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On Nov. 3 the U.S. filed its first initial written submission, which cited over a 70-page brief more than 400 instances in which Guatemala allegedly failed to enforce its labor laws.

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11/6/2014

As of May 1, 2015, import and export manifest data being filed with CBP electronically will have to be sent via ACE. This requirement will extend to all modes of transportation: air, rail, ocean and truck.

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11/5/2014

U.S. apparel companies that use de minimis amounts of foreign-made components such as zippers or buttons in their garments were dealt a blow recently when a federal judge declined to throw out a class action lawsuit alleging that clothing labeled as “made in USA” is in violation of California’s strict false advertising law.

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11/4/2014

In an Oct. 31 letter, the group of importers, manufacturers, retailers, logistics service providers and others said that unless the proposal is suspended or withdrawn “the CPSC staff may be limited in its ability to engage fully and directly with various stakeholders,” which “is necessary if the Commission hopes to meet its policy objectives effectively.”

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11/3/2014

Federal Maritime Commission officials engaged in an ongoing review of what FMC Chairman Mario Cordero has called “massive and widespread” congestion at U.S. seaports have heard that improved chassis management is one of the steps that can help ameliorate the situation.

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10/31/2014

According to Harry Zhang, vice president of China customs consulting and compliance for Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Ltd., this announcement includes more detailed requirements that took effect Oct. 15 and is designed to standardize across China the work of local customs offices and companies concerning two previous GACC orders (172 and 196) on this issue with respect to document requests, data management, deadlines, etc.

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10/30/2014

A South Carolina firm has agreed to pay a $4.3 million civil penalty and take other measures to settle charges that it knowingly failed to timely notify the Consumer Product Safety Commission of hazards in 11 models of mini-bikes and go-carts imported into and sold in the U.S. According to press reports, this is the largest civil penalty ever assessed by the CPSC.

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10/29/2014

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has recently launched a limited pilot program allowing for wholesale entry corrections on a periodic basis. The Periodic Consolidated Correction pilot is currently available only to Importer Self-Assessment certified importers within the electronics Center of Excellence and Expertise.

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10/28/2014

This annual meeting will review progress made by working groups that meet throughout the year to address topics such as intellectual property rights, agriculture, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, information technology, and travel and tourism.

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10/27/2014

Concluding a recent trade mission to Korea, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement has “delivered tangible results” but added that the two sides need to do a better job overcoming future implementation challenges.

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10/24/2014

The items at issue are 23 ellipticals produced in Taiwan, each of which consists of a base assembly and a console assembly, as well as three option package kits that can be added onto certain ellipticals.

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10/23/2014

Amid an ongoing debate over whether Congress should remove the restrictions it placed on crude oil exports in response to the Arab oil embargo in the 1970s, the Government Accountability Office released this week a report finding that doing so could benefit consumers and lower the federal trade deficit.

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10/22/2014

Amid increasing uncertainty as to the future of the World Trade Organization in negotiating and enforcing multilateral trade agreements, the WTO’s annual report defends the organization as having made a significant contribution to the well-being of developing countries.

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