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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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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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FDA Invalidating Food Facility Registrations for Failure to Complete Renewal Process

3 March 2017

Under section 102 of the Food Safety Modernization Act, all domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture, process, pack or store food, food ingredients, pet foods or dietary supplements are requir...Read More

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New Legislation Would Impose Punitive Duties on Mainland China for IPR Violations

3 March 2017

Rep. Steve King (Republican-Iowa) introduced legislation on 14 February directing the president to impose duties on imports from mainland China for violations of U.S. intellectual property rights....Read More

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Trump Administration Could Scale Back Conflict Minerals Disclosure Rule

3 March 2017

Acting Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Michael Piwowar has directed SEC staff to consider further relief from the SEC’s conflict minerals rule. Interested parties are encouraged to submit ...Read More

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Mandatory Standard for Toddler Beds Revised

3 March 2017

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a direct final rule revising the mandatory standard for toddler beds to incorporate by reference a more recent version of the applicable ASTM standard...Read More

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California Bill Would Require Disclosure of Chemicals Used in Cleaning Products

3 March 2017

California-based consumer watchdog group Center for Environmental Health is hailing the introduction in the California Senate of legislation (SB 258) to require full and complete disclosure of the che...Read More

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Court Rules Wearable Blanket Not Classified as Garment

3 March 2017

The U.S. Court of International Trade ruled on 10 February that a polyester fleece knitted article known as a Snuggie® is properly classified as a blanket under HTSUS 6301.40.00 (8.5 percent duty)....Read More

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FDA Still Assessing Definition of “Healthy” in Food Labelling

3 March 2017

The FDA will hold a public meeting on 9 March to discuss the use of the term “healthy” in food labelling, including what it should mean from a nutrition perspective and how consumers understand and us...Read More

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FMC Increases Penalties for Ocean Shipping Violations

3 March 2017

The Federal Maritime Commission has issued a final rule increasing for inflation the maximum amounts of each statutory civil monetary penalty subject to FMC jurisdiction, as follows. These updated amo...Read More

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USDA Extends Deadlines to Comment on Four Regulatory Proposals

3 March 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended the deadlines for interested parties to comment on the following regulatory proposals....Read More

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