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The House of Representatives approved July 16 legislation that includes provisions reflecting lawmakers’ concerns about pending Consumer Product Safety Commission proposals on voluntary recalls of defective consumer goods and information disclosures.
The National Freight Advisory Committee has submitted to the Department of Transportation dozens of recommendations for consideration in the development of a National Freight Strategic Plan that will implement and advance the National Freight Policy and Goals established under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).
The International Trade Commission has announced that Aug. 1 is the deadline for submitting petitions to create or modify non-legal statistical reporting categories of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S. (for imports) and Schedule B (for exports).
U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports that the first release of Deployment D of new functionality within the Automated Commercial Environment was successfully implemented on July 12. Features in this deployment include the following.
The following trade-related bills have recently been introduced in the House and/or Senate.
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative reports that aspects of U.S. countervailing duty policy were again called into question this week in a World Trade Organization case filed by China. In what USTR said was “a broad challenge” against 17 separate CV duty investigations, a WTO dispute settlement panel issued a “mixed result” similar to the one delivered in a separate but also wide-ranging case involving CV duty orders on steel products from India.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”