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New Executive Orders Aimed at Strengthening AD/CV Enforcement, Examining Causes of Trade Deficits

13 April 2017

President Trump issued on 31 March two executive orders directing federal authorities to (i) step up the collection of antidumping and countervailing duties and the prosecution of trade and customs la...Read More


USTR Highlights Concerns in Annual Trade Barrier Reports

13 April 2017

USTR issued on 31 March its annual National Trade Estimate report, which describes significant foreign barriers to U.S. exports of goods and services, foreign direct investment and intellectual proper...Read More


Restrictions on Exports of EAR-Regulated Goods to Two ZTE Entities Removed

13 April 2017

The DOC’s Bureau of Industry and Security has issued a final rule removing two mainland Chinese companies from the list of entities restricted from receiving U.S. exports of goods controlled under the...Read More


BIS Clarifies New Requirements on Exports To, Through Hong Kong

13 April 2017

A regulatory requirement slated to take effect on 19 April imposes new support documentation requirements on exports of specific controlled items to or through Hong Kong....Read More


CPSC Adopts New Safety Standards for Infant Bath Tubs, Seeks Input on Potential Standards for Certain Sleep Products

13 April 2017

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a final rule establishing a new safety standard for infant bath tubs....Read More


Washington State Proposes to Update List of High-Concern Chemicals

13 April 2017

Washington State’s Department of Ecology will hold a public hearing on 25 April and will accept comments from interested parties by 12 May on a proposal to update the regulations that enforce the Chil...Read More


State Department Seeks Input on Conflict Minerals Sourcing

13 April 2017

The U.S. Department of State is seeking input from stakeholders by 28 April to inform recommendations of how best to support responsible sourcing of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (known as conflict...Read More


New CBP Commissioner Named

13 April 2017

In an unusual move but one likely to be welcomed by the trade community, President Trump announced on 30 March his intention to nominate a career CBP official, Kevin McAleenan, as commissioner....Read More


Importer ID Requirement in Food Safety Programme Can be Met by DUNS Number

13 April 2017

The Food and Drug Administration has formally recognised the Data Universal Numbering System number as an acceptable unique facility identifier under the Foreign Supplier Verification Program....Read More


Imports of Synthetic Opioid Restricted

13 April 2017

The Drug Enforcement Administration has issued a final order that temporarily schedules the synthetic opioid N-(4-fluorophenyl)-N-(1-phenethylpiperidin-4-yl)isobutyramide (4-fluoroisobutyryl fentanyl ...Read More


CPSC Recalls Various Products Made in Mainland China

13 April 2017

The CPSC has announced the following recalls of products made in mainland China. Products: Connectors, Magnetic Games, Toy Trolleys, Glass Bottles, Bottle Caps, Infant Caps, Table Saws, Children’s Swe...Read More


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

13 April 2017

From 26 March through 8 April 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


U.S. Executive Calendar

13 April 2017

U.S. Executive Calendar as at 10 April 2017. Final results of ITA AD administrative review of diamond sawblades and parts thereof from China....Read More


U.S. Aluminium Producers Target Alleged Unfair Practices by Mainland China

31 March 2017

The U.S. aluminium industry has taken or supported a number of actions in recent months aimed at combating a range of unfair trade practices that are allegedly being pursued by mainland China....Read More


U.S. Travel Goods Sector Still Pushing for Expanded Duty-Free Treatment under GSP

31 March 2017

A group of 18 industry associations that includes, among others, the American Apparel and Footwear Association, the National Retail Federation, the Toy Industry Association and the U.S. Fashion Indust...Read More


DOC Considering Plan for Domestic Sourcing of Steel and Iron Pipeline Materials

31 March 2017

The DOC is seeking input by 7 April on the construction of pipelines using domestic steel and iron as opposed to imported materials....Read More


EPA Rule on Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products Delayed

31 March 2017

The EPA has delayed from 10 February to 22 May the effective date of its final rule implementing the formaldehyde emission standards established by Congress in 2010 (in title VI of the Toxic Substance...Read More


EPA Rejects Petition to Require Testing of Brominated Flame Retardant, Will Re-examine Emissions Standards for Cars

31 March 2017

The EPA has rejected a petition filed by various consumer and environmental groups under section 21 of the Toxic Substances Control Act that would have required testing to be conducted by manufacturer...Read More


FMC Establishes Regulatory Reform Task Force

31 March 2017

The Federal Maritime Commission has designated the agency’s managing director, Karen Gregory, to serve as regulatory reform officer....Read More


DOE Delays Tougher Energy Conservation Standards for Ceiling Fans, Test Procedures for Other Products

31 March 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy has postponed from 21 March to 30 September the effective date of a final rule imposing tougher energy conservation standards for ceiling fans....Read More

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