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Vol. I: Issue 11 - August 11, 2006

WTO DOHA DEVELOPMENT ROUND
End of Doha May Still Provide Market Access Opportunities. The collapse of the Doha round is a serious setback for global efforts towards trade liberalization. On the other hand, businesses can keep prospects for improved market access alive in the longer term, if companies look at creative alternative policy options.

Two factors tipped the balance against a successful Doha round at this time. First, world economic growth is healthy—close to 4% on average—so policy makers are not as desperate for levers to increase trade as they would be if growth were averaging around 1%. Second, countries' trade options are increasingly become broader. Since 1990, countries have negotiated over 330 bilateral or regional trade agreements. Free Trade Agreements (“FTAs”) are a second-best economic option compared to a global deal but have been popular tools for governments to gain fresh market opportunities in selected markets. More…


USTR Does Not Have Authority To Instruct the U.S. Department of Commerce To Implement Measures To Comply With An Adverse WTO Dispute Settlement Report.
The U.S. Court of International Trade’s (“CIT”) decision in Tembec, Inc., v. United States, No. 05-00023, slip op. 06-109 (July 21, 2006), could lead to the refund of $4 billion in duties collected pursuant to the U.S. anti-dumping and countervailing (“AD/CVD”) orders on softwood lumber from Canada. More…



U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) Actively Enforcing Deemed Exports.
In many public statements, BIS enforcement officials have placed emphasis on deemed export enforcement for several years now, starting most notably when Amanda DeBusk was the U.S. Under Secretary. Subsequent U.S. officials have now confirmed this focus. More…


U.S. and EU Reach Tentative Agreement on the Practice of “Zeroing” in Anti-Dumping Investigations.
The U.S. Department of Commerce's policy of “zeroing” in antidumping duty investigations and administrative reviews has come under repeated fire from U.S. trading partners. More…



China Postpones Higher Tariffs on Imported Auto Parts To Address Potential WTO Case.
China recently announced that it has postponed until 2008 the implementation of a rule that allowed the Chinese customs authorities to impose higher tariffs on imported auto parts. More…

U.S. Commerce Department Invites Comments on Its Controversial China Export Proposal. The U.S. Commerce Department's proposed China export rule continues to stir controversy as Commerce prepares to receive comments from the business sector. More…


U.S. Congress Approves Legislation Regarding Economic Sanctions Against Burma and Iran.
Both the U.S. House and Senate have approved legislation which authorizes the extension of economic sanctions on Burma for up to three more years. More…



Crowell & Moring Trade Team completes Report for the European Commission on the tools that should be made available to implement the upcoming revised EU Market Access Strategy. More...

Crowell & Moring's Kimberley Chen Nobles and Alex de Gramont will be speaking on the topic, Litigation & Arbitration Planning: Maximizing Your Company's Ability To Achieve Its Interests in Dispute Resolution. More...

Crowell & Moring Trade Partners Robert MacLean, Lorry Halloway and Jeff Snyder have been recognized by Chambers in their respective areas of expertise.

EU TO INTRODUCE NEW PRE-IMPORTATION REQUIREMENTS
EU importers will shortly have to provide EU customs authorities with information on goods prior to import into the EU. The new system will allow the authorities to carry out security and safety controls prior to the arrival of the goods.

In general, all goods that enter the EU must be covered by a so-called ‘summary declaration' with information about the goods brought into the EU. The summary declaration is to be submitted to the customs office of entry, i.e., the customs office at which the goods are to be subject to appropriate risk-based entry control. Currently, the summary declaration must typically be submitted within 24 hours after the goods have arrived. More…

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