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ITDS Implementation, Wildlife Trade, Food Transport Among Topics of Upcoming Regulations

Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Readying for deployment of the International Trade Data System, improving the regulation of wildlife trade and ensuring the sanitary transportation of food are among the topics of proposed and final regulations set forth in the semiannual regulatory agendas recently issued by a number of federal agencies, including the departments of State, Justice, the Interior and the Treasury, the Food and Drug Administration and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. These online resources list the following regulations affecting international trade that could be issued within the next year. The expected timeframes for issuance of the rules are indicated in parentheses.

- a State Department final rule amending the International Traffic in Arms Regulations to clarify the requirements for the licensing and registration of U.S. persons providing defense services while in the employ of foreign persons (December 2015)

- a Fish and Wildlife Service proposed rule revising the general permitting regulations, primarily to propose increases in fees for applying for permits that allow otherwise prohibited activities under the Lacey Act, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, and other laws (December 2015; previously June 2015)

- a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives proposed rule replacing the term “specifically designed” with the term “specially designed” to align with terminology in the U.S. Munitions List, the ITAR and the Commerce Control List (December 2015; previously August)

- a Drug Enforcement Administration proposed rule to update regulations for the import and export of controlled substances and listed chemicals to allow for the implementation of the International Trade Data System (January 2016; previously November 2015)

- an FWS proposed rule rewriting a substantial portion of the regulations on the importation, exportation and transportation of wildlife, including changes to the port structure and inspection fees (February 2016; previously June 2015)

- a Food and Drug Administration proposed rule to ban powdered natural rubber latex and powdered synthetic latex surgeon’s and patient examination gloves (February 2016; previously July 2015)

- an FDA final rule establishing requirements for parties including shippers, motor and rail carriers, and receivers engaged in the transportation of food (including food for animals) to use sanitary transportation practices (March 2016)

- proposed rules from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau amending the regulations on the importation and exportation of distilled spirits, wine, beer and tobacco products to implement the International Trade Data System (March 2016; previously August 2015)

- an FDA final rule allowing for the inclusion of certain stand-alone symbols in the labeling of medical devices (March 2016; previously June 2015)

- a State Department proposed rule that would establish procedures addressing how individuals and entities can request reconsideration of their sanctioned status pursuant to certain sanctions programs related to Iran, weapons proliferation and terrorism (March 2016; previously December) 

- a State Department final rule amending the ITAR to update the definitions of “defense services,” “technical data” and “public domain;” create a definition of “product of fundamental research;” revise the definition of “export” to stipulate that the electronic transmission of unclassified technical data abroad is not an export provided the data is sufficiently secured to prevent access by unauthorized parties; and create a new exemption to allow for the electronic storage of unclassified technical data abroad provided it is secured to prevent access by unauthorized parties (May 2016)

- an FDA final rule requiring food facilities to submit registrations in an electronic format beginning in 2016 and codifying the requirement for facilities to renew their registrations every two years (June 2016)

- a TTB final rule updating and reissuing the regulations pertaining to minimum manufacturing, marking and importer permit requirements for tobacco products and cigarette papers and tubes (September 2016)

- an FDA proposed rule establishing a requirement for foreign establishment registration and listing for manufacturers of tobacco products (September 2016)

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