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President Obama announced May 7 his intent to withdraw the designation of Russia as a beneficiary developing country under the Generalized System of Preferences. Such a move could escalate tensions with Moscow but could also help pave the way for a renewal of GSP, which would benefit U.S. importers of nearly 5,000 products from more than 120 countries.
The International Trade Administration is seeking public comment no later than June 23 on the differential pricing analysis it is developing to determine when it may be appropriate to use an alternative price comparison method in antidumping duty proceedings. The ITA is working to refine this analysis to help address potentially hidden or masked dumping that can occur when the standard comparison method is used.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission reported May 5 an increase in imported shipments screened through its risk assessment methodology targeting system and stopped for violative or defective products during the second half of fiscal year 2013 (April 1 through Sept. 30, 2013).
The Food and Drug Administration released May 2 a document outlining an operational strategy for implementing the changes in the FDA’s approach to food safety that were mandated and empowered by the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Under this proposed rule, the owner or consignee of such a drug would be provided with (1) written notice that the FDA intends to destroy the drug and (2) an opportunity to present testimony to the FDA before the drug is destroyed.
The affected rulings cover products such as sports bras, bike seats, shirt/tie sets, lanterns, plastic-coated gloves and USB drives.
The Securities and Exchange Commission has said it expects the conflict minerals reports due June 2 to be submitted on time despite a recent court ruling that overturned one aspect of the SEC’s conflict minerals regulations.
The two sides discussed a number of trade and investment issues at the April 28 meeting , including investment rules, intellectual property protection, fumigation requirements for cotton imports into Bangladesh, regional economic development, and cooperation in South and Southeast Asia.
CBP is (1) expanding the test to include cargo transported by truck and (2) allowing importers and customs brokers to certify from summary (i.e., filing the entry and entry summary together as one transaction and certifying through the filing of the ACE entry summary the accuracy of ACE cargo release (entry) data elements) for cargo transported by air, ocean or rail.
The Bureau of Industry and Security has issued a final rule that, effective May 1, adds eight Chinese companies and one Chinese individual to the Entity List for supplying Iran’s ballistic missile program through a Chinese proliferator.
The first reports are due by May 31 but a recent court decision overturning part of the SEC’s conflict minerals regulations has raised questions about whether those reports will or should be delayed.
Officials also discussed the steps that the Philippines could take to position itself for participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.