Top Stories: New Russia Sanctions

White House: Major New Russia Sanctions Package Coming February 21, 2024 – The Biden Administration announced that a new “major” sanctions package against Russia is coming, as soon as this week, in response to the death of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, and the 2-year anniversary of the Ukraine War. President Biden acknowledged yesterday that the […]

Top Stories: Trade Preference Program

Report: House Readies Stalled Trade Bill February 14, 2024 – Lawmakers are reportedly expected to introduce trade preference legislation this month that was long delayed. Politico reports today that the House Ways and Means Committee plans to introduce a bill this month to renew the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), a tariff relief program that […]

Top Stories: Coffee and Labor

McDonald’s and Others Respond to Claims of Forced Labor in Coffee February 7, 2024 – McDonald’s released a statement last week in response to a report by the Netherlands-based Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and Brazil-based Conectas claiming that companies including McDonald’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Illy import coffee produced using forced labor. McDonald’s […]

Top Stories: Trade with Vietnam

Lawmakers and Stakeholders Deliberate Vietnam’s Market Position January 31, 2024 – A group of senators, led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, expressed concerns Vietnam to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo this week, asserting that there is substantial evidence indicating the country has not met legal conditions for market economy status. The group, which includes eight senators, highlighted […]

Top Stories: More Sanctions

BIS Expands Sanctions Against Russia, Belarus January 24, 2024 – The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) expanded export controls this week against Russia and Belarus to include a wider scope of products, including more materials and parts affecting the aerospace industry. A new final rule, which also includes refinements to existing export controls, went […]

Top Stories: Aluminum Extrusions

AAEI Co-Signs Letter on DOC Investigation of Aluminum Extrusions January 17, 2024 – AAEI joined 35 other trade associations this week in sending a letter to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo about “the proposed overly broad scope of the ongoing antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations on aluminum extrusions from 14 countries.” As the […]

Top Stories: Cost of Conflict

FMC Allows Ocean Carriers to Increase Rates January 10, 2024 – The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has allowed ocean carriers to increase rates on containers rerouted around Africa’s southern cape due to concerns over Houthi rebel attacks in the Red Sea routes. To justify the longer transit, the FMC granted several companies special permission to […]

Top Stories: U.S.-EU Tariff Truce

Biden Extends U.S.-EU Steel & Aluminum Trade Deal January 3, 2024 – President Biden announced last month that he is extending the U.S. side of a steel and aluminum trade peace deal with the EU. In a pair of presidential proclamations, President Biden extended steel and aluminum tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) that the administration negotiated with […]

Top Stories: Customs Facilitation?

AAEI Assured Companion to Cassidy Enforcement Bill Coming December 27, 2023 – Sen. Bill Cassidy introduced his long-awaited Customs Modernization legislation (S.3431) this month, which he says will update U.S. customs law. The bill does not include any of the trade facilitation measures that his office sought and received from AAEI and the U.S. trade […]

Top Stories: Customs Modernization

Senators Introduce Customs Modernization Legislation December 20, 2023 – Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced a long-awaited Customs Modernization bill this week. It includes provisions for intellectual property violations, investigation of detained de minimis packages, and the government’s use of advanced trade data as an enforcement tool. AAEI members worked with […]