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The Food and Drug Administration has made available a draft guidance for industry on the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program, which will provide for expedited review and importation of human and animal food by participating importers.
Reducing the costs of third-party testing of consumer products, readying for deployment of the International Trade Data System and implementing provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act are among the topics of proposed and final regulations set forth in the semiannual regulatory agendas recently issued by a number of federal agencies, including the departments of State, Justice, the Interior and the Treasury, the Food and Drug Administration and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The Bureau of Industry and Security and the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls have issued separate proposed rules that would revise various definitions in the Export Administration Regulations and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations to make them more consistent with one another.
An electronic export application and certification system, adjustments to quarantine and inspection fees, and imports of additional agricultural products are among the topics of proposed and final regulations set forth in the Department of Agriculture’s newest semiannual regulatory agenda.
New regulations on price adjustments in antidumping duty proceedings and an expanded maritime nuclear propulsion prohibition are among the rules set forth in the Department of Commerce’s newest semiannual regulatory agenda.
The departments of Homeland Security and the Treasury recently issued their semiannual regulatory agendas, which list the following regulations affecting international trade that could be issued within the next year as well as rulemaking proceedings that have been in process for some time and are not as likely to see further progress in the near term.
The ruling by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit distinguished between those who enter goods (e.g., the importer of record) and those who introduce goods into U.S. commerce and broadly defined the latter, thereby extending to import managers, compliance officers, business owners and others personal liability for fraudulently or negligently providing information on company imports.
A week after passing legislation to extend trade preference programs and strengthen trade enforcement, the Senate voted May 22 to approve a bill restoring trade promotion authority for up to six years. TPA and the other trade and customs bills will now move to the House, where their prospects remain uncertain.
The European Parliament adopted May 20 a draft law that would impose a tough monitoring and reporting system along the entire conflict mineral supply chain. Parliament is now expected to enter into informal talks with EU member states, which have backed a less stringent approach, to seek agreement on a final version.
The Bureau of Industry and Security is accepting through July 6 comments on how the export clearance requirements in part 758 of the Export Administration Regulations can be improved, including how they can be better harmonized with the export clearance requirements under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations.
The World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body upheld this week a ruling that U.S. mandatory country of origin labeling requirements for meat products continue to violate WTO rules by discriminating against livestock imports from Canada and Mexico. Those countries said they will now pursue billions of dollars’ worth of retaliatory measures against U.S. exports, but House and Senate leaders said they hope to act soon to prevent such an outcome.
U.S. shippers were spared a potential increase in intermodal transportation prices when the International Trade Commission ruled May 19 that imports from China of the 53-foot containers typically used to haul cargo by truck, rail and ship are not materially retarding the establishment of a U.S. industry. Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg’s Trade Remedies Practice Group was instrumental in securing the ruling, which means that no antidumping or countervailing duty orders will be issued on these goods.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently threw out import restrictions imposed by the International Trade Commission against certain kinesiotherapy devices and components thereof.