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With nearly all core trade processing capabilities having now been transferred to ACE, an Aug. 2 outage that lasted nearly an entire day has raised renewed concerns about trade facilitation and enforcement in the event of a similar occurrence in the future.
During his nearly two-week trip to Asia President Trump discussed bilateral trade relations with the leaders of Vietnam, China, Philippines and other countries but came away with no specific deliverables. At the same time, the 11 remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership advanced their effort to modify and implement that agreement.
A recent World Trade Organization report finds that the imposition of new trade restrictions by G-20 economies has continued to slow this year while new measures to facilitate trade have remained steady.
A number of changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba announced by President Trump this past June are being implemented as of Nov. 9 under regulatory changes being made by the Bureau of Industry and Security, the Office of Foreign Assets Control, and the State Department.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced that as of Dec. 9 the Automated Commercial Environment will be the sole authorized electronic data interchange system for generating, transmitting, and updating daily and monthly statements for all entries except reconciliation (type 09) entries.
A U.S. withdrawal from NAFTA could have negative impacts on U.S. textile and apparel manufacturers and retailers, according to a recent Congressional Research Service report. The report comes amid negotiations to update NAFTA that have reportedly featured controversial U.S. proposals on textile and apparel issues.
A tax reform proposal unveiled by the House of Representatives Nov. 2 includes several provisions that would affect the international trade community.
The Court of International Trade ruled Oct. 31 that “a relatively well-made, durable, dry clean only Santa Claus costume” is properly classified as wearing apparel and is therefore excluded from classification as a festive article under HTSUS 9505.90.60, which would have qualified it for duty-free treatment.
Forty members of the House of Representatives have called for Congress to approve a long-term extension of the Generalized System of Preferences before it expires Dec. 31. After the program’s last expiration it remained unauthorized for two years, costing importers millions of dollars, and there has been some concern that a similar lapse could follow the upcoming expiration.
The Department of Commerce has concluded that China remains a non-market economy country for purposes of assessing antidumping duties. The determination was immediately criticized by China, which has cases on this issue pending at the World Trade Organization against both the U.S. and the European Union.
Under a recently-signed memorandum of agreement the departments of Commerce and Homeland Security will collaborate to help U.S. businesses expand their international e-commerce operations and better understand policies and procedures that impact e-commerce. They will also work to identify and eliminate tariff and non-tariff barriers to e-commerce, especially those that impede the ability of small and medium-sized enterprises to comply with customs laws and regulations.
The U.S. is claiming a “complete and resounding” victory in a long-running dispute with Mexico after a World Trade Organization panel found that March 2016 amendments to its dolphin-safe tuna labeling rules bring the U.S. into compliance with its WTO obligations. The decision precludes Mexico from imposing the $163.2 million worth of retaliatory sanctions the WTO had previously authorized, though Mexico said it would file an appeal.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has 14 open investigations into the alleged use of forced labor in the production of specific products from specific countries and will halt imports of such goods if and when the statutory standard for doing so is met, according to Acting CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan.
Countries benefiting from the Generalized System of Preferences will be subject to heightened scrutiny under a new initiative announced Oct. 24 by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. USTR Robert Lighthizer said this “more proactive process” aims to help “ensure that countries that are not playing by the rules do not receive U.S. trade preferences.”