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The White House said Feb. 11 that President Obama intends to sign into law the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, a broad customs reauthorization bill that has now been approved by both the House and Senate. The administration is touting the measure as providing strong new tools to ensure that trade rules are enforced.
A group claiming to represent the majority of U.S. ocean exports is urging public and private sector stakeholders to work together to ensure that a container weight verification requirement slated to take effect worldwide July 1 does not create congestion at U.S. ports and marine terminals.
CBP will expand this test to include the Toxic Substances Control Act certification data required by the Environmental Protection Agency.
The amount includes $9.4 million in disgorgement, $900,000 in prejudgment interest and a $2.5 million civil penalty. The company noted that the Department of Justice has declined to file criminal charges after a related investigation.
This draft plan sets out how the CPSC will pursue its four strategic goals of cultivating the most effective consumer product safety workforce, preventing hazardous products from reaching consumers, responding quickly to address hazardous consumer products in the marketplace and with consumers, and communicating useful information quickly and effectively to better inform decisions.
The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control announced Feb. 4 an enforcement action that it says highlights the need for U.S. companies, particularly large, sophisticated entities dealing primarily in international transactions, to ensure that their employees are properly trained on OFAC regulations, especially managers who oversee sales to regions that pose a particularly high risk for violations of the sanctions programs administered by OFAC.
This proposed rule represents the first phase of a risk-based traceability program that tracks fish and fish products identified as being at risk of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and seafood fraud, and it would implement a statutory prohibition against importing, exporting, transporting, selling, receiving, acquiring or purchasing in interstate or foreign commerce any fish taken, possessed, transported or sold in violation of any foreign law or regulation or any treaty or binding conservation measure to which the U.S. is a party.
The U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim countries were set to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership Feb. 4 and a senior U.S. official has laid out a strategy for seeking congressional approval of the agreement.
A verified container weight will be a condition for loading a packed container aboard a vessel for export, and the vessel operator and the terminal operator will be prohibited from loading a packed container aboard a vessel for export if it does not have a verified container weight.
The total includes $7.8 million in criminal fines, $969,175 in criminal forfeiture and more than $1.23 million in community service payments. The company has also agreed to a five-year term of organizational probation, mandatory implementation of a government-approved environmental compliance plan and independent audits, and a related civil forfeiture of more than $3.15 million.
U.S. Trade Representative Mike Froman reiterated at a Jan. 28 hearing that the U.S. is interested in expanding its trade relations with Africa beyond unilateral preferences. A USTR report examining the options for doing so is expected this summer.
The HSC is slated to consider a number of issues at its upcoming meeting, including the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement, the status of and challenges associated with the implementation of the 2017 edition of the HS, progress in member state implementation of the 2012 edition of the HS, and the idea of inserting subheadings in national statistical nomenclatures to facilitate the monitoring of trade in goods required for the production and use of improvised explosive devices.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership will increase U.S. annual real incomes by $131 billion, or 0.5 percent of GDP, and annual exports by $357 billion, or 9.1 percent of exports, over baseline projections by the time it is nearly fully implemented in 2030, according to estimates in a recent working paper issued by the Peterson Institute for International Economics.