April 2024

ICYMI: Trade News – New Petition Filed Against Tile Manufacturers from India

A petition was filed on April 19, 2024 by The Coalition for Fair Trade in Ceramic Tile alleging imports of ceramic tile from India have injured domestic manufacturers and flooded the market with uncertified tiles.

The Coalition alleges that the tiles are being sold at less than fair value, subsidized by the government of India. The petition seeks the imposition of tariffs estimated between 408% to 828%.

The scope covers ceramic flooring tile, wall tile, paving tile, hearth tile, porcelain tile, mosaic tile, flags,  and finishing tile. All ceramic tile is covered by the petition regardless of (1) end use, surface area, and weight, (2) whether the tile is glazed or unglazed, (3) the water absorption coefficient by weight, (4) the extent of vitrification, and (5) whether or not the tile is on a backing.

The Commerce Department will determine whether to initiate the investigations within 20 days. The USITC will reach a preliminary determination of material injury or threat of material injury within 45 days.

As with any proceeding, participation is very important to protect your rights. We urge anyone that imports ceramic tile pay close attention to this case and to ensure that all appropriate steps are taken to mitigate any damage.

Diaz Trade Law will continue to monitor this case and share updates. For more information or questions get in touch with us at 305-456-3830 or info@diaztradelaw.com.

 

 

Customs and Trade News Weekly Snapshot

Here is a recap of the latest customs and international trade law news:      

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 

  • CBP provides guidance on reporting indicators of compromise related to cyberattacks 
    • The guidance encourages industry to report indicators of compromise to CBP so that the agency can limit the impact of a cyber-attack and more quickly reconnect CBP systems access for impacted parties. 
  • CBP & Canon USA announce partnership against counterfeit products 
    • Under the partnership, Canon will donate 328 verification tools to CBP cargo and mail facilities to aid in authenticating a variety of Canon merchandise.  
  • At the port of Rochester, N.Y., CBP officers found several shipments that contained multiple “designer” clothing, shoes, handbags and watches, as well as Airpods and NBA branded rookie cards.  
    • All the items were determined to be not authentic and were seized. Had these items been genuine, the total MSRP value would be approximately $408,805 dollars. 
  • CBP officers seize counterfeit designer watches worth over $50,000. 
  • CBP sets […]
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Trade News: New Petition Filed Against Solar Cells and Modules from Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam

A petition was filed on April 24, 2024 seeking the imposition of antidumping and countervailing (AD/CVD) duties on imports of crystalline silicon photovoltaic (CSPV) solar cells and modules from Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The petition was filed by the American Alliance for Solar Manufacturing Trade Committee, a coalition comprised of four domestic producers.

Full list of producers here. Full list of U.S. importers here.

The scope covers crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells and modules, laminates, and panels, consisting of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, whether or not partially or fully assembled into other products, including, but not limited to: modules, laminates, panels, and building integrated materials. Full scope here.

The Commerce Department will determine whether to initiate the investigations within 20 days. The USITC will reach a preliminary determination of material injury or threat of material injury within 45 days.

As with any proceeding, participation is very important to protect your rights. We urge anyone that imports CSPV solar cells and modules to pay close attention to this case and to ensure that all appropriate steps are taken to mitigate any damage.

Diaz Trade Law will continue to monitor this case and share updates. For more information or questions get in touch with us at 305-456-3830 or info@diaztradelaw.com.

Organizations Urge State Department to Stop Avocado Imports Linked to Deforestation

27 organizations wrote a letter to the U.S. State Department urging them to stop imports of avocados linked to deforestation in Mexico. The group alleges that the deforestation is happening illegally and undermines international pledges made by the country to halt these practices.

The groups include the Animal Welfare Institute, the Endangered Species Coalition, and the Oceanic Preservation Society.

According to the letter, an estimated 10 football fields of forest are cleared every day to create avocado plantations in Mexico.

In addition to the deforestation concerns, some of the farming activity is occurring within the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. The letter states that as of 2018, nearly 2,400 acres of the Reserve have been converted into avocado plantations.

Finally, the letter notes that the irrigation demand for avocado harvesting depletes water sources for local communities and leaves remaining native forests vulnerable to fire and disease.

Although Mexico is the largest U.S. supplier of avocados, providing almost 90% of the fruit sold in the U.S, the group notes that many Mexican growers have created legal avocado farms that could continue to supply the U.S.

The group requests that the State Department, USDA, and USTR work together to set up a program to ensure that the United States is only importing and marketing avocados that do not contribute to deforestation.

Read the full letter here.

 

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Trade News: New Petition Filed on Alkyl Phosphate Esters from China

A petition was filed on April 23, 2024 that alleges alkyl phosphate esters from China are being sold at less than fair value and benefiting from countervailing subsidies. The petition was filed by ICL-IP America, Inc., a subsidiary of the ICL Group (“ICL”). Alleged dumping margins range from 45.1% to 68.4%.

Full list of producers here. Full list of U.S. importers here.

The scope of petition covers alkyl phosphate esters based exclusively on side chains with a length of two or three carbon atoms and a phosphorus content of at least 6.5 percent (per weight) and a viscosity between 1 and 2000 mPa.s (at 20-25 °C).  Full scope here.

The Commerce Department will determine whether to initiate the investigations within 20 days. The USITC will reach a preliminary determination of material injury or threat of material injury within 45 days.

As with any proceeding, participation is very important to protect your rights. We urge anyone that imports alkyl phosphate esters to pay close attention to this case and to ensure that all appropriate steps are taken to mitigate any damage.

Diaz Trade Law will continue to monitor this case and share updates. For more information or questions get in touch with us at 305-456-3830 or info@diaztradelaw.com.

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