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Trump Administration Announces Trade Policy Priorities

17 March 2017

The Trump administration issued on 1 March its trade policy agenda for this year. While the agenda is a bit short on specifics, it does reiterate the administration’s commitment to pursue a brand new ...Read More

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CBP to Focus on Enforcement, Facilitation, Regulatory Burdens to Promote Economic Growth

17 March 2017

Federal officials said recently that the trade community can expect to see a continued emphasis on both enforcement and facilitation, including a renewed effort to lower regulatory burdens, as part of...Read More

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Federal Agencies Ordered to Create Regulatory Reform Teams

17 March 2017

President Trump issued on 24 February an executive order directing federal agencies to take additional actions as part of an effort to lower regulatory burdens on U.S. businesses....Read More

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Largest Ever Civil Penalty for Export Control Violations Assessed on Mainland Chinese Company

17 March 2017

The DOC announced on 7 March that a mainland Chinese company has agreed to a record-high combined civil and criminal penalty of US$1.19 billion for an “egregious scheme” to illegally ship telecommunic...Read More

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CPSC Removes Safety Standard for Magnet Sets

17 March 2017

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has removed from its regulations a 3 October 2014 final rule establishing a national safety standard for high-powered magnet sets....Read More

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Court Rules on Classification of Items Used During Holidays

17 March 2017

The CIT ruled on 1 March that certain dinnerware and other items with holiday themes or designed to be used during holidays are properly classified according to their constituent materials and dutiabl...Read More

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First-Ever Energy Star Specification Issued for Electric Vehicle Chargers

17 March 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency recently finalised its first-ever Energy Star specification for electric vehicle chargers. Approximately 114,000 electric vehicles were sold in the United States in...Read More

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New Import Controls on Ten Synthetic Cathinones

17 March 2017

The Drug Enforcement Administration has issued a final rule that, effective 1 March, placed the following synthetic cathinones, including their optical, positional and geometric isomers, salts and sal...Read More

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Additional Comments Sought on Proposed Fee for Organic Products

17 March 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service has extended from 20 March to 19 April the deadline for public comments on a proposal to establish an industry-funded promotion, res...Read More

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Canada Seeks Input on Potential FTA with Mainland China

17 March 2017

Following the launch of exploratory discussions with Beijing on 22 September 2016, the Canadian government is now seeking input from businesses, civil society organisations, labour unions, academia, i...Read More

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Brazil Modifies Duties on Various Products

17 March 2017

Brazilian authorities recently announced the addition through Resolution 18/2017 and Resolution 19/2017 of 268 items to a list of foreign capital goods and information technology and telecommunication...Read More

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Canada Proposes New Energy Efficiency Standards for 17 Products

17 March 2017

The Canadian government has announced its intention to develop more stringent energy efficiency requirements for seven categories of residential products and four categories of commercial and industri...Read More

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Argentina Narrows Scope of Import Licencing Requirements, Adopts New Criterion Value for Plastic Tableware and Kitchenware

17 March 2017

The Argentinean government has again amended the list of items subject to non-automatic import licencing by removing goods classified under NCM 8471.30.12, 8471.30.19, 8471.30.90, 8471.41.10, 8471.49....Read More

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Mexico Announces New TRQ for Certain Agricultural Products, Implements TRQs for Beef and Rice

17 March 2017

Mexico has established a tariff-rate quota for imports of fresh or chilled potatoes, tomatoes and onions; fresh chili; fresh apples; dried chili; and crushed or ground chili classified under HTSMX 070...Read More

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Miscellaneous Latin American AD Actions on Mainland Chinese Products

17 March 2017

Topics: Brazil Issues AD Duty Order on Agricultural Tyres, Brazil Issues AD Duty Order on Automotive Safety Glass, Brazil Renews AD Duty Order on Knitted Fabric of Viscose Fibres, Brazil Issues Result...Read More

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AD/CV Notices

17 March 2017

Following are summaries of current AD/CV actions targeting mainland Chinese manufacturers taken by the DOC. Products: 1,1,1,2 tetrafluoroethane (R–134a), Certain polyester staple fibre, Silicon metal,...Read More

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USITC Notices

17 March 2017

Topics: New AD/CV Probes of Aluminium Foil, Steel Sheet and Strip Will Face AD/CV Duties, Cut-to-Length Steel Plate Will Face AD/CV Duties, AD/CV Duty Orders on Aluminium Extrusions Renewed, Initiatio...Read More

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CPSC Recalls Various Products Made in Mainland China

17 March 2017

The CPSC has announced the following recalls of products made in mainland China. Products: Terminal ACs, Baby Jackets, Electric Blowers, Rattles, Table Saws, Girls’ Sweatshirts, Bistro Chairs....Read More

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

17 March 2017

From 24 February through 12 March 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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U.S. Executive Calendar

17 March 2017

U.S. Executive Calendar as at 13 March 2017....Read More

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