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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


APHIS Announces New Procedure for Soybean Exports to Mainland China

19 Jan 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service reports that a new procedure for both bulk and container shipments of raw, unprocessed soybeans to mainland China took e...Read More


U.S. and South Korea Explore Ways to Improve Bi-lateral FTA

19 Jan 2018

The United States and South Korea held their first talks on updating their bi-lateral free trade agreement (KORUS) on 5 January in Washington, D.C., and could hold subsequent rounds every three to fou...Read More


Electronic Filing Required for Some EPA-Regulated Exports

19 Jan 2018

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, starting 31 December 2017 exporters of RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) manifested hazardous waste for recycling or disposal, spent lead-a...Read More


USTR Preparing Annual Report on Intellectual Property Protection and Enforcement

19 Jan 2018

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has initiated its annual review of foreign countries’ acts, policies and practices concerning the protection of intellectual property rights....Read More


USDA Withdraws Proposed Regulations on Exports, Forfeitures, Lumber

19 Jan 2018

Effective 4 January, the USDA is withdrawing 16 proposed rules or advance notices of proposed rulemaking that were either published in the Federal Register more than four years ago without subsequent ...Read More


DEA to Restrict Imports of All Remaining Fentanyl-Related Substances

19 Jan 2018

The Drug Enforcement Administration has announced its intent to issue an order adding to schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act all fentanyl-related substances that are not currently listed in an...Read More


Argentina Approves Tax Reform Legislation, Implements Various Trade-Related Provisions

19 Jan 2018

The Argentinean Congress approved a comprehensive tax reform bill on 27 December 2017 that is expected to reduce by 1.5 percentage points by 2022 Argentina’s tax burden as a share of its gross domesti...Read More


Argentina Announces New Import Monitoring System

19 Jan 2018

Argentina has unveiled a new import monitoring system (which will continue to be known as the Comprehensive Import Monitoring System, or SIMI) aimed at further reducing administrative burdens while en...Read More


Brazil Simplifies Import Procedures for Goods Subject to Sanitary Oversight

19 Jan 2018

As part of a strategy to increasingly focus its enforcement efforts on higher-risk products, the Brazilian National Health Agency (ANVISA) has simplified in various ways the procedures to import goods...Read More


Mexico Updates Mandatory Standard for School Scissors, Announces TRQs for Various Products

19 Jan 2018

Mexico has updated through NOM-140-SCFI-2017 its mandatory standards for children’s scissors, which were originally adopted in 2000 and amended in 2001....Read More


Brazilian Trade Minister Steps Down; More Time to Submit Input on Trade-Related Regulatory Agenda

19 Jan 2018

Brazilian Minister of Industry, Trade and Services Marcos Pereira resigned from his post on 3 January. Mr. Pereira has presided over the centre-right Brazilian Republican Party (Partido Republicano Br...Read More


Mexico Extends Import Restrictions on Used Motor Vehicles

19 Jan 2018

Mexico’s Ministry of Economy announced on 28 December 2017 that the Mexican government has decided to extend until 31 March 2019 the current restrictions on used motor vehicle imports because the cond...Read More


Brazil Lowers Duties on Various Products

19 Jan 2018

Brazil has established separate TRQs on imports of the following products to correct a lack of supply in the Brazilian market....Read More


Miscellaneous Latin American AD Actions on Mainland Chinese Products

19 Jan 2018

Topics: Argentina Issues AD Duty Order on Aluminium Road Wheels; Colombia Renews AD Duty Order on Ceramic Tableware and Kitchenware; Argentina Issues Results of Anti-Circumvention Reviews of Sunglasse...Read More


AD/CV Notices

19 Jan 2018

Following are summaries of current AD/CV actions targeting mainland Chinese manufacturers taken by the DOC. Products: Utility scale wind towers, Cold-drawn mechanical tubing of carbon and alloy steel,...Read More


USITC Notices

19 Jan 2018

Topics: Preliminary Affirmative AD/CV Injury Determinations on Sodium Gluconate and Gluconic Acid; Preliminary Affirmative AD/CV Injury Determinations on Aluminium Sheet; Final Affirmative CV Injury D...Read More


CPSC Recalls Various Products Made in Mainland China

19 Jan 2018

The CPSC has announced the following recalls of products made in mainland China. Products: Chairs, Lawnmower Blade Shafts, Computer Batteries, and High Chairs....Read More


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

19 Jan 2018

From 1 through 13 January 2018, 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

19 Jan 2018

U.S. Executive Calendar as of 16 Jan 2018. Preliminary determination due in ITA CV investigation of stainless steel flanges from China....Read More

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