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President Obama issued June 26 a proclamation making two changes to the list of sub-Saharan African countries eligible for benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act.
Two export control agencies are revising their regulations to streamline U.S. export controls on certain military electronics by shifting less sensitive equipment, parts and components from category XI of the U.S. Munitions List to the Commerce Control List.
Industry representatives are urging U.S. Customs and Border Protection to launch within the next 12 months two pilot programs that could improve the border enforcement of intellectual property rights and help ensure that imported goods aren’t unnecessarily delayed due to IPR concerns.
The release of imported cargo in Brazil is often delayed as a result of the numerous agencies involved, but the centralization of responsibility for the AFRMM with the RFB is expected to both streamline the import process for Brazilian importers and reduce government costs.
While there currently appears to be little expectation of a strike or a lockout if negotiations on a new contract proceed beyond that date, the National Retail Federation and the National Association of Manufacturers recently warned that even a short work stoppage could have an economic impact that is “significant and widespread.”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has established general vessel, cargo and entry guidelines in preparation for the “major delays and diversions” at West Coast ports that could result if ongoing negotiations on a new six-year labor contract between dockworkers and their employers are unsuccessful.
The eco-labeling program is a voluntary effort that seeks to promote the sale of products in the EU that have a reduced environmental impact.
One final guidance addresses the FDA’s overall approach for all products that it regulates, while the two additional final guidances and the draft guidance provide specific guidance for the areas of foods, cosmetics and food for animals, respectively.
These assessments are being reduced from $0.012876/kg to $0.012728, reflecting a decrease in the average weighted price of upland cotton received by U.S. farmers in 2013.
The DIS allows those who file entry summaries in the Automated Commercial Environment to submit electronic images of specified forms and supporting information required by CBP and other participating government agencies, reducing paperwork costs and allowing for faster, more efficient cargo review and release.
The new protocol also directs the creation of a negotiating group that will aim to conclude by July 2015 a new five-year agreement that includes a redesign of the “flex,” a modification of the origin rules to increase regional content and guidelines for a joint industrial policy on auto parts.
The World Trade Organization reports that members of the G-20 imposed 112 new trade restrictive measures from mid-November 2013 to mid-May 2014, down from 116 during the previous six-month period.
The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed June 20 that certain football jerseys, pants and girdles that are designed to be worn in conjunction with protective pads (but do not contain such items as imported) are properly classified as articles of apparel rather than as sports equipment.
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has issued its second annual report describing the enforcement actions taken by the agency to ensure Russia’s full compliance with its World Trade Organization obligations. The report indicates that USTR has grown increasingly concerned about Russia’s implementation of its commitments as well as its dedication to the goals of the WTO with respect to trade liberalization, rule of law and transparency.
President Obama briefly discussed ongoing U.S. trade initiatives and potential export opportunities at the June 19 meeting of the President’s Export Council. Among other things, he highlighted the need to expand trade with Africa, noting that six of the ten fastest-growing economies in the world are located in that continent.
The State Department announced June 18 that it has concluded an administrative settlement with a California corporation to resolve alleged violations of the Arms Export Control Act and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations. Under the terms of the two-year consent agreement the California company will pay a civil penalty of $10 million, although State has agreed to suspend $4 million of the penalty amount if certain conditions are met.
The European Commission announced June 18 that the sixth round of discussions on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership will be held July 14-18 in Brussels. An EC press release indicates that negotiators will continue their discussions on trade in goods and services, regulatory issues, government procurement, environmental protection and labor rights, energy and raw materials, and opportunities for small- and medium-sized enterprises.
U.S. and Tunisian officials met June 16 in Tunis to explore ways to enhance bilateral trade and investment cooperation. According to a USTR press release, the U.S.-Tunisia Trade and Investment Council launched detailed discussions on potential trade and investment commitments in a range of specific areas that could build a foundation for deeper integration.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced June 17 that it has joined an international information and awareness effort to make button battery safety a global priority. Other countries participating in this initiative include Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, the European Union, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand and Peru.
The defendants were accused of knowingly importing toys and child care articles with illegal lead and phthalate levels and small parts as well as infant rattles that could cause choking or suffocation.
The P3 Network Vessel Sharing Agreement would have authorized A. P. Moller-Maersk, CMA CGM and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company to share more than 250 vessels and engage in related cooperative operating activities on nearly 30 routes between the U.S., Asia, North Europe and the Mediterranean.
The ITC will report on factors of competition in major rice producing and exporting countries, including Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Uruguay and Vietnam, plus the United States.
Businesses say the decision allowing a juice company to proceed with its Lanham Act case against a major beverage manufacturer creates uncertainty and increases their vulnerability to litigation, while consumer groups say it offers a potent weapon in their efforts to protect public health.
The International Trade Commission released June 10 a memo reviewing facts and trends concerning its investigations of intellectual property rights infringement and other unfair methods of competition under Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act.
The test will be limited to fewer than ten participants, including one or more importers currently participating in C-TPAT, one or more importers not currently participating in any CBP partnership program, and one or two participants who have imports monitored by CPSC and FDA. The test is not open to current ISA partners at this time.
The House Homeland Security Committee approved June 10 legislation to formally authorize U.S. Customs and Border Protection and regulate its ability to conduct preclearance activities overseas.
The Bureau of Industry and Security has entered into a settlement agreement under which a Missouri-based retailer of outdoor goods will pay a $25,000 civil penalty to settle charges that it exported optical sighting devices to Canada, China and Cyprus without the required licenses.