Month: August 2020

New Section 232 CIT Decision Paves Way for Import Litigation

By: Adrienne Braumiller, Partner & Founder, Braumiller Law Group On July 14, 2020, the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) ruled that the doubling of Section 232 duties on imports of Turkish steel after the initial imposition of the original national security duties at 25% is a violation of the Fifth Amendment guarantee of equal

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When a Few Bad Apples Create Havoc in the Orchard

By: Bob Brewer, Braumiller Law Group To a certain extent, it goes without saying that the pandemic has certainly opened the door for PPE opportunity, and at the same time, obviously, those who would choose to simply try and take advantage of the situation. I’m not talking about price gouging, although that has certainly happened

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A Harried Hong Kong Make for Import/Export Uncertainty

By: Megan Mohler, Associate Attorney, Braumiller Law Group On July 14, 2020, President Trump issued an executive order (EO) that stripped Hong Kong of its different and preferential treatment from mainland People’s Republic of China (PRC or China). In accordance with the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration, the city of Hong Kong’s sovereignty was handed over

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USMCA Chapter 25 – Call to Action

By: S. George Alfonso, Of Counsel, Braumiller Law Group The enactment of the “United States Mexico Canada Trade Agreement” (“USMCA”) on July 1st, 2020, heralded the first new tri-lateral trade agreement since the enactment of its predecessor, NAFTA in 1994. Chapter 25 and the Newly Established Open Lines of Communication: One of the most progressive

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USMCA and Chapter 84, What You Need to Know

By: Jim Holbein, Of Counsel, Braumiller Law Group USMCA entry into force The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) entered into force on July 1, 2020.  The new agreement is similar to NAFTA in many respects, and the commitments that pertain specifically to machinery, equipment and computers in Chapter 84 have not changed very much, with the

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NAFTA to USMCA – What Changed for the Automotive Sector?

By: Jennifer Horvath, Partner, Braumiller Law Group The USMCA recently went into effect on July 1, 2020, which ended the twenty-six years reign of NAFTA. A major focus of the new agreement was to update the regulations relating to the automotive sector. While a majority of the agreement is similar to NAFTA, it is critical

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What is the Country of Origin?

By: Bruce H. Leeds, Senior Counsel, Braumiller Law Group Determining the country of origin of imported articles has become increasingly important in recent years.  There has long been a requirement that imported articles be marked with the name of the country of origin.  Country of origin also determines eligibility for special duties or free trade

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4T – Recent changes to the Mexican Customs Regulations

By: Brenda Cordova, Mexico Legal Counsel, Braumiller Law Group Have you heard about the Mexican “Fourth Transformation (4T)”?  Well, this is how Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) wants his term in office to be known as.  He says, throughout the course of the history, Mexico has gone through 3 important episodes: 1. Independence,

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Is the clock ticking for TikTok? What’s the big deal anyway?

By: Bonnie Kersch, Senior Trade Advisor, Braumiller Consulting Group A quick scroll through the social media app TikTok will lead you to “thirst trap” videos, Sheena Melwani playing a beautiful song on her keyboard while her “dad” provides hilarious quips, dogs like Tina the Chi doing crazy chihuahua things, and couples like Thirsty on Main

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