Section 301 – Increased U.S. Import Duties to Chinese Products: How Will This Impact NAFTA Article 303 and IMMEX Operations?

By BLG Mexico Attorneys Brenda Cordova and Francisco de la Cruz In Mexico, the manufacturing industry, formerly known as PITEX or maquila, and currently known as IMMEX (Manufacturing and Export Services Industry), has had considerable growth due to NAFTA.  This was mainly because of the low labor cost, the import duty reduction, and the preferential …

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Section 301 Initial Tariff List Becomes Effective

Global Trade Compliance

By Jennifer Horvath, Senior Associate Attorney, BLG Today, June 15th, 2018, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released the list of products which will become subject to the additional Section 301 tariff.  The tariffs were announced to become effective beginning July 6, 2018.  The government is imposing an additional 25% ad valorem …

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U.S. Proclamations 9704 and 9705, Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act, A Mexico perspective

NAFTA Updates

By Brenda Cordova, BLG Mexico Attorney On May 31, 2018, the Mexican government announced a potential increase on import duties on specific products originated in the United States.  This was a response to the United States Proclamations 9704 and 9705, under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, which included higher import duties …

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The JCPOA (Also Known as the Iran Nuclear Deal): What You Need to Know

Iran Nuclear Deal

By BLG Attorney, Vicky Wu, and BLG Law Clerk, Megan Mohler The United States recently withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran Nuclear Deal. The JCPOA is a multilateral agreement reached between Iran, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia, and Germany. The agreement outlined specifics …

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President Announces Updated Steps to Address China’s Trade Practices to Protect U.S. Technology and Intellectual Property

Trade Law President Trump

By Paul Fudacz, Senior Attorney BLG On May 29, 2018 President Trump updated the steps his administration initially announced in March related to trade actions designed to protect domestic technology and intellectual property from certain discriminatory and burdensome trade practices by China.  The Chinese trade practices targeted relate to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation.  …

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The Final Stage of Export Control Reform – Revisions to USML Categories I-III

International Trade Attorney

By Bruce Leeds, BLG Senior of Counsel Export Control Reform has been underway since 2009.  The process has been to revise the U.S. Munitions List (USML) categories one by one with the goal of better defining what is controlled under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and transferring jurisdiction of articles – particularly at …

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Trump, Trade, and Aerospace: What in the World is Going On?

Trade Law Attorney

Is there an overall strategy to the different actions taken by the Trump administration affecting international trade? What does it mean for aerospace? Adrienne Braumiller, Braumiller Law Group PLLC, takes a look at the story so far and will share further analysis at the Farnborough International Airshow next month. Read Adrienne Braumiller’s full article recently …

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Mexico Customs, A Quick Update

By Brenda Cordova, Braumiller Law Group, Mexico Attorney Mexican customs and trade regulations are constantly updated.  Sometimes over 8 times a year.The most recent amendment was published on December 22, 2017. The government is now releasing “resoluciones anticipadas” (similar to informed compliance publications) on their website.  These publications will then become law when published on …

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Steel and Aluminum Tariffs: How to Cope with the Impact and Temporary Exemptions

Global Trade Law

By Adrienne Braumiller, Partner Founder of Braumiller Law Group, and Megan Mohler, BLG Law Clerk The infamous proclamations are signed, published, and ready for rollout! Presidential Proclamations 9704 and 9705 that impose global safeguard tariffs on steel and aluminum imports officially took effect on March 23, 2018. The tariffs that impose a 25 percent duty …

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President Announces Special Duties on Chinese Products

Trade Tariffs

By Bruce Leeds, Senior of Counsel Attorney, Braumiller Law Group On March 22, the President announced that the United States will be imposing special duties on certain Chinese products in retaliation for claimed theft of U.S. intellectual property rights and the use of pressure and intimidation to obtain trade secrets.   The proposed actions against China …

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Export Control Reform 2018

Import Export Law

By Adrienne Braumiller, Partner, Braumiller Law Group In mid-February, the Export Control Reform Act of 2018 was introduced as bi-partisan legislation to the House. Its main goal appears to be to protect emerging U.S. technological advancements in science, engineering, and technology that could potentially be used as a military advantage, if seized and inspected at …

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DOJ Ends Use of Civil Enforcement Authority

DOJ-Civil-Enforcement

By: Attorney Sarah Wirskye, Wirskye Law In January 2018, the Office of the Associate Attorney General issued a new policy that prohibits the Department of Justice (DOJ) from using its civil enforcement authority to convert agency guidance documents into binding rules.  This policy prohibits DOJ’s civil litigators from using “guidance documents” in the enforcement of …

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