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INCREASED TARIFFS ON CERTAIN STEEL AND ALUMINUM PRODUCTS LIKELY

President Trump has indicated that he intends to proceed with imposing increased tariffs on certain imported steel and aluminum products, which could take effect as early as 15 days after the President makes a formal decision.  The new tariffs will be based upon the recommendations contained in the Department of Commerce’s (“DOC”) reports on the impact of steel and aluminum imports on national security pursuant to the DOC’s self-initiated investigation under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.  The Reports were issued on January 11 for steel and January 17 for aluminum products.  In the reports, the DOC recommended various actions to reduce the level of imports of these products including import quotas and/or increased tariffs (see below).

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Long awaited changes to the Reconcilation Entry Program will take effect on February 24, 2018

U.S. Customs & Border Protection (“CBP”) will implement significant modifications to the Reconciliation Program, first announced by CBP on December 12, 2016, effective February 24, 2018.

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CPSC Revises Phthalate Rule for Children’s Toys and Child Care Articles

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) has made various revisions to the prohibition of certain phthalates in children’s products. These changes affect children’s toys1 and child care articles2 that are imported on or after April 25, 2018.

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Section 201 Safeguards Implemented on Large Residential Washers

I.  Effective Period: February 7, 2018 – February 7, 2021. 

II.  In-Scope Products:  

A.  washers provided for in subheadings 8450.11.00 and 8450.20.00;

B.  all cabinets, or portions thereof, designed for use in washers, and all assembled baskets designed for use in washers that incorporate, at a minimum, a side wrapper, a base, and a drive hub, provided for in subheading 8450.90.60;

C.  all assembled tubs designed for use in washers that incorporate, at a minimum, a tub and a seal, provided for in subheading 8450.90.20; and

D.  any combination of the foregoing parts or subassemblies, provided for in subheadings 8450.90.20 or 8450.90.60.

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Petitions for the Imposition of Antidumping Duties and Countervailing Duties on Imports of Rubber Bands from Thailand, People’s Republic of China, and Sri Lanka

I. Type of Action: Antidumping Duty (“AD”): Thailand, People’s Republic of China and Sri Lanka; Countervailing Duty (“CVD”): Thailand, People’s Republic of China and Sri Lanka;

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