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The Food and Drug Administration is inviting public comments by March 6 on the proposed extension of approval of an information collection associated with prior notice of food, including food for animals, that is imported or offered for import into the U.S.
A statement from Trump’s transition team said that in this role Lighthizer, a longtime trade attorney who served as deputy USTR under President Ronald Reagan, will work to “develop and implement policies that shrink our trade deficit, expand economic growth, strengthen our manufacturing base and help stop the exodus of jobs from our shores.”
This agreement is the first of its kind to be approved by the Federal Maritime Commission and the South Florida Container Terminal and the Port of Miami Terminal Operating Company plan to use it to jointly negotiate, set, and approve terminal rates, charges, rules, and regulations.
The Drug Enforcement Administration has issued a final rule requiring the electronic submission through the Automated Commercial Environment of required data for the import and export of tableting and encapsulating machines, controlled substances, and listed chemicals.
President-elect Donald Trump vowed on the campaign trail to make some significant changes to U.S. trade policy, and several recent developments appear to be consistent with that pledge.
Russia acted as a responsible member of the World Trade Organization community in some areas in 2016, but overall its actions continued to depart from the core WTO tenets of liberal trade, transparency, and predictability in favor of measures that appear intended to build walls around its market. That is the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s conclusion in its annual combined report on Russia’s compliance with its WTO commitments and WTO enforcement actions against Russia.
The Obama administration announced Dec. 22 that the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is taking action to reinstate retaliatory duties against EU products in connection with the EU’s ban on hormone-treated U.S. beef.
USTR released Dec. 21 the results of its Special 301 out-of-cycle review of notorious markets for 2016. This review identifies dozens of physical and online marketplaces that reportedly engage in and facilitate substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting.
The Department of State on Dec. 16 released its first national action plan to promote responsible business conduct by U.S. companies operating abroad. This effort marks the first time the U.S. government has undertaken a whole-of-government process to focus, improve, and expand its effort to promote RBC.
The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a final rule that removes the regulations specifying certain procedural requirements for rulemaking under section 6 of the Toxic Substances Control Act, which provides the EPA with several authorities for addressing risks from chemical substances and includes procedures the agency must follow in doing so.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued an interim final rule establishing the Centers of Excellence and Expertise as a permanent organizational component of the agency and transitioning certain additional trade functions to the Centers.
The Fish and Wildlife Service has rescinded an Oct. 18 notice and will continue to issue designated port exception permits, which allow the importers and exporters to whom they are issued to ship specified wildlife products through ports not staffed with wildlife inspectors. The trade community had expressed concern that an FWS plan to halt this practice could have had substantial negative effects on their supply chains.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is transitioning its ongoing reconciliation test to the Automated Commercial Environment and making a number other changes as of Jan. 14.