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


  • In Fiscal Year 2021, CBP at the LA/Long Beach Seaport seized More Than $760 Million in Counterfeit and Prohibited Products, a 652% increase over the previous year.
  • CBP issues guidance regarding the extension of product exclusions from additional Section 301 China duties on certain medical-care products to address COVID-19.
  • With changes to the HTSUS classification systems possibly coming as early as January 1, 2021, U.S. importers should review their classifications and ensure compliance with U.S. regulations



Commerce Department


Export Controls/Sanctions

DST and Section 301 Investigations

  • As part of the to address tax challenges arising from the digitalization of the world economy, the U.S. Trade Representative has determined to terminate the Section 301 Digital Services Tax Investigations of Austria, France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
  • U.S. and India reach agreement regarding the treatment of Digital Services Taxes prior to full implementation of Pillar 1 of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) agreement.  As part of the agreement the United States will terminate the currently suspended additional duties on goods of India that had been adopted in the DST Section 301 investigation.
  • On November 22, 2021, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) issued a joint statement with Turkey regarding a transitional approach to Turkey’s Digital Service Tax (DST) prior to entry into force of Pillar 1. The joint statement reflects a political agreement in which the U.S. Trade Representative has determined to terminate the section 301 action taken in the investigation of Turkey’s DST.

USTR/Trade Policy

  • On November 17, 2021, the United States and Japan announced the formation of the “U.S.-Japan Partnership on Trade” to deepen cooperation between the two countries and reaffirm their alliance through regular engagement on trade-related matters.
  • United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai and United States Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo published an op-ed touting the agreement reached with the European Union that preserves the long-term viability of our steel and aluminum industries by tackling global excess capacity and creates a framework for reducing the carbon intensity of those sectors.

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