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The WTO’s Committee on Trade-Related Investment Measures reviewed 14 complaints about investment measures in Indonesia, Russia, India, China and other countries that allegedly favor domestic over imported products through local content requirements.
Just days after its long-awaited introduction in the House and Senate, legislation to advance a host of trade liberalization initiatives will move forward this week with hearings and markups in both chambers.
A recent operation is part of a continued effort to interrupt what CBP calls “an extensive network of purposely mislabeled and high-risk agriculture products coming from Hong Kong, China, India and Saudi Arabia” and destined for locations such as ethnic restaurants, food stores and private residences.
Legislation to reauthorize trade promotion authority and extend several trade liberalization programs was introduced in the House and Senate April 16, sparking hope that a long-delayed trade agenda could finally move forward this year.
WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo called on member countries to respond by withdrawing protectionist measures, improving market access, avoiding policies that distort competition and striving to agree on reforms to global trade rules.
The Federal Maritime Commission released April 13 the first in a series of planned reports on U.S. port congestion, focusing on detention and demurrage charges for containerized imports and exports.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s long-awaited transition from the Automated Commercial System to the Automated Commercial Environment will begin May 1. However, customs brokers and self-filers should be especially focused on the Nov. 1 deadline for all entries and entry summaries to be filed in ACE.
The report’s findings with respect to China and Korea could provide ammunition for U.S. lawmakers seeking to include provisions to address currency manipulation in a trade promotion authority bill that could be introduced by the end of the month.
A CBP press release states that the agency’s “Vision and Strategy 2020” focuses on four goals: combat terrorism and transnational organized crime, advance comprehensive border security and border management, enhance U.S. economic competitiveness by enabling lawful trade and travel, and promote organizational integration, innovation and agility.
The Food and Drug Administration is accepting comments through June 8 on a proposed rule that would make a number of changes to the system through which foreign and domestic food facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold food for consumption in the U.S. register with the FDA.
President Obama issued April 1 an executive order allowing the U.S. to impose economic sanctions against foreign individuals or entities using cyber-enabled activities in an effort to harm critical U.S. infrastructure, damage U.S. computer systems and steal U.S. trade secrets or sensitive information.
Watches and jewelry overtook handbags and wallets as the most seized commodity by value, wearing apparel continued to be the most seized item, and China and Hong Kong continued to account for nearly all of the value of IPR seizures.
The NTE report covers the most important barriers, including those that may be consistent with international trade rules (e.g., very high tariffs), affecting U.S. exports to 58 countries, the European Union, Taiwan, Hong Kong and one regional body.