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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


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


New AD Duty Evasion Probe Targets Mainland Chinese Glycine as CBP Considers Ways to Improve AD/CV Duty Collections

22 Dec 2017

U.S. Customs and Border Protection on 28 August initiated an investigation to examine an allegation by a domestic manufacturer of glycine that an importer was evading the antidumping duty order on gly...Read More


USITC Recommends Safeguard Measures on Clothes Washers as DOC Self-Initiates AD/CV Cases on Aluminium Sheet

8 Dec 2017

The U.S. International Trade Commission has announced its recommendations for import restrictions on large residential washers following its determination in a section 201 global safeguard investigati...Read More


U.S. Seeks to Strengthen Economic Relations with Asia as TPP Parties Agree on Core Elements of New Deal

24 Nov 2017

During his nearly two-week trip to Asia President Trump discussed bi-lateral trade relations with the leaders of mainland China, Vietnam, the Philippines and other U.S. trade partners but came away wi...Read More


DOC Maintains Mainland China’s Non-Market Economy Designation

10 Nov 2017

The U.S. Department of Commerce has concluded that mainland China remains a non-market economy country for purposes of assessing antidumping duties....Read More


California to Require More Comprehensive Labelling of Cleaning Products Beginning in 2021

27 Oct 2017

California recently enacted legislation that will require manufacturers of a range of cleaning products to comply no later than 1 January 2021 (no later than 1 January 2020 for on-line disclosures) wi...Read More


Trump Administration Still Favours Tough Stance on Trade with Mainland China

13 Oct 2017

Recent meetings between U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and senior mainland Chinese officials in Beijing indicated that bi-lateral trade tensions remain high ahead of President Trump’s anticipated...Read More


CPSC to Finalise Rule that Could Ban Five Phthalates by 18 October

29 Sept 2017

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced its intention to finalise by 18 October a rule that could ban five phthalates in toys and child care articles....Read More


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

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