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Allocation amounts for TPLs distributed on a first-come, first-served basis will be the lesser of (1) the requested amount, (2) the amount indicated on the commercial invoice and the bill of lading, waybill or airway bill, as applicable, and (3) the remaining (unused) TPL limit.
Legislation to renew trade promotion authority, which many observers consider a crucial step toward implementing anticipated free trade agreements with Europe and nearly a dozen partners in the Asia-Pacific region as well as a pact to liberalize trade in services, was introduced Jan. 9 in the House and Senate.
The SEC states that its investigation found that more than $110 million in corrupt payments were made to Bahraini officials with influence over contract negotiations between the parent company and a major government-operated aluminum plant.
A number of U.S. federal agencies have recently updated their regulatory agendas, which list proposed and final regulations affecting international trade that could be issued within the next year.
The Department of Commerce’s Office of Textiles and Apparel reports that monthly imports of cotton, wool, manmade fiber, silk blend and non-cotton vegetable fiber textile and apparel products totaled 4.45 billion square meter equivalents in November, down 14.3% from October but up 5.2% compared to October 2012.
Helping C-TPAT companies assess and minimize risks such as these is one aspect of a 90-minute webinar Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg will conduct on Jan. 16.
Comments are due by Feb. 7 for interested parties other than foreign governments and Feb. 14 for foreign governments. A public hearing will be held Feb. 24 in Washington, D.C., and post-hearing comments are due by March 7.
The roundtable will focus on a September 2012 proposed rule that would allow manufacturers and importers to include professional instructions for wetcleaning on labels.
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice announced Jan. 6 that a Texas-based group of companies and their owner must either stop importing vehicles or follow a comprehensive compliance plan to settle Clean Air Act violations stemming from the alleged illegal import of nearly 25,000 highway motorcycles and recreational vehicles without proper documentation.
Following the conclusion of the initial phase of a pilot test, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Jan. 2 the feasibility of placing its officers in Canada to pre-inspect southbound trucks, drivers and cargo prior to their arrival into the U.S.
BIS states that the unlicensed exports at issue occurred at least in part as a result of the company’s failure to maintain adequate oversight of its export coordinator, who admitted that he had routinely approved items for export on the basis of license applications submitted to BIS (including those returned without action for failure to include necessary information) rather than waiting to receive any required export licenses.
Legislation affecting trade in textile and apparel articles, product safety, trade sanctions and digital commerce has recently been introduced in Congress.
The U.S. Court of International Trade ruled Dec. 23 that certain “net-sharing cams” capable of capturing still images at five different resolutions and moving images at two resolutions are properly classified as digital still image video cameras under HTSUS 8525.80.40 (duty free) because that provision encompasses digital cameras capable of recording both still and moving images.
The Dominican sugar industry on Dec. 20 issued a detailed response to a report released by the U.S. Department of Labor about three months ago that found evidence of apparent and potential labor violations in the Dominican Republic’s sugar sector.
The International Trade Commission has issued its annual report on the status of its practice with respect to violations of administrative protective orders in certain investigations. This report is intended to inform representatives of parties to ITC proceedings as to some specific types of APO breaches encountered in 2012 and the corresponding types of actions that were taken.
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative issued this week its twelfth report to Congress on China’s compliance with its World Trade Organization obligations. The report highlights a number of positive developments that appear to confirm a re-focusing of China’s energies on economic reform.
The International Trade Commission issued Dec. 23 its latest report on the economic effects of significant U.S. import restraints. The report estimates that U.S. economic welfare, as defined by total public and private consumption, would increase by about $1.1 billion annually by 2017 if all significant restraints quantified in this report were unilaterally removed.
The Food and Drug Administration is inviting public comments by Jan. 27 on the proposed extension of approval of an information collection associated with prior notice of food, including food for animals, that is imported or offered for import into the U.S.
President Obama issued Dec. 23 a proclamation making several changes to the coverage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act, the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act and the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act. The proclamation also extends an agricultural agreement with Israel and makes certain other technical changes.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Dec. 23 that it has finalized five public-private partnership agreements that allow private reimbursement for enhanced CBP services that support growth in cross-border trade and travel.
The Ukrainian subsidiary of an Illinois-based food-processing and commodities-trading company has agreed to pay a $17.8 million penalty to the Department of Justice and an additional $36.5 million in disgorgement and prejudgment interest to the Securities and Exchange Commission to resolve charges that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
The Federal Maritime Commission indicated in a Dec. 19 press release that the Chinese government has issued a new circular clarifying its implementation of the value-added tax as it relates to maritime commerce.
The U.S. and China concluded Dec. 20 the annual meeting of their Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker indicated that the two sides made progress during the meetings but “still have more work to do on critical issues to further our economic relationship.”
The third round of talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership concluded Nov. 20 in Washington, D.C. Negotiators discussed a range of issues last week, including services, government procurement, energy and raw materials, sanitary and phytosanitary barriers, intellectual property rights, labor and trade issues, textiles, small- and medium-sized enterprises, regulatory coherence, and sectoral regulatory approaches.
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released last week its first annual assessment of Russia’s compliance with its World Trade Organization commitments. The report indicates that while Russia has taken many important steps to implement all of its WTO commitments in most areas there are several areas where more progress is required.
According to press reports, Brazil will resume in early 2014 a process that could result in hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of retaliatory trade measures against the U.S. in a long-running dispute over cotton subsidies.