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U.S. importers stuck with Trump's latest China tariffs

“‘Some companies can absorb a 10% tariff, but for others a 10% increase would eat up their entire profit,’ said Tom Gould, senior director of customs and international trade at Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg. ‘They're absolutely frustrated that this exclusion process isn't in place,’ he said.”

[CNN]

Supply chain security group considers topics for next iteration of standards framework

The World Customs Organization’s SAFE Working Group “held extensive deliberations on several futuristic topics such as the use of e-seals in the supply chain management, regional/plurilateral approaches to AEO programs and [mutual recognition arrangements], the inclusion of E-Commerce stakeholders in AEO programs, [and] the use of cutting-edge technologies such as blockchains for an efficient implementation of AEO programs and MRAs.”

[World Customs Organization]

U.S. blocks pork from Poland over African swine fever

“The agency said it was reviewing Poland’s export protocols after finding one facility there shipped pork to the United States without following requirements designed to prevent the spread of serious livestock diseases. A second Polish facility is also being reviewed, according to a USDA notice.”

[Reuters]

EU, Singapore sign trade agreement

“The trade agreement with Singapore will remove nearly all remaining tariffs on certain EU products, simplify customs procedures and set high standards and rules. It simplifies trade in goods like electronics, food products and pharmaceuticals, while stimulating green growth. It opens up the market for services like telecommunications, environmental services and engineering. It also includes a comprehensive chapter on trade and sustainable development, setting the highest standards of labour, safety, environmental and consumer protection, as well as strengthening joint actions on sustainable development and climate change.”

[European Commission]

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