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U.S. Trade Policy Agenda Focuses on Enforcement and National Security

16 March 2018

The Trump administration’s second annual trade policy agenda again takes a tough line, emphasising “aggressive” enforcement of U.S. trade laws, the role of trade in supporting national security and li...Read More


Mainland China and Hong Kong Continue to Account for Vast Majority of IPR Seizures

16 March 2018

U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently released statistics regarding the volume and value of its seizures of intellectual property rights infringing articles during fiscal year 2017 (October 2016...Read More


New Label on Polyester Clothing Would be Required Under California Bill

16 March 2018

A new bill in the California State Assembly (AB 2379, introduced on 14 February) would require all clothing made from fabric that is more than 50 percent polyester to bear a conspicuous label warning ...Read More


More Foreign Entities, Shipping Companies Hit with North Korea-Related Sanctions

16 March 2018

The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control has imposed sanctions against one individual, 27 entities and 28 vessels for conducting certain trade with, and providing certain...Read More


Court Finds DOE Illegally Delayed Four Mandatory Energy Efficiency Standards

16 March 2018

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled on 15 February that the U.S. Department of Energy illegally delayed the implementation of separate mandatory energy efficiency sta...Read More


Formal Investigation on Unfair U.S. Port Charges Gets Under Way

16 March 2018

The Federal Maritime Commission has launched a fact-finding investigation on the practices of vessel operating common carriers and marine terminal operators related to detention, demurrage and per die...Read More


CPSC Seeks Input on Priorities for FYs 2019 and 2020, Considers Petition on Inflatable Protective Devices

16 March 2018

The Consumer Product Safety Commission will conduct a public hearing on 11 April to receive views from all interested parties about its agenda and priorities for fiscal years 2019 and 2020....Read More


Importers Subject to New User Fees Under EPA Proposal

16 March 2018

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to establish and collect user fees from manufacturers (including importers) and processors that (i) are required to submit information under Section 4 ...Read More


Energy Labelling Requirements for Some Appliances Updated

16 March 2018

The Federal Trade Commission has issued a final rule that will update ranges of comparability and unit energy cost figures on EnergyGuide labels for dishwashers, furnaces, room air conditioners and po...Read More


USTR Amends Dates for Annual Review of IPR Protection and Enforcement

16 March 2018

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has amended several dates in its annual review of foreign countries’ acts, policies and practices concerning the protection of intellectual property rights....Read More


CPSC Recalls Various Products Made in Mainland China

16 March 2018

The CPSC has announced the following recalls of products made in mainland China. Products: Children's Nightgowns, Multicookers, High Chairs, Girls' Jeans, Mosquito Traps, and Menorahs....Read More


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

16 March 2018

From 24 February through 11 March 2018, 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

16 March 2018

U.S. Executive Calendar as at 12 March 2018. Pre-hearing conference in connection with USITC AD investigation of carton-closing staples from China....Read More


Environmental Health Group Expects Increased Action by U.S. States to Address Toxic Chemicals

2 March 2018

Safer States, a network of diverse consumer organisations and coalitions with shared environmental and health concerns, recently issued a press release highlighting on-going legislative efforts at the...Read More


Requests for Exclusions from Solar Panel Safeguard Due by 16 March

2 March 2018

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is accepting through 16 March requests to exclude particular products from the safeguard measure President Trump imposed on 23 January on imports of crystal...Read More


Trade Enforcement a Priority in FY 2019 Budget Proposal

2 March 2018

Efforts to further strengthen U.S. trade enforcement feature prominently in President Trump’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2019....Read More


CBP Pursuing Numerous Initiatives to Facilitate Trade

2 March 2018

CBP officials say that while the agency gets more attention for its trade enforcement efforts it is taking a number of steps to facilitate trade at U.S. borders as well. Following are some of the curr...Read More


Informed Compliance for Seafood Import Monitoring Rules Ends 7 April

2 March 2018

CBP reports that all filings covered by the Seafood Import Monitoring Program regulations must comply with the electronic filing requirements to receive a “may proceed” beginning on 7 April....Read More


Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Updated

2 March 2018

The Environmental Protection Agency has revised the formaldehyde standards for composite wood products regulations by (i) incorporating by reference multiple voluntary consensus standards that have be...Read More


USDA to Allow Additional Cold Treatment Facilities to Aid Fruit Imports

2 March 2018

APHIS has issued a final establishing generic criteria that will allow for the approval of new cold treatment facilities in the southern and western states of the United States....Read More

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