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Responding to criticism that its original proposals were too burdensome, the Food and Drug Administration has substantively revised a slate of proposed regulatory changes designed to implement provisions of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act concerning produce safety, preventive controls for human and animal food, and the foreign supplier verification program.
A bill to strengthen trade secrets protection did advance in the House, and several nominees for trade-related positions in the Obama administration were confirmed. However, higher profile issues such as the Generalized System of Preferences, Trade Promotion Authority and customs reauthorization appear to have made little headway.
The products at issue are denim garments, including jeans and leggings, that have been abraded with a laser to apply designs or to simulate wear.
The labor case, the United States’ first ever under a trade agreement, could ultimately result in fines of up to $15 million a year or the suspension of trade benefits.
ECR was launched in April 2010 to streamline the U.S. export control system by creating a single licensing agency, a single list of controlled items, a single information technology platform and a single export enforcement coordination agency.
A Sept. 16 appeals court decision distinguishes between those who “enter” goods (e.g., the importer of record) and those who “introduce” goods into U.S. commerce and broadly defines the latter, creating a wide-ranging new category of individuals subject to penalties for violations of 19 USC 1592(a).
The annual “Trade and Development Report” from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development cautions developing countries that pursuing bilateral and regional trade and investment agreements can restrict their ability to pursue policies that could help them achieve sustained income growth, full employment, poverty reduction and other socially desirable outcomes.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection posted to its Web site recently materials indicating that it is extending eligibility for the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism to exporters. This move will help expand C-TPAT into a broader authorized economic operator-type program and, according to CBP, is consistent with the National Export Initiative to facilitate export cargo shipments.
The United States and the European Union have implemented additional economic sanctions against Russia in response to what they claim are continued and deliberate efforts to destabilize eastern Ukraine. Officials said these sanctions could be amended, suspended or repealed if Russia acts to ease tensions.
The Census Bureau has issued an interim final rule reinstating export filing exemptions for temporary exports, which includes carnets, and goods previously imported under a temporary import bond and exported in the same condition. As a result, electronic export information for such shipments no longer needs to be filed in the Automated Export System.
The letter expresses opposition to the “fast track model of trade authority” and says it “must be replaced with a new system for negotiating and implementing trade agreements” that “would help deliver trade agreements that could benefit workers, communities, and the environment.”
U.S. importers using the First Sale Rule can breathe a little easier after U.S. Customs and Border Protection reportedly halted potential changes that drew sharp opposition from the trade community. At the same time, CBP is likely to continue to closely scrutinize the use of this tool.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently announced an enhancement to the filing of certain in-bond transactions in the Automated Commercial Environment and is working toward the filing of continuous and single transaction bonds in ACE as well.
USTR has amended its notices requesting nominations for members to serve on the Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee on Trade and the Trade Advisory Committee on Africa to reflect that federally registered lobbyists are once again allowed to serve on these committees if they are appointed to represent the interests of a nongovernmental entity, a recognizable group of persons or nongovernmental entities, or state or local governments.
The Mexican government on Aug. 29 issued a decree announcing a new set measures aimed at preventing the undervaluation of imported footwear and enhancing the productivity and competitiveness of domestic footwear manufacturers.
In response to a request by the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International industry association, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security has initiated a foreign availability assessment to determine the foreign availability in China of anisotropic plasma dry etching equipment.
The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control announced Sept. 3 that a New York bank has agreed to remit $217,841 to settle potential civil liability for eight apparent violations of U.S. sanctions regulations.