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An annual European Union report released Nov. 17 finds that the tendency to impose trade-restricting measures remains strong among the EU’s commercial partners while efforts to remove such measures have slowed.
A months-long impasse that delayed implementation of a multilateral agreement that could save international traders billions in customs and logistics costs was broken Nov. 12 when the United States and India announced a bilateral deal aimed at addressing New Delhi’s concerns about food security.
Although headlines surrounding this year’s summit of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum leaders have largely focused on competing visions for an Asia free trade area and a breakthrough on expanding duty-free trade in high-tech goods, leaders also made a number of commitments aimed at strengthening economic integration and trade in the region.
The U.S. and China reached a deal paving the way for dozens of countries to eliminate tariffs on more than 200 high-tech products, and there are hints that Washington and New Delhi may be close to breaking an impasse that has held up implementation of a December 2013 agreement to streamline trade among World Trade Organization members.
In addition to paying the largest penalty ever assessed for violations of the Clean Air Act, the automakers will spend approximately $50 million on measures reduce the likelihood of future greenhouse gas emission miscalculations.
The Canada Border Services Agency has been administering these amended requirements on a provisional basis since customs notices on them were issued on June 30, 2012, and Jan. 8, 2013, respectively.
According to the report, G-20 members applied 93 new trade restrictive measures between mid-May and mid-October, a pace similar to that of the previous reporting periods. On the other hand, G-20 economies also applied 79 trade liberalizing measures during this period.
On Nov. 3 the U.S. filed its first initial written submission, which cited over a 70-page brief more than 400 instances in which Guatemala allegedly failed to enforce its labor laws.
As of May 1, 2015, import and export manifest data being filed with CBP electronically will have to be sent via ACE. This requirement will extend to all modes of transportation: air, rail, ocean and truck.
U.S. apparel companies that use de minimis amounts of foreign-made components such as zippers or buttons in their garments were dealt a blow recently when a federal judge declined to throw out a class action lawsuit alleging that clothing labeled as “made in USA” is in violation of California’s strict false advertising law.
In an Oct. 31 letter, the group of importers, manufacturers, retailers, logistics service providers and others said that unless the proposal is suspended or withdrawn “the CPSC staff may be limited in its ability to engage fully and directly with various stakeholders,” which “is necessary if the Commission hopes to meet its policy objectives effectively.”
Federal Maritime Commission officials engaged in an ongoing review of what FMC Chairman Mario Cordero has called “massive and widespread” congestion at U.S. seaports have heard that improved chassis management is one of the steps that can help ameliorate the situation.