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Leslie Glick

Leslie Glick

Leslie Glick is a shareholder and co-chair of the International Trade and Customs Specialty Team in the Washington, D.C. office of the Michigan-based law firm of Butzel Long P.C. He has practiced in the international trade and customs law area for over 40 years and served as counsel to a Congressional subcommittee.

As an adjunct to his work in these areas he has developed subspecialties in various regulatory areas, particularly Food and Drug Administration regulation of imports and exports of foods, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, and tobacco and cannabis products. He has also handled issues with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the Department of Transportation dealing with imports of automobiles and auto parts. Mr. Glick has been a frequent speaker at seminars sponsored by the National Association of Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America, Practicing Law Institute, and foreign chambers of commerce such as the CONFINDUSTRIA VICENZA in Italy.

Mr. Glick’s daily practice involves representing importers and exporters in the automotive industry; food industry; medical devices, including Covid-related personal protective equipment (PPE products) such as masks and ventilation equipment; metal fabrication and consumer goods; in cases involving tariffs under the antidumping and countervailing duty laws; section 301 unfair trade practices, and obtaining exclusions from 301 tariffs from China; Section 232 national security tariffs, and in obtaining exclusions from those tariffs from various countries; and Section 337 cases involving imports infringing U.S. patents, trademarks, and copyrights. He has been involved in sanctions matters involving Cuba and Iran and in legislative activities as a registered lobbyist. Mr. Glick has represented companies in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, France, Italy, Turkey, China, Taiwan, and Indonesia. He is a graduate of Cornell University and Cornell Law School and is conversant in Spanish.

He is the author of several books on customs and trade issues including:

"The United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) Legal and Business Considerations," WaltersKluwer, 2020

"Guide to United States Customs and Trade Laws, 3 rd Edition," WoltersKluwer, 2008

"Navigating US Customs: What You Need to Know," ThomsonReuters-QuickBook series, 2015

"Understanding the North American Free Trade Agreement," WaltersKluwe, 2010

Articles Written By Leslie Glick

Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) Places the Burden on Importers

A new  law was signed into law on Dec. 23, 2021, to supplement existing laws contained in Section 307 of the Tariff Act 1930, as amended (19 U.S.C. § 1307), which prohibit the importation of all “...goods, wares, articles, and merchandise mined, produced, or manufactured wholly or in part in any foreign country by convict labor or/and forced labor or/and indentured labor under penal sanctions.”

The new law—the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA)—took effect on June 21 and is designed to reinforce United States prohibition of the importation of goods made with forced labor. On June 13, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a  guidance document, Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act: U.S. Customs and Border Protection Operational Guidance for Importers, to prepare importers to comply with this new law. 

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U.S. and EU Seal Deal on Section 232 Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

Announced during the G-20 summit in Rome, European Union (EU) and United States negotiators reached an agreement over the long-standing issue of Section 232 tariffs on EU exports of steel (25%) and aluminum (10%) to the US.

Originally limited to "mill" products when imposed in 2018 by President Trump, the tariffs were later expanded to cover "derivative" products such as nails and wire.

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U.S.-China Trade: USTR Will Restart Section 301 Tariff Exclusion Process

Hopefully many of you have read our previous articles on Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 (start here if you missed them), tracing the history of this important trade law from its inception to the famous (or perhaps infamous) use of it to impose billions of dollars of tariffs, ranging from 7.5% to 25%, on imports from China.

Some had hoped these tariffs would end with the transition from the Trump administration to the Biden administration, but until a few weeks ago, nothing concrete had occurred.

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How Stronger Buy American Rules Will Impact International Traders

Many international traders were surprised by the Buy American rules proposed by President Biden soon after inauguration—they were expecting the incoming president to have a gentler approach to international trade than his predecessor. (See my previous article Buy American Legislation Importers and Exporters Should Watch.) The January 2021 proclamation offered broad guidelines and few specifics but signaled the direction the administration would take on trade: goods purchased by federal agencies would need to contain less foreign-made content and waivers would be harder to come by.

Six months later, the White House released more specifics in this fact sheet. The proposal requires that goods purchased with taxpayer dollars contain more U.S.-made content—60% as soon as the rules go into effect and 75% by 2029, up from 55%.

What does this mean in a practical sense to the trade community?

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Buy American Legislation Importers and Exporters Should Watch

In my last article, I discussed President Biden’s January 2021 Executive Order on Ensuring the Future Is Made in All of America by All of America's Workers. Since then, his Buy American vision has grown to be a major part of his administration’s economic program.

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Biden’s New Buy American Initiative

Those expecting a dramatic reversal in some of former President Trump’s protectionist trade policies were surprised to see that one of the first trade-related proclamations in the first days of the Biden administration was “Buy American.” The executive order—Executive Order on Ensuring the Future Is Made in All of America by All of America's Workers—was issued without Congressional approval on Jan. 25, 2021, just 10 days after inauguration.

The executive order promotes enforcement of the existing Buy American Act of 1933 by tightening the test for measuring domestic content (the amount of a product that must be made in the U.S. for a purchase to qualify under Buy American law) and more tightly controlling when waivers are granted. The decree would make changes to Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), which deal with sales to the U.S. government, including some military and NASA contracts—a large sector of the economy.

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US-UK Trade in a Post-Brexit World

Now that Brexit is finalized, many are wondering what this means for trade between the United States and the United Kingdom. Both countries were restricted from formerly negotiating a trade pact while the U.K. was part of the European Union (EU). However, unbeknownst to many, the U.S. and the U.K. held informal talks for some time prior to Brexit so that a structure would be ready when the time came.

Former President Trump was very much in favor of a deal with the U.K., even though conceptually he did not like bilateral trade agreements. Part of this was his affinity for U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and some antipathy for EU leaders. President Biden is also expected to pursue a trade deal with the U.K.

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The Trade Act of 1974-Part 3: Section 301's Impact Under Trump and Biden

The first and second parts of this series, Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, illustrated how, for many years,  Section 301 was used to eliminate trade barriers and open markets to U.S. exports. However, the average business may not have become familiar with this law until President Trump began to invoke it and impose tariffs against China in 2018. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR)—after a notice in the Federal Register and a period for public comment—determined that China violated Section 301 by denying market access to United States companies and infringing on their intellectual property rights. Based on this finding, President Trump imposed the first round of 15% tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese goods covered in what is referred to as List 1.

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Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow-Part 2

In the first article of this series—How Section 301 Investigations and Tariffs Have Impacted TradeI gave an introduction to Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, a trade law with a long history and one which has been used more frequently during the Trump administration. I traced the use of the law through the founding of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the historic Japanese semiconductor investigations in the mid 1980s.

Today I'll look at Special 301, which emerged in the late 1980s and 1990s to address trade barriers to U.S. companies due to the ineffective protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights.   

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How Section 301 Investigations and Tariffs Have Impacted Trade

The past two years, importers and exporters have become increasingly familiar with Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974: the Trump administration has used it extensively to impose tariffs on approximately $370 billion in Chinese-origin goods. But you may be less familiar with how this versatile statute was used over the past 45 years to eliminate trade barriers with other countries and open markets to U.S. exports. 

This article looks at how the use of Section 301 has evolved since its inception and examines one of the more significant earlier investigations under the law. Look for future articles about how the law is being used in regards to China and on strategies companies should be using to monitor its use.    

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