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The Department of State is seeking input from stakeholders no later than April 28 to inform recommendations of how best to support responsible sourcing of tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold (known as conflict minerals).
While the associations previously sought expanded eligibility from the Obama administration by emphasizing the benefits for BDCs, the March 20 letter they sent to Trump focuses on his stated intent to use trade policy to more aggressively boost domestic employment and economic growth.
The European Commission is proposing to increase from 0.45 percent to 4.3 percent, effective May 1, the EU’s retaliatory duty on women’s and girls’ jeans classified under HTSEU 6204.62.31 that are made in the United States.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is beginning to consider possible changes to the minimum security criteria under the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, which has now been in place for more than 15 years.
The FY 2016 figures show that about twice as many targeted factories reported some sort of illegal transshipment-related problem as in FY 2015. In addition, the FY 2016 figures for trade preference violations were the highest since FY 2007.
Citing continued requests from the trade community to improve the timeliness of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s issuance of rulings and decisions, as well as the possibility that the Trump administration’s emphasis on enforcement and regulatory change could pose greater demands, the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee approved March 1 a number of recommendations designed to improve the CBP ruling submission and issuance process.
Three associations representing aluminum producers along the whole value chain in the U.S., Europe, and Canada are urging G-20 leaders to create a global forum on aluminum excess capacity at the July 7-8 summit in Hamburg, Germany.
President Trump recently released a blueprint for the 2018 budget that proposes to eliminate the U.S. Trade and Development Agency and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and significantly increase defense spending.
The Department of Commerce is seeking input by April 7 on the construction of pipelines using domestic steel and iron as opposed to imported materials. This information will help the DOC develop a plan for the domestic sourcing of materials for the construction, retrofitting, repair, and expansion of pipelines inside the U.S., as directed by a Jan. 24 presidential memorandum.
President Trump issued March 13 an executive order intended to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of the executive branch by directing the Office of Management and Budget to propose a plan to reorganize governmental functions and eliminate unnecessary agencies, components of agency, and agency programs.
U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Mexican Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo announced March 10 a renewed effort to resolve ongoing issues over Mexican sugar exports and anti-bunching limits. The two sides last held a round of talks on this matter in mid-December 2016 and have now agreed to hold additional discussions in an attempt to reach a mutually-acceptable resolution of the serious issues that have been identified with the current arrangement.
The Department of Justice announced March 7 that a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. and citizen of Ukraine has been arrested on federal charges of exporting controlled military technology from the U.S. to end-users in Ukraine without the required licenses.
The Federal Trade Commission recently determined not to further pursue a “made in USA” labeling case against a major U.S. retailer after it took a number of remedial steps. The FTC opened this investigation after consumers reported that items prominently marked “made in USA” on their exterior packaging were themselves marked “made in China.”
The Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness approved March 8 a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross making recommendations to improve the competitiveness of U.S. supply chains, increase U.S. exports, and facilitate job growth.
The Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee approved March 1 more than a dozen recommendations on how U.S. Customs and Border Protection can continue to develop and improve its revenue modernization initiative. CBP officials said the COAC recommendations are consistent with their efforts and objectives.