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Update on China Tariffs

August 8, 2018

The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) recently announced that it has finalized the second list of tariff codes, covering an estimated $16 billion in Chinese imports, that will be subject to an additional 25% duty rate.  CBP will begin collecting these tariffs starting on August 23, 2018. The USTR also announced that it is extending the public comment period on the third list of tariff codes, covering approximately $200 billion in Chinese imports, that would have been subject to an additional 10% duty.  In response to President Trump’s recent request that the additional duty rate be raised to 25%, the USTR has extended the public comment period to accept feedback on this potential increase.  The comment period will now be extended to September 6, 2018.

HBA Lawyers for Literacy Committee: 25 for 25 Book Drive

August 2, 2018

Joiner Law Firm is proud to participate in the Houston Bar Association’s Literacy Committee’s annual book drive. Help the HBA Lawyers for Literacy Committee collect 25,000 books on their 25th anniversary! Read More→

News & Events from Joiner Law Firm - China Tariff Updates and More!

July 17, 2018

This newsletter features four articles entitled, "Update on China Tariffs Amid Escalating Trade Dispute," "Commerce Department Lifts ZTE Denial Order," "OFAC Revokes JCPOA General Licenses and Amends ITSR," and "Proposed Rules Transfer Firearms and Related Articles from USML to CCL." View Newsletter→

U.S. Announces Proposed 10% Tariff on $200 Billion Worth of Chinese Imports

July 13, 2018

In the escalating trade dispute between the U.S. and China, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) recently announced a proposed new 10% ad valorem tariff on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese imports. This list identifies thousands of Chinese products – including foods, consumer goods, tobacco, chemicals, coal, steel and aluminum – representing an approximate annual trade value of $200 billion. Read More→

Commerce Extends Comment Period re: Section 232 Investigation into Imports of Automobiles, Automotive Parts

June 28, 2018

In furtherance of the President’s May 8, 2018 decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, OFAC has officially revoked Iran-related General Licenses H and I.  Specifically, OFAC has issued two new general licenses authorizing the wind down, through August 6, 2018, of transactions previously authorized under General License I, and the wind down, through November 4, 2018, of transactions previously authorized under General License H.  Read More→

Commerce Extends Comment Period re: Section 232 Investigation into Imports of Automobiles, Automotive Parts

June 21, 2018

Today, in response to requests for additional time, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it is extending the comment period for the May 30, 2018 notice which requested comments regarding the effects on national security of imports of automobiles and automotive parts.  Comments and requests to appear at the public hearings were originally due by June 22, 2018, but will now be accepted until June 29, 2018.  Additionally, the rebuttal period has been extended to July 13, 2018.

U.S. Takes Steps to Curb China’s Trade Practices

June 20, 2018

Today, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) published a notice announcing the imposition of an additional ad valorem duty of 25 percent on certain products from China that have an approximate annual trade value of $34 billion, effective July 6, 2018.  The administration is still accepting comments and will hold a public hearing on whether the duty will be imposed on additional products with an approximate trade value of $16 billion.  This coincides with the administration’s plan to impose a tariff of $50 billion on goods imported from China containing industrially significant technology.

Happy Father’s Day

June 15, 2018

Joiner Law Firm would like to wish a very Happy Father’s Day to all the master grillers, expert navigators, and wise fathers in our lives and yours. We don’t know where we’d be without our dads!

Upcoming Events

The following events related to international trade may be of interest to you:

Event List
  • AUG14 CBP 2018 Trade Symposium (Atlanta, GA)

    The 2018 Trade Symposium hosted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be held on August 14-15 at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, GA. New this year! You will have the opportunity to conduct a one-on-one discussion with leadership from the Center of your choice. Register→

  • AUG22 Southern Border Conference (South Padre, TX)

    The 2018 Southern Border Conference will be held August 22-25 at the Hilton Garden Inn in South Padre, TX and will focus on “Navigating the High Seas of ACE.” Register→

  • OCT21 2018 ICPA Fall Conference (Grapevine, TX)

    Join another fabulous ICPA event in the historic Grapevine, Texas! Great sessions with a touch of Texas flare to enjoy. You won't be disappointed with this smaller version of their annual event. You can expect Three Tracks – Import, Export, General; International Trade Compliance hot topics; and speakers that are experienced, knowledgeable professionals. Register→