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The rule appears to be an attempt to avoid the $472 million in sanctions Mexico is seeking WTO authorization to impose (in the form of higher duties on an as yet unidentified list of U.S. exports) after a WTO compliance panel found that U.S. dolphin-safe tuna labeling regulations revised in 2013 are still inconsistent with WTO rules.

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The sanctions would take the form of additional tariffs on Mexican imports of U.S. goods, although the specific items to be targeted have not yet been identified.

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The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on March 15 issued a fact sheet highlighting the many benefits that the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement continues to provide four years after it entered into force to American businesses, workers and farmers. By contrast, the Coalition for a Prosperous America claimed that the agreement has significantly worsened the bilateral trade deficit with Korea.

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President Obama issued an executive order March 16 that implements the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016 as well as a March 2 resolution by the United Nations Security Council that imposed new sanctions and tightened some existing measures against North Korea following its Jan. 6 nuclear test and a Feb. 7 launch seen as a test of ballistic missile technology. 

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Dozens of organizations representing the agriculture, forest products, manufacturing and recycling industries told the Coast Guard March 14 that they support the agency’s interpretation of a container weight rule scheduled to take effect July 1. 

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Two federal agencies are taking action to allow the importation of Cuban-origin software, authorize additional business and physical presence in Cuba, further facilitate travel to Cuba for authorized purposes, relax the rules for vessels on temporary sojourn to Cuba, and expand the range of authorized financial transactions. 

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3/15/2016

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has approved a new federal safety standard for portable hook-on chairs and has amended the existing standard for architectural glazing materials. The new requirements will enter into force six months from the date of publication of a final rule in the Federal Register in the case of portable hook-on chairs, and 30 days from such date in the case of architectural glazing materials.

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Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero told a Senate Panel March 8 that increasing waterborne trade volumes are an encouraging indicator of the strength of the U.S. economy and that the current volumes of vessel and container capacity mean that ocean shipping costs will likely remain reasonable. On the other hand, he added, congestion at U.S. ports presents a serious potential impediment to the nation’s continued economic growth and competitiveness.

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3/9/2016

The proposed changes include the addition of two new data elements in the Automated Export System and amendments to provide clarity on existing reporting requirements.

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3/8/2016

The proposal would apply to all formal entries of merchandise imported into the U.S. and  impose a minimum $30 MPF on entries valued between $2,501 and $20,000, which represents approximately 50 percent of formal entries filed in 2015.

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3/7/2016

In a presidential election season that has seen candidates from both sides of the political spectrum decrying past free trade agreements, this agenda calls trade “one of America’s longest-running, bipartisan success stories” and asserts that it is “not in the national interest to sit on the sidelines” at a time when the pace of market-opening initiatives among other countries is increasing.

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