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The Court of International Trade's "unique and unprecedented interpretation" of an "other" provision in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule comes from a "false premise" that would greatly expand its scope throughout the HTS, importer Nature's Touch Frozen Foods argued in its Sept. 27 opening brief at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Seeking its preferred classification of frozen fruit mixtures, the importer said the trade court's reading would also "greatly limit operation of the provisions in [General Rules of Interpretation] 3(b) and (c) which are designed to classify mixtures" (Nature's Touch Frozen Foods (West) v. United States, Fed. Cir. # 23-2093).Read More >>

The Commerce Department amended its regulations on administrative protective orders and serving documents in antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings. The changes make service of public documents, public versions of business proprietary documents and proprietary documents via electronic transmission the default method of alternative service "when service cannot be effectuated on ACCESS or when ACCESS is unavailable."Read More >>

Antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings at the Commerce Department will be temporarily stopped in the event of a U.S. government shutdown due to a failure in Congress to appropriate funds, lawyers from global firm Veneable wrote. Enforce and Protect Act allegations of AD/CVD evasion also won't be investigated during the shutdown, according to the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America.Read More >>

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