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Section 301 Tariff Fight Moves into Round 4

How’s this for a strained sports analogy? The Section 301 heavyweight match to determine the undisputed trade war championship of the world is now in Round 4, with neither contender showing any sign of slowing down. Since the typical boxing match is scheduled for twelve rounds, let’s all hope my … Read More...

Updated Update Regarding ZTE

While ZTE's not completely off the hook, the Denial Order imposed by the Bureau of Industry and Security has been lifted. According to BIS, “ZTE has made full and timely payment of the $1,000,000,000 [penalty] and has complied with the escrow requirements relating to the $400,000,000 suspended … Read More...

Section 301 Tariff Exclusions and Inclusions

The first set of Section 301 tariffs went into effect on July 6, 2018. Although the originally-proposed list of 1,333 tariff subheadings was culled to 818, the Trade Representative acknowledged that the final list included products were covered by claims “that specific products within a particular … Read More...

Updates: Iran, Section 301 and ZTE

“May you live in interesting times” is supposedly a Chinese curse, although it doesn’t seem to be Chinese at all. Regardless of its origin, its sentiment that “interesting” times are antonymous to placid ones is particularly appropriate for international trade these days. Today we provide updates … Read More...

Trade War Own Goal

What do World Cup football and international trade policy have in common? Not much, really, but for each, the desire to avoid an “own goal” – scoring against yourself – is paramount. Morocco found that out the hard way in its first-round match with Iran. My expectation is that the Trump … Read More...

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