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Petitions for the Imposition of Antidumping Duties and Countervailing Duties on Imports of Carbon and Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Ten Countries Filed March 28, 2017

I. Type of Action: Antidumping Duty (“AD”): Belarus, Italy, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, the Republic of South Africa, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom; Countervailing Duty (“CVD”) : Belarus, Italy, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, the Republic of South Africa, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom;

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Petition for the Imposition of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties on Certain Hardwood Plywood Products from the People’s Republic of China filed November 18, 2016

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

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Reviewing Liquidated Damages Cases Issued for Late and Non-Payment of Duty

During discussions with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, officials noted that recent liquidated damages cases assessed for late or non-payment of duty may have been issued in error.

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CHANGES TO THE RECONCILIATION PROGRAM SET FOR JANUARY 2017

Significant changes to the Reconciliation Entry Program are scheduled to soon take effect. Included among these changes are the elimination of blanket entry flagging, a simplification of the application process and changes to the reconciliation transmission procedures. It is imperative that importers and their customs brokers utilizing the reconciliation program understand the impact of these changes in advance of their implementation.

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SEC Reconsidering “Conflict Minerals Rule”

In January 31, 2017 public statements, Acting SEC Chairman Michael S. Piwowar addressed both the overall future of the SEC’s “Conflict Minerals Rule” as well as a technical issue under the rule.

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