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International Trade

  • August 26, 2009

    Estee Lauder Steps Up Fight Over Cosmetic Kit Duties

    Cosmetics giant Estee Lauder Inc. has filed an amended complaint in its suit with the U.S. government over customs duties, asking the court to allow the company to import cosmetic kits without paying any tariffs.

  • August 26, 2009

    Tugboat Co. Loses Bid To Avoid Repair Tariffs

    A judge has ruled that San Juan, Puerto Rico, is a U.S. port for the purposes of ship repair tariffs, and that a tugboat company must therefore pay a duty of 50 percent of the cost of repairs that were performed in the Dominican Republic.

  • August 26, 2009

    ITC To Take Second Look At SanDisk Case

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has decided to partially review an administrative law judge's decision that found no infringement of two patents held by SanDisk Corp. in a case over flash memory technology.

  • August 25, 2009

    Russian Metals Co. Sues DOC Over Magnesium Duty

    Russian metals giant PSC VSMPO-AVISMA Corp. has launched a suit against the U.S. Department of Commerce over a magnesium anti-dumping duty rate, which AVISMA claims is too high.

  • August 25, 2009

    WTO Prepares Mixed Ruling In Boeing-Airbus Squabble

    The World Trade Organization reportedly will issue a mixed ruling next week in the long-running dispute over the legality of EU subsidies to aircraft manufacturer Airbus SAS.

  • August 25, 2009

    Commerce Appeals Shrimp Duty Ruling To Fed. Circ.

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has appealed a ruling by the U.S. Court of International Trade that effectively would revoke anti-dumping duties on exports of shrimp from Thailand by Thai I-Mei Frozen Foods Co. Ltd.

  • August 25, 2009

    ANZ To Pay US $6M Over Sudan, Cuba Transactions

    Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. will pay $5.75 million to settle a suit brought by the U.S. Department of the Treasury against the bank for allegedly violating U.S. economic sanctions against Sudan and Cuba.

  • August 25, 2009

    Chinese Exec Cops Plea In Honey Duty-Dodging Case

    An executive with China-based Changge Jixiang Bee Products Ltd. is facing up to five years in a U.S. prison after pleading guilty to being part of a scheme to dodge more than $3.3 million in anti-dumping duties on $1.6 million worth of honey imported from China.

  • August 25, 2009

    Swiss Shoemaker Asks ITC To Drop Section 337 Probe

    Swiss shoemaker Masai Marketing & Trading AG has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to end an investigation into alleged infringement of a Masai patent that covers a type of curved-sole shoe.

  • August 25, 2009

    Investors Flock To South Korea Despite Downturn

    Despite the global economic meltdown, South Korea is increasingly becoming a hotbed for direct foreign investment, which reportedly totaled $6.79 billion in the first seven months of this year.

  • August 25, 2009

    NY Freight Co. Fined Over Scrap Exports To Pakistan

    A Manhattan-based shipping company has agreed to pay a $70,000 penalty to settle allegations that it violated export control regulations by arranging for the shipment of scrap metal to a company in Pakistan without the proper license.

  • August 24, 2009

    ITC To Dig Deeper In Chinese Ribbon Investigation

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has determined that there is a reasonable indication the U.S. industry for ribbons used on scrapbooks and floral arrangements is threatened by imports from China and Taiwan sold at Michael's Stores Inc. and Target Corp.

  • August 24, 2009

    ITC Launches Samsung Flash Memory Probe

    The U.S. International Trade Commission announced Monday it would begin investigating several major technology companies using, importing or making Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. flash memory chips, at the behest of BTG International Inc., which claims the chips infringe several of its patents.

  • August 24, 2009

    Cargill, Others Seek To Intervene In Citric Acid Suit

    Archer Daniels Midland Co., Cargill Inc. and Tate & Lyle Americas Inc. have filed a motion to intervene on behalf of the U.S. International Trade Commission in a case involving imports of citric acid and citrate salts from Canada and China.

  • August 24, 2009

    China Mulls Expansion Of Yuan Trade Program

    As part of a push to internationalize China's currency, government officials are reportedly considering whether to broaden a trial program that allows imports and exports to be paid for in yuan.

  • August 24, 2009

    Catfish Cos. Want Duties On Vietnam Exports Adjusted

    Industry representative Catfish Farmers of America and several individual U.S.-based catfish farmers have lodged a complaint contesting the results of the International Trade Administration's review of an anti-dumping duty on two companies that export frozen fish fillets from Vietnam.

  • August 24, 2009

    Nintendo, Hillcrest Reach Deal In Suits Over Wii

    Nintendo Co. has signed a license agreement with Hillcrest Laboratories Inc. and asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to wind down its investigation into allegations that the remote control devices for its hugely popular Wii video game system infringed several of Hillcrest's patents.

  • August 21, 2009

    Calif. Nazi-Looted Art Statute Preempted: 9th Circ.

    A California statute giving artwork owners and their heirs the right to sue to reclaim works stolen by Nazis is preempted by federal law, an appeals court has affirmed while leaving the door open for the daughter-in-law of a dead Jewish art dealer to recover two paintings she alleges were looted during the Holocaust.

  • August 21, 2009

    Toasted Bread Importer Sues US Over Hormone Duties

    Importer Monviso USA LLC has become the second European food importer in the space of a week to sue the U.S. government over retaliatory duties imposed on food products in the wake of a European ban on hormone-treated beef, alleging the duties have been improperly collected.

  • August 21, 2009

    DOC Tells CIT Steel Dumping Review Will Stand

    Ordered by the U.S. Court of International Trade to reconsider its decision not to halt a steel dumping review involving ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc., the Department of Commerce has thought the matter over — and come to the same conclusion, it said.