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ZTE Requests Suspension of Export Ban as Trump Suggests Potential Reversal

25 May 2018

Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation has asked the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security to stay its order banning exports to ZTE for seven years for violating U....Read More

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State-Level Efforts to Expand Labelling Requirements for Microfibre Clothing Intensify

25 May 2018

State-level efforts to require clothing containing plastic microfibres to include a label with language warning about the environmental impact of such fibres have seemingly intensified in recent weeks...Read More

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More Improvements Sought for Steel and Aluminium Tariff Exclusion Request Process

25 May 2018

Following a similar letter from the two leading members of the Senate Finance Committee, dozens of members of the House of Representatives wrote to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on 7 May to requ...Read More

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U.S. Government Agencies Announce Upcoming Regulatory Actions

25 May 2018

A number of U.S. government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, recently announced a range of planned regula...Read More

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Iran Sanctions Affecting Foreign Subsidiaries, Financial Transactions to be Reinstated

25 May 2018

President Trump announced on 8 May his decision to cease the United States’ participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and to begin re-imposing the U.S. nuclear-related primary and second...Read More

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Hong Kong and Mainland China Again Certified to Export Shrimp to the U.S.

25 May 2018

The State Department has certified 39 nations and one economy, including Hong Kong and mainland China, as meeting the requirements of Section 609 of Public Law 101-162, thus allowing them to continue ...Read More

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Compliance Dates for Updated Nutrition Labels on Packaged Foods Postponed

25 May 2018

The Food and Drug Administration has extended for about 18 months the compliance dates for final rules updating the “Nutrition Facts” label for packaged foods and making minor corresponding changes to...Read More

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Proposed Regulations on GMO Labelling Issued

25 May 2018

The USDA is seeking comments from interested parties by 3 July on a proposed rule to establish the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard mandated by Congress in 2016. U.S. law prohibits stat...Read More

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Consumer Groups Sue FDA for Failure to Prevent Certain Artificial Chemicals in Food

25 May 2018

On 2 May, a coalition of health, consumer and environmental advocacy organisations sued the FDA in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for its alleged failure to decide whether to prohibit...Read More

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Import Restrictions on Synthetic Opioid Continued

25 May 2018

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has extended for one year the temporary placement into schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act the synthetic opioid N-[1-[2-hydroxy-2-(thiophen-2-yl)ethyl]...Read More

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CPSC Recalls Various Products Made in Mainland China

25 May 2018

The CPSC has announced the following recalls of products made in mainland China. Products: Children's Go-Karts, Women's Scarves, Deep Fryers, Bath Toys, Chainsaws, and Candle Holders....Read More

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

25 May 2018

From 6 through 19 May 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

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U.S. Executive Calendar

25 May 2018

U.S. Executive Calendar as at 21 May 2018. Final determination due in ITA AD investigation of fine denier polyester staple fibre from China....Read More

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Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Repeal Safeguard Duties on Solar Cells and Modules

11 May 2018

A bi-partisan group of House lawmakers led by Rep. Jacky Rosen (Democrat-Nevada) introduced legislation on 18 April to repeal the safeguard measure President Trump imposed on 23 January on imports of ...Read More

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San Francisco Becomes First Major U.S. City to Ban Sale of Fur Products

11 May 2018

The City of San Francisco has passed an ordinance to ban effective from 1 January 2019 the sale, offer for sale, display for sale, distribution and manufacturing of fur products....Read More

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Administration Pledges Aggressive Efforts to Combat IPR-Related Trade Barriers

11 May 2018

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s annual Special 301 report on the adequacy and effectiveness of U.S. trading partners’ intellectual property rights protection and enforcement lists 36 tra...Read More

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White House Revises Policy on Export of Arms, Unmanned Aerial Systems

11 May 2018

President Trump issued on 19 April updated policies on exports of conventional arms and unmanned aerial systems....Read More

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U.S. Appeals Adverse WTO Ruling on CV Duties on Four Products

11 May 2018

The United States has appealed to the WTO Appellate Body a 21 March finding by a compliance panel that the United States failed to comply with a determination that its countervailing duties on certain...Read More

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Seafood Import Monitoring Program to Take Effect for Shrimp and Abalone

11 May 2018

The National Marine Fisheries Service has announced that shrimp and abalone will be subject to the reporting, recordkeeping and permitting requirements of the Seafood Import Monitoring Program effecti...Read More

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Penalties Imposed for Illegal Dealings with Mainland China

11 May 2018

BIS has imposed a US$100,000 civil penalty against a U.S. company and its owner for violating the Export Administration Regulations by exporting electronic equipment controlled on national security gr...Read More

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