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6/13/2014
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CBP and trade community representatives reviewed work on developing a standard way for importers to establish their identity to brokers, and the committee adopted a recommendation that CBP transition from a district to a national permitting process for brokers.

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6/11/2014

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced that the next deployment of additional functionality within the Automated Commercial Environment will be completed in three increments to be rolled out in July, October and January rather than all at once in January.

6/11/2014

The report notes that U.S. maritime ports handle more than $1.3 trillion in cargo annually and that failures in their information and communication systems could degrade or interrupt port operations, including the flow of commerce.

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6/10/2014

The European Commission released June 4 a report showing a significant increase in trade defense measures, especially antidumping duties, against EU exports in 2013. The report also highlights instances in which the Commission helped avoid the imposition of such measures or minimized their negative effects on EU exports.

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6/9/2014

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials and industry representatives are continuing to move ahead with efforts to expand the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism into a broader authorized economic operator-type program by extending eligibility to exporters.

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6/6/2014

The Department of Agriculture recently issued its semiannual regulatory agenda, which lists proposed and final regulations affecting international trade in agricultural goods that could be issued within the next year as well as rulemaking proceedings that have been in process for some time and are not as likely to see further progress in the near term.

6/6/2014

Subcommittee Chairman Devin Nunes indicated that the hearing is part of an effort to build support for legislation granting trade promotion authority, which “includes robust and expanded provisions to ensure that our exporters compete on a level playing field around the world.”

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6/5/2014

The departments of Homeland Security and the Treasury recently issued their semiannual regulatory agendas, which list the following regulations affecting international trade that could be issued within the next year as well as rulemaking proceedings that have been in process for some time and are not as likely to see further progress in the near term.

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6/4/2014

Following repeated and widespread calls for more transparency into the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations the U.S. is conducting with 11 other countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released this week a document outlining the United States’ goals and objectives for this agreement and the main elements of each chapter from the U.S. perspective.

6/4/2014

Dozens of trade and business associations are supporting an additional two-year delay of 100% scanning for inbound maritime cargo containers but also want lawmakers to repeal this requirement altogether.

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6/3/2014

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.

6/3/2014

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.

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6/2/2014

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.

6/2/2014

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.

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5/30/2014

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.

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5/29/2014

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

5/29/2014

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.

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5/28/2014

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.

5/28/2014

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.

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5/27/2014

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.”

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