Weekly Trade Briefing: Sept. 6 – 10, 2021

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Trade Update • SEPTEMBER 10, 2021

Aweekly roundup of news reports, government announcements, and other information about current and emerging developments in international trade and customs compliance.

Congressional Research Service (Congress w/ Magnifying Glass)

U.S. World’s Biggest User of CVDs, Report Says

“No other country approaches the United States in terms of frequency of initiating investigations and imposing countervailing measures,” according to a new report by the Congressional Research Service. “Between 1995 and 2020 the United States was responsible for approximately half of all CVD measures put in place,” CRS said. “During this time, the United States imposed 173 CVD orders, nearly four times that of the European Union (45), the next largest user of CVDs.” Canada accounted for 36 CVDs.

CIT Eliminates Repository Requirement in China Sec. 301 Tariff Refund Litigation

On Wednesday, the U.S. Court of International Trade vacated part of its July 6 order after government defendants in the Sec. 301 tariff refund case conceded that CBP had been unable to set up a repository for collecting information on unliquidated entries as the Court had previously ordered. Instead, CBP and DOJ will now stipulate to any refunds of unliquidated entries before July 6, 2021, and entries on or after July 6, 2021, should the plaintiffs prevail on the merits — a position they had previously rejected.

CBSA Issues Statement of Reasons re Dumping of Small Power Transformers

On Sept. 10, CBSA published its Statement of Reasons concerning the preliminary determination of dumping made last month respecting small power transformers originating in or exported from Austria, Taiwan, and South Korea. Provisional duties at rates ranging from 16.7% to 78.4% are now payable on the subject goods. Regarding the question of injury to domestic producers, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal is expected to issue its finding by December 24, 2021.

Glove Factory in Malaysia

CBP Modifies Forced Labor Finding on Top Glove Corporation

CBP is ending a withhold release order finding on disposable gloves made by Top Glove Corporation in Malaysia, after finding that the company had provided sufficient evidence to demonstrate it had “addressed all indicators of forced labor identified at its Malaysian facilities,” according to a bulletin issued yesterday. As a result, CBP will permit the importation of disposable gloves made at Top Glove facilities in Malaysia on or after Sept. 10, 2021.

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