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Tuesday, April 09, 2019
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CBP commissioner named acting DHS secretary

“It’s uncertain how long McAleenan will serve as acting DHS secretary. Longtime CBP official Robert Perez currently serves as the agency’s deputy commissioner.”

[American Shipper]

China cuts duties on range of imported items

“According to the announcement, imported goods in three categories will see their duties decline. The type-1 list, which includes books, computers, digital cameras and food, beverages and toys, will face duties at a rate of 13 percent, compared with 15 percent previously. Import duties on goods listed in type 2 are cut to 20 percent from 25 percent previously. The goods in this group include sports facilities (excluding golf equipment), fishing equipment, fabrics and textile products. Import duties on goods on the type-3 list, which includes cigarettes, alcoholic beverages and jewelry, remain at 50 percent, according to the announcement.”

[Global Times]

Senate confirms DOC enforcement and compliance pick

“During his Senate Finance Committee confirmation hearing in June, Kessler voiced his support for exploring more Commerce Department self-initiations of antidumping and countervailing duty investigations.”

[American Shipper]

Africa’s Continental Free Trade Area takes effect

“With Gambia’s ratification, the continent’s free trade agreement has drawn enough signatures to go into operation. The AfCFTA Agreement will enter into force thirty days after the required number of ratifications have been deposited with the AU.”

[The North African Post]

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