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Calls for Greater Efficiency and Savings Dominate US Packaging Expo

28 March 2017

With the industry under pressure from both the cost and the environmentally concerned, systems offering savings on freight charges, while reducing packaging waste, were the headline acts at the recent...Read More


Trade Regulations of USA

28 March 2017

The US trade regime consists of a complex web of diverse regulatory and policy objectives. These goals are often inter-related and mutually reinforcing. Trade objectives must also co-exist with US for...Read More


The Trump Administration: Implications for Sino-US Trade Relations

24 March 2017

US President Donald Trump has vowed to make significant changes to US trade policy, and several developments since his inauguration on 20 January appear to be consistent with that pledge. Although Tru...Read More


Layered Look Remains Popular in Becalmed US Jewellery Sector

24 March 2017

Sluggish trade made for a subdued mood among exhibitors at Chicago's JF&A jewellery show. There were some bright spots, though, with many buyers favouring simple pieces worn several at a time, creatin...Read More


Trump Administration Announces Trade Policy Priorities

17 March 2017

The Trump administration issued on 1 March its trade policy agenda for this year. While the agenda is a bit short on specifics, it does reiterate the administration’s commitment to pursue a brand new ...Read More


CBP to Focus on Enforcement, Facilitation, Regulatory Burdens to Promote Economic Growth

17 March 2017

Federal officials said recently that the trade community can expect to see a continued emphasis on both enforcement and facilitation, including a renewed effort to lower regulatory burdens, as part of...Read More


Federal Agencies Ordered to Create Regulatory Reform Teams

17 March 2017

President Trump issued on 24 February an executive order directing federal agencies to take additional actions as part of an effort to lower regulatory burdens on U.S. businesses....Read More


Largest Ever Civil Penalty for Export Control Violations Assessed on Mainland Chinese Company

17 March 2017

The DOC announced on 7 March that a mainland Chinese company has agreed to a record-high combined civil and criminal penalty of US$1.19 billion for an “egregious scheme” to illegally ship telecommunic...Read More


CPSC Removes Safety Standard for Magnet Sets

17 March 2017

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has removed from its regulations a 3 October 2014 final rule establishing a national safety standard for high-powered magnet sets....Read More


Court Rules on Classification of Items Used During Holidays

17 March 2017

The CIT ruled on 1 March that certain dinnerware and other items with holiday themes or designed to be used during holidays are properly classified according to their constituent materials and dutiabl...Read More


First-Ever Energy Star Specification Issued for Electric Vehicle Chargers

17 March 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency recently finalised its first-ever Energy Star specification for electric vehicle chargers. Approximately 114,000 electric vehicles were sold in the United States in...Read More


New Import Controls on Ten Synthetic Cathinones

17 March 2017

The Drug Enforcement Administration has issued a final rule that, effective 1 March, placed the following synthetic cathinones, including their optical, positional and geometric isomers, salts and sal...Read More


Additional Comments Sought on Proposed Fee for Organic Products

17 March 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service has extended from 20 March to 19 April the deadline for public comments on a proposal to establish an industry-funded promotion, res...Read More


AD/CV Notices

17 March 2017

Following are summaries of current AD/CV actions targeting mainland Chinese manufacturers taken by the DOC. Products: 1,1,1,2 tetrafluoroethane (R–134a), Certain polyester staple fibre, Silicon metal,...Read More


USITC Notices

17 March 2017

Topics: New AD/CV Probes of Aluminium Foil, Steel Sheet and Strip Will Face AD/CV Duties, Cut-to-Length Steel Plate Will Face AD/CV Duties, AD/CV Duty Orders on Aluminium Extrusions Renewed, Initiatio...Read More


CPSC Recalls Various Products Made in Mainland China

17 March 2017

The CPSC has announced the following recalls of products made in mainland China. Products: Terminal ACs, Baby Jackets, Electric Blowers, Rattles, Table Saws, Girls’ Sweatshirts, Bistro Chairs....Read More


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

17 March 2017

From 24 February through 12 March 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

17 March 2017

U.S. Executive Calendar as at 13 March 2017....Read More


Africa Bids for Apparel Sourcing Success at 2017 MAGIC Marketplace

14 March 2017

As well as Africa's hopes to become the new China, the first MAGIC event of the year also had a focus on the rise and rise of wearable tech, while also giving ample space to evangelists of the wonders...Read More


Government Watchdog Calls for National Strategy to Improve Food Safety Oversight

3 March 2017

A recent report by the watchdog Government Accountability Office calls for the development of a national strategy to address fragmentation in the federal food safety oversight system....Read More

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