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For more information on pursuing trade policy interests through the legislative process, please contact Nicole Bivens Collinson at (202) 730-4956 or via email.

Tariff preferences. The United States-Uruguay Economic Partnership Act (H.R. 6875, introduced Dec. 19 by Rep. Salazar, R-Fla.) would make Uruguay eligible for designation as a beneficiary country under the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act, which offers duty-free treatment to imports of covered goods.

CTPAT. The CTPAT Pilot Program Act (H.R. 6876, introduced Dec. 19 by Rep. Slotkin, D-Mich.) would require a pilot program on the participation of third-party logistics providers in the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism.

Forced labor. H.R. 6909 (introduced Dec. 29 by Rep. Smith, R-N.J.) would ensure that goods made using or containing cobalt refined in China do not enter the U.S. market under the presumption that the cobalt is extracted or processed with the use of child and forced labor in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Vietnam. Three senators recently wrote to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo asserting that the DOC’s ongoing review of Vietnam’s non-market economy status “defies both normal order and common sense” and that “a hasty decision to graduate Vietnam to market economy status would weaken the enforcement of U.S. trade and national security laws, embolden and advantage the Chinese and Vietnamese communist parties, and hurt American industries and their workers.”

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