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Based on nearly 35 years of experience and extensive sources, Washington Tariff & Trade Letter delivers a concise briefing on bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations, particularly at the WTO, and trade disputes that directly affect international trade and investment.

In This Week's Issue


June 19, 2017

BIS Upcoming Rule Deemed Exempt from 2-for-1 Order
It’s a good start. The first major Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) regulation of the new administration has been deemed exempt from the two-for-one executive order...

Administration Chips Away at Cuba Travel Policy
To great hoopla but perhaps little immediate change, President Trump June 16 announced a new direction in administration policy toward Cuba. In essence, he...

Remaining USML Categories Moving Toward Reform
The last remaining U.S. Munitions List (USML) categories seem to be moving toward long-promised reform after years of controversy. Defense industry leaders, especially...

U.S. Sugar Industry Now Backs U.S.-Mexico Agreement
American sugar farmers and producers changed course and now support a suspension agreement between Mexico and the U.S., the American Sugar Alliance (ASA) said June 15...

Senate Passes Iran, Russia Sanctions Bill
In an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote June 15, the Senate passed the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017 (S. 722), that, if passed by the House, would slap...

USTR Receives Overwhelming Response to Call for NAFTA Comments
Facing an overwhelming response, the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) office extended the public comment period for its intended NAFTA modernization by two days to June 14...

CBP Trade Enforcement Understaffed, GAO Report Says
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has generally not met staffing levels set by Congress for trade positions, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO)...

USTR Senior Staff Members Have Familiar Experience
U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer did not have to look too far to find his senior staff, which he formally announced June 16. Several members of the team...

Appeals Court Reverses ITC Decision on Wireless Audio System
The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) June 12 reversed an International Trade Commission (ITC) ruling involving patents on “a wireless digital audio system...

Mexico, Canada Not Keen on Eliminating NAFTA Chapter 19
Chapter 19 of NAFTA permits the establishment of binational panels to review antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) determinations. The three NAFTA...

Briefs: Export Enforcement, Beef, Post-Departure

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