Michael Kelleher

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U.S. Trade Negotiator Calls China “Unprecedented” Threat

On Monday September 18th, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer warned that China’s trade practices represent “a threat to the trading system that is unprecedented.”  This was his first public speech since being confirmed in May as USTR. The World Trade Organization (“WTO”) cannot “successfully manage mercantilism on this scale,” said Lighthizer at an event hosted … Continue Reading

Commerce Announces Preliminary Subsidy Margins on Certain Tool Chests and Cabinets from China

On September 12th, the Commerce Department announced preliminary subsidy rates in its countervailing duty (“CVD”) investigation of certain tool chests and cabinets from China.  The rates calculated for the two examined Chinese producers and most other Chinese producers/exporters range from 17.32 to 32.07 percent.  See the Fact Sheet here. In addition, thirty-one Chinese companies that … Continue Reading

Preliminary Affirmative Determination in Low Melt Polyester Staple Fiber from Korea and Taiwan

On August 10th, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) unanimously determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of unfairly traded imports of low melt polyester staple fiber (“PSF”) from Korea and Taiwan.  Low melt PSF is a synthetic (manmade) staple fiber, not carded, combed or otherwise processed … Continue Reading

Commerce Announces Preliminary Subsidy Margins on Certain Aluminum Foil from China  

On August 14, the Commerce Department published a notice in the Federal Register announcing preliminary subsidy margins ranging from 16.56 to 80.97 percent in its countervailing duty investigation of certain aluminum foil from China.  The aluminum foil covered by Commerce’s investigation has a thickness of 0.2 mm or less, and is coiled in reels that … Continue Reading

Get Your Duty-Free Here….The USTR initiates 2017 Annual GSP Review

On August 10th, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) initiated its annual review of a program that extends duty-free treatment to producers in 120 designated developing countries and examines whether certain countries are doing enough to maintain their GSP eligibility because of country practices.  More specifically, the USTR announced its initiation of the … Continue Reading

Trump Announces Two Key Trade Nominations and WTO Taps U.S. Trade Attorney for Deputy Director-General Post

According to a White House Statement issued on June 26th, President Donald Trump intends to nominate two important trade positions within the U.S. Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) and the International Trade Commission (“USITC”). Peter B. Davidson, Senior Vice President for Congressional Relations at Verizon Communications, was selected by President Trump to be general counsel of … Continue Reading

It’s Time To Comment on Miscellaneous Tariff Petitions

The American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 (“AMCA”) established a new process for the submission and evaluation of requests for temporary duty suspensions and reductions.  Under the AMCA, petitions for duty suspensions and reductions are filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission” or “USITC”), and the Commission, with input from other federal agencies, reviews … Continue Reading
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