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Food Safety Inspections, Other Trade Issues Among FDA’s Enforcement Priorities

17 Jan 2019

The Food and Drug Administration plans to further increase its inspections to ensure the safety of foreign food suppliers in 2019, posing a significant challenge for importers who could face entry del...Read More

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First Sale Rule Enforcement Increasing in Section 301 Environment

17 Jan 2019

The use of the first sale rule has increased dramatically over the past several months as companies seek to lessen the impact of the additional Section 301 tariffs on imports from mainland China. At t...Read More

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USTR Says No Section 301 Tariff Exclusions on List 3 Goods Until March

17 Jan 2019

The Trump administration will not initiate a process for excluding goods from the Section 301 additional tariff on US$200 billion worth of imports from mainland China until at least March, according t...Read More

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U.S. Executive Calendar

15 Jan 2019

U.S. Executive Calendar as at 14 Jan 2019. Date: 14 Jan 2019. Action: Final determinations due in ITA AD and CV investigations of cast iron soil pipe from China....Read More

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Legislation Introduced or Passed in the 116th U.S. Congress

15 Jan 2019

From 3 through 11 January 2019, 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

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U.S. Renews Import Restrictions on Archaeological Material from Mainland China

15 Jan 2019

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued a final rule extending through 14 January 2024 import restrictions on certain archaeological materials representing mainland China’s cultural heritage fro...Read More

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U.S. Industry Coalition Calls on Lawmakers to Exercise Congressional Oversight on Trump Administration

15 Jan 2019

In a letter dated 9 January, the multi-industry coalition Americans for Free Trade urged all new members of the 116th Congress to ensure the legislative body exercises its “ oversight role on trade po...Read More

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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Offers More Details on Trade Priorities for this Year

11 Jan 2019

As previously reported, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley will once again chair the Senate Finance Committee after a 12-year hiatus due to Republican Party term limits for committee chairmen....Read More

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Little Detail on Outcome of U.S.-Mainland China Trade Talks

11 Jan 2019

The United States and mainland China met in Beijing on 7-9 January to hold their first talks since agreeing to a trade ceasefire in December. The negotiations were extended an extra day but reports ha...Read More

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Vendors Left Uncomfortable by Slow Sales of Comfortable Clothing

11 Jan 2019

While consumers were clearly putting comfort wear at a premium at the Dallas-held Apparel & Accessories Market, many exhibitors were left distinctly ill-at-ease by the unwillingness to spend demonstra...Read More

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CBP to Expand Tests of Blockchain Uses

10 Jan 2019

U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently completed one test of potential use of blockchain technology and is looking to conduct additional tests this year. For several months in 2018 CBP tested the...Read More

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Trade Agencies Continue to Be Impacted by Partial U.S. Government Shutdown

10 Jan 2019

The continuing partial shutdown of the U.S. federal government has begun to affect key trade agencies as it nears its three-week mark. Certain security-related functions, including U.S. Customs and Bo...Read More

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U.S. Executive Calendar

8 Jan 2019

U.S. Executive Calendar as at 7 Jan 2019. Date: 7 Jan 2019. Action: Preliminary determination due in ITA AD investigation of certain steel wheels 12 to 16.5 inches in diameter from China....Read More

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Legislation Introduced or Passed in the 116th U.S. Congress

8 Jan 2019

From 1 through 3 January 2019, 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

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Updated Report Details Impact of Retaliatory Tariffs on U.S. Agricultural Exports

8 Jan 2019

The non-partisan U.S. Congressional Research Service issued a report on 31 December focused on the effect of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural exports. After the United States imposed Section 2...Read More

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New Importer ID Form Expected to be Released in February

8 Jan 2019

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has posted to its website a final draft of the revised CBP Form 5106, which will be renamed the Create/Update Importer Identity Form. This form is expected to be rel...Read More

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Senate Bills Would Tighten Restrictions on Mainland China

8 Jan 2019

Sen. Marco Rubio (Republican-Florida) re-introduced legislation on 4 January aimed at correcting the current imbalances in the U.S. trade relationship with mainland China. Most notably, the legislatio...Read More

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California Lists Certain Paint/Varnish Strippers as Priority Product

8 Jan 2019

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control has designated paint or varnish strippers containing methylene chloride as a priority product under the Safer Consumer Products regulations. The r...Read More

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Recent Developments in U.S. Trade Discussions with Mainland China

8 Jan 2019

Bi-lateral trade talks between the United States and mainland China began on 7 January in Beijing. The U.S. delegation is chaired by Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish and includes high-...Read More

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U.S. Importers Not Yet Able to Take Advantage of Section 301 Product Exclusions

4 Jan 2019

As previously reported, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative recently announced the first batch of products that will be excluded from the additional 25 percent duty imposed under Section 301 o...Read More

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