INSIGHT: Trade Wars—Global Protectionism as a Threat to Cross-Border Transactions

By:  Adrienne Braumiller, Vicky Wu and Megan Mohler of Braumiller Law Group (Article originally posted on September 26, 2019 and is on the BloombergTax website.) President Trump’s trade war with China continues. What options do businesses importing and exporting have in this period of uncertainty? Adrienne Braumiller, Vicky Wu and Megan Mohler of Braumiller Law Group …

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Ready for More Section 301 Duties? Here They Come on EU Products!

By: Adrienne Braumiller, Founding Partner, Braumiller Law Group On October 2, 2019, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced that the United States has won the largest arbitration award in World Trade Organization (WTO) history in its dispute with the European Union over illegal subsidies to Airbus.  This award grew out of an allegation …

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MTB Petition Process

By: Bob Brewer, Braumiller Law Group This Friday, October 11, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) will open this MTB portal mtbps.usitc.gov. The deadline for submitting MTB petitions is December 10, 2019. More information on the MTB process is available on the USITC’s MTB landing page, usitc.gov.  The site includes recordings of webinars on details how …

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Section 301 List #3: Current Status of the List 3 Exclusion Process

By: Brandon French, Associate Attorney, Braumiller Law Group The deadline to submit List 3 exclusion requests officially closed on September 30th. While some exclusion requests have already been granted, the majority of submitters must now wait for the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to review their requests. As each request is reviewed, they must progress …

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The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP): Much Like the Elvis Song, “It’s Now or Never”

By: Bob Brewer, Braumiller Law Group It seems like a long time ago, but it really wasn’t, that President Trump withdrew the United States from the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) on his 3rd day in office. Looking back, it was actually the gateway for the implementation of the Section 301 tariff war with China. For a …

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Understanding the Ins and Outs of Wood Packing Materials

By: Jennifer Horvath, Partner, Braumiller Law Group Either your company, or someone you have spoken with lately, has likely been the recipient of a wood packing notice violation. This is because, especially in the last two years, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has started strictly enforcing the requirements and regulations related to wood packing material …

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Section 232 Actions on Automobiles and Parts – What Are They Driving At??

By: Bruce Leeds, Of Counsel, Braumiller Law Group Section 232?  Doesn’t that apply to duties on aluminum and steel?  Yes – but it could soon also apply to automobiles and parts.  Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 authorizes the President of the United States, through tariffs or other means, to adjust the …

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8 Things You Should Know Before Submitting MTB Petitions for the 2019 Cycle

By: Megan Mohler, Associate Attorney, Braumiller Law Group You only have 60 days. The second MTB petition cycle opens October 11, 2019 and closes December 10, 2019. The previous cycle opened in October 2016 and the approved petitions that were signed into law in September 2018 expire December 31, 2020. The MTB petition portal can …

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Venezuela Sanctions

By: Adrienne Braumiller, Founder & Partner, Braumiller Law Group The newly imposed sanctions on the Government of Venezuela are aimed at limiting the Maduro regime’s access to all property and interests that are in, or come within, the United States. These sanctions are quickly becoming comparable to those imposed on Iran, Cuba, and North Korea …

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FedEx vs. Department of Commerce: Compliance Comes in Small Packages

By: Bruce Leeds, Senior Counsel, Braumiller Law Group On June 24th of this year, FedEx filed a suit against the Department of Commerce “seeking to enjoin the US Department of Commerce from enforcing prohibitions contained in the Export Administration Regulations.” In its filing FedEx stated that it “believes that the EAR violates common carrier rights …

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Who Knew that Gorgeous Mirror Needs an FWS Declaration?

By: Jennifer Horvath, Senior Associate, Braumiller Law Group Understanding the specific regulations  overseen by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) can often times be challenging. Businesses should be aware of how the FWS enforces the regulations, environmental wildlife protection laws, and international wildlife treaties of other agencies. For instance, violations of FWS regulations can trigger …

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Additive Manufacturing Brings About New National Security Concerns

By: Bonnie Kersch, Senior Trade Advisor, Braumiller Consulting Group Additive manufacturing is the new exciting way to manufacture all sorts of items, but it brings along with it a variety of national security concerns. Additive manufacturing is the industry term for 3D printing.  Subtractive manufacturing is what we would think of as the more typical …

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United States Export Control Reform Act and “Emerging Technologies”

By:  Adrienne Braumiller, Founder & Partner, Braumiller Law Group        Vicky Wu, Associate Attorney, Braumiller Law Group, and        Megan Mohler, Associate Attorney, Braumiller Law Group KEY TAKEAWAYS The intention of the Export Control Reform initiative, which began in 2009, was to simplify the export of controlled items while refocusing on …

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