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The next step in the transition from the Automated Commercial System to the Automated Commercial Environment will take place May 28 with the mandatory filing of additional entries and entry summaries in ACE. CBP has also announced that most electronic entries and entry summaries for goods regulated by the Food and Drug Administration must be filed in ACE as of June 15.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske told the Senate Finance Committee May 11 that CBP expects to issue more detention orders on imported goods suspected of being made with forced labor. Kerlikowske also provided an update on the agency’s implementation of the recently enacted Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act.
The Senate voted May 10 to approve legislation (H.R. 4923) reforming the process of developing and enacting miscellaneous trade bills, which suspend duties on imported inputs and products for which there is no or insufficient domestic production and availability.
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced May 10 a challenge at the World Trade Organization against the Chinese government’s failure to bring its antidumping and countervailing duties on U.S. chicken broiler products into compliance with WTO rules. Also at the WTO the U.S. is continuing its efforts to avoid nearly half a billion dollars in trade retaliation by Mexico in a long-running dispute over “dolphin-safe” tuna labeling.
Effective July 1, DDTC will return without action any applications submitted using an expired DSP-83.
The FDA states that this rule subjects all importers, manufacturers and retailers of newly-regulated tobacco products to any applicable provisions, including registering manufacturing establishments, providing product listings to the FDA, reporting ingredients and harmful and potentially harmful constituents, requiring FDA premarket review and authorization of new tobacco products, placing health warnings on product packages and advertisements, and not selling modified risk tobacco products unless authorized by the FDA.
The FDA states that this is the second time it has extended such recognition – the first being New Zealand in 2012 – and that a similar process is underway with Australia and the European Union.
The United States and the European Union recently completed the 13th round of negotiations toward the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, but the talks were overshadowed by a leak of nearly 250 pages of negotiating texts that has further raised the ire of an already growing opposition.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced May 2 that it has established within its Office of Trade a Trade Enforcement Task Force that will focus on issues related to the enforcement of antidumping and countervailing duty laws and the interdiction of imported products using forced, convict or child labor.
The Coast Guard said its equivalency determination provides flexibility for entities in the export chain to reach arrangements to ensure compliance with the SOLAS container weight verification amendments that come into effect July 1.
Effective May 1, European Union retaliatory tariffs on women’s and girls’ jeans, sweet corn, crane trucks and metal spectacle frames from the U.S. will be lowered from 1.5 percent to 0.45 percent.
The House of Representatives approved April 27 by a 415-2 vote a bill (H.R. 4923) to reform the process of developing and enacting miscellaneous trade bills, which suspend duties on imported inputs and products for which there is no or insufficient domestic production and availability.
Using what one industry official called “a new arrow in the quiver” to combat “China’s illegal and predatory acts targeting [the U.S.] steel sector,” United States Steel Corporation filed April 26 a petition requesting that the International Trade Commission institute a Section 337 investigation regarding carbon and alloy steel products.