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FDA to Exercise FSMA Enforcement Discretion, Will Soon Move Forward with Expedited Food Import Programme

19 Jan 2018

The Food and Drug Administration has announced its intent to not enforce certain provisions in four rules issued under the Food Safety Modernization Act concerning preventive controls for human and an...Read More


APHIS Announces New Procedure for Soybean Exports to Mainland China

19 Jan 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service reports that a new procedure for both bulk and container shipments of raw, unprocessed soybeans to mainland China took e...Read More


U.S. and South Korea Explore Ways to Improve Bi-lateral FTA

19 Jan 2018

The United States and South Korea held their first talks on updating their bi-lateral free trade agreement (KORUS) on 5 January in Washington, D.C., and could hold subsequent rounds every three to fou...Read More


Electronic Filing Required for Some EPA-Regulated Exports

19 Jan 2018

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, starting 31 December 2017 exporters of RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) manifested hazardous waste for recycling or disposal, spent lead-a...Read More


USTR Preparing Annual Report on Intellectual Property Protection and Enforcement

19 Jan 2018

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has initiated its annual review of foreign countries’ acts, policies and practices concerning the protection of intellectual property rights....Read More


USDA Withdraws Proposed Regulations on Exports, Forfeitures, Lumber

19 Jan 2018

Effective 4 January, the USDA is withdrawing 16 proposed rules or advance notices of proposed rulemaking that were either published in the Federal Register more than four years ago without subsequent ...Read More


DEA to Restrict Imports of All Remaining Fentanyl-Related Substances

19 Jan 2018

The Drug Enforcement Administration has announced its intent to issue an order adding to schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act all fentanyl-related substances that are not currently listed in an...Read More


AD/CV Notices

19 Jan 2018

Following are summaries of current AD/CV actions targeting mainland Chinese manufacturers taken by the DOC. Products: Utility scale wind towers, Cold-drawn mechanical tubing of carbon and alloy steel,...Read More


USITC Notices

19 Jan 2018

Topics: Preliminary Affirmative AD/CV Injury Determinations on Sodium Gluconate and Gluconic Acid; Preliminary Affirmative AD/CV Injury Determinations on Aluminium Sheet; Final Affirmative CV Injury D...Read More


CPSC Recalls Various Products Made in Mainland China

19 Jan 2018

The CPSC has announced the following recalls of products made in mainland China. Products: Chairs, Lawnmower Blade Shafts, Computer Batteries, and High Chairs....Read More


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

19 Jan 2018

From 1 through 13 January 2018, 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

19 Jan 2018

U.S. Executive Calendar as of 16 Jan 2018. Preliminary determination due in ITA CV investigation of stainless steel flanges from China....Read More


US Tax Reform and Its Likely Impacts on HK-US Trade and Investment

12 Jan 2018

US President Trump signed the biggest overhaul of the US tax system in more than 30 years into law on 22 December 2017. It’s estimated that the newly-enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will give the bulk o...Read More


The United States: Market Profile

5 Jan 2018

The US economy has been energetic amid strong private consumption, employment and exports, but ongoing monetary policy normalisation and factious policies such as NAFTA renegotiation and recognition o...Read More


U.S. Seeks to Reduce Dependency on Imported Minerals, Announces New National Security Strategy with Trade Component

5 Jan 2018

Reducing imports is among the primary objectives of a 20 December 2017 executive order by President Trump that seeks to ease U.S. vulnerabilities to the supply of critical minerals....Read More


U.S. Government Agencies Announce Upcoming Regulatory Actions

5 Jan 2018

A number of U.S. government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Fo...Read More


New Mandatory Safety Standard Adopted for Children’s Folding Chairs and Stools

5 Jan 2018

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a final rule that will, effective 15 June, establish a new mandatory safety standard for children’s folding chairs and stools....Read More


Seafood Import Monitoring Rules to be Enforced with Informed Compliance Approach

5 Jan 2018

New permitting, reporting and recordkeeping requirements for imports of certain fish and fish products identified as being at particular risk of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing or seafood ...Read More


GSP Programme Expired at Year-End but Retroactive Preferences Are Expected

5 Jan 2018

The Generalised System of Preferences programme that provides duty-free treatment to a broad range of products from some 120 designated beneficiary developing countries and territories expired at the ...Read More


DOE Sets New Energy Efficiency Standards for Rough Service and Vibration Lamps

5 Jan 2018

The U.S. Department of Energy has issued a final rule codifying in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations certain backstop requirements for rough service lamps and vibration service lamps that Congress ...Read More

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