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“Lame Duck” Legislative Session Begins in Washington

15 Nov 2018

Members of Congress will consider a number of important issues during the “lame duck” legislative session that began on 13 November. The most critical matter facing lawmakers is that only five of the ...Read More

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Authorisation for Food Contact Use of 26 Substances Proposed to be Withdrawn

15 Nov 2018

The FDA is accepting comments through 14 January 2019 on a petition to withdraw authorisation for the use of 26 ortho-phthalates in various food contact applications because these uses have been perma...Read More

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Automation and Southern States Gain as US Production Goes Up a Gear

14 Nov 2018

With labour shortages becoming endemic in certain US manufacturing sectors, production is migrating to the country's less employed southern states and to all-new smart factories, where intelligent sys...Read More

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USTR Possibly Considering Labour-Based Section 301 Action Against Mainland China

13 Nov 2018

Early press reports indicate that USTR is considering the possibility of launching a labour-based Section 301 case against mainland China. If these press reports are accurate, USTR could choose to sel...Read More

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CBP Issues Guidance on Submitting Imports of Goods Excluded from Steel/Aluminium Tariffs

13 Nov 2018

CBP has provided certain information of potential interest on submitting imports of products excluded from the Section 232 additional tariffs on steel (25 percent) and aluminium (10 percent) products....Read More

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USDA Soybeans Report Highlights Falling Exports to Mainland China

13 Nov 2018

USDA’s November 2018 “Oilseeds” report indicates that the small quantities that were shipped after the imposition by Beijing of retaliatory duties have either been diverted to other markets (Vietnam, ...Read More

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Revisions to ITAR, USML, CCL Part of Arms Export Modernisation Plan

13 Nov 2018

The State Department has provided details on how it plans to implement the Conventional Arms Transfer Policy, which seeks to better align arms exports with U.S. national security and economic interest...Read More

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AD/CV Notices

13 Nov 2018

Following are summaries of current AD/CV actions targeting mainland Chinese manufacturers taken by the DOC. Products: Sodium gluconate, Polyester textured yarn, Common alloy aluminium sheet, and Large...Read More

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USITC Notices

13 Nov 2018

Topic: Forged Steel Will Face AD/CV Duties....Read More

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CPSC Recalls Various Products Made in Mainland China

13 Nov 2018

The CPSC has announced the following recalls of products made in mainland China. Products: Children’s Water Bottles, Fire Alarms/Clocks, and Girls’ Clothing....Read More

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

13 Nov 2018

From 6 through 11 November 2018, members of the U.S. Congress did not introduce and/or approve any international trade-related bills that may have an impact on Hong Kong or mainland China....Read More

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U.S. Executive Calendar

13 Nov 2018

U.S. Executive Calendar as of 13 November 2018. Action: Preliminary determination due in ITA AD investigation of quartz surface products from China....Read More

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Democrats Retake House, Republicans Keep Senate in Mid-term Elections

9 Nov 2018

The Democratic Party made considerable gains in the mid-term elections held on 6 November and will control the House of Representatives until at least 31 December 2020, as well as seven or more additi...Read More

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Import Measures Imposed on Sawblades Alleged to Evade AD Duties

9 Nov 2018

CBP has determined that there is a reasonable suspicion that an importer is evading the AD duty order on diamond sawblades from mainland China by misclassifying and transshipping covered goods through...Read More

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USITC to Study Economic Effects of U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement

9 Nov 2018

The USITC will hold a public hearing on 6 December and will accept input from interested parties by 13 December in connection with a newly initiated investigation into the probable economic effect of ...Read More

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USITC Notices

7 Nov 2018

Topics: PTFE Resin Will Not Face AD Duties; Preliminary Affirmative AD/CV Injury Determinations on Steel Kegs, Aluminium Wire and Cable; Preliminary Affirmative AD Injury Determination on Mattresses; ...Read More

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

7 Nov 2018

From 29 October through 5 November 2018, members of the U.S. Congress did not introduce and/or approve any international trade-related bills that may have an impact on Hong Kong or mainland China....Read More

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Tariff Exclusion Request Process to be Audited by DOC

7 Nov 2018

The processes and procedures used to review and adjudicate requests to exclude specific products from the Section 232 additional tariffs on imported steel and aluminium will be subject to an audit by ...Read More

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FDA Issues Mandatory Food Recall Guidance

7 Nov 2018

The FDA issued on 5 November final guidance regarding mandatory food recalls. The agency notes that it is committed to evaluating all applicable evidence in determining whether an article is adulterat...Read More

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AD/CV Notices

7 Nov 2018

Following are summaries of current AD/CV actions targeting mainland Chinese manufacturers taken by the DOC. Products: Circular welded carbon quality steel pipe, Certain steel nails, Uncovered innerspr...Read More

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