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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.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is planning to conduct a pilot test of a new electronic manifest in the Automated Commercial Environment Truck Manifest System for truck shipments of commercial goods transiting from point to point in Canada through the United States.
As of April 22 persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction may import coffee (HTSUS heading 0901) and additional textiles and textile articles (HTSUS Chapters 51 and 52) produced by independent Cuban entrepreneurs in addition to the items previously authorized.