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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

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Treasury Again Finds Mainland Chinese Currency Is Not Being Manipulated

28 April 2017

According to the Treasury Department’s latest semi-annual report to Congress on international economic and exchange rate policies released on 14 April, neither mainland China nor any other major U.S. ...Read More

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Presidents Trump and Xi Discuss Trade, Other Issues at High-Level Meeting

28 April 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump and mainland Chinese President Xi Jinping held “positive and productive” meetings at high-level encounter held in early April at Mr. Trump’s presidential retreat in Palm Be...Read More

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Conflict Minerals Reporting Requirements Scaled Back

28 April 2017

Acting Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Michael Piwowar announced on 7 April that the SEC will suspend enforcement of a “costly” conflict minerals due diligence requirement in the wake of a...Read More

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Some Export Rules on Hold Due to Regulatory Directives

28 April 2017

A revision of the Foreign Trade Regulations is among the DOC rules on hold due to White House efforts to reduce government regulation....Read More

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California Formally Proposes to List Certain Insulation Materials as Priority Product

28 April 2017

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control will accept comments through 16 May on a proposal to designate spray polyurethane foam systems with unreacted methylene diphenyl diisocyanates as ...Read More

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International Trade Agency Chief Named

28 April 2017

President Trump announced on 11 April his intention to nominate Gilbert B. Kaplan as under secretary of commerce for international trade....Read More

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Trump Administration Supports Preservation of Ex-Im Bank

28 April 2017

President Trump expressed support in mid-April for the preservation of the Export-Import Bank of the United States and announced his intention to nominate former New Jersey Republican congressman Scot...Read More

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First-Ever Energy Star Specification Issued for Smart Thermostats

28 April 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency recently finalised its first-ever Energy Star specification for smart thermostats, which are Wi-Fi enabled devices that automatically adjust heating and cooling tem...Read More

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Imports of Synthetic Cannabinoids Restricted

28 April 2017

The Drug Enforcement Administration has issued an order that temporarily schedules the following six synthetic cannabinoids, along with their optical, positional and geometric isomers, salts and salts...Read More

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Mexico Extends Temporary Duty Increase on Certain Iron and Steel Products

28 April 2017

The Mexican government has extended for an additional six months, from 6 April through 3 October, a temporary increase from zero to 15 percent in the most-favoured-nation duty rate for iron and steel ...Read More

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Mexico Proposes New Safety Standards for Motorcycle Helmets, Modifies Requirements for X-ray Equipment and Lamps

28 April 2017

Mexico is seeking input from interested parties by 16 June on a proposal to establish mandatory safety and labelling requirements for motorcycle helmets....Read More

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Brazil Working to Significantly Reduce Red Tape on Export Transactions

28 April 2017

The Brazilian government recently launched a new process for export transactions carried out through Brazil’s single window for international trade operations....Read More

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Mexico Reinstates Tariff-Rate Quota on Beans

28 April 2017

The Mexican government on 14 April announced the temporary reinstatement from 16 April through 30 November 2017 of the special tariff-rate quota that allows up to 100,000 metric tonnes of beans classi...Read More

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AD/CV Notices

28 April 2017

Following are summaries of current AD/CV actions targeting mainland Chinese manufacturers taken by the DOC. Products: Seamless refined copper pipe and tube, Certain cut-to-length steel plate, Freshwat...Read More

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USITC Notices

28 April 2017

Topics: New AD/CV Probes of Tool Chests, New AD/CV Probes of Mechanical Tubing, Preliminary Affirmative AD/CV Injury Determinations on Aluminium Foil, HEDP Will Face AD/CV Duties, Expedited Sunset Rev...Read More

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CPSC Recalls Various Products Made in Mainland China

28 April 2017

The CPSC has announced the following recalls of products made in mainland China. Products: Tumblers, Garbage Disposals, Water Absorbing Toys, Food Dehydrators and Motorised Boards....Read More

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

28 April 2017

From 9 through 23 April 2017, members of the U.S. Congress did not introduce and/or approve any international trade-related bills that may have an impact on Hong Kong or mainland China....Read More

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U.S. Executive Calendar

28 April 2017

U.S. Executive Calendar as at 24 April 2017. Comments due on CPSC proposal to establish mandatory standards for portable generators....Read More

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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

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