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

GSP. H.R. 4392 (introduced Sept. 18 by Rep. Sherman, D-Calif.) would direct the president to withdraw Burma’s eligibility under the Generalized System of Preferences until the president certifies that Burma has “created an environment for the Rohingya to voluntarily return home safely and with dignity.”

Tariffs. H.R. 4448 (introduced Sept. 20 by Rep. Panetta, D-Calif.) would address loopholes in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S. that allow companies to avoid the duty rate applicable to dried garlic (currently 29.8 percent) by classifying garlic as roasted, toasted, or mixed vegetables (currently subject to duty rates of 8.3 to 11.2 percent).

Product Safety. The House approved Sept. 17 an amended version of H.R. 2211, which would require the Consumer Product Safety Commission to revise the safety standards for freestanding clothing storage units such as dressers, bureaus, or chests of drawers to include specified testing related to tip-overs and new warning requirements for all such products entering the U.S. market.

Oil and Gas Exports. S. 2527 (introduced Sept. 19 by Sen. Markey, D-Mass.) would reinstate the ban on the export of crude oil and natural gas produced in the U.S.

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