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CPSC Exempts Certain Plastics in Toys from Third-Party Testing for Phthalates

15 Sept 2017

The Consumer Product Safety Commission had adopted a determination that four types of plastics with specified additives do not contain certain phthalates whose use in children’s toys and child care ar...Read More


Report Outlines Challenges in Combating Mainland Chinese Goods Made with Forced Labour

1 Sept 2017

An 8 August report from the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission finds that the United States faces challenges in identifying and preventing the entry of goods imported from mainland Chi...Read More


USTR Launches Section 301 Probe Against Mainland China

1 Sept 2017

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative self-initiated on 18 August a Section 301 investigation pursuant to Section 302(b)(1)(A) of the Trade Act of 1974 into mainland China’s acts, policies and p...Read More


USTR Outlines U.S. Trade Enforcement Priorities

18 Aug 2017

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative plans to pursue an “aggressive” trade enforcement agenda that includes both offensive and defensive measures, according to a recent report to Congress....Read More


U.S. Still Mulling Possible Trade Remedies on Steel and Aluminium Products

4 Aug 2017

As previously reported, the U.S. Department of Commerce is conducting separate investigations under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 to determine whether increasing imports of foreign-ma...Read More


U.S. Provides Duty-Free Treatment to Travel Goods from All GSP Beneficiaries

21 July 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump issued a proclamation on 29 June adding a range of travel goods (including luggage, backpacks, handbags and pocket goods such as wallets) from all Generalised System of Pre...Read More


USTR Lighthizer Highlights Trump Administration’s Trade Priorities

7 July 2017

Renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement – a 1994 trade deal that includes the United States, Canada and Mexic0 – is a top priority for the Trump administration, but trade relations with ...Read More


New Safeguard Probe Launched on Clothes Washers

23 June 2017

The U.S. International Trade Commission has instituted a global safeguard investigation that could result in a new tariff-rate quota on large residential washers....Read More


New Safeguard Investigation Launched on Solar Cells

9 June 2017

The U.S. International Trade Commission has instituted a global safeguard investigation that could result in up to eight years of higher tariffs and minimum prices on imports of crystalline silicon ph...Read More


U.S.-China Action Plan Will Initially Focus on Agro, Biotech, Other Issues

26 May 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump and mainland Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed at their recent high-level meeting in Florida to establish a 100-day plan on trade to, among other things, find ways to inc...Read More


Trump Administration Eyes Import Restrictions on Steel and Aluminium Imports

12 May 2017

The U.S. Department of Commerce has self-initiated separate investigations under section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 to determine whether increasing imports of foreign-made steel and alumin...Read More


White House Provides Additional Information on Efforts to Reduce Federal Regulations, Reform Federal Government

28 April 2017

The White House has provided additional information on implementing a 30 January executive order directing federal agencies to reduce regulation and control regulatory costs....Read More


DOC Launches Review of Mainland China’s Non-Market Economy Status

13 April 2017

U.S. importers could conceivably see a decrease in typically high antidumping duties on goods from mainland China after the U.S. Department of Commerce signalled its willingness to consider market eco...Read More


Administration Unveils Budget Proposal, Comprehensive Plan for Reorganising Executive Branch

31 March 2017

President Trump recently released a blueprint for the 2018 budget that proposes to eliminate the U.S. Trade and Development Agency and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and significantly inc...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


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


President Trump Issues Executive Order to Reduce Federal Regulations

17 Feb 2017

President Trump issued on 30 January an executive order on reducing federal regulation that could impact the trade community....Read More


Mainland China and Hong Kong Continue to Account for Vast Majority of IPR Seizures

3 Feb 2017

U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently released statistics regarding the volume and value of its seizures of intellectual property rights infringing articles during fiscal year 2016 (October 2015...Read More


USTR Highlights Outstanding Concerns in Annual Report on Mainland China’s WTO Compliance

20 Jan 2017

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative issued in January its latest report to Congress on mainland China’s compliance with its World Trade Organisation obligations, including both multi-lateral c...Read More


Seafood Imports Subject to New Permitting, Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements

6 Jan 2017

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

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