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4/29/2014

The U.S. is continuing to strengthen its economic sanctions against Russia due to its annexation of Crimea and continued actions in other regions of Ukraine.

4/29/2014

The DR-CAFTA dispute settlement process will remain suspended until late August, although USTR states that it retains the right to reactivate those proceedings at any point during that time.

4/29/2014

The removal has little practical effect but indicates that the Philippines is working to resolve trade irritants with the U.S., which could aid in its efforts to engage in bilateral or regional trade liberalization initiatives such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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4/28/2014

After a week of intensive negotiations, the U.S. and Japan did not make as much progress as they had hoped toward resolving the market access issues that are delaying a bilateral deal seen as crucial to the prospects for finalizing the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.

4/28/2014

The International Trade Commission released April 25 a report concluding that the impact of the African Growth and Opportunity Act on trade and investment with beneficiary countries has been largely limited to the automobile, petroleum and apparel sectors.

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4/25/2014

The Food and Drug Administration has issued an extensive proposed rule that would expand the agency’s regulatory authority to additional tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes and items that may be developed in the future. FDA is also proposing to prohibit the sale of regulated tobacco products to individuals under the age of 18 and to require the display of health warnings on packages and in advertisements.

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4/24/2014

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing to significantly increase many of the fees it charges, and to add two new fees, for conducting agricultural quarantine inspections at U.S. ports of entry.

4/24/2014

The U.S. suspended Bangladesh from GSP in June 2013, following a building collapse that killed more than 1,000 workers, for what it said was the government’s insufficient progress in affording Bangladeshi workers internationally recognized worker rights.

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4/23/2014

The rationale for the change was to eliminate redundancy among programs and services and make it easier for U.S. companies to increase their exports, which has been one of the Obama administration’s top trade priorities.

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4/22/2014

The Mexican tax authority has begun accepting applications from maquiladoras for certification that will ease the burden of a tax reform law that took effect Jan. 1, 2014. Applications may be submitted at various times during the year depending on where in Mexico the maquila is located.

4/22/2014

The vote means the work done this year can be taken up by the next Parliament and used as a basis for further negotiations with EU member states, which are reportedly having difficulty reaching agreement.

4/22/2014

Instead, the ITA will continue to determine based on the particular facts in each case whether to apply an alternative differential pricing analysis it has developed and employed to consider whether the average-to-average method applied to all U.S. sales is an appropriate tool to determine the amount of dumping for a given respondent.

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4/21/2014

Shippers, carriers, receivers, foreign exporters and others in the food supply chain should act now to evaluate how broad new regulatory requirements for sanitary transportation recently proposed by the Food and Drug Administration could affect their operations. Interested parties also have until May 31 to submit comments on the proposed rule, including recommendations for further changes.

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4/17/2014

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld this week in International Custom Products Inc. v. U.S. a Court of International Trade decision that U.S. Customs and Border Protection improperly used a form CF 29 (Notice of Action) to effectively revoke a prior classification ruling.

4/17/2014

Reviewing the policies of ten economies accounting for 71% of U.S. foreign trade, the report finds that during the second half of 2013 progress on rebalancing global demand may have worsened and foreign exchange intervention and reserve accumulation in some countries increased notably.

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4/16/2014

The decision could complicate efforts by thousands of affected companies to meet the May 31 deadline to submit their first conflict minerals reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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4/15/2014

The World Trade Organization announced April 14 that world trade is now expected to grow by 4.7% this year, up from the 4.5% estimated last fall, and 5.3% in 2015.

4/15/2014

The EU will shortly grant duty-free treatment to most imports from Ukraine, while the U.S. considers whether to reinstate GSP duty preferences for the embattled country.

4/15/2014

A Texas company has signed an agreement with the Bureau of Industry and Security to settle a charge that it knowingly violated the Export Administration Regulations by transshipping various oil and gas equipment parts to Iran through the United Arab Emirates.

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The court will seek to clarify whether a federal requirement to disclose “purely factual and uncontroversial” commercial information for reasons other than preventing deception is entitled to the same limitation on First Amendment protections as a requirement to disclose information to correct a deception (e.g., false advertising).

4/14/2014

Two New York importers of women’s apparel have agreed to pay $10 million to settle a False Claims Act case alleging that over a nine-year period they purposefully evaded customs duties by undervaluing their shipments.

4/14/2014

The FDA has concluded that the use of irradiation to treat chilled or frozen raw, cooked or partially cooked crustaceans, or dried crustaceans, with or without spices, minerals, inorganic salts, citrates, citric acid and/or calcium disodium EDTA used in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, is safe, provided that the absorbed dose does not exceed 6.0 kiloGray.

4/14/2014

The ALJ has recommended the issuance of a limited exclusion order barring the infringing products of three named respondents from entry into the U.S. but did not recommend the issuance of any cease and desist orders.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that as of April 4 FWS inspectors will no longer clear imports of African elephant trophies taken in Tanzania and Zimbabwe during calendar year 2014.

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4/11/2014

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., who took the reins of the powerful trade oversight committee earlier this spring after the departure of Max Baucus, said his view is that “every single trade discussion must now focus on how trade policy can be a springboard to high-skill, high-wage American jobs.”

4/11/2014

The head of the Federal Maritime Commission said this week that an agency effort to substantially overhaul its regulations on ocean transportation intermediaries could be revamped to make the changes more business friendly.

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In total, the three entities will pay $76.8 million in criminal penalties and forfeiture. In a related settlement with the SEC, the parent company will pay an additional $31.5 million in disgorgement and prejudgment interest.

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4/10/2014

The three-year anniversary of a plan to improve labor rights in Colombia that was concluded in association with a free trade agreement with the U.S. was met this week with conflicting views on its efficacy.

4/10/2014

The World Trade Organization estimates that the revised Government Procurement Agreement will yield market access gains of $80-100 billion a year for participating WTO members, an 8-10% increase from the GPA’s existing coverage.

4/10/2014

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced April 8 that it has provisionally accepted an agreement under which a New Jersey company will pay a $600,000 civil penalty to settle charges that it knowingly failed to report its sale of children’s upper outerwear garments with drawstrings.

4/10/2014

The ITA will issue no new AD duty rates for lightweight thermal paper from China and the ITC will soon determine whether an AD duty order will be finalized for steel threaded rod from Thailand.

4/10/2014

The International Trade Commission has issued a limited exclusion order against encapsulated integrated circuit devices and products containing same determined to infringe certain patents.

4/10/2014

The products at issue are used to control certain weeds in various agricultural crops, including soybean, sunflower and tobacco, and to control pests in non-crops such as ornamental plants, turf and golf courses.

4/10/2014

APHIS states that these changes aim to make permit procedures more transparent and easier to use, allow permit applications to be evaluated more quickly and thoroughly, and hold permittees accountable for complying with permit conditions.

4/10/2014

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting comments through June 9 on two proposed rules that would ease existing restrictions on imports of mangoes from the Philippines and Unshu oranges from Japan.

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