Washington Tariff & Trade Letter
July 4, 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

Commerce Spreads Wings, Bares Talons

 

The 35th Annual BIS Update Conference on Export Controls and Policy gave practitioners straight talk on industrial security after the most demanding four months in the field since the Roosevelt Administration.


Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo opened the conference saying that “export controls are the red-hot center” of geostrategy today, and the Department is committed to its mission.  


Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security Alan Estevez, with more than three decades in the Pentagon maintaining military readiness, and who boasted last month of “slowly strangling the Russian military” set the tone for the conference.  


Axelrod Shines the Apple, Turns the Screws

 

Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement Matt. Axelrod  used his June 30 presentation at the Outlook Conference to unveil the balance of Enforcement changes he’d indicated were in the works in February, as well as new initiatives to expect.


Cap and Gown; Cloak and Dagger

 

Assistant Secretary Axelrod briefed Outlook attendees on BIS’s “Academic Outreach Initiative,” addressing squarely the shortcomings highlighted in the GAO’s recent critique of enforcement agencies’ work in the university community.


Senate Calls to License Export of Personal Data

 

Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the Senate to regulate export of personal data that could potentially threaten national security.

EXIM Competitiveness Report 

 

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) released its annual Report to the U.S. Congress on Global Export Credit Competition for 2021, also known as the EXIM Competitiveness Report.  

USTR Automotive Goods USMCA Report

USTR and the Interagency Autos Committee published their first biennial review of the operation of the USMCA with respect to trade in automotive goods, including a summary of actions taken by producers to demonstrate compliance with the automotive rules of origin, use of the alternative staging regime, enforcement of such rules of origin, and other relevant matters; as well as whether the automotive rules of origin are effective and relevant in light of new technology and changes 

CBP Launches Green Trade Strategy 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the launch of the Green Trade Strategy, a framework to incentivize green trade, strengthen CBP’s environmental enforcement posture, accelerate green innovation, and improve climate resilience and resource efficiency.

Briefs: Chips Act, Entity List, FinCEN Alert, OFAC Sanctions, REPO Task Force, Blocked Property, Global Terrorism Regulations, EXIM Funding, Trade Adjustment Assistance Act RIP, Global Fertilizer, UK Steel Tariffs, India Trade.