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The International Trade Commission has established Feb. 24 as the deadline for public comments on petitions seeking duty suspensions or reductions under the miscellaneous trade bill process revised and reinstated by the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016. All such petitions timely filed with the ITC will be available on the ITC’s website for review and comment beginning Jan. 11.
The Department of Commerce has announced the establishment of the Advisory Council on Trade Enforcement and Compliance to advise the department on matters relating to the enforcement of U.S. trade remedy laws and foreign government compliance with trade agreements. Though created by the outgoing Obama administration, the ACTEC could find a role in the incoming Trump administration, which has pledged a renewed effort on trade enforcement and a larger role in trade policy for the secretary of Commerce.
CBP is still planning to deploy drawback, duty deferral, reconciliation, liquidation, collections, and statements in ACE as of Jan. 14.
The individual faces a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and a $1 million fine, which may be increased to twice the gain derived from the crime or twice the loss suffered by victims if either amount is greater than the statutory maximum.
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.