Here is a recap of the latest customs and international trade law news:
United States Department of Commerce (DOC)
- The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) determines that carbon and alloy steel threaded rod (steel threaded rod) from India is not being sold in the United States at below normal value.
- As a result of the respective determinations by the DOC and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) that termination of the 2016 Agreement Suspending the Antidumping Duty Investigation on Lemon Juice from Argentina (2016 Agreement) and the underlying antidumping duty investigation on lemon juice from Argentina would likely lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping
- The DOC preliminarily finds that Hangzhou Ailong Metal Products Co., Ltd. (Ailong) made sales of subject merchandise at prices below normal value (NV)
- On July 29, 2022, the DOC published the preliminary results of the changed circumstances review (CCR) of the antidumping duty (AD) order on multilayered wood flooring (MLWF) from the People’s Republic of China (China).
- The DOC published a notice in the Federal Register on August 2, 2022, for the preliminary results and partial recission of the 2020–2021 administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain pasta (pasta) from Italy
- The DOC preliminarily finds that large power transformers from the Republic of Korea were not sold in the United States at less than normal value during the period of review (POR), August 1, 2020, through July 31, 2021.
- The DOC preliminarily determines that certain preserved mushrooms (preserved mushrooms) from France are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV).
- The DOC determines that 15 companies had no shipments of certain frozen fish fillets from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Vietnam) during the period of review (POR) August 1, 2020, through July 31, 2021.
U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT)
- On August 29, 2022, the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) issued its final judgment in SeAH Steel Corporation v. United States, Consol. Court No. 20-00150, Slip Op. 22-101, sustaining the DOC’s (Commerce) remand results pertaining to the administrative review of the antidumping duty (AD) order on certain oil country tubular goods (OCTG) from the Republic of Korea (Korea) covering the period September 1, 2017, through August 31, 2018.
- On August 26, 2022, the CIT issued its final judgment in SeAH Steel Corp. v. United States, Consol. Court No. 19-00086, Slip Op. 22-100, sustaining the U.S. Department of Commerce’s (Commerce) remand results pertaining to the administrative review of the antidumping duty (AD) order on certain oil country tubular goods (OCTG) from the Republic of Korea (Korea) covering the period September 1, 2016, through August 31, 2017.
U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)
- The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and its Minister of Intelligence for engaging in cyber-enabled activities against the United States and its allies.
- The OFAC is issuing Russia-related General License 13B.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- FDA is issuing a final rule to reflect changes to the organizational structure of FDA, make the FOIA process easier for the public to navigate, and make certain provisions clearer. Taken together, these changes enhance transparency for the public about FDA activities.
United States International Trade Commission (USITC)
- Purple Innovation, LLC filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) on August 5,2022 alleging violations of patent design and trademark registration based upon the importation, sale for importation, and sale within the United States.
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR)
- United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai and Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo hosted counterparts from the 13 Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) partner countries at the first official in-person Ministerial meeting. The ministers announced a substantial milestone in their pursuit of a high-standard and inclusive economic framework.
- The G7 Finance Ministers met on September 2, 2022 to discuss their response to Russia’s war against Ukraine and its economic impact. They reiterated their support for Ukraine and condemned Russia for their actions.
The White House
- Senior government officials from the United States and Mexico met in Mexico City on September 12th to convene the U.S.-Mexico High-Level Economic Dialogue (HLED).
- On September 11, 2022, the White House released plans to broaden curbs on U.S shipments to China of semiconductors used for artificial intelligence and chipmaking tools.
- According to Bloomberg, in Chengdu, famous for its giant pandas, residents in locked-down areas need to remain at home and get tested daily for COVID-19. Those living outside areas deemed to be high risk are only allowed to go out every other day for two hours for groceries and medical needs.
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