NAFTA Summit: Trucking Deal on the Agenda.
US Court of International Trade Rulings:
Polly U.S.A., Inc. v. United States
Facts: Polly USA imported medical uniforms under the African Growth and Opportunity Act.
Customs request information about production processes, time lines and worker documentation.
Polly USA provided the information but customs claims they did not provide all documentation requested and that the documents failed to establish the required "traceable production timeline."
Two Issues: Whether customs had the authority to request the additional documentation or whether all that is required is a country of origin declaration and whether the country of origin was proven despite the discrepancies which may be unavoidable when doing business in Swaziland.
Ruling: An importers country of origin declaration is insufficient alone, in cases of unilateral trade preferences, to establish the country of origin. Because the AGOA is a unilateral trade preference and not a free trade agreement customs may request "whatever verification a port directer deems necessary" to establish claims of preferential treatment. Rather than the trade agreement standard that the port directer may request more information if he cannot determine the country of origin on the face of the declaration.
Ruling: Despite the difficulties in keeping good records in developing countries customs regulations requires that such records be kept and the customs may impose duties when such records are not kept. The court cites 19 CFR 10.178a (e).
Will this in effect kill the AGOA? Seems like it or it will create jobs for auditors and accountants to go over there and create record keeping systems
Bridgestone Americas, Inc. v. United States
Federal Register Notices:
Bureau of Industry and Security
- Eliminate the Social Security Number (SSN) as an identification number in the Automated Export System (AES): Customs will no longer accept personal Social Security Number for an export. Sole proprietors are asked to obtain a Federal ID number or a DUNS from the IRS to prior to exporting.
International Trade Administration
- Carbazole Violet Pigment 23 from the People's Republic of China: Antidumping
- Certain Tow Behind Lawn Groomers and Certain Parts Thereof from the People's Republic of China: Anti Dumping Order Countervailing Order
- Certain Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from Thailand: Antidumping
- Certain Frozen Warmwater Shrimp from Thailand: Antidumping
- Certain Pasta from Italy: Antidumping
- Dynamic Random Access Memory Semiconductors from the Republic of Korea:
- Fresh and Chilled Atlantic Salmon from Norway: Antidumping
- Narrow Woven Ribbons with Woven Selvedge from the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan Antidumping, Countervailing
- Polyethylene Terephthalate Film, Sheet, and Strip from India: Antidumping
- Prestressed Concrete Steel Wire Strand from the People's Republic of China; Correction
- Purified Carboxymethylcellulose from Mexico: Antidumping
- Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip in Coils from Japan: Antidumping
- Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip in Coils from Mexico: Antidumping
- Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip in Coils from Taiwan: Antidumping
- Welded ASTM A–312 Stainless Steel Pipe from the Republic of Korea: Antidumping
- Welded Carbon Steel Standard Pipe and Tube From Turkey: Countervailing
- Advanced notice of Sunset Reviews: No reviews for September
- Sunset Review for Barbwire from Argentina.
- Opportunity to request a review for several cases expiring End of August
- Sunset Review for Barbwire from Argentina
- Waiver of Restriction on Assistance to the Central Government of Tajikistan
- Waiver of Restriction on Assistance
- Temporary Export Exemption for Body Armor
- Electro-Glass Products debarment rescinded
U.S. China Economic and Security Review Commission
WTO DSB News: