World Trade Organization Forms Compliance Panel In Airbus Case
The World Trade Organization’s (“WTO”) Dispute Settlement Body (“DSB”) last month accepted a U.S. request to establish a compliance panel in the case European Communities — Measures Affecting Trade in Large Civil Aircraft, WT/DS316. The U.S. requested that the WTO consider whether the European Union (“E.U.”) has complied with an earlier finding that the European aircraft consortium Airbus has received illegal government subsidies that caused adverse effects—in the form of displacement of exports and lost sales—for U.S. aircraft maker Boeing. More »
USTR Details Issues And Progress On Foreign Trade Barriers
The U.S. Trade Representative has issued three reports addressing trade barriers for U.S. exports. Each report focuses on a subset of trade barriers, identifying existing significant barriers to U.S. exports and reviewing recent efforts by the U.S. Government to reduce or eliminate barriers.
The “Bigger Brazil” Industrial Plan Grows Again
In a continuing effort to boost Brazilian manufacturing, the Government of Brazil announced another $35 billion in stimulus measures on April 3. This second phase of the Brasil Maior (“Bigger Brazil”) Industrial Plan eliminates payroll taxes for some Brazilian manufacturers and greatly expands low-cost lending facilities offered by Brazil’s National Development Bank, BNDES. More »
Commerce Department Reports On The Impact Of Intellectual Property On The U.S. Economy
On April 11, 2012, the Economics and Statistics Administration and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office released a report entitled “Intellectual Property and the U.S. Economy: Industries in Focus.” The report describes in statistical terms the role of intellectual property (“IP”) in the U.S. economy. According to Commerce Secretary John Bryson, “This first of its kind report shows that IP-intensive industries have a direct and significant impact on our nation’s economy and the creation of American jobs.” More »
U.S. Government Intervenes In Action Alleging Evasion Of Import Duties
The U.S. Department of Justice intervened in a lawsuit alleging falsification of country-of-origin documents to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. At issue is whether a Japanese company, Toyo Ink International Corp., two U.S. affiliates, and a Mexican joint venture partner (collectively “Toyo”) misrepresented the country of origin for U.S. imports of carbazole violet pigment number 23 (“CVP-23”) in order to evade antidumping and countervailing duties. According to the lawsuit, Toyo falsely certified that its CVP-23 imports were of Mexican and/or Japanese origin and improperly marked the products’ packaging as being made in Mexico or Japan, rather than China. More »
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