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U.S. Trade Representative Mike Froman and European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström released a joint statement March 20 refuting arguments that trade pacts such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the Trade in Services Agreement now under negotiation could limit governments’ ability to provide or regulate public services.
The 12th U.S.-Brazil Commercial Dialogue saw the two sides reach an agreement on trade facilitation and agree to focus future talks on core themes such as standards, regulations, intellectual property rights and other issues.
According to a paper circulated to the Committee on AD Practices, the U.S. has witnessed over the years a dramatic increase in activities expressly designed to help importers and/or exporters evade AD duties.
The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued March 13 a decision in GPX International Tire Corporation et al. v. U.S. et al. upholding the constitutionality of a 2012 law that explicitly allows the federal government to impose countervailing duties on goods imported from non-market economy countries like China and Vietnam.
CBP may have failed to target or properly examine rail shipments that were at an increased risk to contain contraband or dangerous materials, the report states, and has no assurance that decisions to release these high-risk shipments into U.S. commerce were appropriate.
Mills asserted that “strong enforcement is good for legitimate U.S. business by ensuring that all companies that invest in an export compliance program are placed on a level playing field against their competitors.”
The bank was charged with willfully failing to have an effective anti-money laundering program, willfully failing to conduct due diligence on its foreign correspondent accounts and willfully failing to file suspicious activity reports “even though managers inside the bank raised red flags about its sanctions-violating practices.”
Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and David Vitter, R-La., on March 10 introduced bipartisan legislation (S. 697) to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman James Inhofe, R.-Okla., a cosponsor of the legislation, has already scheduled a hearing on the bill for March 18.
The Bureau of Industry and Security has issued a final rule that, effective March 13, finalizes changes to the support document requirements for license applications submitted to the agency.
A recent penalty case filed against a U.S. importer indicates that U.S. Customs and Border Protection may go after the importer’s corporate officers as well at some later date. The warning, which appears in the government’s complaint, highlights the increasing potential for personal liability for customs violations, as affirmed by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit last fall in the case of U.S. v. Trek Leather Inc. and Harish Shadadpuri.
President Obama issued March 9 an executive order imposing sanctions that implement and expand upon the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act signed into law in December 2014.