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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.
The World Trade Organization released Oct. 20 its ruling that U.S. regulations on the country of origin labeling of meat products continue to violate WTO rules by discriminating against livestock imports from Canada and Mexico.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is inviting importers, customs brokers and software developers to participate in a new Lacey Act Working Group that will address the technical requirements necessary for the Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to participate in the Automated Commercial Environment and International Trade Data System.
A recent Government Accountability Office report states that the Consumer Product Safety Commission faces challenges in responding to product safety risks and reviews the pros and cons of several options for improvements in this area.
By a 2-1 majority, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled Oct. 16 that certain women’s garments are not classifiable under a specific heading of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S. because they are not similar to the exemplars listed in that heading. However, the dissenting justice warned that this decision “will create unnecessary confusion in future classification cases and a high degree of unpredictability in the marketplace.”
The report concludes that global growth and job creation continue to disappoint and that much more needs to be done to foster strong, sustainable and balanced growth, which among other things will require further progress toward market determined exchange rates where they do not now exist as well as robust implementation of well-designed structural reforms.
A World Trade Organization dispute settlement panel has ruled against a ban India imposed in 2007 on imports of various U.S. agricultural products, including poultry meat, eggs and live pigs.
The report identifies ten areas where U.S. legislative and executive action should be more focused, including worker rights and prison labor, commercial rule of law, food safety, press and Internet freedom, and efforts to reform population planning policies.
The U.S. and Indonesia have reached an agreement that will resolve a World Trade Organization case against U.S. restrictions on imports of clove cigarettes from Indonesia and avoid the imposition of trade sanctions by Jakarta.
The Bureau of Industry and Security has issued an interim final rule imposing foreign policy controls (i.e., license requirements) on exports of certain integrated circuits, helicopter landing system radars, seismic detection systems, and technology for infrared up-conversion devices.
The Federal Maritime Commission is proposing to amend its rules governing the licensing, financial responsibility requirements and duties of ocean transportation intermediaries in an effort to adapt to changing industry conditions, improve regulatory effectiveness, improve transparency, streamline processes and reduce regulatory burdens.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is accepting through Dec. 8 comments on its proposal to expand the type and amount of information required on CBP Form 5106, the Importer ID Input Record (which would be renamed the Create/Update Importer Identity Form).
California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control is accepting comments through Oct. 17 on a draft three-year work plan identifying seven categories of products that contain chemicals for which safer alternatives may be available. This is the first step in a process that could lead to restrictions or prohibitions on the use of certain chemicals in products that fall into these categories.
President Obama has issued a proclamation terminating the designation of Russia as a beneficiary developing country under the Generalized System of Preferences. The move has no immediate effect but removes one hurdle to the potential renewal of GSP, which expired July 31, 2013.
A recent change to Brazil’s suspension drawback regime is expected to make it easier for companies to take advantage of this cost-saving tool.
An ongoing expansion of Argentina’s oil and gas industry driven by increasing discoveries of shale oil and gas got a boost this week with the publication of a government regulation expediting the entry of used fixed assets destined for that industry.
CBP states that it faces a growing demand for facilities and renovations at aging ports of entry and that accepting donations provides an alternate method of financing modernization and construction projects.
The U.S. and Brazil announced this week an agreement that effectively ends a decade-long dispute on cotton subsidies and removes the threat of hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of Brazilian trade sanctions against U.S. goods exports and intellectual property rights.