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Legislative Efforts to Enact a Border Adjustment Tax Abandoned

18 Aug 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin a...Read More


Lawmakers Call for Tougher CBP Rules on AD/CV Duty Evasion

18 Aug 2017

Senators Rob Portman (Republican-Ohio) and Sherrod Brown (Democrat-Ohio) recently called on U.S. Customs and Border Protection to toughen regulations on its investigations of AD and CV duty order evas...Read More


Maine Adopts Comprehensive Ban on Flame Retardants in Upholstered Furniture

18 Aug 2017

Maine recently enacted into law a broad-ranging ban on the sale and distribution state-wide of upholstered furniture containing in its fabric or other covering, or in its cushioning materials, more th...Read More


Remaining ACE Functionality to be Phased in Starting in September

18 Aug 2017

As part of on-going efforts to implement a fully-fledged single window through which the U.S. trade community will report imports and exports and the U.S. government will determine admissibility, CBP ...Read More


Ban on Goods Using Certain Flame Retardant Still Under Consideration

18 Aug 2017

The Consumer Product Safety Commission will hold a meeting on 17 September to gather additional comments on a petition requesting that it initiate a rulemaking under the Federal Hazardous Substances A...Read More


Mainland China’s Compliance with WTO Commitments is Focus of Annual Review

18 Aug 2017

The interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee is accepting input and holding a public hearing to assist USTR in preparing its annual report to Congress on mainland China’s compliance with the commitmen...Read More


Food Facility and Importer Re-inspection Fees Set for FY 2018

18 Aug 2017

The Food and Drug Administration has announced its fiscal year 2018 fee rates for certain domestic and foreign food facility re-inspections, failures to comply with a recall order and importer re-insp...Read More


Import, Production Limits for Controlled Substances Proposed

18 Aug 2017

The U.S. Justice Department’s Drug Enforcement Administration has issued a notice proposing the 2018 aggregate production quotas for controlled substances in schedules I and II of the Controlled Subst...Read More


Update on Recent Department of Energy Rulemaking Activities

18 Aug 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the following regulatory actions of potential interest to Hong Kong and mainland Chinese exporters of general service fluorescent lamps, general servic...Read More


CPSC Recalls Various Products Made in Mainland China

18 Aug 2017

The CPSC has announced the following recalls of products made in mainland China. Products: Cell Phone Cases, Children's Building Sets, Children's Pyjamas, Charcoal Grills, Children's Robes, European P...Read More


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

18 Aug 2017

From 30 July through 12 August 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

18 Aug 2017

U.S. Executive Calendar as at 14 Aug 2017....Read More


Little Progress Made at New U.S.-China Trade Dialogue

4 Aug 2017

The United States and mainland China made little progress on trade irritants at the first meeting of their Comprehensive Economic Dialogue held recently in Washington, D.C....Read More


Trump Administration to Assess Domestic Manufacturing Capacity, Resiliency of U.S. Supply Chain

4 Aug 2017

President Trump issued an executive order on 21 July instructing his administration to prepare by April 2018 an assessment of the domestic manufacturing capacity and resiliency of the U.S. supply chai...Read More


EPA Advances Efforts to Determine Risk of Chemical Substances

4 Aug 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued separate final rules that advance its efforts to determine the risk of chemical substances, a process that could ultimately result in new requirements or...Read More


Air Cargo Security Programme Seen as Aid for E-Commerce Extended Another Year

4 Aug 2017

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has extended the Air Cargo Advance Screening pilot programme until 26 July 2018 but is still not accepting new participants....Read More


Government Watchdog Calls on CBP to Enforce Compliance with Importer Security Filing Requirements

4 Aug 2017

A recent report by the watchdog Government Accountability Office states that CBP needs to better evaluate the effectiveness of the importer security filing rule as well as its own strategies to enforc...Read More


USDA Seeks Input on Reducing Regulatory Burden

4 Aug 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking input on regulations, guidance documents or other policy documents that can be modified, streamlined, expanded or repealed to reduce burdens....Read More


Furniture Flame Retardant Added to California Prop 65 List

4 Aug 2017

Effective 7 July, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment added pentabromodiphenyl ether mixture to the list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer for purposes of the S...Read More


Imports of Two Chemicals Restricted as Controls on Another Substance May Be Removed

4 Aug 2017

The Drug Enforcement Administration has issued a final rule designating the chemical alpha-phenylacetoacetonitrile and its salts, optical isomers and salts of optical isomers as a list I chemical unde...Read More

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