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8/26/2014

Press reports indicate that the World Trade Organization has again ruled against U.S. regulations on the country of origin labeling of meat products. The decision brings the U.S. one step closer to billions of dollars’ worth of retaliatory sanctions against its exports to Canada and Mexico.

8/26/2014
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8/25/2014

The Better Work program presently encompasses more than 900 factories employing close to a million workers in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lesotho, Nicaragua, Jordan, Haiti, Bangladesh and Vietnam.

8/25/2014

The “clear verdict,” said EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht, is that “Argentina may not require local importers or foreign firms to accept various practices forced upon them by the Argentinean authorities as a condition for being allowed to import goods into the country.”

8/25/2014
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8/22/2014

The Commission states that while the European Union common framework for customs risk management is firmly established, it needs to continue to adapt and develop to become more coherent, efficient and cost effective in identifying and supervising supply chain risks in a way that reflects continuing growth in the volume of global trade and the increasing complexity of the international supply chain.

8/22/2014

The 27 articles of CAMEX Resolution #66/2014, which replace the nine articles of Resolution #17/2012, codify some of the practices already in place but also add stricter requirements for qualifying for Ex-Tarifário benefits.

8/22/2014

The International Trade Commission has made available a document outlining 234 changes to the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System that World Customs Organization member countries will implement by Jan. 1, 2017.

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8/21/2014

A New Jersey-based distributor and marketer of electronics has agreed to pay $2.3 million to resolve allegations that it violated the Trade Agreements Act of 1979 by causing the submission of false claims for products sold to federal agencies.

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8/20/2014

The International Trade Commission received Aug. 18 on behalf of RevoLaze LLC and Technolines LLC a petition requesting that it institute a Section 337 patent infringement investigation regarding certain laser abraded denim garments.

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8/19/2014

Importers are growing increasingly concerned about an unexpected change in policy by U.S. Customs and Border Protection that limits their right to claim preferential treatment in certain instances. ST&R member Larry Ordet will conduct a webinar Aug. 27 to offer guidance to importers who find themselves in this seemingly no-win situation.

8/19/2014

Bureau of Industry and Security officials speaking at the recent Update Conference on Export Controls and Policy gave an update on the agency’s export enforcement actions and offered recommendations on the steps exporters should be taking to ensure compliance.

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8/18/2014

Senior Bureau of Industry and Security officials speaking at the agency’s recent Update Conference on Export Controls and Policy said efforts under the Export Control Reform are moving forward and having a number of short-term and, potentially, long-term beneficial effects.

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8/15/2014

The ban no longer applies to lobbyists who are appointed in a representative capacity, meaning that they are appointed for the express purpose of providing the views of a non-governmental entity, a recognizable group of persons or non-governmental entities (an industry sector, labor unions, environmental groups, etc.), or a state or local government.

8/15/2014

Of particular importance is a new provision that requires importers in Puerto Rico to file an electronic “declaration of imports for use” with the Treasury Department through the new Integrated Merchant Portal (PICO), effective Aug. 1.

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8/14/2014

U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a guidance letter to the ports Aug. 11 stating unequivocally that protests cannot be filed to make an initial Generalized System of Preferences or African Growth and Opportunity Act claim or a claim under a free trade agreement not included in 19 USC 1520(d).

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8/13/2014

The new measures include an EU ban on defense trade with Russia and on exports of dual-use goods to military end-users in that country, as well as restrictions by both sides on exports that could aid oil production in Russia.

8/13/2014
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8/12/2014

The metals at issue are key inputs in a range of products, including hybrid car batteries, consumer electronics, wind turbines, energy-efficient lighting, steel, medical and water treatment equipment, auto parts and chemicals.

8/12/2014
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8/11/2014

A recent change in practice by U.S. Customs and Border Protection is limiting the right of importers to claim preferential treatment under certain free trade agreements and the Generalized System of Preferences. A CBP public guidance document on this issue is expected in the near future, but in the meantime the change could result in unexpected costs for importers.

8/11/2014

Some observers characterized the summit as an effort to help the U.S. catch up to competitors like China and the European Union and claim a share of one of the world’s fastest-growing markets.

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8/8/2014

This action mainly targets low-value (under US$200) purchases made over the Internet, especially on U.S.-based Web sites.

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