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The International Trade Commission has adopted interim regulations on the submission and consideration of petitions for duty suspensions and reductions under the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016, which reformed the miscellaneous trade bill process.
U.S. Trade Representative Mike Froman said the subsidies have resulted in lost U.S. exports worth tens of billions of dollars and called on the EU to end the subsidies “immediately.” However, EU officials said parts of the decision were “unsatisfactory,” suggesting an appeal may be forthcoming.
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., the law firm that litigated the seminal case establishing the First Sale Rule under U.S. law, announced the launch of its First Sale Portal 2.0, a next generation first sale duty savings management tool. With the launch of the First Sale Portal 2.0, ST&R adds even more value to its First Sale offerings, allowing clients a level of transparency and accountability needed to meet the demands they face in the global marketplace.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection added Sept. 15 the ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles, Newark, Savannah, Miami and Seattle/Tacoma to the list of ports that will allow eligible sea carriers to apply for advance unlading facilitation benefits. That list already included the ports of New Orleans, Oakland, Baltimore and Port Everglades, Fla.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commission R. Gil Kerlikowske told a conference on U.S.-Canada border issues Sept. 20 that the two countries are continuing to work on initiatives to further expedite cross-border traffic and trade.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Los Angeles field office issued a public bulletin Sept. 19 providing the following information on refunds of duties and fees for Food and Drug Administration-regulated goods that have been refused admission into the U.S.
The Foreign-Trade Zones Board’s annual report on FTZ activities shows that in 2015 zone activity decreased despite an increase in the number of zones.
Under section 102 of the Food Safety Modernization Act, all domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or store food, food ingredients, pet foods, or dietary supplements are required to renew their registration with the FDA every even-numbered year.
The House Financial Services Committee approved by a 30-26 vote Sept. 13 a wide-ranging bill that among other things would eliminate the requirement for companies to disclose whether their products contain conflict minerals and overturn a Supreme Court ruling allowing courts to defer to regulatory agencies’ interpretations of ambiguous federal laws.
The U.S. launched a trade enforcement action at the World Trade Organization Sept. 13 challenging China’s use of market price support for the production of rice, wheat, and corn. The Obama administration portrayed the case as evidence of its commitment to trade enforcement as part of its ongoing effort to secure congressional approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership before the end of the year.
The Obama administration’s goals of securing congressional approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and concluding negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership by the end of 2016 appear to be in jeopardy amid contentious political campaigns and uncertain public opinion trends both in the U.S. and abroad. However, longer term prospects for the two agreements are somewhat brighter.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership could shift global trading patterns for textiles and lower demand for some U.S. textile exports, according to a recent report from the Congressional Research Service.
The tariff classification of many woven apparel products, including recreational performance outerwear as well as a broad range of items that do not fall within the scope of that term, was changed as of Aug. 22. These changes were part of the International Trade Commission’s modification of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States to implement new tariff classification provisions included in the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Sept. 7 that the mandatory transition of several post-release capabilities to the Automated Commercial Environment has been postponed from Oct. 1 to Oct. 29.