Legislative Update: Harbor Maintenance Tax, Origin Labeling, Trade Enforcement
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Harbor Maintenance Tax. The Short Sea Shipping Act (H.R. 5351, introduced Dec. 6 by Rep. Higgins, D-N.Y.) would exempt from the harbor maintenance tax commercial cargo (other than bulk cargo) that (a) is loaded at a port in the U.S. mainland and unloaded at (1) another U.S. mainland port after transport solely by coastal route or river or (2) a port in Canada located in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System or (b) loaded at a port in Canada located in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System and unloaded at a port in the U.S. mainland.
Origin Labeling. The International Pharmaceutical Transparency Act (H.R. 5381, introduced Dec. 10 by Rep. DesJarlais, R-Tenn.) would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require the label of a drug to list the country of origin of each of the drug's active ingredients.
Trade Enforcement. S. 3002 (introduced Dec. 9 by Sen. Cantwell, D-Wash.) would amend the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 to increase amounts transferred to the Trade Enforcement Trust Fund and to require the use of certain amounts in that fund to implement labor obligations in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. A press release from Cantwell’s office said the bill will provide $75 million to the Department of Labor and the U.S. Agency for International Development for technical assistance and trade enforcement programs.