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Commerce Department

(Text Document)
October 06, 2009

(Inside U.S. Trade)
October 02, 2009

The Commerce Department's Emerging Technology and Research Advisory Committee (ETRAC) unveiled yesterday (Oct. 1) a draft methodology, subject to extensive further review, that could be used in determining which technologies will be subject to deemed export licenses.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
October 02, 2009

As part of an internal Commerce Department review, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is exploring ways to increase the number and breadth of "secure trade channels" through which cleared end users can buy otherwise controlled items without an individual license, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration Matthew Borman said on Sept. 30.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
October 02, 2009

Acting Assistant Commerce Secretary for Export Administration Matt Borman this week announced that the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is launching a three-year review of the Commerce Control List (CCL) with a focus on critical technologies to see which items can be decontrolled.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
October 02, 2009

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke yesterday (Oct. 1) publicly proposed two initiatives to streamline U.S. export controls that experts say could lead to a license-free zone with most European Union member states and other close allies, and could also cut by three quarters the processing time for dual-use export licenses to selected countries in Latin America and Southeast Asia.

(Daily News)
October 01, 2009

As part of an internal Commerce Dept. review, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is exploring ways to increase the number and breadth of “secure trade channels” by which cleared end users can buy otherwise controlled items without an individual license, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration Matthew Borman said on Sept. 30.


(Inside U.S. Trade)
September 25, 2009

President Obama's nominee for Commerce Department undersecretary for international trade Francisco "Frank" Sanchez has begun to make "courtesy visits" to Democratic and Republican members of the Senate Finance Committee, a key political step for nominees to be confirmed by that panel.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
September 25, 2009

Attorneys opposed to exemption applications by Dow Corning and REC Silicon claim the applications are the latest example in a recent trend in which companies try to avoid paying antidumping duties on silicon metal imports from China and Russia by applying for Foreign Trade Zone status.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
September 25, 2009

A controversial effort by two U.S. companies to legally import silicon metal from Russia and China without paying antidumping duties has drawn the ire of trade and labor groups and members of the Congressional Steel Caucus, who charge the effort would undercut U.S. trade laws to the detriment of industries and workers facing unfair competition.

(Daily News)
September 21, 2009

In a ruling with substantial implications for the future of trade remedy law against China, the Court of International Trade (CIT) late last week curtailed the ability of the Commerce Department to simultaneously apply both antidumping (AD) duties and countervailing duties (CVD) against the same imported product from a non-market economy.


(Inside U.S. Trade)
September 18, 2009

An unprecedented application by ThyssenKrupp Steel to designate its Alabama steel plant as a foreign trade subzone faces staunch opposition from other U.S. steel companies and labor unions who charge that this would create an unfair competitive disadvantage by lowering its production costs in ways domestic competitors cannot.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
September 18, 2009

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration Matthew Borman announced this week that this month's session of the U.S.-China High Technology Working Group will for the first time be preceded by an industry meeting discussing ways to ease trade barriers.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
September 18, 2009

Private-sector representatives this week criticized as burdensome, extraterritorial and essentially unenforceable a new final rule that expands the export control jurisdiction of the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) to transactions that are conducted entirely within foreign countries if those transactions involve a party that is considered a risky end user for non-proliferation, foreign policy or national security reasons.

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