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This document provides guidance regarding enforcement of the food facility registration provisions of section 415 of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, including the requirement that certain food facilities register with the FDA, the requirement that registered facilities biennially renew their registrations, and the FDA’s authority to suspend facility registrations.
H.R. 4763 is based on the belief that patent trolls are increasingly taking advantage of the ITC as another venue in their litigation business model against U.S. companies by alleging that they need trade protection as a domestic industry despite not engaging in a demonstrable commercial activity.
According to press reports, the Department of Homeland Security appears to be signaling to Congress that the statutory mandate for 100% scanning of inbound cargo containers is not likely to ever be implemented.
The Federal Trade Commission has approved final changes to its Wool Products Labeling Rules that will clarify and update these rules, provide more flexibility to industry and align several provisions with recent amendments to the Textile Rules.
The Trusted Trader program seeks to expand the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, an initiative launched in 2001 to ensure the safety of imported goods, into a broader authorized economic operator-type program by unifying it with the Importer Self-Assessment program, which focuses on compliance with traditional customs issues such as classification, valuation, etc.
Drugs that the FDA orders detained may not be used, moved, altered or tampered with in any manner by any person until the detention is terminated or expires
If approved, this survey would collect information on the acquisition or establishment of U.S. business enterprises by foreign investors, which was collected on the previous BE-13 survey, as well as information on expansions by existing U.S. affiliates of foreign companies, which was not previously collected.
Chief negotiators Dan Mullaney and Ignacio Garcia Bercero said negotiators are now discussing proposed agreement wording in most of the negotiating areas, including technical barriers to trade, competition, state-to-state dispute settlement, and small and medium-sized businesses, and fully expect to move to discussions on agreement text in the remaining areas in the near future.
A recent World Trade Organization decision could embolden countries to impose new trade restrictions on animal products on the grounds that the environments in which they are produced are inhumane and thus violate public morals, some observers say.
A USTR press release notes that while China announced the termination of these duties in December 2013, the U.S. pursued this case because “the conduct and actions being challenged in this dispute are representative of a continuing pattern of disregard for WTO rules by China’s investigating authority.”
Three of the six U.S. entities named in the indictment as having been hacked were involved in litigation against imports from China (including antidumping and/or countervailing duty cases), while another was actively protesting Chinese trade policies.
The Supreme Court this week declined to review a split decision by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that some worry could lead to increased judicial deference to U.S. Customs and Border Protection documents that have not undergone public review.
An appellate court decision upholding the federal government’s broad interpretation of which foreign government entities are covered by the United States’ anti-bribery law could make it easier for law enforcement authorities to charge U.S. businesses with violating that law, an effort that has yielded hundreds of millions of dollars in fines in recent years.
The consent order imposes no immediate penalty but carries the threat of fines for additional violations.
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg attorney Mark Ludwikowski advises that this decision gives importers an alternative to seeking scope rulings from the Department of Commerce when they believe CBP has made a factual error in subjecting their goods to AD/CV duties.
EU Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Algirdas Šemeta proclaimed that “everyone is a winner” with the MRA, from businesses that will see “easier, cheaper and faster” customs clearance procedures to customs authorities who will be able to focus more resources on “where the real risks lie.”
The World Trade Organization’s Committee on Customs Valuation is considering a proposal by Uruguay to update a 1984 decision that allows members to value software or data for customs purposes on the basis of the cost of the carrier media (e.g., magnetic tapes, CDs and DVDs) in which they are transported from one country to another.
A press release from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative states that in 2013 U.S. goods exports to Colombia totaled $18.6 billion, up nearly 30% from 2011, the year before the FTA entered into force.
Efforts to overhaul the flagship U.S. law on hazardous chemicals are continuing in the House of Representatives, but a recent hearing indicates that there are still concerns among both policymakers and private sector interests about some of the provisions in a draft bill under consideration.
The Federal Trade Commission has amended its regulations under the Fur Products Labeling Act (the Fur Rules) to update the Fur Products Name Guide, provide businesses with more flexibility in labeling, incorporate provisions of the Truth in Fur Labeling Act of 2010 and conform the Fur Rules’ guaranty provisions to those governing textile products.
The CAFC reached the same conclusion in 2008 in a separate test case brought by Deckers and holds that it must abide by that decision.
Congress has remained fairly quiet on trade issues over the past few weeks, although there have been some hopeful signs from both inside and outside of the Capitol.