International Trade Cases
international trade cases involve complex commercial negotiations, substantial
documentation for regulatory approvals by relevant foreign bodies, lobbying
in D.C, and abroad, and often either litigation or regulatory hearings
(again, in D.C. or abroad) to make our client’s case before
the appropriate forum.
Some complex international trade cases we have handled
- “Super 301” unfair trade practices: case against Japan
on behalf of TrusJoist (now division of Weyerhaeuser). Successfully
21% tariff on engineered lumber to 3.9%; substantial increase in US
- Steel industry: Obtained approval from Japan’s
Ministry of International Trade for Northwest Steel & Wire (Illinois)
to produce in U.S. and export Japanese certified steel. Two-year project
funded by Illinois and Trade Adjustment Assistance Act. Stakeholders
included Steelworkers Union and Governor of Illinois. Other
Steel Industry cases for Oregon Steel, and Tuscaloosa
coveted Japanese Industrial Standards certification for steel plants
in Oregon and Alabama, permitting direct export of U.S.-made steel.
- Building Products Industry: significant transactions for USG
Corporation for Japanese Building Code approvals for USG high-technology materials
including Duracrete and other structural materials exported from US.
TrusJoist; Simpson Manufacturing
- Medical Device industry: numerous Ministry of Health and Welfare
of Japan approvals for U.S.-made devices and factories for dozens of
U.S. companies, exporting successfully to Japan from U.S. plants nationwide.
- Testing Laboratories Industry: Negotiated and implemented
new administrative procedures in Japan for certification of non-Japanese
test labs in broad range of sectors including Ag, forest products,
construction materials, medical devices, automobile, consumer products,
and electronics. Enabled
U.S. labs to certify exports to Japan.
- Industrial Machinery case: Successfully obtained
certification from Japan’s Ministry of Labour and MITI for Fluid
Management L.P. (now a division of IDEX, NYSE) to export its complex
US-made fluid dispensing industrial machinery; previous such equipment
had been required to use Japan-made electrical components. Retained
hundreds of Chicago area jobs.