INVESTING IN THE PETROLEUM INDUSTRY? – WHY HAITI.

Despite Haiti’s challenging socio-economic, as well as political climate, Haiti remains one of the most open economies of the Caribbean seeking foreign direct investment (FDI). Haiti’s legislation encourages such FDI with the assurance that the same rights, privileges, and equal protection are provided to local and foreign companies. The current president of Haiti established and announced “Seven Priority Axes” for the development of Haiti. One of which is in the electricity (e.g., Hydro, Solar, Natural Gas and, of course, Petroleum) sector.

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Exclusion Extensions Granted for List 4A

On September 2, 2020, via Federal Register Notice, the United States Trade Representative formally announced its determination to extended certain previously granted exclusion requests through the end of the year; December 31, 2020.

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Section 301 Tariff Updates: USTR Grants Exclusions & Seeks Comments on Products Necessary to Combat COVID-19!

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), faced with the current COVID-19 pandemic, has moved quickly to grant numerous exclusion requests in March 2020; many of which are for medical supplies. USTR is also seeking comments from industry on whether products are necessary to combat COVID-19 spread and should be excluded from the additional duties. DTL has assisted clients in submitting comments to the USTR – this is the time to let your voice be heard.

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FREE Webinar Series on Intellectual Property Rights

Do you want to learn more about intellectual property rights (IPR)? Do you want to understand how IPR and U.S. Customs mix (and don’t mix)? Do you want to understand how to properly protect your brand internationally and domestically and what type of enforcement action U.S. Customs can take against infringers? If so, this 3 part FREE seminar series is especially for you. Act now, and reserve your FREE seat while they last. Did we mention it’s FREE??

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BREAKING NEWS: U.S.-China Phase 1 Deal is Officially Signed

On January 15, 2020, U.S. President, Donald Trump, and Chinese Vice Premier, Liu He, signed the U.S.-China Phase 1 Deal in the White House. The partial trade deal is an eight-part agreement consisting of 94 pages.

Simultaneously, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published a Federal Register Notice announcing tariff changes in accordance with the President’s direction (tweeted December 13, 2019) to modify the action taken pursuant to the Section 301 investigation.

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USDA & CBP Combat Non-Compliant WPM

Diaz Trade Law’s President, Jennifer Diaz and Associate Attorney, Denise Calle are enthusiastic to announce that our article USDA & CBP Combat Non-Compliant WPM was published by Bloomberg Law!  Below is the article reproduced with permission for your reading pleasure. We’d love to hear your feedback! […]

Catch Up on DTL’s Top Blogs From 2019!

We want to make sure you stay up to date with the hottest trade blogs from 2019. Below is a summary of what you missed by category. Enjoy!

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The New Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Process Set to Begin

A detailed timeline of the process can be found here. The new MTB process, as set out in the law, runs from October 2019 through the end of 2020. The dates and time frames below have been calculated from the start date announced by the U.S. ITC and the text of the legislation:

  • October 11 – December 10, 2019: USITC MTB portal open for petition submission.
  • December 10, 2019 – January 11, 2020: USITC compiles petitions.
  • No later than January 11 – USITC issues Federal Register notice soliciting comments on product petitions.
  • January 11 – Late February, 2020 (45 days): USITC accepts public comments through online portal.
  • January 11 – Mid-April, 2020 (90 days): Commerce conducts its review of petitions, at the end of which it submits its report to the congressional committees and the USITC.
  • January 11 – Mid-June, 2020 (150 days): USITC conducts its review of petitions, at end of which it submits its Preliminary Report to the congressional committees, taking into consideration the Commerce Report.
  • Mid-June – mid-August, 2020 (60 days): USITC conducts re-review of individual petitions, based on information submitted by the congressional committees, at the end of which it submits its Final Report to the congressional committees.

A successful MTB petition will cover a “noncontroversial” or “noncompetitive” product. The guidelines defining those products are:

  • No domestic producer objects to the import duty elimination or reduction for the product;
  • The import duty elimination or reduction for the […]

New FTC Warning Letters Issued to Companies Selling CBD Products

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The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a press release confirming is sent three warning letters to companies that sell oils, tinctures, capsules, “gummies,” and creams containing cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical compound derived from the cannabis plant. While the warning letters are not made publicly available, the FTC advised the warning letters were sent because the companies were advertising their CBD products could treat or cure serious diseases and health conditions, in violation of both the FTC Act (as well as U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)) laws and regulations.

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China Trade War Intensifies

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Today, the Trump administration’s China trade war intensified as it announced plans to increase tariffs on Lists 1, 2, 3, and 4!

The president connected the additional tariff hikes to China’s new retaliatory tariffs (as a result of US’s imposition of List 4 tariffs) on $75 billion-dollar in US products, mainly impacted the agricultural and auto industries, or President Trump’s base (as previously reported here).

So what are the changes?

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