Washington Tariff & Trade Letter
August 2, 2021

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

August 2, 2021

Biden Nominates Trial Attorney to be BIS Assistant Secretary
No one can say Justice trial attorney Thea Kendler, a member of the career civil service, doesn't have the prerequisite experience in either export controls or China policy to be...

Diverse Imports Require Diverse Solutions, Section 232 Reports Reveal
When it rains, it pours. Commerce July 29 released the four outstanding Section 232 reports, on the effect of uranium, titanium sponge, transformers and their components...

USTR Needs to Document Tariff Exclusion Review Process, GAO Says
Adding insult to injury, the U.S. Trade Representative's (USTR) office in the previous administration did not fully document all of its internal procedures to review Section 301...

GOP Opposition to Treasury Nominees Could Fall in Empty Forest
All 12 Senate Banking Committee Republicans will oppose two senior Treasury nominees responsible for overseeing sanctions implementation until the administration imposes...

Unions Applaud Biden's Buy American Proposal
It didn't take long for unions and domestic industry groups to celebrate the Biden administration's July 28 proposal to immediately increase the domestic content threshold...

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Arms Export Bill
A trio of senators July 20 introduced legislation that would flip the normal script: instead of Congress being simply notified of arms sales, lawmakers would have to take an...

Businesses Could Face Mandatory Cyber Reporting Requirements
While the White House spelled out its July 28 National Security Memorandum (NSM), the executive's branch approach to the torrent of cybercrimes, the Senate continued its push in...

White House Moves to Protect Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Attacks
Having coordinated with allies to sanction Russia and shame China for cyber intrusions, the Biden administration shifted its focus to future cyber threats domestically. A National...

Briefs: FCPA, Lockers, Nepal

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