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New permitting, reporting, and recordkeeping requirements are being imposed for imports of certain fish and fish products identified as being at particular risk of illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing or seafood fraud under a new final rule from the National Marine Fisheries Service.
The International Trade Commission has issued a reminder that miscellaneous trade bill petitions seeking import tariff suspensions or reductions must be filed by 5:15 p.m. EDT Dec. 12 and that late filings will not be accepted. MTB petitions (including those revised to address deficiencies) filed on or after Dec. 13 or filed improperly will have to wait until October 2019 for another opportunity to be considered.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced that as of Dec. 1 claims of evasion of antidumping or countervailing duties may be submitted via CBP’s revised e-Allegations web portal. In addition, such claims must be filed via this portal starting Dec. 15.
Readying for deployment of the International Trade Data System, defense exports, and wildlife trade are among the topics of proposed and final regulations set forth in the semiannual regulatory agendas recently issued by a number of federal agencies, including the departments of State, Justice, and the Treasury, the Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Food and Drug Administration.
A performance standard for authorizing fruit and vegetable imports, poultry from China, and genetically modified organisms are among the topics of proposed and final regulations set forth in the Department of Agriculture’s most recent semiannual regulatory agenda.
New rules on export controls, antidumping proceedings, and arms embargoes are among the items listed on the Department of Commerce’s most recent semiannual regulatory agenda. This online resource lists the following regulations affecting international trade that could be issued within the next year as well as rulemaking proceedings that have been in process for some time and are not as likely to see further progress in the near term.
The departments of Homeland Security and the Treasury have issued their semiannual regulatory agendas, which list the following regulations affecting international trade that could be issued within the next year as well as rulemaking proceedings that have been in process for some time and are not as likely to see further progress in the near term.
Trade retaliation in the form of millions of dollars’ worth of intellectual property rights violations could be imposed against the U.S. if it does not resolve a long-running World Trade Organization dispute over online gambling by the end of 2016. Officials of the Caribbean island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, which won the right to retaliate against the U.S. a decade ago, issued this warning at a Nov. 24 meeting of the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body.
Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and U.S. Trade Representative Mike Froman both said the JCCT was productive, though Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack noted that the agricultural outcomes “did not go as far as the United States had hoped.” All three officials added that there are still a number of challenges in bilateral economic relations, including disagreements on the appropriate role of the state in the economy, China’s pursuit of policies that require data localization, and trade secret theft in the Chinese market.
In a video message released Nov. 21, president-elect Donald Trump pledged to issue a notification of intent to withdraw the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which he described as a “potential disaster for our country.”
Chile and Swaziland recently became the 97th and 98th members of the World Trade Organization to ratify the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement, the latest step toward the 109 (two-thirds of WTO membership) that must formally accept the TFA before it enters into force.
President Obama discussed a range of economic and trade matters at the 24th annual meeting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum leaders held Nov. 20 in Peru. According to a White House press release, the president sought to reassure leaders from TPP signatory countries about the United States’ strong support for trade and its commitment to strengthening ties with the Asia-Pacific region.