Midweek Update June 19, 2013
Ex-Im Must Consider
Impact of Loans on Services Trade, Court
The Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) must consider the impact of its export financing on U.S. service providers as well as manufacturers when it applies its Economic Impact Procedures... Read more
Commerce Ordered to
Apply "Targeted Dumping" Rule
Commerce violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) when it withdrew rules on the application of "targeted dumping" rules without proper notice and comment... Read more
EU Will Seek to
Protect Domestic Rules in TTIP
Audio-visual won't be the only sector the European Union (EU) will seek to protect in negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership... Read more
Senate Protest India's Protectionist
Frustrated by a series of protectionist actions by the Indian government in the last year, U.S. industry groups and members of Congress want Secretary of State John Kerry... Read more
G-20 Nations Still
Implementing Trade Restrictions, WTO
Ahead of the next meeting of the 20 largest world economies (G-20) in St. Petersburg, Russia, Sept. 5-6, a World Trade Organization (WTO) report bemoans an increase in... Read more
G-8 Leaders Pledge
Action on Trade and Taxes
The leaders of the eight largest world economies (G-8) at their June 17-18 summit repeated oft-made and oft-ignored past promises to avoid new trade protection actions... Read more
Complicates Oversight of Russia's WTO
Russia's membership in a customs union (CU) with Kazakhstan and Belarus, now known as the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), is complicating U.S. monitoring... Read more
Briefs: Wassenaar, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, SMEs, GSP, Afghanistan
In This Week's Issue
"Specially Designed" Tool Could Mitigate Penalties, Wolf Says
Exporters who use the “Specially Designed Decision Tool” on the Bureau of Industry and Security’s (BIS) website might be able to use a printed copy of the results of that process...
Launch of Transatlantic Talks Expected at G-8 Meeting
U.S.and European leaders attending the summit of industrial countries (G-8) in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, June 17-18 are expected to announce formally the launch of...
OFAC Calls "Out" on Payments to Iranian Tennis Official
Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) reached across the net into men’s professional tennis June 12 to enforce Iran trade sanctions, imposing a $48,600 fine on...
Punke Optimistic about Seeing Services Offers This Summer
While Deputy U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Punke hopes other countries put down formal offers in the ongoing negotiations toward a Trade in Services Agreement...
Court Rejects Discrimination Challenge to Tariff Schedule
The fact that certain shoes, clothing and apparel are classified as "boys", "men's" "women's" or other and subject to different tariff rates under the Harmonized Tariff...
USTR Can Keep Negotiating Proposals Secret, Court Rules
The USTR can keep U.S. proposals in trade negotiations secret and doesn’t have to release them under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Court of Appeals for the...
CAFC Reverses ITC Decision on Arbitration in 337 Case
The International Trade Commission (ITC) erred in dismissing a Section 337 patent case based on the assertion of the respondent that the dispute should be subject to mandatory...
Freight Forwarders Seek Change to "Routed Transaction" Rules
Rules that dictate the responsibilities of the U.S. Principal Party in Interest (USPPI) and the Foreign Principal Party in Interest (FPPI) in “routed export transactions” need to be...
Industry Cool to Census Post-Departure Pilot Test
Industry representatives objected June 11 to Census Bureau plans for a pilot test of a partial pre-departure filing requirement for exports eligible for post-departure filing...
Obama Administration Eases Exports for Syrian Reconstruction
As the White House was acknowledging that the Syrian government used chemical weapons on the opposition forces, the Obama administration took a number of commercial...
Global Trade Growing More Slowly, World Bank Reports
The sharp bounce back of trade from the lows of the global recession is starting to fade, and the World Bank June12 said it sees trade growing only 4% in 2013. This is also...
Briefs: Export Enforcement, USTR, Commerce, Export Reforms, Rebars