Shara Aranoff

Shara Aranoff

Shara Aranoff helps clients in technology, life sciences, and manufacturing use intellectual property and international trade enforcement tools to compete in U.S. and global markets.

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Suniva Requests Global Safeguards For U.S. Solar Industry Under Section 201

On April 26, 2017, the U.S.-based solar manufacturer Suniva, Inc. filed a petition for global safeguards with the U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”). In particular, Suniva requests the imposition of tariffs on solar cells and the establishment of a minimum price for solar modules imported into the United States. The petition was filed under Section … Continue Reading

A New Miscellaneous Tariff-Cutting Process Takes Shape

In a notice published in Friday’s Federal Register, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC or Commission) has issued interim rules implementing the new miscellaneous tariff bill process mandated by Congress in the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016.  The rules create a new pathway for U.S. manufacturers to seek temporary suspension or reduction of tariffs … Continue Reading

A call for 50 percent tariffs on U.S. imports of aluminum

The United Steelworkers union (USW) on April 18 filed a petition with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) for the U.S. to invoke a global safeguard under Section 201 of U.S. trade law and impose tariffs of up to 50 percent on primary unwrought aluminum. This proceeding could have significant impacts on global aluminum producers … Continue Reading

How Big a U.S. Export Market Could Cuba Be?

Since President Obama announced the normalization of U.S. relations with Cuba in December of 2014, U.S. businesses have begun to plan for the eventual lifting of U.S. economic sanctions against Cuba.  While the Obama Administration has taken a number of steps to jumpstart interactions between U.S. businesses and the Cuban private sector, including easing travel … Continue Reading

Benefits and Barriers to Expanded U.S.-Cuba Trade

Proponents of increased U.S. trade with Cuba rightly point to the potential economic benefits to U.S. exporters, particularly in the food and agriculture sector, from greater trade.  But achieving that potential may take more than the lifting of the U.S. trade embargo with Cuba.  A forthcoming study from the U.S. International Trade Commission promises a … Continue Reading

ITC To Examine Trade With Cuba

On January 30, 2015, the U.S. International Trade Commission launched a study on the economic effects of current U.S. trade and travel restrictions on U.S. trade with Cuba.  The study was requested in December by then-Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Senator Ron Wyden in connection with President Obama’s announcement of a change in direction … Continue Reading

ITC Report Focuses on U.S. Trade and Investment in India

On December 22, 2014, the U.S. International Trade Commission released its report on Trade, Investment, and Industrial Policies in India: Effects on the U.S. Economy.  Prepared at the request of the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees, the 450-page report highlights the substantial growth in U.S. economic engagement with India since 2007, trade … Continue Reading

Trade Policy Resources at the ITC and How to Use Them

The U.S. International Trade Commission is best known for deciding high-stakes trade disputes involving dumped or subsidized imports and infringement of intellectual property rights.  Worthy of at least equal attention, however, are the wide panoply of trade policy resources the Commission makes available free to the public.  Businesses, associations, and NGOs can all make use … Continue Reading
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