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Commerce Proposes New Rules for Investigating Currency Undervaluation as a Subsidy

Posted in Dumping and Subsidies
For decades, U.S. companies and industries – and lawmakers – have complained about the harmful effects of currency manipulation and undervaluation on American manufacturing and exports.  Now, for the first time, the Commerce Department seems ready to do something about it. In a notice to be published in the May 28 Federal Register, https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2019-11197.pdf, Commerce… Continue Reading

U.S. Lodges WTO Complaint Requesting that China Clear Its Crop Subsidies

Posted in World Trade Organization
On September 13, 2016, the United States filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) alleging that China has unfairly subsidized the production of Chinese rice, wheat, and corn. The U.S. government’s complaint takes issue with China’s “market price support” subsidy program, in which the Chinese government sets the minimum price at which it… Continue Reading

China Absent from Statement on Steel Overcapacity

Posted in Manufacturing, Trade Negotiations, Trade Policy, Trade Remedies
On April 18th and 19th, leaders from some of the world’s major steel producing countries met in Brussels to discuss the overcapacity problem that is wreaking havoc on the global steel industry. Last night, the governments of Canada, the European Union, Japan, Mexico, Korea, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United States issued a statement agreeing, among… Continue Reading

China’s WTO Subsidy Notifications – The Drama Continues

Posted in Dumping and Subsidies, Manufacturing, Trade Agreement Compliance, Trade Policy, Trade Remedies, World Trade Organization
In a World Trade Organization (WTO) submission filed on January 28, the United States once again took issue with the substance of China’s subsidy notifications to the WTO.  The WTO’s  Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (SCM Agreement) requires WTO Members to provide annual notifications of any subsidy programs in a manner that is “sufficiently specific… Continue Reading

USTR Submits Third China Subsidies “Counter-Notification” in Four Years

Posted in Manufacturing, Trade Agreement Compliance, Trade Policy, World Trade Organization
On October 19, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) invoked Article 25.10 of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (Subsidies Agreement) to notify the Chinese government of a list of measures that the United States believes should be reported to the WTO as subsidy programs. This “counter-notification” is the third… Continue Reading

U.S. Trade Representative Asks for Data on Global and Telecom Trade Barriers for Annual Reports

Posted in Announcements, Dumping and Subsidies, Manufacturing, Trade Agreement Compliance, Trade Policy
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is seeking input from companies and industry on trade barriers from around the world, in preparation for its annual National Trade Estimate (“NTE”) Report on Foreign Trade Barriers as well as a more focused report on violations of telecommunications trade agreements. USTR announced its request in an… Continue Reading

China’s Selective Elimination of Aluminum Export Duties Threatens Global Manufacturers

Posted in Manufacturing, Trade Remedies
Effective May 1, China eliminated a 15 percent export tax on certain semi-processed aluminum bars, rods, and strip. Almost immediately, the London Metals Exchange global aluminum price and share prices of non-Chinese aluminum producers fell, while the share price of China’s major state-owned producer, Chalco, rose by 10 percent.… Continue Reading

Will U.S. Aluminum Firms Reap the Benefits of Growing Demand?

Posted in Dumping and Subsidies, Manufacturing, Trade Remedies
With demand from the auto, aerospace, and other industries on the rise, many U.S. aluminum manufacturers are anticipating a renaissance in the industry. After years of depressed prices stemming from surplus global primary production, capacity rationalizations upstream, and growing demand downstream, have combined to restore a delicate balance. Firms like Alcoa and Novelis are restructuring… Continue Reading

WTO Decisions Create Questionable Standards for Subsidies Benchmarks

Posted in Dumping and Subsidies, Trade Agreement Compliance, Trade Remedies, World Trade Organization
In two recent disputes, the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body issued reports that make the world safer for subsidized exports.  Following decisions that restrict the Department of Commerce’s (“Commerce”) ability to identify state-owned enterprises as “public entities,” these reports raise important questions, including: Why is the Appellate Body issuing decisions that arguably safeguard state… Continue Reading

Part 1: U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission Annual Report Analysis

Posted in Dumping and Subsidies, Manufacturing, Trade Agreement Compliance, Trade Policy, Trade Remedies
U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission Calls for Action Against Chinese State-Owned Enterprises and Unfair Trade Practices The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission released its annual report on November 20, emphasizing the need for Congress, the Commerce Department, and other U.S. Government agencies to help U.S. firms affected by China’s “anticompetitive” actions and policies.… 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

Commerce Places Substantial Anti-dumping Duties On Chinese Wire Rod

Posted in Dumping and Subsidies, Trade Remedies
The U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has placed preliminary dumping duties in excess of 100 percent on all wire rod imported from China.  These import duties will be instrumental in providing relief to the domestic wire rod industry that has already suffered material injury caused by Chinese imports.  In its preliminary determination published on September… Continue Reading
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