Washington Tariff & Trade Letter
May 23, 2022

Washington Tariff & Trade Letter provides exclusive, behind-the-scenes news and analysis every week of U.S. trade policies, regulations and legislation, export controls, trade sanctions, and enforcement of antidumping and countervailing duty laws.

Based on more than 40 years of experience and extensive sources, Washington Tariff & Trade Letter delivers a concise briefing on bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations, particularly at the WTO, and trade disputes that directly affect international trade and investment.


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In This Week's Issue

Springtime in Paris

What did the second ministerial meeting of the US-EU Trade and Technology Council accomplish last week in Paris? It depends on who you ask. According to the European Commission, the four main outcome areas were Support for Ukraine, Secure Supply Chains, Emerging Technologies, and Sustainability. Using this framework, we compare the relative import assigned by each side.

Axelrod Maintains Enforcement Drumbeat

Continuing to emphasize that greater consequences drive greater compliance, BIS Export Enforcement Chief Matt Axelrod updated practitioners on the changes to export control enforcement firms can expect from Commerce.

Tai Cheesed at Ottawa’s Dairy Move.

May 16, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai reiterated her previously stated “great frustration”

with negotiating with Ottawa on thorny trade issues. “To date, we have not seen the promises by

Canada in the USMCA fully realized,” Tai said in a May 19 statement,

FMC: New Compliance Rules, D&D Audits

The Federal Maritime Commission met in open session May 18 to receive updates on ocean transport supply chain, China’s monopoly on container and chassis production, the Vessel-Operating Common Carrier (VOCC) Audit Program, and Rulemaking on Carrier Automated Tariffs.

Playbook for Evading Airline Sanctions

Aerospace suppliers and repair centers considering compliance with recent sanctions on Russia and Belarus have an updated case study from BIS’ experience with Iran’s largest private airline. In an Order Renewing Order Temporarily Denying Export Privileges dated May 13 [87 FR 30173], BIS has updated sanctions against Mahan Air and related persons for a pattern of export violations that began fourteen years ago.

Briefs:  DOL in on TTC; 337 Violations, fulfilled by Amazon,  Bad Clam Clampdown, and more...