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A House-Senate conference committee reached agreement Dec. 9 on a lengthy customs reauthorization bill focused on improving trade facilitation and enforcement. The bill could be approved by both chambers as early as Dec. 11 and signed into law by the president before the end of the month.
CBP anticipates that AQUA will allow carriers to achieve quicker vessel turnaround times in port, which will also benefit importers through faster container movements.
A House-Senate conference committee tasked with hammering out a customs reauthorization bill held an initial meeting Dec. 7 where conferees laid out their priorities for a final measure. Supporters are hoping to conclude the conference by the end of this week and see the legislation enacted into law by the end of the year.
The sanctions, which are about a third what complainants Canada and Mexico had sought but significantly higher than what the U.S. had argued for, are expected to take the form of higher import tariffs on U.S. goods and could be imposed within a matter of months.
An electronic export application and certification system and imports of genetically modified organisms are among the topics of proposed and final regulations set forth in the Department of Agriculture’s most recent semiannual regulatory agenda.
Importers have until Dec. 28 to request refunds of duties paid on Generalized System of Preferences-eligible goods that were entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption during the GSP lapse period of Aug. 1, 2013, through July 28, 2015. This deadline specifically applies to entry summaries on which the special program indicator “A” was not transmitted.
The World Trade Organization Appellate Body has upheld a dispute settlement panel ruling that revised U.S. regulations on dolphin-safe tuna labeling are still unfairly discriminating against Mexico.
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 U.S. and Peru recently signed an agreement establishing a trade transparency unit that will enhance their ability to detect illicit trade schemes used by transnational criminal organizations and terrorist groups and to prevent and investigate customs offenses.
President Obama issued an executive order Nov. 23 imposing certain sanctions against four persons in Burundi determined to be responsible for or complicit in, or who have engaged in, actions or policies that threaten the peace, security or stability of Burundi, undermine democratic processes or institutions in Burundi, or have committed human rights abuses or engaged in various other actions in that country.
The Food and Drug Administration has unveiled a new web resource to share more information about its sampling programs for food safety and has posted new information on a more robust microbiological surveillance sampling approach under development. The agency has also announced that for fiscal year 2016 it will sample and test cucumbers and hot peppers under this program and will publish the test results on the web.
The Department of Treasury and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced Nov. 20 their intention to begin negotiations on a “covered agreement” with the European Union. A covered agreement is an agreement between the U.S. and one or more foreign governments, authorities or regulatory entities regarding prudential measures with respect to insurance or reinsurance.