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On April 4, President Trump, who had been threatening to close the U.S. border with Mexico, said he will give Mexico a “one-year warning” before doing so.

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The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) wants to hear from small- or medium-sized NAFEM-member companies facing trade barriers exporting to the U.K. due to the country’s pending exit from the European Union.

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It’s been more than one year since the U.S. imposed 25 percent tariffs on imported steel and 10 percent tariffs on imported aluminum. “The tariffs continue to hurt steel-using manufacturers and consumers across the U.S.,” according to a recent statement by the Coalition of American Metal Manufacturers and Users (CAMMU), of which NAFEM is a member. “More and more manufacturers are reporting lost business to overseas competitors because of high steel prices in the U.S. and experiencing long delivery times for steel from the U.S. suppliers because the domestic steel industry cannot meet demand.”

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In a 2 – 1 decision, a U.S. Court of International Trade tribunal ruled that President Trump’s use of the Section 232 Trade Expansion Act to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum does not violate the separation of powers outlined in the U.S. Constitution.

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has confirmed mandatory disclosure statement language for motor bearing, new refrigeration equipment with acceptable refrigerants for sale or entry into commerce in California:

This equipment is prohibited from use in California with any refrigerants on the “List of Prohibited Substances” for that specific end-use, in accordance with California Code of Regulations, title 17, section 95374. This disclosure statement has been reviewed and approved by [THE COMPANY] and [THE COMPANY] attests, under penalty of perjury, that these statements are true and accurate.”

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Washington D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated parts of a 2016 EPA rule banning the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) in commercial refrigeration.

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The USMCA Coalition, led by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable, is advocating for congressional approval of the United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA). It’s important that businesses communicate their support for the USMCA. To do so, click here to learn more about the Coalition and click here to join, if you haven’t done so already.

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Last week, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) released its formal analysis of the economic impact of the USMCA, with their model projecting a small but positive economic impact of the agreement.

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In early April conversations between the U.S. and China, the latter indicated that “new progress’ had been made and President Trump expected that a deal could be announced in early May.

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