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March 16, 2018 - Trump May Announce Tariffs on China Under Section 301 As Early As Next Week : President Trump may bring new trade actions against China as early as next week, according to several news reports. ... > read more

March 16, 2018 - Lighthizer to Speak at Ways and Means Hearing on Trump’s Trade Agenda : The House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing next week on President Trump’s Trade Agenda, which was released on February 28. ... > read more

March 16, 2018 - Ross to Speak at Ways and Means Hearing on 232 Tariffs : Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) has announced a hearing on the recent trade actions concerning the section 232 determinations on steel and aluminum.... > read more

March 16, 2018 - EU Publishes List of American Products for Potential Retaliatory Tariffs : Today the European Commission published a 10-page list containing hundreds of products that could be on any retaliation list if the Trump Administration imposes penalty tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the EU. ... > read more

March 15, 2018 - CBP Issues Detention Order for Some Toys Made in China Over Forced Labor Concerns : On March 5th, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a new withhold release order (WRO) against toys manufactured by Huizhou Mink Industrial Co. Ltd. in China. The WRO is based on concerns that the toys are being produced with forced labor. While CBP has not made a formal announcement of this action, the information has been posted to the CBP website, and any affected imports will be detained at all U.S. ports of entry. The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA) closed the “consumptive demand” exemption in 2016 that has allowed imports of goods suspected to be made by forced or slave labor if those products weren’t made in sufficient quantity in the United States to meet total U.S. demand. Of note, this is the first WRO announced by CBP since 2016, when several orders were issued following implementation of TFTEA. ... > read more


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