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Maureen E. Thorson

Maureen E. Thorson

Maureen Thorson’s practice focuses on international trade litigation and customs law. She handles antidumping and countervailing litigation before the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, where she has successfully represented a range of U.S. companies including steel, office products, tools, and manufacturers. Maureen is also a licensed customs broker and has particular expertise in the development of customs compliance programs, obtaining import permits and licenses and compliance with Free Trade Agreement (FTA) rules and the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT).

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USTR Announces Chinese Goods Subject to 25 Percent Tariffs

Posted in Trade Remedies
U.S. Will Review Additional Goods, Chinese Investment Restrictions Today, June 15, 2018, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced Chinese products that will and may be subject to special duties stemming from the Section 301 investigation into China’s IP practices. USTR has released two lists. List 1 covers 818 tariff lines that… Continue Reading

Three Ways to Origin – What the New Circumvention Findings on Chinese Flat-Rolled Steel Products Illustrate

Posted in Antidumping, Customs Law
On May 17, 2018, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) handed a big win to U.S. producers of flat-rolled steel products, finding that products cold-rolled or coated in Vietnam using Chinese substrate are subject to existing antidumping and countervailing duty orders on Chinese hot-rolled and cold-rolled steel flat products. Some initial commentary in the trade press… Continue Reading

The New Section 301 Tariffs: Everything You Need to Know

Posted in Uncategorized
Please join us on Friday, May 4th for a webinar on the new Section 301 Tariffs. Wiley Rein International Trade Practice partners Steve Claeys and Maureen Thorson, and senior public policy advisor Nova Daly will discuss the goods and industries that will be affected, the implementation process, and how these tariffs may affect other sectors… Continue Reading

USTR and Commerce Call For Comments on Performance of Trade and Investment Agreements, Preference programs

Posted in Trade Policy, World Trade Organization
In today’s edition of the Federal Register, the U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. Department of Commerce, two federal agencies at the forefront of U.S. trade policy, request comments from the public regarding the performance of U.S. free trade and investment agreements, preference programs, and trade relations with countries that are members of the World… Continue Reading

New Executive Order Aims to Enhance Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Collection

Posted in Customs Law, Dumping and Subsidies, Manufacturing, Trade Remedies
On Friday, March 31, 2017, President Trump signed a new executive order aimed at enhancing antidumping and countervailing duty collection. The order charges U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) to develop an action plan focused on ensuring that importers of goods subject to trade remedy orders provide adequate security to ensure payment of all duties,… Continue Reading

U.S. International Trade Commission Seeks Comments on Petitions for Import Duty Reductions

Posted in Customs Law, Manufacturing
Today, the U.S. International Trade Commission began accepting comments on the more than three thousand petitions filed with the agency last year requesting that the Government temporarily suspend import duties on products ranging from herbicidal chemicals to ping-pong tables. Traditionally, duty reductions were obtained by having members of Congress sponsor individual bills on specific goods,… Continue Reading

New Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Petition Process Opens Today

Posted in Customs Law, Manufacturing
Today, October 14, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission will begin accepting petitions for duty suspensions and reductions pursuant to the new Miscellaneous Tariff Bill process. The Commission will collect petitions for a 60-day period, after which it will comments in support or opposition to the petitions received. After it has analyzed all petitions and… Continue Reading

CBP Gears Up For Trade Enforcement

Posted in Customs Law
U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) has launched a new website to keep the trade apprised of its authorities and efforts under the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (TFTEA) of 2015, which President Obama signed into law earlier this year. The TFTEA included significant new provisions strengthening CBP’s authority to combat trade remedy evasion,… Continue Reading

Importers Find That Trade Remedies Evasion Doesn’t Pay

Posted in Compliance, Customs Law, Dumping and Subsidies, Manufacturing, Trade Remedies
Last week, several individuals involved in a multi-year scheme to fraudulently misclassify imported Chinese magnesium powder were handed prison sentences by a federal judge. The defendants, William Nehill and Gregory Magness, pled guilty in the scheme several years ago. Magness has been given an 18-month prison sentence, while Nehill will serve 90 days; both Nehill and… Continue Reading

California’s Strict “Made in USA” Law Amended

Posted in Compliance, Litigation, Manufacturing
Earlier this month, California governor Jerry Brown signed into law amendments to California’s “Made in USA” labeling standard. California’s law had been among the strictest in the nation, prohibiting products sold in California from being labeled as U.S.-made if any components or materials originated outside of the United States. The California standard was much more… Continue Reading

Single Transaction Bonds: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back?

Posted in Appeals, Customs Law, Dumping and Subsidies
Two weeks ago, the U.S. Court of International Trade issued its first opinion regarding U.S. Customs & Border Protection’s relatively recent practice of requiring single transaction bonds of importers at the “all others” rate in effect for specific antidumping duty orders, where the agency believes that there is a significant risk that the importer is… Continue Reading

Will GSP Renewal Be Caught Up in Last Week’s Trade Legislation Fallout?

Posted in Customs Law, TPA, Trade Negotiations
The big trade story in Washington this week is House Democrats’ refusal to go along with the plan laid out by the Administration, Senate, and House Republicans for passage of a group of trade bills—most importantly, a bill to provide a “fast-track” through Congress for trade agreements currently being negotiated by the president. Both Senate… Continue Reading

Victory for Domestic Industry on Single Transaction Bonds Issues

Posted in Appeals, Customs Law, Dumping and Subsidies, Trade Remedies
A closely watched case at the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) has resulted in a big victory for U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) and for U.S. companies that avail themselves of the U.S. trade remedies laws. The case involved a challenge to CBP’s authority to require single transaction bonds (STBs) for goods subject… Continue Reading

Risks of Importing Goods Subject to Antidumping and Countervailing Duties

Posted in Appeals, Customs Law, Litigation, Trade Remedies
Two opinions released last week by the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) underscore the risks that importers face when bringing in goods subject to U.S. trade remedies laws. P.F. Stores, Inc. v. United States and Hutchison Quality Furniture, Inc. v. United States both involved importers of goods subject to the antidumping duty order on… Continue Reading

Commerce Examining Korean Chaebols Affiliation for the Welded Line Pipe from Korea AD Investigation

Posted in DOC Reviews, Manufacturing, Trade Remedies
The Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) announced its preliminary determination in the less-than-fair-value investigation of welded line pipe from Turkey and Korea on May 15, 2015.  Commerce calculated dumping margins in Korea ranging from 2.52% to 2.67% for all manufacturers.  These dumping margins follow Commerce’s finding of de minimis countervailing duty margins for Korean line pipe… Continue Reading

Treasury Should Assess the Purpose of Korea’s Currency Manipulation

Posted in Manufacturing, Trade Agreement Compliance, World Trade Organization
On April 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released its Semi-Annual Report to Congress on International Economic and Exchange Rate Policies. Once again, Treasury concluded that “no major trading partner of the United States met the standard of manipulating the rate of exchange between their currency and the United States dollar for purposes… Continue Reading

CBP Issues Alert on Scope of Antidumping & Countervailing Duty Orders on Chinese Furniture

Posted in Customs Law, Dumping and Subsidies
On February 18, 2015, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) issued an alert to importers regarding the scope of the antidumping and countervailing duty orders on wooden bedroom furniture from China. The alert is a welcome sign of the agency’s increased efforts to educate the importing community about existing trade orders. When an antidumping or… Continue Reading

CBP Warns Importers: Don’t Fall For AD/CVD Scams!

Posted in Compliance, Customs Law, Dumping and Subsidies, Manufacturing, Trade Remedies
When importers’ fail to properly declare duties on products subject to trade orders, it harms the U.S. economy.  Failing to properly declare duties costs the U.S. Treasury millions of dollars each year, reducing U.S. manufacturing employment, and undermining U.S. industries’ ability to recover from the injurious effects of unfairly traded imports. As such, enforcement of… Continue Reading

FDA Food Facility Registration Deadline Coming Up

Posted in Compliance, Customs Law
Prior to the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FMSA),  U.S. and foreign facilities that manufactured, processed, packed, or held food products for shipment to U.S. destinations were required to register with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Under FMSA, they must also renew those registrations in every even-numbered year. 2014, as you might have… Continue Reading

U.S. Federal Trade Commission Continues Enhanced Enforcement of the “Made in USA” Guidelines

Posted in Compliance, Customs Law, Manufacturing
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission regulates the labeling and advertising of products as “Made in the USA.” Under the Commission’s policy guidelines, a claim that a product is simply “Made in the USA” is permissible only if a product is “all or virtually all” produced in the United States.… Continue Reading

U.S. Government Brings Trio of Penalty Suits for AD/CVD Import Violations

Posted in Appeals, Customs Law, Dumping and Subsidies, Trade Remedies
So far this month, the Department of Justice has filed three collection suits against importers accused of negligently importing goods subject to antidumping and countervailing orders. The new cases include: U.S. v. 3A Industrial Supply, LLC, CIT Ct No. 14-242, seeking penalties in conjunction with one entry of butt-weld pipe fittings from China. U.S. v.… Continue Reading