Category Archives: Imports/Exports

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Raw Material and Commodity Purchasing – Key Concerns for Manufacturers

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On August 9, 2018, Original Equipment Suppliers Association (“OESA”) held its 2018 Automotive Commodities Event covering a variety of topics related to commodities purchasing, including strategies for price risk management, insights into future mixed material usage in the automotive industry, and legal strategies for navigating volatile commodity markets.  Highlights of the issues discussed during the … Continue reading this entry

Here Comes the U.S.-Mexico Trade Agreement

Trade
The North American Free Trade Agreement – NAFTA for short – just took one step closer to no longer existing. As originally reported by the NY Times, the United States and Mexico announced that they had reached agreement on some key provisions that would change from the 24-year-old NAFTA.  Details are scarce, apparently in part … Continue reading this entry

New Section 301 Tariffs Target Numerous Automotive-Sector Imports: Coping Strategies and Prospects for Product-Specific Relief

supply chain
Introduction The automotive sector is getting a quick primer on the various ways in which the international trade laws can target automotive imports. In addition to the announcement of a potential Section 232 tariffs or other trade measures on imported automobiles and automotive parts (an investigation that is still ongoing), the Trump Administration now has … Continue reading this entry

Automotive Industry Fights Section 232 Tariffs

labor and employment
It is difficult to find anyone affiliated with the automotive industry in the United States, Europe, Asia or anywhere else who is in favor of tariffs on automobiles, automobile parts, automobile raw materials or anything else that goes into making a car or truck or other vehicle.  The industry seems to be in rare consensus … Continue reading this entry

Automakers Celebrate Strong June Sales as Industry Prepares for Potential Impact of Tariffs

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Automakers reported strong June sales in the United States.  Riding a wave of truck sales and new crossovers, GM posted a 4.6% increase for the second quarter and increased its market share to 16.6%.  Ford increased total sales in June by 1.2% over June 2017, and increased SUV and truck sales by 8.9% and 3.2%, … Continue reading this entry

Tariffs Wreak Havoc with The Auto Industry

tariffs
Trade issues have been concerning the automotive industry for some time.  Whether it be NAFTA renegotiations (or NAFTA scrapping), Section 232 Tariffs, Exceptions to Section 232 Tariffs, ever since the current administration was elected, the Dashboard has been predicting that trade issues could upend the automotive industry.  That day appears to have come as the … Continue reading this entry

Recent Enforcement Actions Demonstrate Multinational Automotive Companies Should Conduct Risk Assessments

multinational enforcement
Regulators within the Trump administration have sent a loud message that should concern all multinational automotive companies: laws governing international activities continue to be the subject of intense enforcement activity, leading to record fines in such areas as U.S. economic sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), export controls (the International Traffic … Continue reading this entry

China to Relax Joint Venture Requirements for Manufacturing

vehicle manufacturing
On Tuesday, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a planned rollback of the manufacturing foreign ownership limits first set forth in the 1990s, which require that manufacturing operations in China be at least 50% Chinese owned.  Specifically, China will begin by eliminating this ownership requirement for electric vehicle production and gradually roll back the requirements for … Continue reading this entry

New Exclusions Process Gives Automotive Companies the Possibility of Exemption from Section 232 Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

tariffs
On March 23rd, automotive companies that rely on imported steel and aluminum were confronted with new special tariffs of 25 percent on all imports of steel and tariffs of ten percent on all imports of aluminum, with temporary exclusions for Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, the member countries of the European Union, and South Korea. … Continue reading this entry

New Exclusions Process Opens Up Potential Relief from Section 232 Tariffs for Users of Specialty Steel and Aluminum Products or Companies that Serve National Security Needs

On March 23, steel and aluminum users were confronted with new special tariffs of 25 percent on all imports of steel and tariffs of ten percent on all imports of aluminum, with temporary exclusions for Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, the member countries of the European Union, and South Korea.1 These measures created a great … Continue reading this entry

NAFTA Renegotiations Create Uncertainty for Automakers

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The promise to renegotiate or else withdraw from NAFTA was one of the central points of the Trump campaign that helped him win states like Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.  In keeping with his campaign promises, the Trump administration has since proposed to tighten automotive content rules and rules of origin (from 62.5% to 85%) to … Continue reading this entry

Battery Development in the Auto Industry Leads to Electrification of Ships and Planes

supply chain
With the release of the new Tesla semi-truck in November, the public’s attention was captured with the idea of emission-free movement of freight.  In the United States, over 70% of freight is carried at some point by truck, and the potential transition from diesel to electric could have a dramatic impact on emissions. However, recent developments have … Continue reading this entry

China Joins the Club of Nations Planning Fossil Fuel Car Bans

As this blog has reported over the last few months, several countries have announced their intention to ban the sale of internal combustion-powered cars in the coming years.  But the latest to take this step—China—might be the most impactful of all in many ways.… Continue reading this entry

White House Wants to Renegotiate NAFTA to Help Automotive Companies, Who May Not Want the Help

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As anticipated by the Dashboard as far back as December 2016, the current administration is determined to renegotiate (or scrap) the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in a way that helps out the United States’ manufacturing sector. One of the largest portions of that sector is the Automotive Industry. However, the Automotive Industry is … Continue reading this entry

STRONGER Patents Act of 2017 Disadvantages Domestic Manufacturers

Workforce
In late June, Senators Coons, Cotton, Durbin, and Hirono introduced the STRONGER Patents Act of 2017.  The Act includes provisions that seek to heavily change the inter partes review and post-grant review processes.  However, Sec. 108, which focuses on patent infringement, is the portion that may have the largest effect on hurting domestic automotive companies … Continue reading this entry

New Administration Ramps up Enforcement Efforts

Suppliers Get Ready For Your Recalls
The Trump administration has vowed to bring jobs back to the states. One of the methods it appears it’ll take advantage of is continued, aggressive enforcement of U.S. laws governing exports and international conduct.… Continue reading this entry

2017 Automotive Forecasts Unveiled During Detroit Auto Show Week

It is “Auto Show” week in Detroit, as the city hosts the 2017 North American International Auto Show.  This week includes press unveils of new and updated models, the latest mobility technologies at the AutoMobili-D pavilion, the charity preview featuring 17,000 auto industry players in tuxedos and long dresses and, of course, predictions for where … Continue reading this entry

NAFTA Under the New Trump Administration

The election of Mr. Trump as the President of the United States has created considerable uncertainty regarding the U.S. investment climate. Chief among these uncertainties is the status of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which President-Elect Trump repeatedly attacked for leading to the loss of U.S. manufacturing jobs. President-Elect Trump has vowed to renegotiate the … Continue reading this entry

Brexit: What’s Ahead? Let the Games Begin

This is the fourth in an ongoing series of Dashboard Insights blog posts on the implications of the June 23, 2016 voter referendum in the United Kingdom (“UK”) to exit the European Union (“EU”) (“Brexit”). Prior articles reviewed: 1) developments leading up to the Brexit vote, likely competition law as well as procedural implications; 2) risks/uncertainties … Continue reading this entry

Brexit: Hard Landing/Soft Landing or Down the Rabbit Hole: What’s Ahead?

This is the third in an ongoing series of blog posts by Foley & Lardner LLP on the implications of the June 23, 2016 referendum decision in the United Kingdom (“UK”) to exit the European Union (“EU”) (“Brexit”). Prior articles reviewed developments leading up to the Brexit vote, possible alternatives/outcomes, likely competition law and procedure … Continue reading this entry

Enjoy Your Holiday Weekend!

The Dashboard Insights team wishes you a safe and happy Labor Day. We’ll be back to our regular posting on Thursday, September 8. Thanks for your continued support of our blog!… Continue reading this entry

Brexit – Standards and Innovation: What’s Ahead?

This article is the second in an ongoing series of blog posts by Foley & Lardner LLP on the implications of the June 23, 2016 referendum decision in the United Kingdom (“UK”) to exit the European Union (“EU”).  The first blog post reviewed briefly developments leading to the Brexit vote, the negotiating process that is … Continue reading this entry