iranian Gets 5 Years For Weapons Trafficking

    A federal judge has sentenced Iranian arms procurement agent Amir Hossein Ardebili to five years in prison for illegally purchasing and exporting to Iran a number of dual-use military items including gyro censors, phase shifters and aircraft computers.

  • December 15, 2009

    House Votes To Extend Trade Perks For Some Countries

    The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a one-year extension to two trade programs that allow certain developing nations to export thousands of goods to the United States duty-free.

  • December 15, 2009

    ITC To Review Findings In Whirlpool, LG Fridge Fight

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has decided to review an administrative law judge's ruling that LG Electronics USA Inc.'s products do not infringe Whirlpool Corp.'s patent for ice storage bins in refrigerator doors.

  • December 15, 2009

    White House Will Enter Trans-Pacific Trade Talks

    U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said the government will participate in negotiations for a broad-based regional Asia-Pacific trade agreement in hopes of creating an integrated regional economic platform and expanding the international market for U.S. exports.

  • December 14, 2009

    High Indian Tariffs Impede US Market Growth: ITC

    High tariffs and tough nontariff measures cause American farmers and food manufacturers to suffer hundreds of millions of dollars a year in lost sales to India, according to a newly released report.