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International Trade

  • October 9, 2009

    International Trade Boutiques Find Niche, Price Point

    International trade practices at full-service law firms offer a wide range of resources and top-notch representation, but attorneys at international trade boutiques say their specialized practices and lower price points make them an attractive alternative for prospective clients.

  • October 9, 2009

    New Bill Aims To Eliminate Foreign Market Barriers

    U.S. lawmakers have unveiled legislation that would require negotiators to remove trade barriers restricting U.S. products in foreign markets before offering tariff concessions in return, in an effort to reduce a $2 billion-a-day trade deficit and ensure equal market access.

  • October 9, 2009

    ITA Rules Mexican Company Dumped Cellulose Gum

    The U.S. International Trade Administration has issued a final ruling that Mexican company Quimica Amtex SA de CV did dump purified cellulose gum, the thickening agent carboxymethylcellulose.

  • October 8, 2009

    Horizon, US Dispute Over Vessel Repair Duties Ended

    A federal judge has resolved a spat over duties assessed for three costs incurred by Horizon Lines LLC while docking its vessel in a Portugal port in 2002, ruling that duties for two repairs should be refunded to the company, while additional tug expenses charged to Horizon on a prorated basis should be upheld.

  • October 8, 2009

    Trade Law May Tear Down China's 'Great Firewall'

    The Chinese Internet filter known as the “great firewall” has been blasted by free speech and human rights groups, but some advocates say the best way to get the strict censorship rules relaxed could be to show that they actually constitute a trade barrier that violates global trade agreements.

  • October 8, 2009

    US Asks WTO To Resolve EU Poultry Ban Dispute

    The U.S. asked the World Trade Organization Thursday to settle a trade dispute over the European Union's long-standing ban on imports of poultry cleansed with pathogen reduction treatments.

  • October 8, 2009

    DOC To Investigate Chinese Steel Pipes

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced that it will initiate anti-dumping and countervailing investigations on imports of seamless carbon and alloy steel standard, line and pressure pipe from China, a move that comes just weeks after the U.S. International Trade Commission agreed to launch its own investigation into possible trade violations over SLP pipe.

  • October 8, 2009

    Q&A With Freshfields' Alex Yanos

    One obvious problem facing a number of private investor clients with claims against certain “rogue” states is enforcement. The law is clear, but getting the state to pay has proven complex — as a number of Argentine bondholders have found out the hard way, says Alex Yanos, international arbitration partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

  • October 8, 2009

    S. Korea, EU Sight End On Free-Trade Talks

    Negotiations of a free-trade agreement between members of the European Union and South Korea reportedly are drawing near a conclusion, with officials on both sides of the bargaining table announcing that they hope to finish talks in the coming weeks.

  • October 8, 2009

    OFAC Issues Medical Device Export Guidance

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has issued guidance on how medical device exporters can win clearance to ship replacement parts to Iran and Sudan, laying out a rigorous process for exporting the items.

  • October 8, 2009

    Blade Manufacturers Try To Saw Through CIT Ruling

    Foreign manufacturers are appealing an order by the U.S. Court of International Trade compelling the government to issue anti-dumping duty orders on diamond saw blades from China and Korea.

  • October 8, 2009

    Shrimp Cos. Fail To Lift Injunction On Duties Decrease

    Two foreign shrimp exporters have lost their bid to lift a preliminary injunction barring the U.S. government from assessing lowered anti-dumping duties on frozen warmwater shrimp from India.

  • October 7, 2009

    US Moves To Toss Ford Suit Over Drawback Claims

    The U.S. is seeking to toss a dispute with Ford Motor Co. over whether the government is entitled to recover refunds it gave the carmaker on import duties the company paid for merchandise that never entered the marketplace.

  • October 7, 2009

    2 Indian Cos. Selling Lined Paper Below Value: DOC

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has issued the preliminary results of an anti-dumping review of lined paper imports from India and concluded that two companies are selling their products in the U.S. for less than their normal value.

  • October 7, 2009

    US Protests WTO Finding On China Public Morals Claim

    The United States has appealed part of a World Trade Organization decision ordering China to relax its import restrictions on American media products, arguing that the panel erred in ruling that some limitations could be considered "necessary" to protect public morals.

  • October 7, 2009

    Chinese Chloropicrin To Get Full Sunset Review: ITC

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has voted to conduct a full sunset review of anti-dumping duties imposed against imports of the pesticide chloropicrin from China.

  • October 7, 2009

    Q&A With Thompson Hine's Julia McCalmon

    The laws in the international trade area are not transparent, and the policies on how they are enforced often change. This uncertainty makes it difficult for clients to do business and to plan for the future, says Julia M. McCalmon, head of Thompson Hine LLP's international trade and customs practice group.

  • October 7, 2009

    Canada Wants WTO Panel Over US Meat-Labeling Rule

    The Canadian government announced Wednesday that it had launched a World Trade Organization dispute settlement process over U.S. regulations that require meat sold in large grocery stores to be labeled with its country of origin.

  • October 7, 2009

    ITC To Review China Chemical Import Duties

    In a unanimous vote, the U.S. International Trade Commission has opted to conduct a limited review of anti-dumping duties levied on Chinese imports of the chemical tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol to determine whether they should continue for an additional five years.

  • October 7, 2009

    Honeywell Asks ITC To Review Pioneer GPS Ruling

    Honeywell International Inc. has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to review an administrative law judge's initial finding that Pioneer Corp. and one of its U.S. units have not infringed four of the manufacturing giant's patents related to automobile GPS.