The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has announced additional retaliatory tariffs under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 on European Union goods as a result of World Trade Organization (WTO) findings on EU Airbus subsidies. On April 8, the USTR released a preliminary list of EU products that are set to be subject to additional tariffs, pending arbitration at the WTO.

According to the statement, USTR estimates that the EU subsidies cost the U.S. $11 billion in trade per year. It identifies EU products to which additional duties may be applied until the EU removes those subsidies. The EU has challenged the claims put forth by USTR.  The results of the WTO settlement dispute are expected to be issued this summer.

March 2019 is quickly approaching and UK businesses are still largely in the dark about how customs procedures will be carried out in the event of a no-deal Brexit. In response, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) published an updated  partnership pack to provide guidance and support for businesses preparing for day one if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

For the time being, the pack outlines high-level customs procedures and the ways in which processes will be changed for goods moving across the UK border. Later in the autumn, the HMRC will expand the pack to include a breakdown of agrifood regulations, controlled goods (such as timber, chemicals, and waste) regulations and licensing, and road haulage licensing.

The Brazilian government recently launched a new website "Brazil Export - Trade and Investment Guide" to inform companies about business and investment opportunities in Brazil. Acting primarily as a source of information, the website is a joint effort of Brazil's Ministries of External Relations (MRE), Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC) and Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil).

The goal of the website is to facilitate access to information, answer questions and offer services that contribute to the activities of export, import and investment in Brazil.

The information found on this website includes:

  • Business and investment opportunities
  • Statistics and economic indicators in Brazil
  • Major services provided by the Brazilian government agencies
  • International trends of products and services
  • Access to "COMEX Responds" where  questions will be answered
  • Calendar of events pertaining to foreign trade in Brazil
  • Information about the Business Network of Brazil Export and how to join

The website is available in Portuguese, English, and Spanish.