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In the News: Export Controls, WTO Spat, Blockchain, Tariff Threat

Thursday, May 10, 2018
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Export control reform efforts to continue this year

“The State Department seeks to publish changes this year to the USML categories VI (surface vessels of war and special naval equipment); VII (ground vehicles); XII (fire control, range finder, optical and guidance and control equipment); and XX (submersible vessels and related articles), the official said.  The State and Commerce departments also have submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) proposed rules to shift items to the Commerce Control List (CCL) from the three USML categories that the previous administration didn’t touch — categories I (firearms, close assault weapons and combat shotguns), II (guns and armament), and III (ammunition/ordnance).”

[American Shipper]

U.S. and China each say the other is wrecking the WTO

“WTO spokesman Keith Rockwell said many WTO members joined the debate, many expressing concern that the U.S. actions could make the system dysfunctional, and prepared to discuss its views while rejecting any linkage between judicial appointments and reforming the WTO.”

[Reuters]

DHS piloting blockchain standards for supply chain security

“Representatives from shipping companies UPS and Maersk testified that blockchain’s ability to verify transactions across distributed ledger could revolutionize the intricacies of the global shipping system, allowing them to trace counterfeit products and provide end-to-end visibility into the supply chain. But that can only happen if standards on how to use the technology are established, they said.”

[FedScoop]

Retail imports growing despite threat of tariffs

“‘With proposed tariffs yet to be officially imposed, retailers are stocking up on merchandise that could soon cost considerably more,’ NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. ‘If tariffs do take effect, there’s no quick or easy way to switch where these products come from.’”

[National Retail Federation]

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