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International Trade

  • 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.

  • December 14, 2009

    CIT Approves Higher Duties On Chinese Steel Pipe

    The U.S. Court of International Trade has finalized an increase in countervailing duties against Chinese steelmaker Huludao, a victory for U.S. steel companies that argued the federal government set duties too low after misclassifying a state-owned Huludao supplier.

  • December 14, 2009

    ITA Issues New Chinese Chemical Dumping Margins

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has issued revised dumping margins for two chemical imports from China that the agency has determined are being sold in the U.S. at prices below normal value.

  • December 14, 2009

    King Wins Injunction In Suit Over Pipe Fitting Duties

    A judge has imposed a preliminary injunction barring U.S. Customs and Border Protection from liquidating entries of pipe fittings from China by King Architectural Metals, responding to the steel products company's challenge to the classification of its products in an anti-dumping duty order.

  • December 14, 2009

    ITC Taps Former USAID Exec For Inspector General

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has named Philip M. Heneghan — previously chief information security officer for the U.S. Agency for International Development — as inspector general.

  • December 14, 2009

    Q&A With Burns & Levinson's Harvey Burg

    There is little doubt that global trade significantly will increase in the next five years, and America will continue to be the leading recipient for exports from other countries, says Harvey M. Burg, co-chair of Burns & Levinson LLP's international practice group.

  • December 14, 2009

    China Takes WTO Dispute Over Tire Tariffs To Next Level

    China has taken the next step in its challenge of steep tariffs the U.S. placed on certain Chinese-made tires earlier this year, asking the World Trade Organization to assemble a dispute settlement panel after failing to resolve the conflict during consultations with the U.S.

  • December 11, 2009

    Thai Companies Dumping Plastic Bags: ITA

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced that Thai companies have been selling plastic shopping bags in the United States for less than their normal value.