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11/3/2016
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11/2/2016

The 2017 HS includes 242 sets of amendments, including 85 in the agricultural sector, 45 in the chemical sector, 22 in the wood sector, 15 in the textile sector, six in the base metal sector, 25 in the machinery sector, 18 in the transport sector, and 26 in a variety of other sectors.

11/2/2016
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11/1/2016

The Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee will hold an open meeting Nov. 17 in Washington, D.C.

11/1/2016
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10/31/2016

The dialogue is part of what Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker called a “renewed commercial engagement” that recognizes Argentina’s “impressive” efforts to develop “policies designed to improve and sustain the economic health of the country and secure long-term prosperity for Argentines.”

10/31/2016
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10/28/2016

One man was sentenced to a 37-month prison term and a $100 special assessment and ordered to forfeit $45,698. The other was sentenced to a term of time served, 12 months of home confinement, a $2,600 fine, and two years of supervised release and was ordered to forfeit $45,698.

10/28/2016
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10/27/2016

A federal appeals court ruled recently that avoidance of marking duties on imported goods is actionable under the False Claims Act, which could subject violators to substantial penalties. The reasoning set forth in the split decision could also increase the likelihood that more FCA cases will be initiated.

10/27/2016
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10/26/2016

This program was introduced as a pilot project earlier this year and currently covers the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Brazil, China, the European Union, India, and Japan.

10/26/2016
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10/25/2016

There is some concern that this effort could presage a tougher CBP enforcement effort, possibly including audits, focusing on the valuation of produce imports.

10/25/2016
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10/24/2016

The decisions taken at the 17th Conference of the Parties will next need to be translated into legislation, regulation, and operating practices in CITES party countries, which will directly affect when, where, and how the affected wildlife products can be bought and sold.

10/24/2016
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10/21/2016

The ruling was issued nearly three years after China filed the case challenging the Department of Commerce’s conduct of antidumping proceedings involving dozens of goods from China accounting for a reported $8.4 billion in annual sales in the U.S. market. U.S. trade officials said they are “disappointed” with the decision, which could be appealed.

10/21/2016
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10/19/2016

The Treasury Department has added Switzerland to a monitoring list that already included China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Germany in its second enhanced report on foreign exchange policies. The report again concludes, however, that no major U.S. trading partner is manipulating the value of its currency for a trade advantage.

10/19/2016
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10/18/2016

Prominent attorney Steven Brotherton, a respected authority on export controls and economic sanctions, has joined international trade law firm Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A. as the firm’s Export Controls & Sanctions Practice leader. He will manage the firm’s export practice from ST&R’s San Francisco office.

10/18/2016
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10/17/2016

The Office of Foreign Assets Control and the Bureau of Industry and Security are amending the Cuban Assets Control Regulations and the Export Administration Regulations, effective Oct. 17, to further normalize relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

10/17/2016
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10/14/2016

Petitions must be submitted electronically via the ITC’s designated secure web portal and may be filed by members of the public who can demonstrate that they are likely beneficiaries of such changes.

10/14/2016
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