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The United States: Market Profile

17 Nov 2017

Economic growth in the US has been energetic. Private consumption, the main engine of the US economy, has remained strong thanks to low unemployment and higher wages, while exports will likely benefit...Read More


Denim, Hoodies and Boho Still Ruling the Roost at US Fashion Expos

14 Nov 2017

While denim in all its manifestations, together with hoodies and the Boho/Bohemian style, are still hardy perennials in US women's fashion, embroidery and off-the-shoulder looks also proved hugely pop...Read More


DOC Maintains Mainland China’s Non-Market Economy Designation

10 Nov 2017

The U.S. Department of Commerce has concluded that mainland China remains a non-market economy country for purposes of assessing antidumping duties....Read More


USITC Proposes Remedies in Solar Cell Safeguard Probe as USTR Seeks Public Input

10 Nov 2017

The U.S. International Trade Commission recently determined in a section 201 global safeguard investigation that a surge in imports of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells is threatening serious inj...Read More


New CBP Enforcement Initiative Targets Goods Made with Forced Labour

10 Nov 2017

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has launched an initiative to enforce laws broadening the existing ban on imports of goods made with forced labour....Read More


Ban on Phthalates in Children’s Products Expanded

10 Nov 2017

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has approved the issuance of a final rule strengthening restrictions on phthalates in children’s toys and child care articles....Read More


Treasury Again Finds Mainland Chinese Currency Is Not Being Manipulated

10 Nov 2017

According to the Treasury Department’s latest semi-annual report to Congress on international economic and exchange rate policies released on 17 October, neither mainland China nor any other major U.S...Read More


Duty Reduction/Suspension Legislation Could Be Approved by Year’s End

10 Nov 2017

The House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee held a hearing on 25 October as part of its preparation of a miscellaneous tariff bill implementing as many as 1,800 duty suspensions or reductions that the...Read More


Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Add Footwear to GSP Programme

10 Nov 2017

Sens. Maria Cantwell (Democrat-Washington) and Pat Roberts (Republican-Kansas) on 30 October introduced legislation (S. 2032) to make certain footwear eligible for duty-free treatment under the Genera...Read More


Import Assessment Exemption for Softwood Lumber Affirmed

10 Nov 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service has issued a final rule affirming that entities importing or manufacturing less than 15 million board feet of softwood lumber produc...Read More


Electronic Licencing System Now Available for Wildlife Importers

10 Nov 2017

As of 2 October, individuals and companies that import or export wildlife for commercial purposes may use the Fish and Wildlife Service’s new eLicense system to apply for the required FWS licence or r...Read More


Import Restrictions Adopted on Range of Chemicals

10 Nov 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a direct final rule requiring persons who intend to manufacture (including import) or process any of 29 specified chemical substances for an activity des...Read More


AD/CV Notices

10 Nov 2017

Following are summaries of current AD/CV actions targeting mainland Chinese manufacturers taken by the DOC. Products: Fine denier polyester staple fibre, Polytetrafluoroethylene resin, Stainless steel...Read More


USITC Notices

10 Nov 2017

Topics: Initiation of Sunset Reviews of AD Duty Order on Honey, AD/CV Duty Orders on Solar Cells; Scheduling of Expedited Sunset Review of AD Duty Order on Paper School Supplies; Scheduling of Full Su...Read More


CPSC Recalls Various Products Made in Mainland China

10 Nov 2017

The CPSC has announced the following recalls of products made in mainland China. Products: Infant Seats and Children’s Sleepwear....Read More


Legislation Introduced or Passed in the 115th U.S. Congress

10 Nov 2017

From 23 October through 4 November 2017, members of the U.S. Congress introduced and/or approved the following international trade-related bills that may have an impact on Hong Kong or mainland China....Read More


U.S. Executive Calendar

10 Nov 2017

U.S. Executive Calendar as at 6 Nov 2017. Final determinations due in ITA AD and CV investigations of certain hardwood plywood products from China....Read More


California to Require More Comprehensive Labelling of Cleaning Products Beginning in 2021

27 Oct 2017

California recently enacted legislation that will require manufacturers of a range of cleaning products to comply no later than 1 January 2021 (no later than 1 January 2020 for on-line disclosures) wi...Read More


No Third-Party Testing for Engineered Wood Products under CPSC Proposal

27 Oct 2017

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is proposing to determine that certain untreated and unfinished engineered wood products do not contain lead, ASTM F963 elements or phthalates that exceed the st...Read More


Potential Elimination of Certain NAFTA Flexibilities Could Negatively Affect Mainland China’s Textile Exports to Mexico

27 Oct 2017

Ten trade associations from the United States, Canada and Mexico representing “all parts of the North American textile, apparel and retail supply chains” wrote to the North American Free Trade Agreeme...Read More

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