Section 421 China Safeguards: Implications for U.S. Trade Policy

Consuming Industries Trade Action Coalition
Retail Industry Leaders Association
US Association of Importers of Textiles and Apparel
US-China Business Council

As part of its commitments to join the World Trade Organization, China agreed to allow WTO members to impose duties or quotas to prevent or remedy "market disruption" caused by increased imports from China. WTO members retain this right through December 11, 2013. In the United States, these China-specific import restrictions are known as Section 421 safeguards. One case involving consumer tires is currently awaiting a decision by the Obama administration, though there may be more on the horizon.

Please join us for a panel discussion of trade remedies under Section 421. What are the possible outcomes of the pending case on tire imports? What other sectors might be considering cases under the statute? What should businesses be doing to prepare for potential duties on products in their supply chains?

Thursday, September 10, 2009
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Hogan & Hartson, 555 Thirteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC

Brenda Jacobs, Counsel, Sidley Austin LLP
Timothy Keeler, Counsel, Mayer Brown LLP
Lewis Leibowitz, Partner, Hogan & Hartson
Marguerite Trossevin, Founding Member, Jochum Shore & Trossevin, PC

Please note that seating is limited and will be handled on a first come basis. This event is open to members of the media.

Register by close of business Tuesday, September 8, 2009 to Greg Stanko at