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7/15/2014

A World Trade Organization dispute settlement panel has issued a “mixed result” in a challenge against U.S. countervailing duties against certain steel products from India, according to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

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7/14/2014

The sixth meeting of the Strategic and Economic Dialogue between the U.S. and China, held in Beijing July 9-10, featured discussions on a wide range of trade-related topics but few concrete results.

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7/11/2014

The EGA will build on commitments by members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum to reduce tariffs on a list of 54 environmental goods to five percent or less by the end of 2015 and will explore a wide range of additional products.

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7/10/2014

U.S. Customs and Border Protection proposed this week potentially far-reaching changes that could make it more difficult for importers to substantiate claims under the cost-saving First Sale Rule.

7/10/2014

While U.S. officials said they are still reviewing the effect of this ruling, the end result could be a revision in the duty rates on Chinese goods covered by 25 AD and CV duty orders issued between Nov. 20, 2006, and March 13, 2012.

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7/9/2014

Apparel companies are beginning to receive letters that raise the specter of significant potential liability for damages under California’s “Made in USA” false advertising law. The letters threaten to bring class action lawsuits against these companies for labeling their clothing as having been made in the U.S. even though they contain foreign-made parts.

7/9/2014

The case could ultimately yield tougher import restrictions for such products but comes ahead of a World Trade Organization decision on “dolphin-safe” tuna labeling that could have the opposite effect.

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7/8/2014

The actions set out in these communications will be launched and carried out in 2014 and 2015 and the Commission will consider at a later stage whether further, potentially legislative, measures are necessary.

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7/7/2014

The workshop was requested by dozens of business associations concerned that this requirement “is a significant change to current supply chain operations and will have a major adverse impact on businesses’ operations.”

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7/3/2014

The Department of Justice said this is the first time a global bank has agreed to plead guilty to large-scale, systemic violations of U.S. economic sanctions, and the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control said its settlement with the bank is the largest OFAC settlement of any kind to date.

7/3/2014

The Organic Trade Association states that this arrangement will reopen a “lucrative” market that was “effectively closed to the U.S.” at the end of 2013 due to a change in Korea's organic certification requirements.

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7/2/2014

U.S. and Mexican officials reported June 27 a number of achievements under their High Level Economic Dialogue, which was established in September 2013 to advance strategic economic and commercial priorities.

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7/1/2014

President Obama issued June 26 a proclamation making two changes to the list of sub-Saharan African countries eligible for benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act.

7/1/2014

Two export control agencies are revising their regulations to streamline U.S. export controls on certain military electronics by shifting less sensitive equipment, parts and components from category XI of the U.S. Munitions List to the Commerce Control List.

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6/30/2014

Industry representatives are urging U.S. Customs and Border Protection to launch within the next 12 months two pilot programs that could improve the border enforcement of intellectual property rights and help ensure that imported goods aren’t unnecessarily delayed due to IPR concerns.

6/30/2014

The release of imported cargo in Brazil is often delayed as a result of the numerous agencies involved, but the centralization of responsibility for the AFRMM with the RFB is expected to both streamline the import process for Brazilian importers and reduce government costs.

6/30/2014

While there currently appears to be little expectation of a strike or a lockout if negotiations on a new contract proceed beyond that date, the National Retail Federation and the National Association of Manufacturers recently warned that even a short work stoppage could have an economic impact that is “significant and widespread.”

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6/27/2014

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has established general vessel, cargo and entry guidelines in preparation for the “major delays and diversions” at West Coast ports that could result if ongoing negotiations on a new six-year labor contract between dockworkers and their employers are unsuccessful.

6/27/2014

The eco-labeling program is a voluntary effort that seeks to promote the sale of products in the EU that have a reduced environmental impact.

6/27/2014

One final guidance addresses the FDA’s overall approach for all products that it regulates, while the two additional final guidances and the draft guidance provide specific guidance for the areas of foods, cosmetics and food for animals, respectively.

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