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Recent Legislation on CBP, Origin Labeling, Export Licensing, Freight Infrastructure

Friday, January 31, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The following trade-related legislation has recently been introduced in the House of Representatives.

CBP. H.R. 3846 (introduced Jan. 10 by Rep. Miller, R-Mich., referred to House committees on Homeland Security and Ways and Means), the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Authorization Act, would formally authorize CBP and clarify the border security missions of the Department of Homeland Security for the first time since it was created in 2002. Miller noted that the border security statutory authority granted in the Homeland Security Act is now spread over several agencies and organizations and that, in essence, “Congress has never authorized CBP to perform the [security] missions it does today.”

Country of Origin Labeling. H.R. 3935 (introduced Jan. 28 by Rep. Pocan, D-Wis., and referred to the House Committee on Agriculture), would require country of origin labeling for dairy products.

Export Licensing. H.R. 3961 (introduced Jan. 29 by Rep. Grayson, D-Fla., and referred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee) would provide Israel a license exception to the Export Administration Regulations currently made available to 36 other nations.

Freight Infrastructure. H.R. 3825 (introduced Jan. 9 by Rep. Smith, D-Wash., referred to the House committees on Transportation and Infrastructure and Ways and Means), the Freight Infrastructure Reinvestment Act, would establish the National Freight Mobility Infrastructure Improvement Program to provide competitive grants to states and designated entities to improve the efficiency and capacity of freight networks. These entities would work in collaboration with their communities to identify projects of national or regional significance and apply for the grants, and the Department of Transportation would award funds based on the project’s ability to improve freight infrastructure and cost effectiveness as well as its economic impact. The grants would be funded through a user fee on the shipment of freight cargo within the U.S. that would be set at 1% of the total cost of transport.

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