Husch Blackwell announces its monthly trade update on key issues and announcements related to International Trade and Supply Chain.
|October 2018 ||
U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA)
On September 30, 2018, the U.S., Mexico, and Canada reached a new trilateral agreement to replace NAFTA. The new agreement, U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA), resulted in key provisional changes. Major changes include increased access for U.S. farmers to dairy and agriculture markets, rules of origin for automobiles and automobile parts, increased De Minimis Levels, mutual commitment to not change currency levels, increased protections for intellectual property, and a restructuring of the Sunset Clause. According to the Trump administration the USMCA will purportedly, “strengthen the middle class, and create good, well-paying jobs and new opportunities for the nearly half billion people who call North America home.”
Trade Negotiations with Japan, European Union, and the United Kingdom
On October 16, 2018, the Trump Administration announced its intent to negotiate three separate bilateral trade agreements with Japan, the European Union, and the United Kingdom. Many of the issues that will be discussed will revolve around issues that affect, “American workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses.” The USTR will publish its objectives for negotiations at least 30 days before formal trade talks begin.
U.S. Statement on the United States – Central Asia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA)
On October 16, 2018 senior officials from the U.S., Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkmenistan met in Uzbekistan to discuss trade and investment in Central Asia and the United States. Highlights from the meeting include the launching of the Intellectual Property Working Group and the Group on Women’s Economic Empowerment. Additional Working Groups discussed customs, standards, sanitary and phytosanitary measures. The next meeting will take place in Washington, DC in 2019.
|U.S. Department of Commerce Decisions|
Changed Circumstances Reviews
|U.S. International Trade Commission: Section 701/731 Proceedings|
Sunset Review Decisions
|U.S. International Trade Commission: Section 337 Proceedings|
|Court of International Trade: Summary of Decisions|
On October 1, 2018, the Court made the decision to remand the U.S. Department of Commerce’s redetermination on the scope ruling on Agilent Technologies’ mass filter radiator.
|Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit|
|There were no opinions with respect to trade remedies for the month of October.|