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May 2018

31 May - U.S. tariffs on steel, aluminum imports from Mexico, Canada, EU

31 May - Canada: Prevention of transshipment of steel, aluminum products

31 May - EU reaction to U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum

30 May - China: Reduced import tariffs on automobiles, automotive parts

30 May - U.S. Senate Finance Committee addresses imported counterfeit goods

29 May - United States: 25% tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese imports

29 May - U.S. investigation of imports of automobiles, request for comments

24 May - U.S. Commerce launches investigation of imported automobiles

23 May - ITC investigation, possible modifications to U.S. Generalized System of Preferences

22 May - Reminder: U.S. entities to report defense-related contract information by 15 June 2018

22 May - U.S. general licenses; Ukraine, Russia-related transactions and FAQs

21 May - United States: CBP guidelines, tariff exclusion declarations for steel and aluminum imports

21 May - United States: Proposed rule changes, U.S. Munitions List

21 May - Turkey: General tax amnesty also applies for customs duties

18 May - Colombia: Changes to “free zone” regime rules

15 May - USTR hearings on proposed section 301 tariffs, Chinese goods

14 May - USTR statement on NAFTA re-negotiations

14 May - Trade and customs monthly summary and updates (May 2018)

10 May - India: “Inland container depots” are “inland ports,” tax benefits

8 May - China: Implications of U.S. trade conflict for importers, exporters

8 May - United States: Actions concerning sanctions on Iran

4 May - Australia: Update on trusted trader program

4 May - United States: CBP adjustments, steel and aluminum imports

3 May - New Zealand: Proposal for GST on “low-value” imports

2 May - United States publishes new licenses related to Ukraine, Russia

1 May - United States: Tariff exemptions, steel and aluminum imports extended until 1 June

April 2018

30 Apr - Customs cooperation agreement between EU and New Zealand enters into force

30 Apr - U.S. notices relating to tariffs on steel and aluminum imports

27 Apr - United States: USTR “special 301 report” on intellectual property (IP) rights

25 Apr - Federal Circuit: Country of origin, unfinished OCTG fabricated in China and finished in other countries

23 Apr - EU and Mexico reach new trade agreement

23 Apr - U.S. Treasury, FAQs on Ukraine-related, Russia-related general licenses

19 Apr - U.S. Senate Finance leaders request improvements to exclusion process for section 232 tariffs on steel, aluminum

18 Apr - United States: CBP to accept GSP duty-free claims, process refunds

17 Apr - New Zealand: Post-import adjustments in pending customs legislation

17 Apr - Trade and customs monthly summary and updates (April 2018)

12 Apr - EU: EC investigation to prevent “trade diversion” of steel products

12 Apr - United States considers changes to free trade agreement with Korea concerning customs duties on motor vehicles

11 Apr - United States: Expanded definition of “importer security filing” importer in final rule

10 Apr - China requests WTO consultations against U.S. tariffs on steel, aluminum

5 Apr - United States weighs additional tariffs against imports from China

5 Apr - China files WTO complaint over U.S. tariff actions

5 Apr - UK: Update on Brexit negotiations; tax and customs implications

4 Apr - United States: Proposed list of imports from China for additional U.S. tariffs; reaction from China

3 Apr - China: List of U.S. imports subject to new tariffs

3 Apr - U.S. Federal Circuit: Imports with cultural ritual uses, duty-free treatment denied for holiday dinnerware

3 Apr - United States: Petitions for annual review under GSP program due 16 April 2018

2 Apr - China: New tariffs on imports from the United States

March 2018

30 Mar - U.S. suspension of duty-free treatment, apparel sector for Rwanda

30 Mar - U.S. trade promotion authority, update

28 Mar - U.S. trade agreement with South Korea

28 Mar - NAFTA re-negotiations update, seventh round

27 Mar - U.S. presidential proclamations: List of countries exempt from tariffs on aluminum, steel imports

26 Mar - China: New tariffs proposed on imports from the United States; response to U.S. tariffs on steel, aluminum

26 Mar - India: APA authorities accept customs valuation as arm’s length price for transfer pricing purposes

26 Mar - NAFTA and implications of tariffs on steel and aluminum

26 Mar - U.S. investigations of programmable logic controllers, silicon metal

23 Mar - U.S. Congress renews Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)

22 Mar - Trump proposes tariffs on Chinese goods

21 Mar - Spain: Retroactive transfer pricing adjustments, considerations for customs valuation purposes

20 Mar - Panama: Overview of Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) program

20 Mar - U.S. appeals court: Tariff classification of imported screws

20 Mar - U.S. customs automation program (eBond test) is extended

19 Mar - Trade and customs monthly summary and updates (March 2018)

19 Mar - U.S. Commerce: Imports of steel, aluminum subject to tariffs; exclusion requests

16 Mar - UK: EU infringement proceedings against the UK on customs duties and VAT

16 Mar - United States: Aluminum foil imported from China, rubber bands from China, Thailand subject to U.S. investigations

15 Mar - EU: Interactive e-books on customs and taxation

13 Mar - U.S. investigations of multi-domain instruments, video equipment, light engines

12 Mar - EU: Toys and automobiles top list of dangerous products detected

9 Mar - China: Customs policy update, summary of developments for February 2018

9 Mar - New Zealand: Provisional value system for imports, new customs law expected by October 2018

8 Mar - President Trump signs executive orders, tariffs on steel and aluminum imports

7 Mar - U.S. trade court: HTSUS classification of toilet paper holders

6 Mar - EU: Economic operators registration and identification number

5 Mar - U.S. investigation continues, imported large diameter welded pipe

5 Mar - EU: Customs electronic systems update

2 Mar - Australia: FAQs about goods and services tax (GST) on low-value imported goods, effective July 2018

August 2017

30 Aug - EU: Export controls, sanctions regarding trade with Russia, Iran, Venezuela

30 Aug - U.S. Commerce delays final determinations, Canadian softwood lumber investigations

29 Aug - Modification of Category XI (military electronics), United States Munitions List

28 Aug - U.S. foreign trade zones, recommendations in GAO report

25 Aug - U.S. Treasury’s issuance of Venezuela-related general licenses

24 Aug - Singapore company settles violations of Iranian transactions and sanctions

24 Aug - U.S. trade court: Components of imported cookware sets, preferential tariff treatment under GSP

23 Aug - USTR investigation, hearing, request for comments on Chinese technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation

22 Aug - Request for comments on “Buy American” program

22 Aug - China: Implications of WCO advisory opinion, royalties and license fees

22 Aug - Free trade agreement between United States and Korea, discussions on modifications

21 Aug - UK: Customs considerations in light of “Brexit”

18 Aug - Singapore: “Global trader programme” expanded, concessionary income tax rates

18 Aug - U.S. company settles violations of Iranian transactions and sanctions

18 Aug - U.S. trade court: Claims of “tariff engineering” on imports of motor vehicles

17 Aug - NAFTA re-negotiations, initial impressions

16 Aug - NAFTA re-negotiations begin

16 Aug - China: Customs policy update, other developments for July 2017

15 Aug - U.S. national emergency continued, export control regulations

15 Aug - U.S. test program, foreign trade zone electronic admission applications

14 Aug - United States: Revised CCL list, dual-use goods and technologies

11 Aug - CBP expands ACE export manifest tests for air, rail, and vessel cargo

10 Aug - China: Customs clearance integration regime, launched on nationwide basis

10 Aug - U.S. company settles Iranian sanctions violations

2 Aug - U.S. trade court: Tariff classification of “LED candles”

July 2017

31 Jul - EU: Update on trade agreement (CETA) with Canada

27 Jul - U.S. administration and congressional Republican leaders' statement on tax reform; no border adjustability provision

27 Jul - Singapore company settles U.S. civil penalties, Iran sanction violations

25 Jul - U.S. policy on trade with Cuba; updated FAQs

25 Jul - U.S. trade court: Proper classification of gum base; not “food preparation”

24 Jul - U.S. trade meeting with UK representatives, ahead of “Brexit”

21 Jul - CBP air cargo advance screening program, extended additional year

20 Jul - U.S. oil company assessed $2 million penalty, Ukraine sanctions violations

20 Jul - EU: Over 41 million counterfeit goods seized during 2016

19 Jul - First round of NAFTA negotiations scheduled for August 2017

19 Jul - EU: Exchange of customs-related information with third countries, consultation

18 Jul - Federal Circuit: Tariff classification for storage unit components

18 Jul - China: Customs policy for June 2017; other selected country updates

18 Jul - NAFTA update: Ways and Means subcommittee hearing; USTR releases negotiating objectives

14 Jul - Japan: Agreement with EU would remove, reduce customs tariffs 

14 Jul - Proposed customs user fees and limitations, adjusted for inflation

12 Jul - Australia: Country of origin labelling requirements, sale of goods in Australia

12 Jul - Canada: Tariff relief under trade agreement with EU; generally effective 21 September 2017

12 Jul - CBP final rule: Updated data requirements on cargo exports

12 Jul - Sudan sanctions, FAQs extended review period until October 12

11 Jul - U.S. Trade court: No pre-importation review; irreparable harm not established

11 Jul - Myanmar: Foreign entities may trade in seeds, herbicides, medical equipment, construction materials; joint ventures no longer required

11 Jul - Netherlands: Potential trade, customs implications of “Brexit” on Dutch businesses

10 Jul - UK: Implications of Brexit negotiations; critical for retailers to understand supply chains at granular level

5 Jul - EU: Customs cooperation agreement with New Zealand

5 Jul - Japan: Retroactive transfer price adjustments, from customs valuation perspective

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