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U.S. moves swiftly to enforce ban on cotton products linked to forced labor

““I’ve already seen a detention of goods and request for supply chain information in connection with this withhold release order (WRO),” said Elise Shibles, a former US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer, now an adviser at trade consultancy Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg. … ‘This type of questionnaire could lead CBP to identify companies who have robust traceability back to cotton fibre, and who might therefore be considered low risk. It also could lead CBP to identify companies who don’t have good visibility and who might therefore be considered higher risk,’ said Shibles.”

[South China Morning Post]

UK announces new approach on U.S. tariffs

“To defend the UK steel industry, International Trade Secretary Liz Truss is rolling over tariffs in response to the unjustified ‘Section 232’ tariffs imposed by the US on aluminium and steel imports. These tariffs will continue from January 1st when the UK becomes an independent trading nation once again. … In parallel, the UK government is suspending retaliatory tariffs resulting from the Boeing dispute in an effort to bring the US towards a reasonable settlement and show that the UK is serious about reaching a negotiated outcome.”

[UK Department for International Trade]

Moon raises prospect of South Korea joining TPP trade pact

“By showing interest in other large free trade deals such as the TPP, Moon appears to be seeking a diplomatic balance between China and the U.S.”

[Nikkei]

New international rules for import/export of plastic waste effective Jan. 1

“Depending on the composition and treatment of the plastic waste being imported or exported, a PIC procedure should be followed. Plastic waste covered by the scope of the Basel Convention, requires the attendance of a waste movement document accompanying the actual shipment and a copy of the notification form and consent.”

[World Customs Organization]

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