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New Trade Legislation Includes Cyber-Espionage Sanctions, BPA Ban, Textiles and Apparel

Thursday, July 17, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The following trade-related bills have recently been introduced in the House and/or Senate.

H.R. 4665 – to provide for the eligibility of South Korea for the license exception for encryption commodities, software and technology under the Export Administration Regulations (introduced May 15 by Rep. Meng; referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs)

S. 2384 – to require the president to develop a watch list and a priority watch list of foreign countries that engage in economic or industrial espionage in cyberspace with respect to United States trade secrets or proprietary information and to provide for the imposition of sanctions with respect to foreign persons that knowingly benefit from such espionage (introduced May 22 by Sen. Levin; referred to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs)

H.R. 4748 – to eliminate tariffs on technological goods providing educational value for children (introduced May 28 by Rep. Black; referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means)

H.R. 4955 – to extend the tariff preference level on imports of certain cotton and man-made fiber, fabric, apparel and made-up goods from Bahrain under the United States-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement (introduced June 24 by Rep. Southerland; referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means)

S. 2530 – to prohibit the importation or exportation of mussels of certain genus (introduced June 25 by Sen. Heller; referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works)

H.R. 4978 – to require bottled water manufacturers and distributors to disclose bottled water quality information (introduced June 26 by Rep. Ellmers; referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce)

S. 2572 – to ban the use of bisphenol A in food containers (introduced July 9 by Sen. Markey; referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions)

H.R. 5033 – to ban the use of bisphenol A in food containers (introduced July 9 by Rep. Capps; referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce

H.R. 5101 – to establish a National Freight Network Trust Fund to improve the performance of the national freight network (introduced July 14 by Rep. Hahn; referred to the House committees on Transportation and Infrastructure and Ways and Means)

H.R. 5103 – to impose sanctions on Chinese state-owned enterprises and any person who is a member of the board of directors, an executive officer or a senior official of a Chinese state-owned enterprise for benefitting from cyber and economic espionage against the United States (introduced July 14 by Rep. Rohrabacher; referred to the House committees on Foreign Affairs, the Judiciary and Financial Services)

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