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The European Union announced March 5 a proposed package of measures on trade in gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten that could take effect in late 2015 and are designed to complement U.S. conflict minerals regulations.
A DOJ press release states that this case marks the first federal jury conviction on charges brought under the Economic Espionage Act of 1996. Sentencing is scheduled for June 10.
Priority issues for 2014 will include concluding the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement talks, advancing negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the European Union, and moving ahead with efforts within the World Trade Organization on information technology, services and environmental goods.
This proposal represents the third phase of Canada’s Advance Commercial Information program, called eManifest, and includes requirements for electronic pre-arrival information in the highway and rail modes, enhancements to existing processes in the marine and air modes, and provisions that would allow the CBSA to develop administrative monetary penalties for non-compliance with eManifest requirements.
The Department of Energy has tentatively determined that computer and battery backup systems qualify as a covered product under Part A of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. If the DOE finalizes this determination it would be able to prescribe test procedures and energy conservation standards for these products.
A USTR press release states that Israel has passed patent legislation that satisfies the remaining commitments the country made in a 2010 memorandum of understanding that outlined a series of legal and regulatory measures it would take to make its patent system more transparent, efficient and effective.
The Court of International Trade reversed an earlier decision Feb. 25 and determined that a yarn importer does have standing to challenge a U.S. Customs and Border Protection reclassification that gives it a favorable duty rate but could negatively impact its sales to garment manufacturers. However, the court then ruled that CBP’s reclassification was indeed correct.
According to press reports, unnamed Obama administration officials said the crisis “will have an enormous cost for the Russian economy” and that the U.S. is “looking at a broad menu of options to curtail our trade and economic relationship” with Russia.
The president nominated former Business Software Alliance head Robert Holleyman II to serve as deputy U.S. trade representative and appointed Deloitte LLP CEO Joe Echevarria as a member of the President's Export Council.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is reopening until April 2 the period for public comments on a petition requesting an exception from the 100 parts per million lead content limit for children’s products for a new line of pens aimed at children in the early stages of learning to write.
The Food and Drug Administration is proposing to update the “Nutrition Facts” label for packaged foods to reflect new public health and scientific information, update serving size requirements to better align with how much people really eat, and highlight key elements such as calories and serving sizes.
The latest round of negotiations toward a Trans-Pacific Partnership concluded Feb. 25 in Singapore with the 12 participating countries reporting “further strides toward a final agreement.”
The workshop is aimed at gathering information and evidence to be considered for any potential future determinations that certain materials, irrespective of their manufacturing origin or manufacturing process, comply with the applicable content or solubility limits of applicable children’s product safety rules with a high degree of assurance, without requiring third-party testing.
The Bureau of Industry and Security announced Feb. 24 a $115,000 civil penalty against a California company for five violations of the Export Administration Regulations, including the unauthorized release of controlled manufacturing technology to a foreign national in the U.S.
The Department of Justice announced Feb. 24 that it has asked a federal court to halt the importation and sales activities of four California companies and six individuals that the Consumer Product Safety Commission determined were importing children’s products containing impermissible levels of lead and phthalates and/or small parts inappropriate for children under age three.
The Department of Homeland Security is requesting public input by March 28 on specific existing significant regulations, including customs and international trade rules, that it should consider as candidates for modification, streamlining, expansion or repeal.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is accepting public comments through April 28 on a proposed rule that would ease restrictions on its ability to make information about a product public without first notifying the item’s manufacturer.
Phase II, which will run at the Peace Bridge crossing between Fort Erie, Ontario, and Buffalo, N.Y., for about a year, will test the ability of the pre-inspection process to reduce wait times and border congestion.
Froman’s remarks make clear that the White House intends to press forward on initiatives such as trade promotion authority and free trade agreements with Europe and Pacific Rim countries despite a growing chorus of criticism that they will compromise the United States’ ability to set its own policies, benefit only large corporations and result in the further loss of domestic jobs to foreign competitors.
The PITAC will provide the USTR with policy advice on issues involving trade from the perspective of those concerned with issues such as public health, international development and consumer protection.
A Feb. 20 deal between the Food and Drug Administration and the Center for Food Safety gives the FDA additional time to finalize regulatory changes required by the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Following their annual summit Feb. 19, the leaders of the U.S., Canada and Mexico issued a joint statement on how the three NAFTA partners plan to work together on a variety of topics, including trade and economic competitiveness.
The threat of massive trade sanctions against U.S. exports to Brazil eased a bit Feb. 19 with Brasilia’s announcement that it will first ask the World Trade Organization to determine if a new U.S. farm bill adequately reforms cotton subsidy rules.
The FDA states that the goal of this program is to allow the agency to focus its import surveillance resources on preventing the entry of high-risk drugs that are the most likely to compromise the quality and safety of the U.S. drug supply.
The next round of TTIP talks is scheduled for the week of March 10 in Brussels, and the two senior officials plan to meet again in the fall.
While the development of ITDS has been underway for some time, the order establishes a deadline for completion, requires relevant agencies to transition from paper-based to electronic data collection, and calls for enhanced transparency by requiring public posting of implementation plans and schedules.
The World Trade Organization reported recently that world trade growth was slower than expected in 2013 at the same time that there was a substantial increase in new trade restrictions. WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo said that while WTO members have “picked up a few bad habits which we need to shake off” he believes there is a “healthier outlook” for 2014.
A report issued Feb. 18 finds that only 10% of children’s products that were recalled in 2012 were successfully corrected, replaced or returned. The report comes as the Consumer Product Safety Commission considers a proposal that would increase its ability to punish companies that don’t do enough to address defective products.
The United States, the European Union and 44 others signed Feb. 13 in London a declaration setting forth new efforts to combat illegal trade in wildlife, which is valued at about $19 billion annually and has increased significantly in recent years. This declaration follows the Obama administration’s Feb. 11 announcement of a new national strategy to curtail such trade.