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ACA, Coalition Urge President to Hold Back Tariff Increase on Chinese Goods

March 12, 2019 Government Affairs
Last month, following President Trump’s announcement that he would delay new tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, ACA signed onto a coalition letter praising the decision.

ACA Urges USTR to Make Digital Trade a Priority

November 19, 2018 Government Affairs
Following the USTR’s announcement that it will enter trade negotiations with the European Union, Japan, and the United Kingdom (UK), ACA and some 30 other organizations urged USTR to make digital trade a priority in each of these negotiations, drawing from provisions of the recently announced United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

ACA Presses for Exclusion Process for Tariffs Under Section 301, List 3

October 23, 2018 Government Affairs
The significant tariff increases on Chinese imports under Section 301 will almost certainly impose costs on the U.S. coatings industry that will not only harm consumers and end users – including downstream U.S. based manufacturing customers – but will also damage the currently strong competitive position internationally of the paint and coatings industry.

Impact of New Tariffs on Iron, Steel, and Aluminum Unclear Thus Far

October 9, 2018 Government Affairs
The United States announced new steel and aluminum tariffs last March, under which steel imports would face a 25 percent duty and aluminum imports would be subject to a 10 percent duty. These tariffs were imposed pursuant to Trade Expansion Act of 1962 and were specifically done under Section 232 authority.

President Signs Miscellaneous Tariff Bill into Law

September 26, 2018 Government Affairs
Through the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB), Congress temporarily suspends or reduces tariffs on certain imports for three years. Most of these duty suspensions relate to chemicals or other inputs used by U.S. manufacturers, who assert that the tariff relief provided by the MTB helps reduce their manufacturing costs, thus making their products more competitive.

ACA Testimony Addresses Proposed U.S. Tariffs on China

July 31, 2018 Government Affairs
ACA testified that the significant tariff increases proposed by the USTR will almost certainly impose costs on the U.S. coatings industry that will not only harm consumers and end users – including downstream U.S. based manufacturing customers – but will also damage the currently strong competitive position internationally of the paint and coatings industry.

Senate Passes Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of 2018

July 31, 2018 Government Affairs
The bill, H.R. 4318, amends the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States to temporarily modify certain rates of duty for provisions recommended by the International Trade Commission (ITC) pursuant to the new process established in the American Manufacturing and Competitiveness Act of 2016. The legislation includes more than 1,600 products that were recommended by the ITC.

House Passes Miscellaneous Tariff Bill

January 30, 2018 Government Affairs
The legislation is a compilation of petitions from companies that were vetted and recommended by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). The bill includes some 1,700 petitions that the ITC reported to Congress in August were eligible for duty-relief as products not produced or available in the United States.

ACA Urges Congress to Pass Miscellaneous Tariff Bill

December 14, 2017 Industry News
The Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of 2017 includes nearly 1,700 petitions that the U.S. International Trade Commission reported to Congress in August were eligible for duty-relief as products not produced or available in the United States.

Federal Agencies Issue Guidance on Changes to U.S.-Cuba Policy

November 20, 2017 Industry News
The National Security Presidential Memorandum issued in June directs the Secretaries of Commerce, State, and Treasury to take certain actions to implement the President's Cuba policy, affecting trade and commerce.