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This review identifies dozens of physical and online marketplaces that reportedly engage in and facilitate substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting.
The Obama administration released this week its 2015 Trade Policy Agenda, which asserts that “trade policy done right … is among the nation’s best tools to address the challenges of globalization and technological change and promote American interests and values.”
The Court of International Trade recently held that certain imported goods must comply with a more stringent country of origin marking requirement because marks they bear with a geographic reference were not properly trademarked at the time of importation.
The Government Accountability Office reported to Congress recently that the Food and Drug Administration needs to take additional actions to help its foreign offices ensure the safety of imported food.
The U.S. will begin looking to expand its Trade Africa initiative beyond the EAC, which comprises Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, and is considering changes to the African Growth and Opportunity Act.
Lawmakers approved a one-week extension of DHS appropriations late Feb. 27 amid an effort by Republicans to prevent enforcement of the immigration-related executive orders that President Obama issued in late 2014.
While supporters of trade promotion authority legislation had hoped it would be formally introduced by the end of February, press reports indicate that a disagreement between two key lawmakers has stalled forward progress.
The International Trade Commission has announced the launch of a pilot program to test the use of expedited procedures for evaluating and ruling on whether new and redesigned products are covered by remedial orders issued for patent infringement or other violations of Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act.
While the U.S. is now allowing imports of a wide range of goods from Cuba, importers should be aware that those shipments may come at a high cost.
A tentative agreement on a new labor contract announced Feb. 20 will allow normal cargo operations to resume at 29 West Coast ports, but it could be weeks or even months before the existing backlog is cleared.
A 90-day joint operation targeting foreign-made vehicles and equipment imported without proper emission controls yielded the seizure or exportation back to the country of origin of more than 730 items, including ATVs, motorcycles, engines and generators, and more than $57,000 in penalties.
The ruling by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit distinguished between those who enter goods (e.g., the importer of record) and those who introduce goods into U.S. commerce and broadly defined the latter, thereby extending to import managers, compliance officers, business owners and others personal liability for fraudulently or negligently providing information on company imports.
The International Trade Commission has issued its proposed recommendations regarding modifications to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S. that will be necessary to implement 234 amendments to the Harmonized System that are expected to go into force for World Customs Organization members as of Jan. 1, 2017.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is urging importers to review their imports of wooden chests from China, including those classified under HTSUS subheadings 9403.50 and 9403.60, to determine whether they fall within the scope of the antidumping and countervailing duty orders on wooden bedroom furniture from China.