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The Organic Trade Association states that this arrangement will reopen a “lucrative” market that was “effectively closed to the U.S.” at the end of 2013 due to a change in Korea's organic certification requirements.
U.S. and Mexican officials reported June 27 a number of achievements under their High Level Economic Dialogue, which was established in September 2013 to advance strategic economic and commercial priorities.
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the FDA’s overall approach for all products that it regulates, while the two additional final guidances and the draft guidance provide specific guidance for the areas of foods, cosmetics and food for animals, respectively.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.