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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

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Legislative Efforts to Enact a Border Adjustment Tax Abandoned

18 Aug 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin a...Read More

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Lawmakers Call for Tougher CBP Rules on AD/CV Duty Evasion

18 Aug 2017

Senators Rob Portman (Republican-Ohio) and Sherrod Brown (Democrat-Ohio) recently called on U.S. Customs and Border Protection to toughen regulations on its investigations of AD and CV duty order evas...Read More

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Maine Adopts Comprehensive Ban on Flame Retardants in Upholstered Furniture

18 Aug 2017

Maine recently enacted into law a broad-ranging ban on the sale and distribution state-wide of upholstered furniture containing in its fabric or other covering, or in its cushioning materials, more th...Read More

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Remaining ACE Functionality to be Phased in Starting in September

18 Aug 2017

As part of on-going efforts to implement a fully-fledged single window through which the U.S. trade community will report imports and exports and the U.S. government will determine admissibility, CBP ...Read More

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Ban on Goods Using Certain Flame Retardant Still Under Consideration

18 Aug 2017

The Consumer Product Safety Commission will hold a meeting on 17 September to gather additional comments on a petition requesting that it initiate a rulemaking under the Federal Hazardous Substances A...Read More

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Mainland China’s Compliance with WTO Commitments is Focus of Annual Review

18 Aug 2017

The interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee is accepting input and holding a public hearing to assist USTR in preparing its annual report to Congress on mainland China’s compliance with the commitmen...Read More

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Food Facility and Importer Re-inspection Fees Set for FY 2018

18 Aug 2017

The Food and Drug Administration has announced its fiscal year 2018 fee rates for certain domestic and foreign food facility re-inspections, failures to comply with a recall order and importer re-insp...Read More

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Import, Production Limits for Controlled Substances Proposed

18 Aug 2017

The U.S. Justice Department’s Drug Enforcement Administration has issued a notice proposing the 2018 aggregate production quotas for controlled substances in schedules I and II of the Controlled Subst...Read More

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Update on Recent Department of Energy Rulemaking Activities

18 Aug 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the following regulatory actions of potential interest to Hong Kong and mainland Chinese exporters of general service fluorescent lamps, general servic...Read More

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Brazil and Mainland China Sign Action Plan to Implement Services Co-operation Agreement

18 Aug 2017

Brazil and mainland China recently agreed on a two-year action plan to implement the October 2016 memorandum of understanding on the services sector, which is aimed at incentivising bi-lateral trade a...Read More

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Argentina Ends System Requiring Certain Goods to Be Processed by Specialised Customs Ports

18 Aug 2017

Argentina is no longer requiring imports of a broad range of products to be processed by certain “specialised” customs ports....Read More

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Hong Kong and Mainland Chinese Companies Authorised to Issue Conformity Assessment Certificates for Certain Products Sold in Argentina

18 Aug 2017

Argentinean authorities recently validated the bi-lateral mutual recognition agreements signed between (i) Intertek Argentina Certificaciones SA and Intertek Testing Services Hong Kong Limited; (ii) I...Read More

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Brazil Enhances Special Import Regime for Capital and IT Goods, Seeks to Facilitate Use of Trade Remedy Mechanisms by SMEs

18 Aug 2017

Brazil’s Foreign Trade Chamber (CAMEX) has approved a proposal to provide duty-free treatment, rather than a reduced two percent duty, to foreign capital goods and information technology and telecommu...Read More

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Argentina Adopts New Safety Requirements for Aluminium Radiators

18 Aug 2017

Argentina has established new mandatory safety requirements for aluminium radiators and elements or sections thereof used in hot water or vapor heating systems....Read More

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Miscellaneous Latin American AD Actions on Mainland Chinese Products

18 Aug 2017

Topics: Mexico Begins AD Investigation on Micro Welding Wire; Mexico Preliminarily Finds Dumping on Certain Steel Tubes; Argentina Moves to Final Phase of AD Probes on Certain Plates, Metal Guards, Po...Read More

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AD/CV Notices

18 Aug 2017

Following are summaries of current AD/CV actions targeting mainland Chinese manufacturers taken by the DOC. Products: certain aluminium foil, wooden bedroom furniture, certain stilbenic optical bright...Read More

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USITC Notices

18 Aug 2017

Topics: AD Duty Order on Paper Clips Renewed; Scheduling of Expedited Sunset Review of AD Duty Order on Garlic; Scheduling of Expedited Sunset Review of AD Duty Order on Optical Brightening Agents; Su...Read More

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CPSC Recalls Various Products Made in Mainland China

18 Aug 2017

The CPSC has announced the following recalls of products made in mainland China. Products: Cell Phone Cases, Children's Building Sets, Children's Pyjamas, Charcoal Grills, Children's Robes, European P...Read More

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

18 Aug 2017

From 30 July through 12 August 2017, 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

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