EU Backs Down from Raising Retaliatory Tariffs

EU Backs Down from Raising Retaliatory Tariffs

The European Union (EU) has announced that it will not increase its retaliatory tariffs for Section 232 tariffs—which adds a 25 percent tariff on steel and 10 percent on aluminum imports. Items on the EU retaliation list include whiskey, bourbon, orange juice, cigarettes, steel, motorcycles, yachts, and more. The retaliation was set to double the…

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EXIM Allows More Foreign Content for U.S. Exports

EXIM Allows More Foreign Content for U.S. Exports

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) is accepting information on the level of U.S. and foreign content in U.S. exports in the following transformational export sectors through May 14: biomedical sciences; wireless communications equipment (5G); quantum computing; renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy storage; semiconductors and semiconductor machinery manufacturing; emerging financial technologies; water…

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Increased Civil Penalties for Certain Sanctions & Recordkeeping Violations

Increased Civil Penalties for Certain Sanctions & Recordkeeping Violations

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is increasing its maximum civil monetary penalties for the following sanction and recordkeeping violations to account for inflation, effective March 17. Along with the increases, there are several technical changes to “consolidate or shorten” certain citations in OFAC’s regulations. $1,548,075 (previously $1,529,991) for violations of the Foreign Narcotics…

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Certain Section 301 Imports to Combat COVID-19 Exclusions Extended

Certain Section 301 Imports to Combat COVID-19 Exclusions Extended

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has announced it will extend Section 301 tariff exclusions on certain imports from China, which include personal protection equipment (PPE) needed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, through September 30, 2021. USTR has said that the latest tariff exclusion extension covers these goods when entered for consumption, or…

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