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U.S. to Talk Trade with Mainland China but Expectations Should be Kept in Check

20 Aug 2018

The United States will host a mainland Chinese delegation in Washington during the week of 20 August to discuss various trade issues of concern. The U.S. delegation will be chaired by David Malpass, u...Read More

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Mainland China Files WTO Case Against U.S. Renewable Energy Measures

20 Aug 2018

Mainland China has filed a WTO complaint against the United States over certain measures at the state and municipal level that provide incentives for the use of domestically-sourced renewable energy p...Read More

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Cotton Import Fee to be Increased

20 Aug 2018

Assessments paid by importers of cotton and cotton-containing products under the Cotton Research and Promotion Order will rise 3.4 percent under a direct final rule issued by AMS. This rule will be ef...Read More

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Mexico Temporarily Increases Duties on Three Additional Iron/Steel Products, Exempts Two Items from Temporary Duties

20 Aug 2018

Mexico has increased from zero to 15 percent, effective from 18 August through 30 November, its MFN duty on certain iron and steel products classified under HTSMX 7207.12.01, 7207.12.99 and 7224.90.02...Read More

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Canada Considers Import Safeguards on Steel Products

20 Aug 2018

In a further effort to prevent the diversion into Canada of foreign steel products that may have difficulty entering the U.S. market in the wake of the Trump administration’s additional 25 percent imp...Read More

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Section 301 Tariff Exemption for U.S. Goods Returned Narrowed Significantly

16 Aug 2018

Effective 23 August, the use of a provision allowing goods assembled abroad from U.S. components to avoid the additional 25 percent tariff imposed on imports from mainland China will be narrowed signi...Read More

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FIRRMA/CFIUS Legislation Enacted into Law

16 Aug 2018

President Trump on 13 August signed into law a defence authorisation bill that also includes the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) to reform and expand the operation of the Com...Read More

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Mainland China Challenges U.S. Safeguard Tariffs on Solar Products at WTO

16 Aug 2018

On 14 August, mainland China lodged a complaint with the World Trade Organisation against the U.S. safeguard restrictions on crystalline silicone photovoltaic cells and modules, which consist of safeg...Read More

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FTC Revises Jewellery Guides

16 Aug 2018

The FTC has revised its Guides for the Jewellry, Precious Metals and Pewter Industries, which provide advice to businesses on how to avoid making deceptive claims about precious metal, pewter, diamond...Read More

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USTR Seeks Input on Notorious Markets for IPR Infringement

16 Aug 2018

USTR is requesting input by 1 October to aid in the preparation of its 2018 Notorious Markets List, which examines Internet and physical markets based outside the United States that reportedly engage ...Read More

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Argentina Extends Deadline to Fully Comply with Certification Requirements for Safety Components for Lifts

16 Aug 2018

Argentina has extended from 5 August 2018 to 5 August 2019 the deadline to comply with the certification requirements for safety components for lifts....Read More

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Colombia Makes Slight Revisions to Labelling Requirements for Clothing

16 Aug 2018

Colombia has made several slight revisions to its labelling requirements for clothing that are not expected to impact Hong Kong or mainland Chinese clothing exporters. The amendments will enter into f...Read More

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Request to Rescind Colombia’s Provisional AD Measure on Woven Fabrics Denied

16 Aug 2018

Colombia has denied a request to rescind the minimum FOB price of US$4.63/kg that has been provisionally established in the on-going AD investigation of mainland Chinese cotton woven denim fabrics and...Read More

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U.S. Flexes Trade Muscle Against Turkey as High-Ranking Senate Lawmaker Voices Concern About Section 232 Product Exclusion Process

14 Aug 2018

President Trump announced in a 10 August tweet that he has authorised the doubling of Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminium from Turkey, showcasing his willingness to play hardball on trade matte...Read More

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Input Sought on Current Export Controls on Spraying/Fogging Systems

14 Aug 2018

BIS is seeking input as part of efforts to ensure that the current export controls on spraying or fogging systems are clear, do not inadvertently control items in normal commercial use, accurately ref...Read More

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Reminder: New California Proposition 65 Warning Requirements to Enter into Force 30 August

14 Aug 2018

California’s new warning requirements under Proposition 65 are slated to enter into force on 30 August. The new regulations will require more detailed information in Proposition 65 safe harbour warnin...Read More

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Certain Energy Test Procedures for Central ACs and Heat Pumps Implemented

14 Aug 2018

The DOE has lifted an administrative stay issued on 3 July 2017 that postponed the effectiveness of certain provisions of a January 2017 final rule that amended the energy test procedure and certain c...Read More

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Revisions to U.S. Grade Standards for Various Processed Vegetables under Consideration

14 Aug 2018

Interested parties may submit input through 12 October on a proposal to revise the voluntary U.S. grade standards for canned lima beans, canned mushrooms, pickles and green olives....Read More

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Argentina Adopts New Labelling Requirements for Footwear

14 Aug 2018

Argentina recently unveiled new labelling requirements for footwear that differ in various respects from the current requirements....Read More

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Brazil Lowers Duties on Additional Products

14 Aug 2018

Brazil has lowered its import duties on a range of additional products from all sources....Read More

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