To File or Not to File Protests?

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By: Adrienne Braumiller & Vicky Wu Braumiller Law Group
George Tuttle III, Law Offices of George R. Tuttle

On September 10, 2020, HMTX Industries and related companies, Halstead and Metroflor, filed a lawsuit in the Court of International Trade (“CIT”) alleging that the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) exceeded its authority when it issued tariffs under …

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The Mexico Agreement on Trade Facilitation

Mexico Agreement on Trade Facilitation

By: Brenda Cordova, Braumiller Law Group Mexico Counsel

On April 6, 2017, Mexico published in the Mexican Official Gazette an enactment decree to amend the Marrakech Agreement that created the World Trade Organization (WTO). This amendment consisted of the incorporation of the Agreement on Trade Facilitation (ATF) set out in Annex 1A to the WTO …

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Recent Changes to Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis System

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By: Paul Fudacz, Partner, Braumiller Law Group

On September 11, 2020, the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration published a final rule modifying its regulations pertaining to the Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis (SIMA) System. These changes include requiring steel import license applicants to identify the country where the steel used in the manufacture …

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Export Controls on Campus A Learning Experience

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By: Bruce H. Leeds Senior Counsel, Braumiller Law Group

Colleges and universities – Ivy covered buildings with students and faculty engaged in academic pursuits. Colleges and universities – Hotbeds of export control concerns. What?? The halls of academia have increasingly become involved with export control issues. There are several ways that universities are potentially affected …

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Section 301 CIT Litigation: Current Status and What’s Next?

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By: Brandon French, Associate Attorney, BLG

As many importers are aware, a lawsuit was brought against the United States arguing that the List 3 and List 4A tariffs violated The Trade Act of 1974, as well as the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). Once the initial lawsuit was filed by HMTX on September 10th, companies rushed …

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Filing with the CIT Regarding the Section 301 Potential Tariff Refund

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By: Bob Brewer, Braumiller Law Group

On the morning of September 15th our firm released a notification to importers that there was a case filed with the CIT that may possibly pave the way to refunds on the Section 301 tariffs. We expected a fairly decent response, and what we got was 10x’s that in …

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“The Wild Wild East”… PPE Trade with Asia During the Pandemic

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By: S. George Alfonso, Of Counsel, Braumiller Law Group

PPE: The Inverted Profit Potential in the Age of the Pandemic Since the outbreak of the COVID 19 pandemic we’ve witnessed a myriad of businesses in all areas of commerce crash or even succumb all together to the drastic, unforeseen and continuing prohibitions and restrictions which …

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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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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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USMCA –Key Changes to NAFTA and Preparing for Implementation

By: Adrienne Braumiller, Founding Partner and Devin Sefton, Senior Associate Attorney, Braumiller Law Group The United-States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (“USMCA”) is currently slated to take effect beginning on July 1, 2020.  A review of the text of the USMCA reveals that USMCA retains many elements of the North American Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”), while displacing others with new …

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Chemicals and the USMCA, It’s Not Just How You Mix It to Get a Reaction (or not) From CBP

By: Bonnie Kersch, Senior Trade Advisor, Braumiller Consulting Group The USMCA is about to kick into full force on July 1st.  Is your chemical company ready?  Overall, if you’ve been issuing NAFTA certificates in the past and are already familiar with that process, you might be surprised to find that the USMCA process might allow …

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Obtaining a USMCA Alternative Staging Regime (RTA) for automotive producers in Mexico

By: Brenda Cordova, Mexico Legal Counsel, Braumiller Law Group USMCA (T-MEC as it is formally called in Mexico) will enter into force on July 1, 2020.  At least this is what the government of the Party members, the United States, Mexico and Canada have announced.  In this case, operations occurring after this date will no …

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