Monday, August 20, 2018

Public Hearings on Proposed Section 301 Tariff List

Agathon Associates Boston office will be closed Thursday, August 26, through Monday, August 27, while David Trumbull assists clients who are testifying at the hearings on proposed Section 301 tariffs.

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) will hold public hearings from August 20 to August 24, 2018, and the following week, on August 27, 2018, regarding proposed tariffs on approximately $200 billion worth of Chinese products.

The hearings will take place at the U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436.

The proposed tariffs are a supplemental action in response to China’s unfair trade practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation, based on the findings in USTR’s investigation of China under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. Tariffs on $34 billion in goods from China are currently in effect, and tariffs on an additional $16 billion will take effect on August 23, 2018.

The Federal Register notice publishing the proposed tariff list and soliciting public comment can be viewed here.

The public hearings will be held at the following times:

  • Monday, August 20, 2018 from 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM EDT
  • Tuesday, August 21, 2018 from 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM EDT
  • Wednesday, August 22, 2018 from 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM EDT
  • Thursday, August 23, 2018 from 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM EDT
  • Friday, August 24, 2018 from 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM EDT
  • Monday, August 27, 2018 from 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM EDT

Click here to view a schedule of witnesses.

NOTE: Media and attendees should note that the hearing is on the record but off-camera; no cameras or video or audio recording will be allowed in the hearing room. A full transcript of the hearing will be posted on USTR.gov and the public docket

Thursday, August 16, 2018

2018 Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets: Comment Request

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) requests written comments that identify online and physical markets based outside the United States that should be included in the 2018 Notorious Markets List (List). Conducted under the auspices of the Special 301 program, the List identifies online and physical marketplaces that reportedly engage in and facilitate substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting. In 2010, USTR began publishing the Notorious Markets List separately from the annual Special 301 Report as an ``Out-of-Cycle Review.''

DATES: October 1, 2018 at midnight EST: Deadline for submission of written comments. October 15, 2018 at midnight EST: Deadline for submission of rebuttal comments and other information USTR should consider during the review.

USTR invites written comments concerning examples of online and physical notorious markets, including foreign trade zones that allegedly facilitate substantial trademark counterfeiting and copyright piracy. To facilitate the review, written comments should be as detailed as possible. Comments must clearly identify the market and the reasons why the commenter believes that the market should be included in the List. Commenters should include the following information, as applicable:

  • If a physical market, the market's name and location, e.g., common name, street address, neighborhood, shopping district, city, etc., and the identity of the principal owners/operators.
  • If an online market:
    • The domain name(s) past and present, available registration information, and name(s) and location(s) of the hosting provider(s) and operator(s).
    • Information on the volume of internet traffic associated with the website, including number of visitors and page views, average time spent on the site, estimate of the number of infringing goods offered, sold, or traded and number of infringing files streamed, shared, seeded, leeched, downloaded, uploaded, or otherwise distributed or reproduced, and global or country popularity rating (e.g., Alexa rank).
    • Revenue sources such as sales, subscriptions, donations, upload incentives, or advertising and the methods by which that revenue is collected.
  • Whether the market is owned, operated, or otherwise affiliated with a government entity.
  • Types of counterfeit or pirated products or services sold, traded, distributed, or otherwise made available at that market.
  • Volume of counterfeit or pirated goods or services or other indicia of a market's scale, reach, or relative significance in a given geographic area or with respect to a category of goods or services.
  • Estimates of economic harm to right holders resulting from the piracy or counterfeiting and a description of the methodology used to calculate the harm.
  • Whether the volume of counterfeit or pirated goods or estimates of harm has increased or decreased from previous years, and an approximate calculation of that increase or decrease for each year.
  • Whether the infringing goods or services sold, traded, distributed, or made available pose a risk to public health or safety.
  • Any known contractual, civil, administrative, or criminal enforcement activity against the market and the outcome of that enforcement activity.
  • Additional actions taken by right holders against the market such as takedown notices, requests to sites to remove URLs or infringing content, cease and desist letters, warning letters to landlords and requests to enforce the terms of their leases, requests to providers to enforce their terms of service or terms of use, and the outcome of these actions.
  • Additional actions taken by the market owners or operators to remove, limit, or discourage the availability of counterfeit or pirated goods or services, including policies to prevent or remove access to such goods or services, or to disable seller or user accounts, the effectiveness of market policies and guidelines in addressing counterfeiting and piracy, and the level of cooperation with right holders and law enforcement.
  • Any other additional information relevant to the review.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

CPSC Commissioner Baiocco and Staff Meeting with Representatives from American Apparel and Footwear Association

On August 22, 2018, Consumer Product Safety Commissioner Dana Baiocco, Chris Hudgins, Director, CPSC Office of Legislative Affairs, and Dottie Yahr, CPSC Policy Advisor, are schedule to meet with representatives from American Apparel and Footwear Association: Rick Helfenbein, CEO and Kristen Kern, Government Relations Representative, for introductory meeting with representatives from the American Apparel and Footwear Association and to discuss their issues related to CPSC. The meeting was requested by Kristen Kern.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Today is the Last Day to Request to Speak at Hearing on Latest China Tariffs

The U.S. recently announced proposed additional import tariffs on thousands of classifications of goods of Chinese origin. The list appears to include all, are nearly all of the classifications for fiber, yarn, fabric, and carpet (Harmonized Tariff Schedule Chapters 50 through 60).

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is accepting public comments on the proposal and request to speak on hearings to be held the week of August 20th. the deadline to request to speak at the heading is TODAY.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Department of Defense Sandbag Contract Awarded

Huntsville Rehabilitation Foundation doing business as Phoenix* Huntsville, Alabama, has been awarded a maximum $32,500,000 firm-fixed price contract for polypropylene and cotton duck sandbags. This is a two-year base contract with three one-year option periods. Maximum dollar amount is for the life of the contract, including options. Location of performance is Alabama with an Aug. 9, 2023, performance completion date. Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 through 2023 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE8E6-18-D-0006).

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Military Clothing Contracts Awarded

M&M Manufacturing LLC, Lajas, Puerto Rico, has been awarded a maximum $37,733,400 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for female coats and trousers for the Army Combat Uniform. This was a competitive acquisition with nine responses received. This is a one-year base contract with four one-year option periods. Maximum dollar amount is for the life of the contract, including options. Location of performance is Puerto Rico, with a Feb. 8, 2024, estimated performance completion date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 through 2023 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-18-D-1077).

Crown Clothing Inc., Vineland, New Jersey, has been awarded a maximum $12,268,595 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for men’s Marine Corps dress blues coats. This was a competitive acquisition with two responses received. This is a one-year base contract with four one-year option periods. Location of performance is New Jersey, with an Aug. 9, 2019, performance completion date. Using customers are Marine Corps and Defense Logistics Agency. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 through 2019 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-18-D-1079).