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News, Technical Documents, Week of December 5, 2016
December 7, 2016

Goods and Services Trade Deficit Increased to $42.6 Billion in October. The U.S. goods and services deficit was $42.6 billion in October, up $6.4 billion from $36.2 billion in September. October exports were $186.4 billion, $3.4 billion less than September exports. October imports were $229.0 billion, $3.0 billion more than September imports.

Commerce Department Finds Dumping of Carbon and Alloy Steel Cut-To-Length Plate from Brazil, South Africa, and Turkey (PDF). As a result of the final affirmative determinations, Commerce will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to collect cash deposits equal to the applicable weighted-average dumping margins

USITC Will Expedite Five-Year Reviews Concerning Sulfanilic Acid from China and India. The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) will conduct expedited reviews to determine whether revocation of the orders would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time

USITC Will Conduct Full Five-Year Reviews Concerning Carbon and Alloy Seamless Standard, Line, and Pressure Pipe from Japan and Romania. The Commission will conduct full reviews to determine whether revocation of the orders would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time

USITC Makes Determinations in Five-Year Reviews Concerning Heavy Forged Hand Tools from China. As a result of the Commission's affirmative determinations, the existing antidumping duty orders on imports of these products from China will remain in place

USITC Institutes Intellectual Property Investigation of Certain devices and accessories for DNA sequencing. The products at issue in the investigation are single-molecule nucleic acid sequencing systems and reagents, consumables, and software for use with same

USITC Institutes Intellectual Property Investigation of Certain UV Curable Coatings for Optical Fibers, Coated Optical Fibers, and Products Containing Same. The products at issue in the investigation are coated optical fibers with improved mechanical properties, allowing for reliable, efficient, long distance transmission of electronic information signals. The coated optical fibers are sold, for example, as cables that are used to connect homes and businesses for the distribution of electronic information signals

USITC Makes Determinations in Five-Year (Sunset) Reviews Concerning Iron Construction Castings from Brazil, Canada, and China. The existing antidumping and countervailing duty orders on imports of these products from Brazil, Canada, and China will remain in place

APHIS Rescinds the Federal Order Prohibiting Peppers (Capsicum annuum) from Spain due to Mediterranean Fruit Fly (Ceratitis capitata) (PDF). Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is lifting the Federal Order issued on December 30, 2015, prohibiting the importation of peppers (Capsicum annuum) from Spain into the United States

Changes to Export Reporting Requirements for Apples, Grapes and Plums. The Agricultural Marketing Service proposed rule would change the reporting of export certificate information

Changes to Reporting Requirements Under the Vegetable and Specialty Crop Import Regulations. The Agricultural Marketing Service's proposed rule would change the reporting requirements for certain products

Changes to Reporting and Notification Requirements and Other Clarifying Changes for Imported Fruits, Vegetables, and Specialty Crops. The Agricultural Marketing Service rule updates reporting and notification requirements

Determination to Approve Colombia Commercial Availability Request. The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements has determined that certain 100% rayon twill challis fabric, as specified below, is not available in commercial quantities in a timely manner in the territory of either the United States or Colombia

Trade Alert: FDA Issues New Import Data Requirements. A final rule published on November 29 in the Federal Register specifies certain data that must be submitted in ACE when an FDA-regulated product is offered for import into the United States

CBP E-commerce Brochure. This brochure outlines the effect that the rise in e-commerce has on international trade, and CBP's strategy to address the various complexities that arise from this shift in business models

CBP Trade Agreements Priority Trade Issue Brochure. This brochure provides information as to why Trade Agreements are one of CBP's priority trade issues and explains how CBP is verifying, validating, and enforcing these agreements

CBP Textiles and Wearing Apparel Prioirity Trade Issue Brochure. This brochure summarizes and provides statistics for CBP's "textiles and wearing apparel" trade enforcement and facilitation operations

CBP Extends Validity to 5 Years for Newly U.S. Issued APEC Business Travel Card. The U.S. APEC Business Travel Card Program provides qualified U.S. business travelers engaged in business in the APEC region the ability to access fast-track immigration lanes at participating airports in foreign APEC economies

Final Rule on Extension of Import Restrictions Imposed on Certain Archaeological and Ethnological Materials From Bolivia. Restrictions apply to archaeological material from the pre-columbian cultures and certain ethnological material from the colonial and republican periods of Bolivia

Final Rule on Import Restrictions Imposed on Certain Archaeological Material From Egypt. These restrictions are being imposed pursuant to an agreement between the United States and Egypt

Forced Labor Detained Shipments Fact Sheet. CBP works diligently to prevent goods produced using forced labor from being imported into the U.S. by enforcing the Withhold Release Orders (WRO) and findings

CBP Launches Online Portal for Filing Enforce and Protect Act Allegations. The new portal will make it easier and more efficient for members of the trade community and federal government agencies to submit allegations regarding evasion of antidumping or contervailing duties against U.S. importers

CBP Establishes New E-Commerce and Small Business Team to Handle Global Rise in E-Commerce. At the official start of the holiday shopping season, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced the establishment of the E-Commerce and Small Business Branch within the agency's Office of Trade

CBP Expands Online Payment Option for Commercial Truck User Fees. U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the nationwide expansion of a pilot program allowing commercial trucks to prepay the single-crossing user fee online prior to arrival at a port of entry

Customs Bulletin and Decisions Vol. 50, No. 48, November 30, 2016
General Notices
- Modification of One Ruling Letter and Revocation of Treatment Relating to the Tariff Classification of an Aircraft Engine
- Revocation of One Ruling Letter and Revocation of Treatment Relating to the Tariff Classification of Certain Plastic Sheets from China
- Revocation of One Ruling Letter and Modification Two Ruling Letters, and Revocation of Treatment Relating to the Tariff Classification of Flavored Teas
- Proposed Revocation of HQ 955639 Ruling Letter and Revocation of Treatment Relating to the Tariff Classification of Reusable Bags of Woven Polypropylene Strips Used for Yard Waste and Recycling
- Revocation of Two Ruling Letters and Revocation of Treatment Relating to the Tariff Classification of Hospital Bed and Chair Mattresses
- Modification of One Ruling Letter and Modification of Treatment Relating to the Tariff Classification of Hole Saw Kits for Door Lockset Installation
- Revocation of One Ruling Letter and Revocation of Treatment Relating to the Tariff Classification of Renewable Diesel
- Revocation of One Ruling Letter and Revocation of Treatment Relating to the Tariff Classification of a Cam Fastener and Dowel Composed of Zinc
- Revocation of Four Ruling Letters and Revocation of Treatment Relating to the Tariff Classification of Photomask Pellicles
- Copyright, Trademark, and Trade Name Recordations (No. 10 2016)
U.S. Court of International Trade
- Nucor Corporation, Plaintiff, ArcelorMittal USA LLC et al., Plaintiff-Intervenors, v. United States, Defendant, Dongkuk Steel Mill Co., Ltd. et al., Defendant-Intervenors
- Ganz U.S.A., LLC f/k/a Ganz Inc., Ganz, and Owen Rogers, Petitioners, v. United States, Respondent

International Trade Administration - Federal Register Notices

Certain Steel Nails From Malaysia: Preliminary Results of the Changed Circumstances Review

Honey From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Intent To Rescind New Shipper Review

Prestressed Concrete Steel Rail Tie Wire From Mexico: Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2015-2016

Antidumping Duty Suspension Agreement on Sugar From Mexico; Administrative Review

Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Cut-to-Length Plate From Brazil, South Africa, and the Republic of Turkey: Affirmative Final Determinations of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Affirmative Final Determinations of Critical Circumstances for Brazil and the Republic of Turkey

Suspension Agreement on Sugar From Mexico; Administrative Review of the Agreement Suspending the Countervailing Duty Investigation on Sugar From Mexico

Stainless Steel Bar From Spain: Notice of Final Results of Antidumping Duty Changed Circumstances Review

Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Cut-to-Length Plate From France: Amended Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value

1,1,1,2-Tetrafluoroethane (R-134a) From the People's Republic of China; Amended Preliminary Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less-Than-Fair Value

Steel Concrete Reinforcing Bar From the Republic of Turkey: Postponement of Preliminary Determination in Countervailing Duty Investigation

Certain Pasta From Turkey: Final Rescission of Antidumping Duty New Shipper Review; 2014-2015

International Trade Commission - Federal Register Notices

Certain Air Mattress Systems, Components Thereof, and Methods of Using the Same; Notice of Request for Statements on the Public Interest

Polyester Staple Fiber From Korea and Taiwan; Scheduling of Expedited Five-Year Reviews

Ferrovanadium From Korea; Scheduling of the Final Phase of an Antidumping Duty Investigation

Certain UV Curable Coatings for Optical Fibers, Coated Optical Fibers, and Products Containing Same; Institution of Investigation

Glycine From China; Scheduling of an Expedited Five-Year Review

Softwood Lumber Products From Canada; Institution of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Investigations and Scheduling of Preliminary Phase Investigations

Stainless Steel Wire Rod From India; Institution of a Five-Year Review

Cut-to-Length Carbon-Quality Steel Plate From India, Indonesia, and Korea; Institution of Five-Year Reviews
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