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Importers and exporters of animals and animal products, which include everything from apparel to cosmetics to luggage, will face stricter enforcement of Fish and Wildlife Service data reporting requirements once electronic submissions through the Automated Commercial Environment are required later this year. Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg will be conducting a webinar Sept. 29 to review these changes.
The National Marine Fisheries Service has issued a final rule that, effective Sept. 20, will revise procedures and requirements for filing import, export and reexport documentation for certain fishery products.
S. 764 prohibits states or other entities from mandating labels of food or seed that is genetically engineered. Instead, the Department of Agriculture must establish within two years through rulemaking a uniform national disclosure standard for human food that is or may be bioengineered.
As of one year after the rule is published (which should be soon) covered goods that are sold, supplied, offered for sale, manufactured or imported in the U.S. must be, and must be labeled as being, in compliance with the formaldehyde emission standards established by Congress in 2010.
Mexico became the 87th member of the World Trade Organization to ratify the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement July 26, the latest step toward the 109 (two-thirds of WTO membership) that must formally accept the TFA before it enters into force.
As of Aug. 29 the Automated Commercial Environment Protest Module will be the sole authorized electronic data interchange system for filing electronic protests and filers who intend to submit a protest electronically must use the ACE Protest Module.
The U.S. said it will be prepared to engage in conversations about how to best develop a trade and investment relationship with the UK “at the appropriate time.”
Following a controversial decision by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that the use of certain screws should be considered in determining their classification even though the two subheadings at issue are both eo nomine provisions, the Court of International Trade has issued a remand decision that the screws are properly considered self-tapping screws.
A June 30 presidential proclamation added travel goods under 28 HTSUS subheadings (including luggage, backpacks, handbags and pocket goods such as wallets) to the list of GSP-eligible products but only for least-developed beneficiary developing countries (of which there are currently 43) and African Growth and Opportunity Act beneficiary countries (of which there are currently 38).
European Union Chief Negotiator Ignacio García Bercero indicated at the conclusion of the 14th round of talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership that while the two sides are now at an “advanced stage of the negotiations” a lot of work still needs to be done.
This year’s reportfocuses on port congestion, which in 2015 was heavily influenced by new vessel alliances, reaction by marine terminal operators and labor unrest.
The State Department’s Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance has relaunched its Company Visit Program, which is designed to allow DTCC to better understand defense trade control and compliance programs and assess and disseminate industry best practices.
The House approved by a 240-171 vote July 12 a bill (H.R. 4768) that would overturn a 1984 Supreme Court ruling allowing courts to defer to regulatory agencies’ interpretations of ambiguous federal laws. A Senate version of the bill (S. 2724) has 12 co-sponsors and is currently pending before the Senate Judiciary Committee.