Adams Lee has more than twenty years’ experience providing strategic advice and legal guidance on complex international trade and administrative regulatory matters to US and foreign companies, trade associations, and foreign governments. He advises companies in a broad range of industries on international trade remedy and trade policy issues.

Adams brings a wealth of knowledge to Harris Bricken’s international trade practice. He is adept at quickly evaluating strategic options and developing the best comprehensive legal approach in light of relevant policy and case law. Beyond achieving significant DOC and ITC results that improve his clients’ competitive position, Adams helps them understand complex trade issues so they can make well-informed business decisions.

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New AD/CVD Petition – Tin Mill Products from Canada, China, Germany, Netherlands, S. Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, U.Kingdom

On January 18, 2023, Cleveland Cliffs Inc. and the United Steelworkers Union filed antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) petitions against U.S. imports of certain tin- and chromium-coated steel sheet mill products (“tin mill products”) from Canada, China, Germany, Netherlands, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. Tin mill products are used primarily to make

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New AD/CVD Petition: Power Washers from China and Vietnam

On December 29, 2022, FNA Group Inc., from Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, filed antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) petitions against U.S. imports of certain gas powered pressure washers (“power washers”) from China and Vietnam. These pressure washers are the latest gas powered equipment to be targeted for AD and CVD duties. In 2020, Briggs &

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New AD/CVD Petition: Paper File Folders from China, India, and Vietnam

On October 12, 2022, the Coalition of Domestic Folder Manufacturers, comprised of two U.S. producers, Smead Manufacturing Co, Inc. and TOPS Products, LLC, filed antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) petitions against U.S. imports of certain paper file folders (“folders”) from China, India, and Vietnam.

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New AD/ CVD Petition – Certain Freight Rail Coupler Systems from China and Mexico

On September 28, 2022, the Coalition of Freight Coupler Producers filed antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) petitions against U.S. imports of certain freight rail couplers and parts thereof (“FRCs”) from China and Mexico. This coalition consists of one U.S. producer McConway & Torley (M&T) and the union workers at the one other U.S. producer, Amsted Rail Company, Inc. (Amsted).

International Trade and Tariffs

International Trade – 2021 Year in Review, Predictions for 2022 – Trump tariffs

The year 2021 began with high hopes for international trade as many thought the incoming Biden Administration would undo many of the unprecedented trade actions taken by the Trump Administration and reset U.S. trade policy.  However, at the end of 2021, most of the Trump tariffs remain in effect and the Biden Administration has largely pushed trade issues to the back burner.  Here, we take a look at some of developments on the Trump tariffs this past year and what to expect for those tariffs in 2022.

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Illegal Transshipping Can Make YOU Rich: Meet the False Claims Act

Reporting someone else for illegal transshipping under the False Claims Act can make you rich. The United States has imposed tariffs and duties against a whole slew of Chinese products, increasing the costs of those products sold to the United States.To avoid these tariffs and duties, many companies are shipping their Made in China products to countries other than China and then shipping those products to the United States, claiming those products were made in a country other than China. This is called transshipping and it is illegal.

Antidumping and countervailing duties international trade lawyers

Opportunity to Request DOC AD/CVD Administrative Reviews – Dec. 2021

There is now an opportunity to request DOC AD/CVD Administrative Reviews for products with AD/CVD orders with a December anniversary month. We have posted about many antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) petitions that trigger investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) and U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on imports of certain products. Most of these cases result in AD/CVD orders being issued after the DOC and the ITC complete their investigations and make final determinations on whether a domestic industry is injured by subject imports (ITC) and to what extent those imports are dumped or subsidized (DOC).