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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.
This policy will only apply during the course of these agencies’ ACE pilots until the data captured in these forms is required to be submitted through the PGA message set.
The first tariff cuts under the World Trade Organization’s expanded Information Technology Agreement are set to take effect July 1, covering around 65 percent of tariff lines accounting for approximately 88 percent of exports of covered goods.
The House Ways and Means Committee amended and unanimously approved April 20 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.
U.S. restrictions on trade with and travel to Cuba have largely prevented U.S. suppliers and investors from accessing the Cuban market, and new or expanded U.S. exports to Cuba in several goods and services sectors could occur if U.S. restrictions are lifted, according to an International Trade Commission report issued April 18.
Watches and jewelry extended their lead as the most seized commodity by value, wearing apparel continued to be the most seized item by number, and China and Hong Kong continued to account for more than three-quarters of the value and number of IPR seizures.
U.S. Trade Representative Mike Froman told a hearing convened to examine the problem that while excess steel capacity “is not limited to China,” that country is “the principal source of the world’s overcapacity.”